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• The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Nordstrom "is testing curbside pickup for online orders at several stores across the country, including the retailer's downtown Nordstrom flagship store. Customers have had the option to select in-store pickup when buying online since 2008. Now customers at the test location can choose the option of calling or texting as they near the store ... The new pickup system could help Nordstrom compete with other online retailers, such as Amazon, which can now get orders to customers hours after they're made."

Internet Retailer reports that "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is ramping up its e-commerce operation in China, and that includes offering its first mobile shopping app in that country." CEO Doug McMillon says that "Wal-Mart will soon launch an app that lets Chinese consumers order products, such as foods and household products, and pick them up in the retailer’s stores or have them shipped to their homes or other locations. He also says Wal-Mart will accept a variety of electronic payment methods so that consumers can pay with their smartphones at Wal-Mart stores."
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