Amazon on Monday announced it will now offer its cashierless store technology, called "Just Walk Out," to other retailers. The technology uses a combination of cameras, sensors, computer vision techniques and deep learning to allow customers to shop, then leave the store without waiting in line to pay. This is the same technology that today powers the Amazon Go cashierless convenience stores and Amazon's newly launched Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle. Reuters first reported the news just ahead of Amazon's official announcement, adding also that Amazon says it has signed "several" deals with initial customers interested in using Just Walk Out in their own stores. Amazon did not say who those customers are, however.
Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company says it plans to open up to 20 new stores in the Netherlands over the next two years, creating thousands of new jobs in a nation recently hit by the closure of a major chain of stores. Hudson's Bay announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it will open both Hudson's Bay and Saks Off 5th stores. The Toronto-headquartered company says its move should create some 2,500 jobs in the stores and a further 2,500 for construction workers and involve capital investment of some 300 million euros ( 340 million). Chairman Richard Baker says the move is a natural extension of Hudson's Bay's presence in neighboring Belgium. The Dutch retail landscape was rattled late last year by the collapse of department store chain V&D.
US retail sales saw their biggest rise for more than a year in April, largely because of a surge in car sales. Overall retail sales grew by 1.3% last month compared with March, according to the US Commerce Department - the strongest gain since March 2015. Car sales climbed by 3.2%, a sharp reversal from the 3.2% fall recorded in the previous month. March's total retail sales were better than previously reported, falling by 0.3% not 0.4%. When cars, petrol, building materials and food services are stripped out "core retail sales" rose by 0.9% in April.