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Bits & Bytes | Inside Amazon's Strategy in India, How High-Tech Retail Stores Boost Sales

This week, Amazon's logistics are winning the e-commerce war in India, and how Rebecca Minkoff uses tech to drive growth.
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  • Victoria Berezhna

Inside the Logistics Backbone That's Helping Amazon Win in India (Quartz)
"The company has signed up over 200,000 sellers, built 40 more fulfilment centres in 13 states, with a total of 13 million cubic feet of storage space. Inside, few thousand workers stock, sort, store, pick, package, and despatch products from Amazon India's marketplace for 20 hours a day."

How Rebecca Minkoff Uses Technology to Drive Triple-Digit Sales Growth (CNBC)
"The flagship Rebecca Minkoff store in New York City has a video wall for customers to find items, and also has interactive mirrors in the dressing room. The mirrors let consumers set the lighting to match where they will wear the clothing. They also let you order a different size or color with a few taps."

Why There's no Technology on the Runway This Season (RetailWeek)
"While NYFW has had its share of tech-centric moments, from Dior-designed VR headsets to DVF's Google Glasses, this year tech takes a more backstage role. Artificial intelligence now silently works as a sales assistant; wearables are a de rigueur part of most wardrobe; and the see-now-buy-now strategy is becoming standard."

These new Smartwatches Prove That Fashion and Tech Need to Work Together (Business Insider)
"44.4 million US adults will use a wearable device this year, an increase of 12.6 percent since last year. But smartwatches are unique in that they're equally a fashion product and a tech product, and in order to grow, the two need to work hand-in-hand."

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find new Roles (The New York Times)
"In 2014, the company began rolling out robots to its warehouses using machines developed by Kiva Systems, a company Amazon bought for $775 million and renamed Amazon Robotics. Amazon now has more than 100,000 robots in action around the world, and it has plans to add many more to the mix."

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