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Shoptalk reveals speaker lineup

BY Marianne Wilson

Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corp., and Mindy Grossman, CEO and director of HSN, are among the headliners at Shoptalk 2017, the nex-gen retail and e-commerce event. Also on the bill: Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay.

Taking place on March 19-22, 2017 at the Aria in Las Vegas, Shoptalk announced a lineup of 150+ speakers, with approximately another 100 speakers to be confirmed in the coming several months. Representing key figures spanning the commerce ecosystem, 62% of the speakers are from brands and retailers, with 55% from venture-backed startups, and 45% from established companies. The startups speaking at Shoptalk have raised almost $5 billion in funding to disrupt traditional retail and ecommerce.

“Our speakers are from established retailers and brands, disruptive startups, leading Internet and tech companies, prolific investors and influential media,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, the founder, chairman and CEO of Shoptalk. “Our lineup is unique in the industry because it’s the only one that represents the complete dialogue needed to understand how consumers discover, shop and buy in an age of digital transformation.”

Shoptalk 2017 is tracking to grow to over 5,000 attendees.

A full list of Shoptalk 2017’s current 150+ confirmed speakers is available at http://shoptalk.com/speakers.

The preliminary agenda can be found at http://shoptalk.com/agenda.

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Google testing voice search for local shopping

BY CSA STAFF

Google is testing a feature that allows users to search for specific products nearby or in a specific area using voice commands.

According to a report by MediaPost, the feature, similar to a search experience, provides the users with a response (verbal in this case) based on local inventory around them.

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First Look: Check out Walmart’s new BOPIS machine

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart is testing new technology that could revolutionize the way customers pick up purchases they ordered online.

The discounter has installed a giant machine in a store in Bentonville, Ark., close to its headquarters, that automatically distributes online orders to users of Walmart's buy-online-pickup-in-store service, reported Business Insider. The machine is located directly inside the store's entrance.

According to the report, when customers place an online order for in-store pickup at the location, they get an order number. When the person arrives at the tower, he or she enters the order number into the machine, which then spits out the customer's package.

"We know speed and convenience are important to our customers, and we're always looking for new ways to bring it to them," Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told Business Insider. "We are excited to be one of the first companies to test this new technology and are looking forward to hearing feedback from our customers and associates."

Field Agent, a consulting firm that conducts on-location auditing and research, sent several of its “agents" to try out the machine.

To see a video, click here.

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R.Brittain says:
Oct-31-2016 03:52 pm

According to the video site the machine is in Walmart Store #1, which is actually in neighboring Rogers, AR instead of Bentonville. Rogers is bigger than Bentonville; though Bentonville is better known as Walmart's HQ and the home of Sam Walton's original dime store (now the Walmart Museum), the very first Walmart (1962) was in Rogers, and the current Store #1 is its successor.

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