Costco Wholesale is enhancing its ecommerce abilities through a partnership with Instacart and a new online shopping service known as CostcoGrocery, a two-day delivery of shelf-stable groceries and other items.

Meijer is partnering with IBM to reorganize its information technology department with hopes to streamline its tech strategy and enhance omnichannel offerings.

Walmart announced a number of technology and ecommerce initiatives: the company’s curbside grocery pickup program for online shoppers will be rolled out to 1,000 stores; recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to make online purchases; Walmart will open less than 25 new stores in its next fiscal year and focus on expanding e-commerce.

Williams-Sonoma will begin accepting Venmo for bridal registry purchases.



Shake Shack Inc. is testing kiosk-only ordering at its Astor Place location.

Sonic Corp. announced that a malware attack may have compromised some credit/debit card numbers.



Ahold/Delhaize is testing a robot named Marty at a Giant Food Store in Lower Paxton Township, PA that moves through the aisles and notifies store associates of hazardous floor conditions, shelve stock conditions and price checks.

Aldi Inc. is now accepting all forms of contactless payment, including Apple Pay and Android Pay at its 1,700+ stores nationwide.

Kroger will also institute its “Scan, Bag, Go” mobile app-driven self-checkout service to 400 stores in 2018 after a successful test at 20 locations.

Harris Teeter, a Kroger banner, has partnered with omnichannel platform provider Myxx to develop a website that allows customers to look for recipes and populate shopping lists; it also lets shoppers send the recipe-based grocery lists to Harris Teeter’s ExpressLane e-commerce service and place orders for in-store pickup or delivery.

Speedway has placed its network of 2,550 ATMs on the Allpoint Network.