Retail Roundup—Target apps merge; Amazon's pet sales up 40%

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Amazon's sales of pet supplies are up 40%.

Target apps merge

Target is merging its popular Cartwheel savings app into the main Target app before officially closing Cartwheel forever. The integration is complete and consumers can now use the main app to shop online and in-store, with delivery and pickup options and digital couponing. To date, the Cartwheel app has been downloaded about 40 million times. (TechCrunch)

Amazon's pet product sales up 40%

Amazon's sales of pet products in 2016 reached $2 billion, up 40% from 2015. Amazon's purchase usage among pet owners has grown 19% to 32%, surpassing Petco's 25% and approaching PetSmart's 32%. (PR Newswire)

SpartanNash to roll out click-and-collect

SpartanNash has partnered with Unata, a provider of digital solutions for grocers, to help with its new click-and-collect grocery solution. Known as Fast Lane, the program allows customers to order groceries online and pick up in-store. The program piloted less than a month ago and has already been expanded to 10 locations. (PR Newswire)

DTC continues to win for J.Jill

J.Jill delivered yet another quarter of strong sales and growth, as total sales increased 9.9% and comparable sales increased 7.8%. Of those sales, more than 43% were direct to consumer. For the entire first half of the year, sales were up more than 11% and gross profit increased to $238.3 million from $214.4 million. (Business Wire)

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