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Discount Tire has deployed what it calls the “industry’s first” tire tread-depth-reading mobile computing solution across its nearly 1,100 stores nationwide.

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Italian retailer Iper La grande i has selected Diebold Nixdorf for an overhaul of the front- and back-end of its hypermarkets and restaurants.

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Partnership will double brand’s footprint with 60 kitchens in the US and 30 in Canada by the end of 2021. Many of these new kitchens will live inside Walmart stores.

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Home improvement retailer, Wickes, is tapping Blue Yonder machine learning technology to forecast swings in consumer demand, and accurately align product availability and supply.

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Imerco, Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s largest hardware chain, will partner with RELEX Solutions.

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Kimberton Whole Foods is deploying predictive technology and an automated ordering solution from Shelf Engine to reduce in-store food waste.

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Elevated retail import levels brought on by the massive surge of e-commerce during the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to last at least through summer 2021, with retailers and workers firing on all cylinders to keep up with consumer demand.

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Chop’d has announced “a huge tech investment” as it gears up to reopen stores on 12th April.

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As one of the Hilton properties selected to beta test QR code ordering in late 2019, the Hilton Omaha started rolling out contactless dining and payment right before the global pandemic.

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Kum & Go will partner with RELEX Solutions for unified supply chain and merchandising optimization, including forecasting, replenishment, and space and floor planning.

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Tech includes arrival kiosks with antimicrobial technology baked into the touchscreen glass and the launch of a contactless grab-and-go marketplace.

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Moss uses Retalon's advanced analytics to get clearer visibility into future demand and make better decisions in merchandising and inventory management.

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One of the largest grocers in the U.S. is streamlining the testing of POS and peripheral systems with artificial intelligence (AI).

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Pura Vida Bracelets, an online jeweler that employs over 1,000 artisans, is deploying Searchspring's site search and merchandising technology to build strategic e-commerce campaigns and provide a personalized shopping experience.

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The nation's leading bridal retailer is expanding the availability of its AI-based Zoey customer service chatbot.

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Trader Joe's is offering a free app designed to make the world a more accessible place for people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.

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Peet’s was implementing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management when the pandemic hit. The supply chain application included warehouse management capabilities. Their integration partner was Blue Horseshoe Solutions.

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Gap Inc. is designing a delivery fulfillment system based on customer loyalty, prioritizing its "most valuable lifetime" customers.

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The digital backbone supporting Ahold Delhaize USA’s retail brands—popping up in the form of new apps, retooled websites, behind-the-scenes processes and the overarching omnichannel strategies at brands like Stop & Shop, The Giant Co. and Giant Food over the last year—goes by the names of their respective brands externally, but is referred to around the company as “Prism.”

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Digital fraud continues to be an ongoing problem for banks, retailers, merchants and businesses of all types, as well as the customers that patronize them.

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Samsung Electronics on Monday said the company has adopted a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to enhance efficiency and productivity in its global operations.

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Eureka! Restaurant Group's Director of IT discusses the path and partnership her brand discovered on its journey to implementing contactless ordering and payment technology.

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Philip Morris International Inc. has selected a SaaS- and cloud-based transportation management solution (TMS) from Blue Yonder, to complete its end-to-end supply chain strategy.

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IDeaS announced it will implement IDeaS G3 Revenue Management System (RMS) at two properties for Atrium Hospitality: the Chateau on the Lake, Branson, and the Wyndham Grand, Oklahoma City.

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Groupe Dynamite which owns the Dynamite and Garage fashion brands, has selected the Manhattan Active POS solution to deliver a more modern, customer-centric shopping experience. The retailer will begin deploying the new POS platform in 10 pilot stores this summer, with plans to expand to its remaining 300-plus retail locations later in 2021.

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El Dorado Furnitue is deploying Versatile Credit technology to provide a contactless financing option to customers.

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Consumers have grown used to paying online or via mobile, and their continued migration to digital shopping has only accelerated as the pandemic continues.

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Boots is set to deploy Yoobic’s task management platform across its 2,500 retail stores.

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CEFCO is working with Stuzo to launch the new CEFCO Rewards program. In the first 60 days with the new program in market, CEFCO has already gained performance improvements in a number of key areas. Most notably, the number of active rewards program members is up 243% and transactions per day are up 80%, it said.

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Regional convenience and fuel retailers H&S Energy of California, E.J. Pope & Son of North Carolina and Welcome Break in the UK have implemented AI optimization tools from Hypersonix to support functionalities including real-time fuel pricing and streamlined merchandising.

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The nation’s largest sporting goods retailer will debut a new concept, called Dick’s House of Sport, at Eastview Mall, in the Rochester suburb of Victor, New York, on April 9.

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On the food waste front, for the past few years, Raley’s has used a software management program to identify expiring products with the goal of reducing food waste, said Raley’s Director of Sustainability Mark Koppang.

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Scientific Games provides gambling products and services to lottery, gambling, social and digital organizations worldwide. Through its partnership with the Kentucky Lottery, Kroger and global branded payments provider Blackhawk Network Inc., shoppers at Lexington, Kentucky, area Kroger stores can now purchase scratch games along with other grocery items in one convenient transaction at checkout.

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Lunds Food Holdings, Inc. is implementing the Itasca Magic computer generated ordering and inventory optimization solution in all its Lunds & Byerlys retail locations.

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Mass Sports, a manufacturer of bespoke motorcycle racing gear, has partnered with blockchain-based supply chain transparency solution SUKU Discover to track the journey of every suite, glove, boot, etc.

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Cloud and DevOps specialist Steamhaus has been appointed by Missguided to provide technical support and consultancy.

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Logile, Inc. today announced a partnership with PDQ Restaurants to improve the drive-thru experience at their current restaurants as well as their restaurants of the future. PDQ, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, operates 58 restaurants across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey and New York.

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Piestro — a portable pizzeria powered by robots and reminiscent of a futuristic automat or vending machine — that launched in June 2020. Now, nearly a year after launch, Piestro is kicking off its second crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine and announced on Tuesday their partnership with facial recognition payment company, PopID.

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Online fashion retailer Missguided is scrapping the paper from all of its parcels.

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Starbucks is changing how it promotes employees to ensure staff have an equal opportunity to discover new positions.

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Tops Friendly Markets aims to grow advertising and media opportunities for vendor partners through expanded use of the Inmar Intelligence Retail Cloud digital solutions suite.

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