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Netflix taps Walmart to sell merchandise for Squid Game and other hits

Netflix taps Walmart to sell merchandise for Squid Game and other hits

Netflix has teamed up with Walmart to sell merchandise based on some of its hit original shows, including Squid Game and Stranger Things. For its part, Walmart is launching a new Netflix Hub through which Netflix fans will be able to find the exclusive merchandise, marking Netflix's first digital storefront offered by a major retailer.

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Amazon perma-bans hundreds of Chinese brands over review manipulation

Amazon perma-bans hundreds of Chinese brands over review manipulation

Amazon recently cracked down on companies that engaged in practices leading to inauthentic product reviews, it has been revealed. More than 600 Chinese brands have been permanently banned from the online retailer's platform as a result of these practices, the company confirmed, an action intended to preserve the integrity of reviews presented to customers.

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Kroger taps Instacart to offer ultra-fast grocery deliveries across US

Kroger taps Instacart to offer ultra-fast grocery deliveries across US

Popular grocery chain Kroger has announced a new partnership with Instacart to offer its customers grocery deliveries within half an hour. The new service is called Kroger Delivery Now, leveraging the Instacart online shopping platform with Kroger grocery stores across the US serving as fulfillment centers. Grocery deliveries and pick-up services have become more popular amid the pandemic.

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Amazon taps Affirm to offer a new installment purchase option for buyers

Amazon taps Affirm to offer a new installment purchase option for buyers

Amazon has teamed up with popular financial company Affirm to offer its customers a new installment payment plan option for online goods. The financial offer, which is only available to some customers at this time, will allow eligible users to make relatively pricey purchases and pay for the item in multiple monthly installments instead of all at once.

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Walmart launches GoLocal, its own delivery service for local businesses

Walmart launches GoLocal, its own delivery service for local businesses

Walmart has announced a new delivery service intended for local businesses. Walmart GoLocal is, the company explains, available to companies "of all sizes" that need to send products to their customers. Walmart describes its new business as a white-label delivery service that is built upon its existing delivery infrastructure.

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Amazon leak claims retail giant will soon open physical department stores

Amazon leak claims retail giant will soon open physical department stores

Amazon, the company that has long dominated online retail and reshaped the way consumers purchase items, is planning to open a series of small department stores across the US. That's according to sources who have revealed the company's alleged plans, stating that the first of these Amazon-owned department stores will open in Ohio and California.

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Amazon offers store customers credit for using palm-scanning system

Amazon offers store customers credit for using palm-scanning system

Amazon is offering its store customers credit if they register their palm for use with the Amazon One system, a contactless option for paying for goods using your palm. The system is live in dozens of Amazon stores, though at a time when many consumers are more concerned than ever about privacy and their personal data.

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Home Depot power tools won’t work unless you pay for them

Home Depot power tools won’t work unless you pay for them

The digital content market has a big problem with piracy and most still resort to DRM technologies to fight it. Theft, however, has been a problem for millennia, and various tools, systems, and laws have been put in place to deter it, sometimes ineffectively. These days, retailers have resorted to technology-based solutions to either prevent theft or catch thieves, and Home Depot is applying a rather novel idea to discourage shoplifting by requiring its power tools to be activated at a register before they can be used.

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Here’s what the first Google Store is like on the inside

Here’s what the first Google Store is like on the inside

The first Google Store is almost open, and if you can't make it to New York City to check out the new brick & mortar shop, a virtual walk-around is the next best thing. Google announced earlier in the year that it would be opening its first physical location for device sales, and now it has opened its doors in Chelsea, NYC.

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Walmart and Target are planning their own Prime Day alternatives

Walmart and Target are planning their own Prime Day alternatives

Amazon plans to hold its Prime Day 2021 over a 48-hour period starting June 21 at midnight Pacific Time. Competitors Walmart and Target are gearing up to compete with the online retailer with their own sales, both of which will take place on the same dates as Prime Day. Target is calling its June sale 'Deal Days,' while Walmart is referring to its own Prime Day alternative as 'Deals for Days.'

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Google is opening its first physical store: This is why

Google is opening its first physical store: This is why

Google is opening a physical store, its first brick-and-mortar retail experience, and a hub to help raise the profile of Pixel phones, its Nest smart home range, and Chromebooks. The new store will be in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, and will also include support and troubleshooting assistance much in the same way that Apple's Genius Bar operates in its retail locations.

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Best Buy paid membership program is its Amazon Prime response

Best Buy paid membership program is its Amazon Prime response

Amazon really turned the retail industry on its head and even until now big shot competitors from brick and mortar businesses are still trying to catch up to it. One of Amazon's biggest weapons is Prime membership and its perks and rivals are still trying their hand at offering their customers something similar. After Walmart's own Walmart+, Best Buy is now testing its own paid subscription program but with a more "human" spin to set it apart from Amazon Prime.

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