Retail Roundup—Walmart tests in-home delivery; Holiday sales jump 4%

Walmart is testing delivery directly into customers' homes.

Walmart to test delivery to inside of customers' homes

Walmart is partnering with August to test out a new service that will allow customers to use smart home delivery to have their packages delivered inside their home. The test will begin in Silicon Valley with a select group of consumers who have opted in and have the August smart lock to allow delivery drivers a one-time entry into their home. (TechCrunch)

Roche Bros. to open third small format

Roche Bros. has plans to open a third location of its Brothers Marketplace banner, the brand's new small-store concept that debuted three years ago. The first two locations were in urban areas and aim to capture the growing prevalence of single-meal and convenience-focused shopping trips.(Supermarket News)

Holiday sales to jump 4%

Deloitte has predicted that consumer spending will experience a 4% to 4.5% increase this holiday season. U.S. sales are predicted to reach $1 trillion between November and January, with digital sales leading the pack with an upward of 21% increase from last year. (Twice)

JCPenney hires seasonal and Houston-based workers

JCPenney is planning to hire 40,000 seasonal workers and has already hired an extra 2,500 people in the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey. The company anticipated that families would need a discount place to shop for household goods as they repair what's left of their homes. (Texarkana Gazette)