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With sales hurt from a lack of workers, the burger chain is turning to a variety of strategies to keep workers, including automated shake machines and mobile applications.

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The retailer will acquire Foodmaestro, a Toronto-based data platform that serves retailers and CPGs across Europe and North America, turning large amounts of data into usable attributes. The platform delivers transparency and rich digital experiences for customers focused on health and diet and offers customized content activation, such as meal planning, per the company.

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Italian pharmaceutical wholesaler Unifarm has seen great results in improving the replenishment processes of their customer pharmacies through their partnership with RELEX Solutions.

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Convenience store giant 7-Eleven plans to test online order delivery in California using Nuro autonomous vehicles.

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Shoppers at the Edeka Center LÜNING Rietberg in Germany are now able to use Nomitri’s smartphone-based checkout system.

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Nestle successfully piloted the use of AI and machine learning in reducing emissions and saving water at one of its factories, leveraging the technology to convert CO2 into green products.

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Richemont, which includes such brands and retailers as Cartier, Montblanc, IWC Schaffhausen, and Van Cleef & Arpels in its portfolio, is moving its entire enterprise IT infrastructure to AWS.

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When a customer approaches Jamba’s robotic kiosks in Dixon or Downey, California, one of the first things they do is pull out their phone and start recording. As Jamba president Geoff Henry says, it’s pure entertainment to see that initial time the robotic system makes your customized smoothie.

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Ikea is launching its new Mobile Checkout solution in Australia.

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More retailers are expected to open more physical stores than closing them for the first time in five years, according to an analysis of more than 900 chains by IHL Group, a research and advisory company, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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The parent company of Brothers Bar & Grill has moved all 19 locations across 10 states to the cloud and modernized its IT infrastructure. The chain's new point-of-sale (POS) system has improved the brand’s speed of service through integrated sales channels and centralized operations, reducing wait times, and increasing customer transactions by 15% during peak hours.

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Northfork, a shoppable recipe platform for grocery retailers, has made several senior appointments and announced a partnership in New Zealand.

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Swedish full-scale e-tail pharmacy Apohem, part of the Axel Johnson Group, will partner with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to automate their forecasting, replenishment, and promotion forecasting.

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Paradies Lagardère, a retailer and restaurateur in North America, has expanded its deployment of MishiPay’s Scan, Pay & Go mobile self-checkout technology to 20 additional airports across the US and Canada.

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The food and beverage multinational is transforming its ecommerce sales and field sales teams with predictive analytics that help it know when a retailer is about to be out of stock.

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The Amsterdam-based fashion retailer has gained greater inventory visibility, enabling it to fulfill omnichannel purchases throughout Europe and North America.

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French retailer Monoprix has partnered with Critizr on a new VIP customer relationship programme.

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CVS is offering a proprietary solution that will read prescription information aloud at all of its pharmacy locations.

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Sandman Group, a leading wholesaler and distributor of consumer electronics in the Baltics, partners with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to integrate and optimize their demand forecasting and replenishment processes as well as their space planning.

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Retail Assist has announced an extension in service provision to include data exchange support for Ted Baker.

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The leading retailer of automotive replacement parts and accessories is partnering with digital promotions, media and analytics company Quotient to offer automotive brands the ability to conduct digital promotions, measurement and granular targeting through its new AutoZone Media Network.

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Seeking to improve its fleet logistics, Big Y—one of New England’s largest independently owned supermarket chains—has initiated the replacement of two-thirds of its 70 refrigerated trailers with a more sustainable solution. The new trailers are equipped with Carrier Transicold X4 7300 refrigeration units and the eSolutions platform for remote monitoring and control.

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Logan’s Roadhouse recently launched its new loyalty program and app – Logan’s Rewards – that is available for download through the App Store or on Google Play.

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The Tampa-based chain plans to expand from 90 locations to 125 locations over the next five years. Plus: the brand's current tech project.

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Grocery OS platform to integrate Forage payment processing technology

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The omnichannel coffee retailer is partnering with digital gifting company GiftNow, a Synchrony solution, to enable customers to choose a coffee or gift item on its e-commerce site, and then select the GiftNow button for digital gift wrapping and the option to include a personalized greeting or video.

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Earlier this month, we reported that Sainsbury’s was set to open a cashierless store in London during late November, using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology.

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The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, has joined the likes of Walmart and Target by launching new advertising capabilities that will allow brands and agencies to reach its massive digital audience. The new retail media network — dubbed Tesco Media and Insight — will be powered by consumer data science company dunnhumby.

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As it did with many other aspects of retail, COVID-19 gave a major boost to touchless technology applications — and enthusiasm for these solutions will continue even after the pandemic has waned, according to Greg Buzek, Founder and President of IHL Group. “The desire is still there to do touchless, but for different reasons than COVID safety,” he said during a presentation at the 2021 retailX conference in Chicago. “Retailers had wanted to do this before as a way to save on labor costs.”

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The athletic apparel company is deploying the Nedap iD Cloud RFID-based inventory visibility platform throughout 400 of its owned and operated stores across the globe.

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Camden Food Express operated by SSP America and located at Gate 32B in Terminal 4 of John F. Kennedy International Airport, is partnering with Terminal 4 operator JFKIAT and checkout-free technology provider Zippin to roll out an artificial intelligence (AI)-based, frictionless shopping experience.

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Aldi Nord is going to introduce Electronic Shelf Labels across all its country operations across Europe as part of its major transformation process and is building on a combined replenishment automation and shelf planning.

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The retailer has installed a reverse vending machine in the store’s car park, in which customers can deposit single-use polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic or glass bottles in sizes from 50ml to 3l, as well as aluminium drinks cans.

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Consumers logged online on Monday and spent $10.7 billion, marking a 1.4% decrease from year-ago levels, according to data from Adobe Analytics.

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Retailers this year are expected to open more stores than they close for the first time since 2017, according to an analysis of more than 900 chains by IHL Group, a research and advisory company. Most of the growth is coming from mass merchants, food, drugs and convenience chains.

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A technology provider that helps farmers markets handle online orders is set to open its first physical store — with more to come.

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ICA Gruppen has gone live with an automated warehouse in Brunna, outside Stockholm, powered by Ocado Group technology.

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India’s JioMart will now let customers order groceries using WhatsApp, a move designed to carve out a space in a market dominated by Amazon and Walmart’s FlipKart.

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Natural Grocers is partnering with RangeMe to streamline the search for innovative products that meet its high-quality standards, the company said.

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As retailers shake out how the metaverse might make sense for them, Nike launched a new digital experience known as Nikeland on Roblox.

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Retail and Hospitality industries continue to be understaffed, despite expiry of many federal and state government support programs to which many attributed labor shortages throughout the pandemic.

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Vyne’s Open Banking powered account-to-account payment method has gone live on the online checkouts of 10 THG (aka The Hut Group) brands, including Myprotein, Glossybox, ESPA and Zavvi.

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Walmart, in attempting to grow its instant delivery service, has hit some hurdles, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Sunday (Nov. 28).

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