Thursday, July 18, 2024

Retail Technology News: June update

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The Walmart app indicating drone delivery is an option.

Retailers in June focused technology efforts in areas including resale, sorting, and drone delivery.

Here are some of the most noteworthy and innovative technology stories as reported by Chain Store Age in June, starting with the most recent. 

  • Elton John sells wardrobe on eBay for charity To mark Pride Month in June, Elton John partnered with eBay in a charity resale event called “Rocket Man Resale” to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “Rocket Man Resale” featured hundreds of items from John’s closet, including affordable items such as historic concert T-shirts and baseball caps. 
  • Amazon Prime Day is coming – on these dates Amazon’s 11th annual Prime Day event takes place from 12:01 am PDT Tuesday, July 16 through midnight PDT Wednesday, July 17. Members of the Prime paid membership service will have exclusive access to millions of deals across more than 35 categories including electronics, kitchen, beauty and apparel.
  • Office Depot launches business services program Office Depot LLC. is partnering with Dun & Bradstreet to offer a new business-to-business program called Power.Up which offers business owners credit, marketing, data, creative, and advertising services. 
  • Famed ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ retailer Kleinfeld Bridal enters resale A 70-year-plus bridal brand whose New York City showroom is the subject of a TLC reality series is launching a resale site. Kleinfeld Bridal is rolling out, an online marketplace to sell and buy pre-owned wedding dresses.
  • JCPenney automates sorting in $40 million distribution center upgrade As part of a self-funded $1 billion reinvestment strategy, JCPenney is unveiling a new upgrade to its 1.67 million-sq.-ft. Reno distribution center. JCPenney has invested $40 million in the facility to increase order efficiency and speed for online purchases.

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