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Bricks and mortar goes online, while e-commerce gets physical

It appears that an ironic dance is occurring in the space between digital and physical sales. Big retailers who began in the physical space are heading online and hi-tech, whilst online retailers are seeing the value in having a physical presence in the right circumstances. This week we take a look at the cross over between the two and the increasingly blurred middle where businesses are competing for consumer loyalty.  

Walmart is keeping the faith in its $16 billion bet to take on Amazon. [CNBC]

Walmart partners with Rakuten to open its first e-commerce store in Japan. [TechCrunch]

New Trend Sees Small Online Ecommerce Moving to Brick and Mortar Space – But Why? [Small Business Trends]

With augmented reality and inner-city stores, IKEA aims to disrupt itself. [ClickZ]

Amazon aims at office workers with compact cashier-less food store. [ETRetail.com]

The costly journey of returned goods means big business for some. [CNBC]

Emerging Technologies Like IoT Are Making Home Delivery More Than A Memory. [Forbes]

71% of retailers invest in AI to attract online shoppers this Christmas. [Training Journal]

How Five Retailers Are Catering To Smartphone Shoppers. [PYMNTS.com]

Holiday e‑commerce 2018 data analysis in 10 charts. [Digital Commerce 360]

As an a extra little treat, here is a list within a list (I know, how meta), as Bloomberg have put together their envy list, which features some amazing articles that their writer wish they had written. It’s not related but hey, everyone procrastinates on a Friday.

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