Amazon; Abercrombie & Fitch; Fired Robot

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January 22, 2018

Grab and Go: Amazon has finally opened its new convenience store in Seattle, which lets consumers who have already downloaded the Amazon Go app walk in, grab whatever it is they need and walk out—without having to wait on line or take out their wallet. 

Strong Growth: Abercrombie & Fitch is anticipating that its Q4 2017 comparable sales will be "up high-single digits," an improvement over its previous outlook. "We are pleased by our performance across all brands and channels during the holiday season," said CEO Fran Horowitz. According to eMarketer Retail's companies database, Abercrombie & Fitch's comparable sales grew 4.0% in Q3 2017. 

Fired Robot: After a week of trialing, Scottish supermarket chain Margiotta has fired a robot named Fabio—who was "programmed with directions to hundreds of items" in the store—for confusing many of its shoppers. According to The Telegraph, Fabio initially delighted customers with greetings that included high-fives and jokes, but later confused them by giving unhelpful advice. For example, when asked where to find beer, he simply said, "It's in the alcohol section." In a recent episode of "Behind the Numbers," several eMarketer staffers discussed whether robots will eventually take over human jobs