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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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The Ax falls on Fry’s Electronics after more than three decades

The Ax falls on Fry’s Electronics after more than three decades

Fry's Electronics is an electronics retailer that had been in business for 36 years with 31 locations in nine states. This week the company unceremoniously ended all operations and closed all of its stores around the country. The company website has also been closed and in place of the typical website is a simple text message.

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Amazon shutters Prime Pantry, but you don’t have to worry

Amazon shutters Prime Pantry, but you don’t have to worry

Amazon has decided to shutter its Prime Pantry service, one of its first forays into the grocery delivery business. Available since its launch in 2014, the service enabled Prime subscribers to order boxes of non-perishable goods for a $5 fee, something that has become increasingly unnecessary as Amazon expands its grocery services and speeds up its Prime delivery.

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Amazon’s 2020 bestsellers list: Pandemic buying habits revealed

Amazon’s 2020 bestsellers list: Pandemic buying habits revealed

The year is almost over and that means Amazon's bestseller list for 2020 is effectively near its end. The company keeps track of its best-selling items in multiple categories, providing some insight into what the public was interested in the past year. What does the chart look like during a year of lockdowns and health anxiety?

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IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

IKEA is axing its catalog, retiring both the printed and digital versions of the iconic product guide. It's an end to seven decades of the printed IKEA Catalog, the vessel by which the now-famous Swedish furniture retailer managed to convince people just how its distinctive Scandinavian style could fit into their homes.

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Amazon Pharmacy brings Prime power to medication pricing

Amazon Pharmacy brings Prime power to medication pricing

Amazon's attack on the high street continues, and now it's your medication in Jeff Bezos' sights with the launch of Amazon Pharmacy. The new service promises to do for your prescriptions what Prime has already done for, well, just about everything else in your home, with deliveries and a new "prescription savings benefit" for those paying for their drugs without insurance.

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Walmart launches drone delivery pilot

Walmart launches drone delivery pilot

Your next Walmart order might descend from the skies, with the retailer announcing a new on-demand drone delivery pilot. The scheme will focus on small deliveries, with select grocery and household essentials slung underneath specially-designed drones and flown over to customers.

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First Amazon Fresh grocery store opens its doors – but good luck getting in

First Amazon Fresh grocery store opens its doors – but good luck getting in

Ever since buying Whole Foods in 2017, Amazon has been in the grocery store business, but today, it's officially opening its first Amazon-branded grocery store. Amazon today announced that it's cutting the ribbon, so to speak, on the first Amazon Fresh grocery store, which is opening in the Woodland Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. Even if you live in Woodland Hills, however, you might have a difficult time getting in.

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Walmart is giving Black Friday shoppers Thanksgiving off this year

Walmart is giving Black Friday shoppers Thanksgiving off this year

Black Friday is a holiday that seems to become a bit more nebulous with each passing year. While Black Friday sales used to take place on the day after Thanksgiving, in recent years more and more retailers have taken to extending deals throughout the following weekend and even opening on Thanksgiving, much to the chagrin of employees and those who thought they should have the day off to celebrate with family.

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Amazon Dash Cart gives the shopping cart a cashier-free upgrade

Amazon Dash Cart gives the shopping cart a cashier-free upgrade

Amazon has given the shopping cart a high-tech makeover, with the new Amazon Dash Cart set to launch in its physical grocery stores. While it may look at first glance like a regular cart, the green and black upgrade allows for an instant checkout: in fact, once you've filled it up, you can just walk straight out to the car.

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Microsoft announces plans to close its retail stores

Microsoft announces plans to close its retail stores

Microsoft is making a rather big announcement today, revealing plans to close many of its retail stores. Not all of them are closing, but when Microsoft is done culling its retail locations, only a few will remain. It seems that retail employees will be able to stay with the company too, either by working in-person at corporate offices or by working remotely.

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Apple Stores are reopening – and you’ll need to wear a mask

Apple Stores are reopening – and you’ll need to wear a mask

Apple has reopened nearly 100 of its Apple Stores around the world, the company has confirmed, outlining the steps it is taking to reestablish in-person shopping in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new open letter, the company has explained how the coronavirus will change the way Apple Stores look and operate, after beginning to resume operations in the US earlier this month.

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