Starbucks, even amid the pandemic, says to hell with convention and comfort and begins piloting a reusable cup program in stores AND for at-home delivery!

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Today's Fast Five Thu, 08 Apr 2021
Starbucks trials reusable cup program — with refundable deposit, loyalty points
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Hello Omni Talk Fans. Today's newsletter is chock full of great retailers willing to take risks, new startups saying "Why not us?" and the usual holy sh*t bit of news that highlights just how powerful Amazon really is.

In Today's Fast Five:

  • Starbucks, even amid the pandemic, says to hell with convention and comfort and begins piloting a reusable cup program in stores AND for at-home delivery! (Read More)
  • Best Buy takes it own bold step out on the long branch of innovation, this time piloting Best Buy Beta, its new near $200 annual subscription program for things like tech support, free appliance installation and more. (Read More)
  • Harry's raises $155 million of Series E financing to acquire new brands, leaving us to wonder if we aren't just seeing the shakeup of retail but the shakeup of big name CPGs and retail technology firms as well? (Read More)
  • Foxtrot, the upscale corner convenience store, plans nearly to double its store count after securing $42 million of Series B financing. (Read More)
  • And, Amazon now controls 10.3% of the digital ad market, up from 7.8% in 2019. (Read More)

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Be careful out there,

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

P.S. If you haven't had a chance to watch the full replay of our webinar on autonomous shopping with NVIDIA, Dell Technologies, and AWM Smart Shelf, you may want to check out minute 45:00 especially.

There are some bold predictions from the crew about just how fast checkout-free retail will reach scale.

The timeline is sure to surprise you.

It sure as hell did us.

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Starbucks Corp. is testing a program that lets customers earn loyalty points for purchasing a reusable cup and returning it to a special kiosk. The coffee giant has launched a limited trial of “Borrow A...
Best Buy is testing a new annual membership program that comes with perks like tech support, free shipping and extended warrantees on smartphones or other purchases. The consumer electronics retailer said in...
Men’s grooming operation Harry’s has raised a $155 million Series E round at a $1.7 billion valuation, following the collapse of a deal it had set up with Edgewell, parent of the Schick brand,...
A retailer that combines the best of neighborhood retail and e-commerce technology is expanding in the Washington, D.C., market and beyond. In total, the company, which currently operates 12 stores, plans to...
Amazon. com Inc.’s share of the U.S. digital ad market grew to 10.3% last year from 7.8% in 2019, according to a new report from research firm eMarketer. The report predicts that Amazon will continue to...
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Chris Walton and Anne Mezzenga are leading experts and influencers in omnichannel retailing. Connect with Chris and Anne on Linkedin.

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