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From Amazon Go to Fresh Pickup to a cash-free Starbucks, Winsight found a frictionless and friendly future in the Emerald City.

The partnership with the Japanese e-commerce giant will bring online grocery shopping and delivery to Walmart’s Seiyu retail chain in Japan, as well as e-books and e-readers to Walmart’s stores and online shop in the U.S.

The 87-store retailer is using the AI platform to analyze and track transactions.

The Lempert Report: A blockchain technology company is using facial recognition on free-range chickens.

U.K.-based online grocery specialist Ocado bringing grocery ordering, automated fulfillment and home delivery solution to Sobeys; eyeing other partnerships

From robots, to crowdsourcing to the cloud, retailers are moving quickly to adapt technology

New features also include money orders and bill payments

Instacart is acquiring Unata, a leading provider of digital shopping technologies for grocers, in a deal the companies said would allow Instacart to forge deeper relationships with retailers for whom it provides on-demand ordering and delivery.

Kroger, Costco, Target and Aldi are said to be among several brick-and-mortar retailers expressing interest in acquiring online bulk retailer Boxed.

The Lempert Report: New technologies surrounding food are set to catapult consumers into convenience.