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KFC has appointed Rapp as its retained CRM agency partner in the UK and Ireland, after a review assisted by AAR.

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Lipper International has partnered with DSI to upgrade to the latest version of DSI Cloud Inventory, an innovative mobile-first, cloud-based inventory management platform.

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As part of its growth strategy, Muscle Maker Grill is deploying ghost kitchens in both new stand alone and existing restaurants. For existing restaurants, Muscle Maker Grill has begun launching multiple ghost kitchen brands out of the restaurant kitchen facility to leverage excess capacity, labor, infrastructure and ingredients.

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Amazon is launching biometric technology at Whole Food stores in Seattle that gives shoppers the ability to pay with a scan of their palms.

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AMBEST, a member-owned, nationwide network of independent truck stops and service centers, is partnering with RangeMe to scale its sourcing efforts and create a greater product assortment.

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Target Corp. is piloting a new sortation center that streamlines the process of fulfilling digital orders from stores.

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FRAME has partnered with HERO to launch virtual shopping to online customers. The new virtual shopping service connects customers on Frame-store.com live with stylists through chat and video consultations, and is already growing FRAME's average order values by 61%.

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From Fast-food to Accessories and Home Furnishings – Retailers are Embracing Qlik’s End-to-End Data Analytics Platform to Respond to Fast Changing Market Conditions

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Online home and garden retailer Rinkit has partnered with customer engagement firm Emarsys to better connect with its customers worldwide following explosive growth last year.

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Walmart is partnering with a casual restaurant brand known for its “French comfort food.” In a test, La Madeleine French Bakery & Café will open in-store locations in 10 Walmart stores throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.

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One Door, Inc. today announced a new multi-year agreement with the Woolworths Group. Woolworths will implement One Door’s Merchandising Cloud platform across its supermarkets to simplify and streamline work for its in-store merchandising teams.

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Jacksons Food Stores and ExtraMile by Jacksons is bringing its convenience stores to its customers.

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Adyen has been selected by NDM Hospitality to process payments for their brands across Florida, including the Margaritaville Orlando Resort, Encore Resort at Reunion, The Bear's Den Resort, Beach Walk Resorts, and BurgerFi restaurants.

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Bed Bath & Beyond is approaching its $250 million supply chain investment through a strategy that blends physical with digital.

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Aptos today announced that German Live Commerce expert HSE is live on Aptos’ next-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. HSE deployed the latest version of Aptos PLM in the cloud to take advantage of a modern user experience and innovations that support dynamic range/collection planning and digital buying.

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RELEX Solutions has been appointed by M&S Food to supply unified planning solutions that will transform the company’s forecasting, ordering, and allocation processes.

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UK-based on-demand grocery supplier, Weezy, has partnered with what3words to make locations easier to find.

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A retailer that combines the selection of a natural grocer and the footprint of a c-store with the newest technology is looking to reinvent convenience with the opening of its new location in Denver.

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Walmart is moving from a pilot of self-driving electric vehicles into an investment.

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Whole Foods Market has adopted Honeywell’s Solstice N40 (R-448A) refrigerant Stateside as it seeks to reduce refrigerant emissions under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program.

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Russia’s X5 Retail Group has launched express delivery from several Moscow restaurants via its online platform Okolo.

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New frictionless technology enables customers to buy fuel with license plate recognition, mobile app

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LVMH, Richemont’s Cartier and Prada SpA are joining forces to offer a blockchain solution to their customers seeking an extra seal of authenticity for the goods they’re buying.

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Rubino Shoes is using Emarsys tech for CRM, helping to better segment customers and develop more sophisticated individual profiles.

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German kitchenware manufacturer ZWILLING has selected Kibo Order Management to automate inventory sourcing logic and fulfilment capabilities.

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Dollar General recently announced a major hiring blitz, will train those 20,000 new arrivals—along with more than 150,000 existing front-line and corporate staff—through Axonify, a microlearning tech platform providing on-the-job training and development, the companies said.

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Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen has opened a dark store in Arendal, outside Gothenburg.

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Service Management Group has announced a new customer experience management program with QDOBA Mexican Eats.

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The Save Mart Companies is deploying Simbe Tally inventory robots to autonomously audit store shelves in an effort to ensure products are in stock and in the correct location on the sales floor.

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Stop & Shop has launched a pilot program for the Flashfood mobile app at four of its Worcester-area stores in Massachusetts. The free app gives shoppers access to exclusive deals on items including meat, produce, seafood, dairy, deli and bakery which are nearing their best-by date.

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Amazon is entering yet another brick-and-market segment and this one could be the most unexpected to date.

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Dollar Tree Inc. is introducing Chesapeake Media Group, its new retail media network. The platform allows participating brands to engage with Dollar Tree’s customers in a personalized and ultra-targeted digital experience. Leveraging insight and analytics, advertisers can instantly connect with shoppers in an effort to affect purchase decisions in real-time.

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A leading specialty sportswear retailer is testing the viability of artificial intelligence (AI) to aid workflows including markdowns, promotions, and assortments.

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GetGo is adding new Invenco G6 and G7 pay-at-the-pump terminals, iNFX retail microservices and Cloud Services management platform at all 266 stores to address outdoor EMV while providing a richer media experience for customers.

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M&S is building an automated online warehouse within its Bradford distribution centre as part of the retailer’s Never the Same Again programme.

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Nathan’s Famous, Inc., has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands (GKB) to open 60 US. and 40 locations in Canada this year. Many of these new kitchens will live inside Walmart stores offering some seating, and all locations included in the deal will offer carry-out and third-party delivery.

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Rapid Fired Pizza and Hot Head Burritos, two growing fast casual chains with over 120 locations, have moved their full omni-channel ordering platform to Qu for in-store and digital ordering, achieving valuable time savings and efficiencies for franchisees and operations teams.

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A regional home furnishings chain is upgrading its enterprise security with advanced network camera technology.

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The unprecedented surge of imports at retail container ports that began last summer is expected to continue at least through the end of this summer as retailers work to meet increased consumer demand, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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Shiji Group has installed mobile Infrasys Cloud POS across the various outlets of the Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, further increasing its reach within the Latin American region.

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A mid-Atlantic grocery chain is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to measure the impact of promotions beyond individual items.

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