Retail Roundup—Chipotle co-founder steps down; Voice shopping scores big

Amazon Echo nightstand
Voice-assisted shopping will continue to grow through 2020.

Chipotle co-founder to step down

Steve Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Chipotle, announced he will step down after giving in to pressure from investors. Ellis is blamed for not being able to turn around the chain's bad reputation that followed a string of food safety lapses. (Reuters)

Ikea to open first store in India capital

Ikea has purchased 10 acres of land for a new store in India. The planned 400,000-square-foot facility will include a children's play area and a 1,000-seat restaurant serving Indian and Swedish foods. (The Economic Times)

Voice shopping scores big over holiday weekend

Amazon announced that its best-selling item on Black Friday weekend was its voice-activated Echo Dot. And the use of voice shopping is continuing to grow—the unique monthly increase of Alexa users alone is 325% year over year. (Bloomberg)

Pottery Barn rolls out AR app for furniture placement

Williams-Sonoma has rolled out Pottery Barn 3D Room View, a new augmented reality app that helps place life-size products in a room. Users can save and share room designs and then connect through the app to purchase products on the Pottery Barn website. (Business Wire)