Retail Roundup—Panera taking voice orders; Sears Canada's final farewell

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Panera is offering voice ordering through Google Assistant.

Panera accepting orders from Google Assistant 

Panera will be one of the first national restaurant chains to offer voice-activated ordering and payment through Google Assistant. The platform is currently available in St. Louis and six locations in the Silicon Valley area, with full rollout expected by the end of the year. (GeoMarketing)

Harry & David to open 20 holiday pop-ups

Harry & David has announced the opening of 20 pop-up stores across the country. In addition to its 46 year-round locations, the pop-ups will be in key markets for the gift-giving holiday season. (PR Newswire)

Sears Canada begins closing sales

Sears is preparing to end 65 years of history in Canada as it begins to close its 130 remaining stores there, laying off about 12,000 employees. The move came after weeks of discussions to try and save the failing retailer, but the company was not able to reach an agreement. (Financial Post)

60% of C-store owners report sales up 

Three in 5 convenience store retailers say that in-store sales are up in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period the year before. And the same demographic is optimistic about the fourth quarter due in large part to the growth of food sales in C-stores. (NACS)