Google and Walmart team up for e-commerce

To rival Amazon, Google is joining forces with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to develop an e-commerce business. Google Express, the search engine’s shopping service, can now deliver products sold by the US retail giant. What’s more, customers will soon be able to order not only online but directly via Google Home, the hand-free smart speaker. Launched in 2013, Google Express has just added Walmart to its portfolio of retail partners. After Costco, Target and Walgreens, the arrival of Walmart should help Google expand its retail business. And to rival Amazon, Walmart Google Express purchases will soon be compatible...

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With digital robots and services, the hotel industry is offering innovative new guest experiences

With hotels entirely run by robots and offering new digital services such as a virtual concierge, the hospitality industry is embracing the digital age and implementing a range of new technologies, from the simple to the highly sophisticated – and the truly bizarre… If you want to see the cutting edge of digital transformation in hospitality, go to Japan and China. With guests’ digital maturity and acceptance of robotics light years ahead of the West, some innovative new concepts are being developed. Technology: giving a new lease of life to low-cost hotels. The Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel in Shenzhen is a prime...

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Artificial intelligence, in the form of humanoid robots, could be about to take the retail industry by storm. The trend is only just emerging but the innovation capabilities of robotics could mean that service robots will soon be more than just amusing gadgets in supermarkets. “Create a new customer experience:” this is what service robots aim to do for stores, according to a report by Roland Berger. Robotics has already been used in the logistics field for distribution, order-picking and inventory management, and is also being tested for last-mile delivery or analysing in-store traffic. Hospitality is the next stage....

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Retail: experiential retail is out to wow us

With experiential commerce, it’s not about paying for a product anymore but creating a memorable purchasing experience. To impress clients, retailers are launching more and more initiatives that are both pragmatic and creative.  And when you add digital to the mix, the result is subtler, yet every bit as effective. We looked at a few examples. Experiential: this rather odd term is not new for marketing experts looking to boost sales. With experiential commerce, the focus isn’t on the quality or price of a product but on the positive emotions it can create when consumers choose or make their...

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French Tech at the NRF 2017

Among the 33,000 professionals and 3,326 companies who attended the NRF 2017 in New York City, was French Tech, a label that is exporting well. This label includes ten French start-ups who crossed the Atlantic, supported by Business France, to meet retail professionals. This year, ten promising French companies represented French Tech at the ‘Retail’s BIG Show’, a worldwide business-oriented event in New York City. Selected by a jury made up of Franco-American experts, they were part of the 750 French companies who attended this 106th edition. Organised by Business France – a public agency working for the international...

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