Amazon Go is coming, so it’s time to learn how to bag your own damn groceries

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Amazon Go is coming, and that means you’re finally going to have to bag your own groceries.

*gasp*

On Monday, Amazon released its new app that aims to revolutionize in-store shopping by allowing users to swipe their phones upon entering a store, scan items along the way and then, well, to put it simply… leave.

Sounds convenient, right? Well, not if you’re a stranger to the self-checkout line and have relied on cashiers to bag your groceries all these years.

With the new Amazon Go app, shopping (like so many other things in life) is about to become totally centered around your smartphone. With Amazon Go’s new “Just Walk Out” technology, customers won’t have to wait in those pesky checkout lines, which means there will no longer be a need for cashiers. Read more…

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Amazon Go is a much better idea than delivery drones

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I wanted to dismiss Amazon Go as another Jeff Bezos attention play. But I was wrong. This is the shopping experience we’ve all been waiting for. Amazon is the most important retailer in the country, and when it tries to transform how we shop and receive products, people listenI listen.

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes a few years ago to unveil his plans for drone delivery, I had a million questions and almost zero faith that they would ever make it happen. Delivery drones like Amazon’s proposed Prime Air must be fairly large, they’re loud and, in most neighborhoods, will always feel invasive. And the FAA is never going to cooperate. Delivery of one product by drone isn’t even particularly efficient. If nothing else, Amazon is an incredibly efficient product delivery service. I can order five products this morning and receive some or all of them within 48 hours (and sometimes sooner). Read more…

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Amazon just teased the future of in-store shopping

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Amazon wants to help you shop with just your smartphone. 

Right. They’ve already done that. But in addition to revolutionizing online shopping, the tech giant is making moves in brick and mortar.

On Monday, the tech giant unveiled Amazon Go, its new initiative for in-store shopping. The first store opened in Seattle, Amazon’s headquarters and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. 

At Amazon’s stores, customers don’t need to wait in line or checkout formally. There are no cashiers. Customers simply use Amazon’s new Go app.  Read more…

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Levi’s CEO writes open letter on LinkedIn: Leave your guns at home

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Chip Bergh, CEO of popular clothing company, Levi Strauss & Co., penned a heartfelt open letter to customers asking them to leave their guns at home. 

In the letter posted to LinkedIn on Wednesday, Bergh made a plea for Levi customers not to enter stores carrying weapons following a recent incident, in which a gun inadvertently went off in one of the company’s stores, injuring the customer who brought it.

Bergh offered his opinions on the “complex” and “divisive” U.S. debate over gun safety and rights as a former army officer, a father and business leader of a 163-year-old company. Read more…

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Reese Witherspoon is trolling us all with the name of a new festive dress

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Nothing says “happy holidays” like a good troll from Reese Witherspoon.

As part of her lifestyle brand Draper James‘ clothing line, the actress is selling one dress with a pretty funny name.

We present to you, Wreath Witherspoon:

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For a cool $295, you could own the punniest dress online.

Reese is obviously very proud of her new “holiday nickname,” on Wednesday. 

Because everyone needs a holiday nickname! ❤️, #WreathWitherspoon (Full @draperjames video: https://t.co/eZOzRNeSet) pic.twitter.com/vDt7tEeaJP

— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) November 30, 2016 Read more…

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Ruthless Black Friday shoppers completely trash Nike store

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Shoppers are ruthless when Black Friday rolls around, and this year was no different.

Last Friday, the Nike store at the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip, Washington felt the wrath of determined sneaker addicts eager for some good deals.

After the doors opened on Black Friday, it was only a matter of time before the immaculately organized store devolved into a chaotic mess of mismatched shoes and an obstacle course of piled boxes.

Here’s the Nike store pre-Black Friday, with neatly stocked shelves and beautifully hung items of clothing. Read more…

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Online shoppers gobbled up $1.9 billion in bargains on Thanksgiving

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Before anyone could even help themselves to the cold Thanksgiving leftovers, U.S. shoppers had spent a whopping $1 billion online. 

The turkey was less interesting than drones this year and people across the country dropped cash like it was going out of fashion. By 5 p.m. on Thursday, bargain hunters had spent $1.15 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights. By the end of Thursday, that figure had hit $1.93 billion.

Once upon a time shoppers would patiently wait for the chaos of Black Friday to score a bargain but times are changing. Black Friday now lasts for months and shopping online between Thanksgiving courses is now common practice. This year’s online sales were up by 11.5 percent on last year, with 40 percent of sales happening on mobile devices.  Read more…

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5 ways to do good if you hate Black Friday

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LONDON — Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. But, for many people it’s a day of pandaemonium that’s enough to put you off shopping for life.

Luckily, there are ways to step away from the mayhem to do something a little bit different — something that doesn’t involve getting elbowed in the ribs to buy a cut price TV. 

Here are five ways to do good this Black Friday. 

1. Support digital activism 

This Black Friday, Lush Cosmetics has released a charitable bath bomb, named Error 404. All the proceeds from the vanilla-scented product will go to the Digital Fund to support Access Now, an initiative fighting against internet shutdowns.  Read more…

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