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Work World is deploying a suite of tools from SiteSeer Technologies to select new retail sites as it doubles its footprint over the next three years through acquisition and the addition of new locations.

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Meeting today’s new consumer can take many avenues in today’s retail landscape, and for David’s Bridal, this has translated to a heavier emphasis on the use of 3D and augmented reality.

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BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced that the company is making it easier for members to seamlessly shop and save by launching new features on the BJ’s app.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has added new enhancements to its back-of-house online ordering system. With Dickey’s latest technology improvements, owner/operators will have a more seamless experience on the brand’s SPARK proprietary online ordering dashboard.

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Medallia, Inc. announces that Salvatore Ferragamo, the iconic Italian luxury brand, has chosen Medallia Experience Cloud to improve the customer experience throughout its international network, both physical stores and ecommerce sites.

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Smart & Final is upgrading its warehouse management system to increase efficiencies for suppliers and ecosystem of distribution centers.

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Spanish fashion retailer Encuentro Moda is deploying a radio frequency identification solution across its 125 stores, both to meet omnichannel requirements and to gain visibility into the stock availability at each store and throughout the supply chain.

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BigCommerce announced a new partnership with Walmart that will enable its eligible U.S. merchants to sell products directly on Walmart Marketplace, giving them access to the more than 120 million unique consumers visiting the Walmart.com each month.

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Burgerville partnered with FlyBuy Pickup to create a smooth experience for all off-premise orders.

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The Cheesecake Factory Inc. has found weekly sales at its off-premise-only restaurants reached nearly $5 million per unit on average and units with reopened dining rooms retained about 90% of those sales, the company said Wednesday.

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Heinen’s, a grocery chain with stores in Ohio and Illinois, has partnered with Engage3 to expand its omnichannel visibility and analytics.

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Gatik, an autonomous technology company specializing in B2B short-haul logistics — and whose customers include Walmart — has launched a product that could help advance the ongoing electric-vehicle trend in the retail world.

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PepsiCo Inc. has partnered with digital shelf analytics provider e.fundamentals to power its e-commerce growth in Europe.

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What’s better than a sweet little robot who says “Hello” when you encounter it? I’d say, one that carries your groceries for you.

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A 7-Eleven convenience store in West Sacramento, Calif., is the site of the first public electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers installed through the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

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Nail brand Essie is teaming with L’Oreal’s ModiFace tech business to bring virtual try-on nail salon services to consumers, and will include QR codes at select retailers so they can try on colors before buying in-store.

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PizzaForno – creators of an automated pizza ovens, is bringing its licensee opportunity to the United States. Seeing the success it has experienced throughout Canada with its independent and corporate licensees, PizzaForno's founders are now offering the license opportunity in select U.S. markets.

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Quotient announced today it will launch In-Lane Digital Promotions at a major drug retailer in the second half of 2021, which will deliver proprietary targeted promotions through offline receipts printed at checkout.

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World’s largest e-tailer Amazon is rolling out AI cameras in its US delivery vehicles, potentially coming to other Amazon delivery territories as well

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Amazon is teaming up with MIT to add driver intuition to the machine learning (ML) models used for optimizing delivery routes.

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Carrefour’s franchisee in the Middle East, Africa and Asia is increasing its use of inventory control robots at stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Navori Labs recently partnered with Affinitech to expand the DOOH network for Life Time Fitness. Now, all 150-plus locations in the U.S. and Canada can deliver digital signage content to more than 3,000 end points, according to a press release.

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Mars Wrigley and Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, are teaming up with Savioke, a robotics provider, to introduce a robotic kiosk to deliver products to shoppers at a ShopRite store in Monroe, New York, according to a press release.

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RELEX Solutions announced today an expanded partnership with Party City Holdings, Inc. to include wholesale operations through Amscan, as well as support for the Company’s foil balloon division, Anagram.

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The health screening kiosk, rolling out to clubs across the country, enables a safe and reliable COVID-19 screening procedure.

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Customers at three northeast Oklahoma Reasor’s stores will now be able to order custom salads and bowls from Sally, the Fresh Food Robot.

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Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken introduced a heated locker system at its flagship location in Durham, North Carolina, to enhance contactless ordering options for guests. The food lockers keep delivery and to-go orders hot and fresh, while reducing customer and employee interaction.

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Walgreens has launched Instacart same-day delivery in Illinois as a springboard to bring the service to nearly 8,000 stores over the coming weeks.

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When Walmart reported its Q4 2020 earnings last week, CEO Doug McMillon described a very different “super” concept at the center of Walmart’s future: the "super app." He may not have used those two words, but the Connect concept — and the flywheel graphic he spoke to – is the super app notion to a tee.

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Majid Al Futtaim, owner and operator of the Carrefour franchise in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has joined IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-enabled global ecosystem for the food industry run on IBM Cloud.

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The new digital platform combines McLane’s Strategic Merchandising Portal (SMP) and Strategic Merchandising Solutions Magazine (SMS) into one entity. The retailer can also order special offers and featured items directly from the McLane EDGE site.

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WorldLine and Amadis announced the completion of its multi-country payment solution rollout with Subway restaurants. Together WorldLine, Amadis and Subway executed a payments solution to streamline its global payment infrastructure and provide secure, cost-effective and optimized operations for Franchisees.

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Urban Outfitters has been leveraging the JRNI Appointments solution to deliver personalized customer experiences throughout the pandemic at its Anthropologie and BHLDN brands.

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Wundermart, which builds unmanned, data driven retail marketplaces, is teaming with AiFi, an AI computer vision technology provider, on an autonomous convenience store effort based in Europe.

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Acme Tools has deployed Carousel Digital Signage at six of its 10 stores and at its headquarters, with additional rollouts planned.

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Costa Express, Costa Coffee’s chain of on-the-go self-service machines, has selected RELEX to optimize their supply chain for more than 10,000 machines across the UK and Europe and support the company’s ambitious growth plans.

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Ideoclick, an e-commerce optimization platform provider, has extended its strategic e-commerce expertise beyond Amazon to include the advertising platforms of Instacart, Walmart and Target.

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FOCUS Brands-owned McAlister’s Deli just launched tableside ordering to combine the sit-down experience with the safety and convenience of digital ordering

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After COVID-19 caused delays in rolling out Flashfood to all its stores across the Midwest in 2020, Meijer is accelerating the implementation of the food waste reduction program this year.

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Walmart plans to invest heavily over the next year in a more automated e-commerce fulfillment environment, according to executive comments at the company's Investment Community Meeting Thursday and capital expenditures guidance in its earnings release.

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