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