Asian specialty grocer iFresh, with 13 locations across the US, will begin accepting payment via Alipay, the quick checkout application from Alibaba.com, China's online retail giant. The move should make shopping easier for Chinese tourists visiting the US.
A high school in Illinois is working to prepare students for jobs at Amazon, if Chicago is chosen as the location for the company's second headquarters. The school has doubled the size of its manufacturing and engineering lab, in part, because of Amazon's use of robots.
Apple has applied for Apple TV trademark protection for video game purposes in 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America. Also, the company applied in Jamaica in August; Jamaica does not have a searchable online trademark database.
The four major wireless carriers in the US sold about 975,000 Apple Watches in the fourth quarter, with Verizon selling the most, per data from Counterpoint Research. Overall, 2.9 million watches were sold in the quarter in the US, the data show.
Toys R Us will shutter around 200 stores, in addition to the 180 locations the retailer previously said it would close, sources said. The retailer had about 1,600 global stores, half of them in the US, when it filed for bankruptcy in September.
Retailers are finding ways to succeed in mall stores even as online shopping continues to grow, Ventureneer President Geri Stengel writes. Choosing malls that are adapting to changing times, offering experiences including food and entertainment and implementing technology that improves the shopping experience are among the methods mall merchants can use to thrive.
New iPads may be on the way, as suggested by approvals by the Eurasian Economic Commission for two new Apple products. The clearances typically point to the introduction of new hardware within one or two weeks in the EEC region, which includes Russia.
Spotify is seeking candidates to fill open positions on its hardware team, per job listings reported by MusicAlly. The listings don't give specific details as to the type of hardware the company is looking to release, though many have speculated that it could be a wearable device for streaming music.
Walmart will revamp its e-commerce site this year, starting with a section devoted to furniture and home goods that's slated to launch in the next few weeks. The move comes as rivals including Target, Amazon and IKEA put more resources into promoting exclusive brands of home goods.
The Body Shop has made Andrea Blieden its general manager for the US, overseeing the beauty brand's retail, wholesale and marketing efforts. Blieden, who had been serving as acting general manager since Natura acquired the company last October, will also focus on winning over millennial shoppers.
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