June 22, 2024

AI skills can help you land a job or promotion faster
Artificial intelligence might replace some jobs but it can also give you a competitive edge in the workplace. Nearly all executives — 96% — feel an urgency to incorporate AI into their business operations, according to a March 2024 Slack Workforce Lab survey of more than 10,000 professionals. Read More

Apple takes personal approach with new AI platform
The tech giant unveiled a proprietary AI system, called Apple Intelligence, that is focused on the needs of individual users. Described as a "personal intelligence" system for iPhone, iPad and Mac device platforms. Read More

Instacart enables shoppable YouTube ads for CPG brands
Building on an existing Google Shopping Ads collaboration, Instacart is enabling select brand partners to run shoppable YouTube ads. Clorox and Publicis Media are among Instacart’s first partners to pilot the capability. Read More

Rite Aid now accepting SNAP payments online via Instacart
Pharmacy chains Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs are now allowing shoppers to pay for online orders through Instacart with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Read More

Best Buy launches exclusive Microsoft AI PC partnership
Best Buy Co. Inc. is now offering a range of services and exclusive models for artificial intelligence-enabled Microsoft Copilot+ PCs. Read More

TJ Maxx, Marshalls have started using body cameras to combat theft
The move, which parent company TJX disclosed in recent weeks, comes as retailers experiment with ways to prevent violence and shoplifting. Read More

Tractor Supply automates enterprise pricing
The nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer is implementing the intelligent pricing platform from Revionics, an Aptos company as its business continues to grow. Read More

Walmart pilots AI-assisted fruit sourcing
The discount giant is deploying remote sensing and data analytics tools from Israeli tech firm Agritask to enable sourcing managers to make more well-informed decisions on seasonal fruit crop yields such as cherries and blackberries. Read More

VF Corp. improves omnichannel inventory visibility via mobile scanning
VF integrated the Scandit Barcode Scanning SDK and linked the application to the SAP Fiori application library. Read More

Target equipping store associates with generative AI chatbot
Target Corp. is rolling out a new artificial intelligence solution that will help store associates answer customer inquiries. Read More

Cotti Foods Streamlines Real Estate Operations for Faster Growth with Leasecake
After evaluating several options, Cotti Foods selected Leasecake as their lease and location management platform. Read More

Baggy pants are out and smaller sizes are flying off the shelves as Wegovy changes how Americans buy clothes
Weight-loss drugs like Wegovy and others have some retailers scrambling to meet the demand for smaller sizes. Read More

Hanesbrands Advances Digital Transformation With New Automation and AI Capabilities
The company has expanded its partnership with tech company Wipro Limited. Now, the company gains access to application management, cybersecurity, intelligent automation, and artificial intelligence capabilities. Read More

Cargo import volume at U.S. ports ‘booming’ amid new supply chain challenges
Monthly inbound cargo volume at the nation’s major container ports is expected to reach its highest level in nearly two years this summer, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Read More

Google Cloud teams with Kingfisher to streamline AI services
Google Cloud has announced an AI focused partnership with Kingfisher, an international home improvement company and owner of UK DIY brand, B&Q. Read More

New Balance Scales Trade-In Program With Help From Archive
New Balance, is adding an in-store trade-in program to nearly 100 participating locations, through a partnership with Archive. Read More

The QHotels Collection implements combined mobile POS and payments across its estate
The QHotels Collection, a unique collection of 19 hotels and resorts located across Great Britain, has implemented xnPOS Mobile Pay, a combined POS and payment solution on a truly mobile device, across all 19 of its venues. Read More

Save A Lot, Uber Eats announce partnership
The St. Louis-based value grocer has announced a new partnership with Uber Technologies to bring more than 600 Save A Lot locations in 32 states to Uber Eats. Read More

Authentic Announces Partnership With Cart.com to Streamline and Improve Operations Across Ecommerce Properties
Cart.com today announced a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group. Through the partnership, Cart.com will provide scalable, omnichannel customer support and merchant of record services across portions of its portfolio of ecommerce brands. Read More

JCPenney automates sorting in $40 million distribution center upgrade
The centerpiece of the upgrade is the implementation of the SDI Joey Pouch sorting solution. Read More

Sportswear giant On to transform supply chain with AI and robotics
Sportswear giant On has joined forces with tech firm Verity to transform its warehouse operations with AI and robotics. Read More

Wakefern Enhances Security, Improves Network Resiliency
Acuative will provide real-time technical support for all Wakefern locations and systematically upgrade the backup wireless network connectivity within each location. Read More

Why a Multinational Pizza Chain Partnered with ChatGPT
Dodo Pizza CEO Alena Tikhova weighs in on the brand’s dedication to innovation and technological advancement. Read More

The Bagel Factory powers new in-store menu boards with nsign.tv digital signage software
The Bagel Factory, a UK chain of convenience food outlets, has deployed menu boards powered by the nsign.tv digital signage software platform. Read More

BJ’s Expands Same-Day Delivery for Oversize Items
In partnership with Roadie, a UPS company, BJ’s Wholesale Club has expanded same-day delivery services for large, big-ticket items such as patio sets, grills and TVs. Read More

Playboy Entertainment Group picks Kibo to power Honey Birdette omnichannel OMS and fulfilment operations
Kibo Commerce reports that Playboy Entertainment Group has selected and launched its order management solution for luxury lingerie apparel brand, Honey Birdette. Read More

Bestseller enlists Voyado to manage customer data, communication, loyalty programmes
Voyado has announced a partnership with Bestseller to help it drive increased customer loyalty and deliver hyper-personalised experiences across all touchpoints. Read More

Strawberry Completes Rollout of Mews Across Portfolio of 230 Hotels
Mews has completed its successful rollout of its Property Management System (PMS) across the entire Strawberry hotel portfolio. Read More

Hotelbeds Signs a Strategic Partnership with Palladium Hotel Group
Hotelbeds has formalized a new strategic partnership with Palladium Hotel Group to enhance the distribution of their properties across Europe. Read More

Accor & Amadeus Announce a New Collaboration
Amadeus and Accor expand their strategic partnership, with Accor implementing Amadeus’ Central Reservation System (ACRS) for its extensive portfolio of properties globally. Read More

Currys taps Bambuser technology to leverage capabilities of shoppable video calls
Bambuser, a video commerce provider, has announced a partnership with home electronics retailer Currys. Read More

Scandinavian KFC franchisee integrates operations with cloud POS
Nordic Service Partners is using the Oracle Simphony Cloud POS platform in an effort to support rapid growth by expanding digital ordering and delivery channels and enhancing reporting across channels. Read More

eTip Selected by Schulte Hospitality Group for Portfolio-Wide Digital Tipping
eTip, the digital tipping and financial benefits platform tailored to service sector businesses, is now the chosen digital tipping provider of Schulte Hospitality Group. Read More

GNC adds new online delivery partner
The health and wellness specialty retailer is partnering with Uber to enable customers to order GNC products directly through its Uber Eats online delivery platform and to utilize Uber for same-day delivery for orders placed via GNC.com. Read More

Red Mango, Orange Leaf deploying cloud POS platform
Revel Systems is rolling out the technology to all restaurant brands in its portfolio, including Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothie Cafe, Smoothie Factory Juice Bar + Kitchen, Pizza Jukebox, Souper Salad and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Read More

U.K. indoor arena The O2 to deploy Amazon 'Just Walk Out'
The O2 will be one of more than a dozen third-party locations in the U.K. to offer Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology by the end of 2024. Read More

Brick Hospitality Introduces Advanced Guest Service Robots Across Premier Hotels
In response to the growing demand for streamlined and efficient guest services, Brick Hospitality has integrated guest service robots into the daily operations of all of its hotels. Read More

Mandarin Oriental Selects Winnow as Food Waste Partner
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is delighted to announce a significant stride in environmental stewardship with the goal of having Winnow’s food waste technology installed across all its hotels by the end of 2025. Read More

Radisson Hotel Group, Lemongrass and AWS Partner
Lemongrass today announced that Radisson Hotel Group has selected Lemongrass to migrate their entire SAP landscape to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read More

Harps Food Stores partners with Grocery TV for retail media
Harps Food Stores will partner with Grocery TV to add 145 stores to Grocery TV’s retail media network. Read More

TJX centralizes operational and energy management for stores
The TJX Companies Inc. is implementing an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) platform from Kode Labs. Read More

How robots are helping fashion seller Boozt drive fast order fulfillment
Customers want orders fast and at Boozt, a Nordic online fashion retailer, a robot fleet is helping the e-commerce provider exceed that customer expectation. Read More

WHSmith Selects Xiatech To Accelerate Its Growth As A Global Travel Retailer
WHSmith, the global travel retailer, has chosen Xiatech as its partner to support the acceleration of the business’ growth and international expansion. Read More

UK omnichannel grocery retailer Co-op ramps up its parcel locker partnership with InPost
Co-op and InPost are expanding their roll-out of parcel collection and returns lockers, with the expectation that they will reach 150 locations this year. Read More

Goodcents Taps Raydiant to Modernize In-Store Experience
Goodcents has selected Raydiant to modernize and elevate its in-location experience across all franchise locations and corporate establishments using Raydiant’s innovative digital signage solutions. Read More

Tractor Supply Company enlists Quorso to boost store operations with data and AI powered insights
US retailer Tractor Supply Company has completed a chain wide roll-out of data and AI powered co-pilot capabilities with Quorso. Read More

Michaels drives assortment planning with customer data
The Michaels Companies helps ensure it stocks the items shoppers want with in-depth data analysis. Read More

Crew Clothing Company expands its Cegid Retail Store Excellence partnership to adopt Newsfeed feature
Cegid has expanded its partnership with Crew Clothing, with the brand now implementing the Newsfeed feature within Cegid Retail Store Excellence. Read More

Yusen Logistics boosts warehouse operations by deploying robotics and visibility platform DexoryView from Dexory
Yusen Logistics, whose end customers include electronics manufacturers, has implemented DexoryView from Dexory, a specialist in AI powered robotics and visibility solutions. Read More

Safeway significantly increases Northern California food donations by deploying solution from Divert
Safeway, which is operated by Albertsons Companies, has announced results from the implementation of Divert’s solution to reduce wasted food and accelerate food recovery efforts. Read More