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We compared Whole Foods' grocery delivery from Amazon Prime Now and Instacart, and it was clear which service does it better
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We compared Whole Foods' grocery delivery from Amazon Prime Now and Instacart, and it was clear which service does it better

Instacart is a delivery company that pairs customers with personal shoppers who deliver groceries to their homes.  In 2016, it signed a five-year...

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Zara is part of the biggest fashion company in the world. Meet the other brands it owns.
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Zara is part of the biggest fashion company in the world. Meet the other brands it owns.

Zara is one of the best-known global fashion brands, with more than 2,000 stores around the world.  The chain is owned by Inditex, a Spanish retail...

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Tempur Sealy slides after Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy (TPX)
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Tempur Sealy slides after Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy (TPX)

Tempur Sealy shares are down about 2% Friday after the retailer Mattress Firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Mattress Firm will close...

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A new survey suggests Amazon — not Walmart or Target — is most likely to steal Toys R Us' former customers
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A new survey suggests Amazon — not Walmart or Target — is most likely to steal Toys R Us' former customers

Walmart, Target, and Costco shoppers say they prefer to buy toys on Amazon, according to Stifel’s Consumer Survey. They also preferred Amazon for...

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Mattress Firm has filed for bankruptcy and could close up to 700 stores
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Mattress Firm has filed for bankruptcy and could close up to 700 stores

Mattress Firm has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it said in a press release Friday. As part of its bankruptcy restructuring, Mattress...

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Walmart shoppers will soon see robots gliding through stores — here's what to expect (WMT)
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Walmart shoppers will soon see robots gliding through stores — here's what to expect (WMT)

Walmart is deploying a floor-scrubbing robot to more than 360 US stores.  The robot, dubbed Auto-C, will not replace human employees, the company...

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JCPenney's new CEO is a good choice because the department store needs a woman in charge after years of 'inability to connect with women shoppers,' analyst says (JCP)
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JCPenney's new CEO is a good choice because the department store needs a woman in charge after years of 'inability to connect with women shoppers,' analyst says (JCP)

JCPenney has hired a new CEO, Jill Soltau.  This the first female CEO the company has had, and at least one analyst says that's cause for...

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Take a look inside the massive, 1,000-store chain that only operates in the run-up to Halloween
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Take a look inside the massive, 1,000-store chain that only operates in the run-up to Halloween

Spirit Halloween is a Halloween specialty store with more than 1,000 locations in the United States.  But the stores are only open from late August...

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Walmart has acquired another digital brand (WMT)
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Walmart has acquired another digital brand (WMT)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the...

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The retail apocalypse is still in its 'early innings' — and thousands more stores will close before it ends
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The retail apocalypse is still in its 'early innings' — and thousands more stores will close before it ends

The United States still has far more retail space per capita than any other country. This suggests the US is still in the "early innings" of mass...

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Starbucks workers in Seattle claim that dangerous needle pokes and HIV-prevention drugs have become a routine part of working at the coffee giant (SBUX)
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Starbucks workers in Seattle claim that dangerous needle pokes and HIV-prevention drugs have become a routine part of working at the coffee giant (SBUX)

Starbucks workers in Seattle say that they encounter hypodermic needles nearly every day at the chain and that the problem has grown worse under...

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Sears is closing more stores, with some layoffs starting 2 days before Christmas (SHLD)
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Sears is closing more stores, with some layoffs starting 2 days before Christmas (SHLD)

Sears is closing at least six Sears stores and five Kmart stores ahead of the holidays. Layoffs at a Kmart store in Poughkeepsie, New York, which...

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Walmart is acquiring a plus-size store with a cult following — and some customers are furious (WMT)
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Walmart is acquiring a plus-size store with a cult following — and some customers are furious (WMT)

Walmart announced it is acquiring women's plus-size retailer Eloquii on Tuesday.  Eloquii fans have taken to social media to show their disdain and...

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Walmart just made another major acquisition to cash in on a $21 billion opportunity that many retailers have ignored (WMT)
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Walmart just made another major acquisition to cash in on a $21 billion opportunity that many retailers have ignored (WMT)

Walmart is acquiring women's plus-size retailer Eloquii, it announced on Tuesday.  It did not disclose pricing details, but sources familiar with...

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Amazon is powering a pop-up shop this holiday season (AMZN)
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Amazon is powering a pop-up shop this holiday season (AMZN)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the...

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Hershey is dealing with an impulse buy issue (HSY)
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Hershey is dealing with an impulse buy issue (HSY)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the...

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Dead Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are being resurrected as Halloween costume shops
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Dead Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are being resurrected as Halloween costume shops

Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores closed for good earlier this summer, and some are now being resurrected as Halloween costume shops.  Stores like...

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Amazon's new store sells 4-star and up items (AMZN)
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Amazon's new store sells 4-star and up items (AMZN)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the...

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Amazon just opened a new store that sells only its best products. Here's what it's like to shop there. (AMZN)
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Amazon just opened a new store that sells only its best products. Here's what it's like to shop there. (AMZN)

Amazon just opened a new store in SoHo called Amazon 4-star.  The store features a curated selection of trending products, items on Amazon shoppers...

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Walmart filed a patent application for a shopping cart that would track your stress levels as you're shopping and alert employees if you're internally freaking out (WMT)
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Walmart filed a patent application for a shopping cart that would track your stress levels as you're shopping and alert employees if you're internally freaking out (WMT)

Walmart filed a patent application for a shopping cart that would track things such as shoppers' heart rates and temperatures and how strongly they...

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Nike is developing new digital and physical initiatives (NKE)
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Nike is developing new digital and physical initiatives (NKE)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the...

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Amazon is opening a new store that sells only its best products (AMZN)
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Amazon is opening a new store that sells only its best products (AMZN)

Amazon is opening a new store concept called Amazon 4-star on Thursday, the company announced in a blog post. The store is located in New York's...

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Trader Joe's CEO reveals the unusual reason it sells bananas individually for 19 cents
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Trader Joe's CEO reveals the unusual reason it sells bananas individually for 19 cents

Trader Joe's sells its bananas individually rather than by the pound like most grocery stores do. In a podcast where Trader Joe's employees reveal...

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Mattress Firm stores are at the center of controversies and conspiracy theories — here's what it's like to shop there
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Mattress Firm stores are at the center of controversies and conspiracy theories — here's what it's like to shop there

Mattress Firm is the largest specialty mattress retailer in the United States, with around 3,400 stores.  It has increasingly come under pressure...

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Startups are on the brink of solving one of the biggest problems with shopping online
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Startups are on the brink of solving one of the biggest problems with shopping online

One of the biggest drawbacks of shopping for clothes online is not being able to try things on before buying them. To solve that problem, startups...

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These stores have the best return policies in retail
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These stores have the best return policies in retail

L.L.Bean has long been known for its lifetime return policy, which it ended in February. The store now offers a still-generous one-year window for...

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Sears' CEO is making a last-ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy (SHLD)
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Sears' CEO is making a last-ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy (SHLD)

Sears is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In a proposal made public on Monday, Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said he wanted creditors to restructure...

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We shopped at 3 of the biggest dollar-store chains in America to see which one offered the best experience, and the winner was clear (FIVE, DLTR, DG)
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We shopped at 3 of the biggest dollar-store chains in America to see which one offered the best experience, and the winner was clear (FIVE, DLTR, DG)

Dollar stores are having a moment.  Dollar Tree currently has 14,000 locations, with plans to open hundreds more in 2018. Comparable sales were up...

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Zara has a fleet of secret stores where it plots how to get you to spend more money and win the fast-fashion arms race
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Zara has a fleet of secret stores where it plots how to get you to spend more money and win the fast-fashion arms race

Zara has a collection of secret pilot stores at its headquarters in Spain, where it mocks up designs for its real stores. The retailer employs a...

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I tried the 'healthy' fast-casual chain that Californians love, and I was disappointed
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I tried the 'healthy' fast-casual chain that Californians love, and I was disappointed

Lemonade is a California-based fast-casual chain. It's part of the "fast slow food" movement, which aims to serve up healthy fare quickly and...

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