In today’s Fast Five podcast, Chris and Anne discuss Walmart’s new rewards program, shopping for groceries in India via WhatsApp, Instacart’s new delivery service, new merchandising from Ulta, and the second coming of Bloomie’s.

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Today's Fast Five Fri, 02 Sep 2022
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Hello Omni Talk Fans! Anne and I are sitting this very second at the Philadelphia airport having spent the last two fun-filled days livestreaming our ass*s off at Home Delivery World 2022.

We got the chance to speak with some great companies, including DroneUp, the FRONTDoor Collective, and Knapp. Drones, last-mile delivery, and automation -- it was everything one would expect to find at a supply chain conference!

If you want to check out any of our livestreams from the event, just head to our Omni Talk page on LinkedIn or click on any of the links in the previous sentence.

We also somehow managed to record this week’s Fast Five Podcast right from the show floor.

Crazy? We think not! 

(Though please judge for yourselves)

In today’s Fast Five Podcast, Anne and I:

- Shared mutual distaste for Walmart’s new rewards program for Walmart+ members

- Were somewhat split on Bloomingdales' second “Bloomie’s” store

- Discussed what the Meta and Jio WhatsApp partnership in India could mean for the future of text commerce in the U.S.

- Questioned what again seems like a desperate IPO-incented move by Instacart to get into big and bulky delivery

- And closed with a look at Ulta’s new in-store merchandising strategy

There’s all that, plus Lily Tomlin, Panera tuna, and Anne’s favorite pumpkin-shaped memories.

Listen to This Week’s Fast Five Podcast

Be careful out there,

-- Chris, Anne, and the entire Omni Talk team

P.S. We have seen really strong interest in our next live event on LinkedIn about the new Meta Store.

For those interested in what Eduardo Cruz of Meta, the man in charge of the very store itself, has to say, just click here or on the image right below this sentence.

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Editors: Chris Walton & Anne Mezzenga

Chris Walton and Anne Mezzenga are leading experts and influencers in omnichannel retailing. Connect with Chris and Anne on Linkedin.

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