Delivery Expansion: Amazon is expanding on a delivery trial that could hurt its relationship with long-time delivery partners, including UPS and FedEx. According to Bloomberg, the ecommerce giant is using lower delivery costs and logistics software, among other things, to lure its sellers to use the service.
Coffee and Blockchain? Mobile payments have been working out quite well for Starbucks. The coffee giant recently reported that mobile orders make up 11% of US transactions. And though Starbucks isn't planning to invest in blockchain technology anytime soon, Mobile Marketer reports that the company is eyeing the technology, and that given how well it's already doing in the digital payments space, Starbucks plans to "jump at the opportunity when the timing is right."
Good Value: New data from The NPD Group reveals that many US restaurant chains are looking to value deals, as well as new menu items, to drive consumers to stores. And consumers are looking for deals. In fact, visits based on a deal offer, which NPD says represent a quarter of all restaurant traffic, "grew for the third consecutive year in 2017."