The Future of Grocery Shopping

The world of grocery shopping looks very different from the one we knew a decade ago. Ordering groceries online is easier and more popular than ever before. Widespread delivery is now offered by virtually every grocery store, either from the retailer itself or from a third-party delivery service like Shipt or Instacart. Curbside pickup has also increased, with many retailers heavily promoting this option even before COVID-19 ushered in a world of social distancing.

These options give consumers the freedom to shop as they please, but they are only the beginning. I believe that in the future, shoppers will embrace a mixed mode of shopping—a hybrid of digital and in-store grocery experiences. Instead of sticking to one format, they will become comfortable with the idea of seamlessly moving from one to the other as their needs arise—and retailers will adapt to these growing expectations.

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Insider shopping tips and sales for Amazon Prime Day 2020.

Kim Komando, Special to USA TODAY
Published 8:00 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2020

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is Oct. 13-14. (Photo: Amazon)

Amazon Prime Day is Christmas in July for techies – most years, that is. In 2020, following pandemic-delays, the two-day sale kicks off on Oct. 13 at midnight EDT.

I’ve told you before about all the great perks you get with an Amazon Prime membership – here are 11 of my favorites – and Prime Day sales might just top the list. In fact, Amazon customers will spend an estimated $10 billion next week.

It’s not just tech and gadgets on sale. You’ll find hot deals across just about every category. The main Prime Day deals page is a good place to get started.

But many deals expire quickly, and new ones appear steadily, often without much notice. I’ve got insider tips to help you get the

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Instagram is bringing its Shopping feature to IGTV and Reels

  • Instagram is bringing its Shopping feature to IGTV and Reels.
  • The move is part of Facebook’s push to make social commerce a more central part of its apps.
  • Insider Intelligence analyzes this industry and several others to provide in-depth analyst reports, proprietary forecasts, customizable charts, and more. Learn more about what we offer.

Yesterday, Instagram rolled out Instagram Shopping for its long-form video platform IGTV, part of the company’s push to make social commerce more central to the app. Users will be able to add products featured in an IGTV video to their in-app shopping cart and then check out either on the company’s website or within Instagram.

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Instagram is bringing its Shopping feature to IGTV and Reels.

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With this rollout, Shopping is now available on almost all parts of the platform, including the main feed, Stories, and livestreams. The company plans to make Shopping available across the platform’s

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Amazon Prime Day and earlier holiday shopping will ding Black Friday, Cyber Monday

It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday shopping season even though it’s not Halloween. You can thank evolving shopping habits, COVID-19, a delayed Amazon Prime Day, supply chain concerns, and crimped consumer and business budgets.

The moving parts are going to be enough to make Black Friday more of a 2020 retailing blip than the biggest shopping day of the year.

Simply put, the calendar is moving forward and households won’t have as much to spend. The winners will be Amazon, which is likely to deliver its biggest fourth quarter in history, and retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Target that have mastered buy online pickup in-store and other digital sales tactics.

In addition, Amazon’s rivals are all planning sales around Prime Day. Those moves will just create a flywheel of demand that’ll minimize the importance of retail’s big holiday shopping days.

Consider some data on holiday

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7 out of every 10 consumers would prefer contactless shopping

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Amazon One is the new palm reading technology we may have to start using to pay.

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It would be easy to chalk up technological developments from Amazon as par for the course. The company is perpetually throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks.

A recent product unveiling, however, may mean far more than most realize.

The new device is the Amazon One, which can be used for contactless payments and is up and running in two Amazon Go stores. The device facilitates a completely hands-free interaction. Amazon says the palm print reader could also be utilized for things like granting access to restricted areas or in place of a loyalty card. Amazon is using it for its own purposes right now, but plans to sell the tech to third parties in the future.

Amazon One puts the e-commerce giant smack in the middle of a contactless

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Amazon’s New Hand Payment Technology Could Change In-Store Shopping Forever

New Amazon technology, introduced at two Amazon Go stores this week, lets shoppers pay for purchases by holding their hands over a scanner. The system, called Amazon One, may herald a new way of identifying yourself and paying for things that could change the way people shop, enter concerts, use public transportation, and many other things.

You’ve probably used a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition to unlock your smartphone. You already know that your voice and your retinas can be used to positively identify you and give you access to your various devices, and possibly to secure government or corporate facilities. Amazon’s new Amazon One technology takes biometrics a step further by allowing shoppers to pay for purchases with a simple scan of their palms.

To stave off privacy concerns, the company says it is encrypting biometric data before storing it in the cloud, and that the data will be

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This Start-Up Offers Carbon-Free Shopping

How wonderful it was to live at the turn of the twenty-first century! We had the luxury of considering climate change as a possible negative that might happen in the seemingly unimaginable future of “ten or 20 years from now.”  

Back in the good ole’ days, we imagined that hurricanes would someday become more destructive. Wildfires would someday threaten more population centers. Droughts would someday become more severe. 

These worries may have added a twinge of buzzkill while we were partying like it was 1999. On the bright side — most people figured — the disasters would not come for decades and by then, some lab coat-wearing egghead would have figured out a way to technologize us out of our pickle.  

Twenty years later, there is some good (and better) news and some bad (and worse) 

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