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Carrefour Rolls Out Apple Pay In Stores Across France

French retailer Carrefour said that starting on July 19, 2016, customers will be able use Apple Pay mobile payment system to pay for their purchases at Carrefour hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores across France. Also offered by Carrefour Banque to its 2.5 million customers in the country, Apple Pay highlights the retailer's efforts to provide shoppers with a fast and convenient means of paying for goods, and participate in the Carrefour loyalty program at the same time.

"Apple Pay is now available in Carrefour stores in France and to Carrefour Banque customers", Carrefour, July 19, 2016

Procter & Gamble Launches Tide Wash Club Subscription Service In Atlanta

Procter & Gamble Co. launched in Atlanta the Tide Wash Club, an online subscription service for the company’s Tide Pods laundry product. Part of the consumer goods company’s efforts to also focus on how consumers buy products, Tide Wash Club offers free shipping at regular intervals. Also, the company is testing in Chicago Tide Spin, a service that allows consumers to use a smartphone to order laundry products for pickup or delivery.

"P&G Starts Online Subscription Service for Tide Pods", Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2016

EBay Upgrades Mobile Websites With Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages Technology

Online marketplace eBay Inc. updated some of its mobile webpages with Google Inc.’s Accelerated Mobile Pages technology. Developed to help businesses build mobile pages that load as fast as possible on smartphones, AMP is based on open-source standards. AMP-using mobile pages can load quickly because its HTML code includes restrictions, such as preventing customized Javascript coding. AMP also uses Google’s AMP Cache, a content delivery network that confirms each page works and does not depend on outside resources. With AMP, eBay helps consumers who access its mobile website from links, including Google search and Twitter.

"eBay dives into Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages", Internet Retailer, July 11, 2016

Food Delivery Robots Take To The Streets In European Cities

A robot food delivery start-up announced it is testing its business strategy and technology with the help of several European food and parcel delivery companies, including Pronto, Hermes, and Just Eat, as well as grocery retailer Metro Group. Starship Technologies, created by two Skype co-founders, will launch dozens of delivery robots in London, Düsseldorf, Bern and another German city to start. It will then move to several other European and American cities. It already operates delivery robots in Tallinn, Estonia, its headquarters location.

"Starship Technologies launches testing program for self-driving delivery robots with major industry partners", News release, Starship Technologies, July 06, 2016

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