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With the company out of recovery mode, teams are looking to advance on digital transformation projects.

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Retailers in May focused technology efforts in areas including augmented reality, robotics, and mobile apps.

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Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) is co-developing a free web-based tool to address high turnover among child welfare workers.

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Starbucks announced Thursday a national partnership with Grubhub as the coffee chain looks to onboard more customers amid softer sales and traffic.

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In a blog posting this week, Daniela Boscan, Walmart's Food & Consumable Team Lead, announced that after a single-store test in Texas, the retailer is expanding the use of digital shelf labels (DSLs) to 2,300 of its US stores, an effort that will take two years.

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The Coca-Cola Co. is launching Coca-Cola Lens, an insights platform designed to empower operators in the foodservice and retail industries to make data-driven decisions.

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Aldi has launched checkout free grocery, called Aldigo, with Grabango, at one location.

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Imagine that you’re scrolling through the social media platform of your choice, see something you love, and click on it — only to learn that it’s out of stock. Or worse, you place an order that’s later canceled because the item is no longer available.

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Most MSPs are unaware of the current mobile point of sale (mPOS) buying supercycle. Why not earn your piece of the pie?

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The luxury brand is making the Dynamic Yield by Mastercard Shopping Muse solution available to consumers through a global integration on its website.

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This week at SAP Sapphire, four industry-leading companies discuss how they are using SAP technology to deliver high-value results for their businesses.

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In order to access emerging opportunities across the AI landscape, Being AI Group operates three divisions–Being Labs, Being Consultants, and Being Ventures. Today we announce that we have co-invested into one such emerging opportunity – Tymestack.ai Pty Limited (“TymeStack”).

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Revel worked with BRIX to develop a custom plan that optimized the hardware and software configuration for each additional brand’s unique requirements.

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The process will leverage artificial intelligence and other recently adopted technology to improve inventory forecast accuracy, per executives.

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AccuStore has completed a structured data survey for Atlanta-based convenience-store chain RaceTrac. The survey plays a crucial role in execution of store-specific marketing plans across RaceTrac’s network of menu-forward c-stores, AccuStore said.

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Self-checkout kiosks, computer vision and autonomous are part of the checkout evolution. Contactless checkout in stores is becoming more and more common for consumers today — and in many cases, even expected.

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As nostalgia for the pre-internet era persists, particularly among Generation X, the introduction of advanced digital tracking by Walmart marks a significant leap in consumer analytics. Yesterday, Walmart unveiled its new strategy to utilize extensive data from users of Walmart.com and the Walmart app.

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On the subject of innovation, Bossie noted that Big Y has “a continuous-improvement mentality in the organization. I think innovation has to come when there’s complete buy-in from the merchants, from the operators, from finance, from [all of] it.

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Torchy’s Tacos has implemented Oracle Simphony Cloud Point-of-Sale (POS).

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The Mexican fast-food chain plans to bring Presto Voice technology to more restaurants after it improved speed and ticket size at a test location.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is expanding its partnership to prevent food from going to waste. The convenience leader and Too Good To Go have announced the expansion of their partnership in North America and Europe.

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It says that the renewal highlights “the significant value the NewStore Unified Commerce Platform has delivered over the past six years, cementing the brand’s position as one of the world’s fastest growing and most innovative omnichannel retailers”.

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Now, Sephora is partnering with Chase Payment Solutions, part of J.P. Morgan Payments, to extend the Tap to Pay on iPhone solution to more than 130 freestanding locations across Canada.

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Canadian retailer Metro Inc. has partnered with FLO to provide fast charging at more than 130 Metro, Super C, Food Basics and Marché Adonis grocery store locations across Quebec and Ontario.

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Bringing new technology to the store level can often be a bit of a balancing act for grocery retailers, from making the initial investment to enabling associates to utilize it efficiently and beyond.

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Scott Kessler, EVP and CIO at Northeast Grocery said that technologies in the GenAI space will allow retailers to manage better data, to better capture that knowledge and wisdom, and use it to their advantage. One technology that Kesser specifically mentioned was RAG, or Retrieval Augmented Generation.

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Americanas Group has selected Rimini Street and its Rimini Manage for SAP service to take over governance, management, control and operation of the 95-year-old retailer's SAP system landscape that spans corporate, e-commerce and logistic platforms, and more than 1,600 stores across Brazil.

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WHSmith has chosen Xiatech, the company behind Xfuze, pitched as the world’s first composable hyper-integration platform, as its partner to support the acceleration of the business’ growth and international expansion.

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Hanshow and Leroy Merlin have partnered to deploy ESLs across over 50,000 products integrated with the the latter’s mobile app in France.

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In an effort to purposefully engage with its members and gain valuable feedback about its private label products, Sam’s Club has unveiled its new Member’s Mark Community.

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Erewhon, an organic grocer, is deploying the AI-driven workforce management platform from Legion to boost employee experience.

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Bhardwaj talked about Walmart’s efforts to commercialize its technology, specifically pointing to two products now available.

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Amazon Fresh UK has embarked upon an automated returns kiosks (ARK) journey, deploying the technology at its Liverpool Street and Moorgate stores.

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Albertsons Cos. is teaming up with Uber on an ambitious food rescue iniatitive. The initiative will see Albertsons Cos. stores deliver surplus food donations to local non-profit organizations and food banks through Uber Direct.

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The retailer is collaborating with omnichannel marketing and data solutions provider Lucky to let consumer electronics brands connect their DTC websites with its store inventory in real time.

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Walmart Data Ventures has introduced Digital Landscapes, a self-service module designed to reveal insights into the digital behaviors of Walmart shoppers online — particularly those behaviors that precede the consumer’s point of decision.

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JD Sports is implementing the Algolia AI search solution in hopes of providing customers with more accurate and relevant search results on its e-commerce sites.

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Klarna is now live at Argos, Habitat and TU, the result of a partnership with Sainsbury’s.

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Amazon.com's opens new tab robotaxi unit Zoox said on Wednesday it plans to start testing its autonomous vehicles in Austin, Texas, and Miami, a move that would mark its first trial sites outside the western United States.

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SymphonyAI's connected retail software will unify data while supporting various item hierarchies at Good Food Holdings' five banners, including Bristol Farms.

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Almost every convenience store operator is on a technology journey, though where they are on that journey and what stops they have mapped out may differ.

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With the ever-increasing popularity of Kubernetes, it shouldn’t come as a shock that certainly major tech brands, such as Google, DirectTV and Spotify, have migrated to experience the speed and flexibility it provides.

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The retail giant on Friday unveiled several new new technology initiatives across its operations, including enhancing its drone delivery and InHome kitchen and garage delivery service, piloting an AI shopping assistant and the expanded rollout of digital shelf labels.

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The personal care and home fragrance retailer is collaborating with Accenture in a multi-year program that is part of a larger corporate strategy to elevate its brand and leverage the latest technologies in digital, marketing solutions, artificial intelligence and generative AI to drive growth.

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As Amazon and Walmart compete for retail dominance, the two industry giants are implementing generative artificial intelligence across the supply chain to cut costs and boost profits.

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The Idaho-based grocery conglomerate is teaming up with AI- and ML-based personalization technology provider Rokt to let non-endemic brands reach and engage its e-commerce customers with targeted offers and messages via its Albertsons Media Collective retail media network.

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Bojangles has partnered with ezCater, a food for work technology company in the U.S., to offer catering services.

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MRI Software has announced a partnership with Holland & Barrett, a UK health and wellness retailer that has over 1,000 stores across the UK and Europe.

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As clothing brands and retailers continue to struggle with the costly problem of returns, many are turning to artificial intelligence to help consumers buy products they will actually want when they arrive.

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Cowboy Chicken has teamed up with Cartwheel, a delivery management platform, to power hybrid delivery.

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The Texas-based sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer has announced a partnership with DoorDash to offer on-demand delivery from Academy's more than 280 stores.

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Torchy’s Tacos has implemented the Oracle Simphony Cloud POS solution in all stores, in an effort to unify its digital engagement channels and improve operations with automation and real-time data and analytics.

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