Top 5 Retail Stories of the Week 3.25.18

March 30, 2018

Each week, we’ll be rounding up the top stories from the retail industry so you can start your weekend off right. Here are the biggest news stories from the week of March 25, 2018: 

1. Toys R Us stores set to be bid on by Target, Big Lots and Aldi, among others (CNBC)

“Several Toys R Us stores are scheduled to be auctioned off later this week, according to court documents filed Tuesday that were reviewed by CNBC.”

2Walmart in Talks with Humana for Deeper Partnership (Bloomberg)

“Walmart Inc. is in talks with health insurer Humana Inc. for a closer partnership to provide health care to consumers at home and prevent illness, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

3. Measuring Foot Traffic Trends: The Future Of Retail Marketing (Forbes)

“New technologies in the mobile phone era are enabling the measurement of retail foot traffic that will ultimately change how retail promotions are evaluated and how retailers compete.”

4. To Invade Homes, Tech Is Trying to Get in Your Kitchen (New York Times)

“For many people, the kitchen is the center of the home and a locus for interactions that go beyond preparing and eating food. Now tech companies and appliance makers, aiming to deepen their relationships with customers, are increasingly targeting the room that is synonymous with togetherness.”

5. How 3 Growing Niche Brands Are Simplifying Ecommerce (Adweek)

“Despite the convenience, some ecommerce sites are finding that not all shoppers want to buy through Amazon—or a big-box retailer for that matter. These niche etailers have discovered consumer groups that need a simpler way to buy products, and as a result, are filling holes to meet their specific needs and at the same time diluting some brands’ identities.”

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