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Fierce Retail reports that Boxed - an online bulk retailer positioned as a digital alternative to Costco and other membership warehouse stores - has introduced two “autonomous shopping tools, Smart StockUp and Concierge.”

The story says that Smart StockUp uses customer data to issue reminders to shoppers when they’re likely running out of products they’ve bought. Concierge, the story says, “takes the program one step farther” by actually shipping those products to consumers when the data suggests they will be running low.

Boxed is said to be marketing these innovations for the moment only to shoppers already on its site.
KC's View:
Smart move … automation continues to be one of Amazon’s distinct differential advantages, and not enough retailers are seeking ways to compete with it. This despite the fact that automation sort of implies that once Amazon captures those sales, they’re almost certainly not going back.