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7-Eleven Hawaii will soon launch online electronic benefits transfer (EBT) so customers who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, can use their SNAP benefits online like they do in-store.

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Jet's Pizza has completed more than 2 million text orders, generating nearly $54 million in sales.

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Steve Madden and Dolce Vita have each partnered with recommerce solution provider Recurate to launch peer-to-peer resale marketplaces designed to boost circularity for their respective footwear brands.

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The tech giant is entering a series of global, multi-year agreements with Italy-based automotive conglomerate Stellantis, which seeks to accelerate its ongoing shift to becoming a sustainable mobility tech company through this relationship. Stellantis is the parent company of U.S. auto brands including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

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Cultura, a French retailer specializing in creative and cultural goods and entertainment, has partnered with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to integrate and optimize their supply chain.

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Nedap today announced that Carter’s, Inc. has selected Nedap’s iD Cloud platform for its U.S. retail store RFID technology needs.

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Italian luxury footwear brand, Aquazzura, has selected the Cegid Retail unified commerce and Point of Sale platform to manage its stores.

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Perfect Corp. has released a new AR Watch Virtual Try-On solution powered by its proprietary AgileHand technology.

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Kroger's California Ralph’s banner and Kitchen United MIX opened a kitchen center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 7, which hopes to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

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Tesco is offering a new payment method to its 20 million Clubcard members.

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Amazon described how it is using machine learning (ML) approaches and a combination of natural language processing and computer vision to determine how to use the right amount of packaging for the hundreds of millions of products it ships.

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Walmart has inked an agreement with General Motors’ BrightDrop division to reserve 5,000 electric vans, while FedEx plans to request 2,000 additional vehicles from the company, after getting their first order of 500 vans last month.

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Online grocery delivery venture Missfresh has inked agreements with more than 20 regional supermarket chains to equip 150+ stores in 19 cities in China with the company’s suite of proprietary SaaS tools and AI driven capabilities.

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On the tail of Walmart announcing it’s expanding its InHome delivery service to 30 million U.S. households by the end of the year, the retailer is providing an outdoor order delivery option as well. HomeValet, which Walmart tested early last year, is launching its Smart Box and app, which is now available for pre-order.

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Barcelona-based shoemaker Viscata is working with Newmine to offset the impact of some of these uncontrollable challenges by reducing the amount of product that gets returned.

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Checkers and Rally's will deploy AI voice ordering in its corporate stores this year. The company has partnered with Presto, an A.I.-based voice assistant solution in the hospitality industry, to roll out the program in its corporate drive-thrus.

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Company will debut POS 2.0, digital menu boards and robust WiFi.

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In a move seen as a challenge to Amazon’s expanding physical footprint, JD.com has opened its first stores in Europe, opening two robotic “pick-up” stores in the Netherlands — with more to come.

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Online grocer FreshDirect has selected brand collaboration platform ciValue to develop the retailer’s insight-sharing program. Using this solution to enable partners to easily gain insights into the preferences of their customers, FreshDirect aims to better serve customers through customer-centric merchandising and marketing, and to achieve growth via insightful collaboration with brands.

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According to a study quoted in REALTOR Magazine: "Store openings are outnumbering closings for the first time in four years, according to an analysis of more than 900 chains by the IHL Group, a research firm. Overall, retailers are opening 4,361 more brick-and-mortar stores in 2021 than they closed."

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Rite Aid and RELEX Solutions today announced an expansion of their partnership to include unified supply chain and category management.

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AI nutrition technology startup Spoon Guru has partnered with US supermarket chain Schnucks to develop and launch a new healthy eating platform.

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As reported by the Wall Street Journal in November, retailers were on track to open more stores than they closed in 2021 for the first time since 2017, based on an analysis of more than 900 chains by IHL Group.

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Claire's has launched a same-day Click & Collect offering at stores in the United Kingdom and United States.

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HempBox, a subsidiary of Green Globe International Inc., has teamed with High Street CBD, which owns and operates two CBD Stores in Columbus, Ohio, on a pilot program in Tanger Outlet Centers to roll out CBD vending machines with an educational twist — expanding consumer knowledge and the benefits of CBD products as well as increasing ease of accessibility.

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This partnership will see Fourth’s workforce management technology implemented in over 1,000 stores across the UK for almost 10,000 employees of Holland & Barrett and TPRG.

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NielsenIQ and Sally Beauty announced a new relationship to elevate analytics and manufacturer partnerships in the beauty and personal care industry.

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Ice cream and convenience-store chain United Dairy Farmers (UDF) has selected Clear Demand for its pricing platform.

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Walmart is significantly scaling up its delivery service that allows it to enter a customer’s home or garage to deliver groceries and other purchases or pick up returns.

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Blackhawk Network has announced a deal with Carrefour Group to manage its branded third-party gift card programme across France, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Spain, Romania, Argentina and Brazil.

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Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo Supermarkten has announced a partnership with German rapid grocery delivery startup Gorillas.

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L'Oréal Group is unveiling two new beauty tech solutions for the haircoloration category. Colorsonic is a lightweight, handheld device that uses a mess-free process to mix haircolor and apply it evenly, delivering consistent haircolor results for consumers at home.

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PCC Community Markets and Shipt have joined forces to bring same-day grocery delivery to customers across Washington state’s Puget Sound area.

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The nation’s largest supermarket cooperative is rolling out the new Bell and Howell QuickCollect Go Pod, which enables shoppers to retrieve their online ShopRite grocery orders from a temperature-controlled outdoor pickup pod for a fast and easy, contactless self-service pickup experience.

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Taco Bell has launched its Taco Lover's Pass nationwide after an initial trial last September. Fans can redeem one of seven tacos a day for 30 consecutive days at participating U.S. locations, all for the price of $10, according to a press release.

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