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Casino Group has announced a digital strategy acceleration partnership with Accenture and Google Cloud.

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Clerk (formerly Popspots) today announced a merchandising partnership with Meredith Corporation to help manage their publications in over 15,000 stores per quarter. Meredith will use Clerk's machine learning technology to ensure their magazines -- including PEOPLE, Southern Living, and Allrecipes -- are in-stock and shelved correctly.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods now offers customers a single, secure login across all digital and mobile touchpoints.

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Shopping mall food courts are getting a boost from the ghost kitchen movement spawned by the pandemic, with delivery an important revenue driver as life returns to a new normal.

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The Ahold Delhaize supply chain network (ADUSA Supply Chain), which recently announced that more than 85% of its network would be self-distributed by the end of next year, is expanding its use of exosuits in its grocery distribution centers following successful pilots.

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C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. has upgraded to the next generation of RingCentral MVP that includes RingCentral Video to ensure seamless operations for its thousands of employees across nearly every state.

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Multicategory kiosks intended to help customers with last-minute purchase items

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Russian tech giant Yandex and online food delivery venture Grubhub have announced a multi-year partnership pitched at college campuses in the US.

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Outdoor gear retailer Backcountry has selected Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for emerging brands, Centric SMB, to help it plan, design and develop products.

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Latest $80 million funding round will also expand physical locations of Citizens Food Hall and other brands within the C3 portfolio

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Family Farm & Home, a Michigan-based retailer specializing in farm and rural lifestyle products, will expand their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to add macrospace and microspace management, including floor planning, planogram optimization, and space-aware replenishment.

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Walmart has added an interactive, augmented reality feature to its digital partnership with the Netflix show “Waffles + Mochi” that has kids interacting with produce and own brand products directly in stores.

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A leading e-commerce platform is integrating with Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment services.

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Dixons Carphone CEO Alex Baldock credited “exciting advances” in data and customer relationship management (CRM) with playing a part in the successful turnaround of the previously loss-making retailer.

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High tech’s future has arrived in Australia — with the opening of a Wolki Farm store that has no employees on the shop floor. Instead, customers use FutureProof Retail’s “Scan & Go” technology to shop and check out, the companies said in a press release today.

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Henkel, a consumer goods company, has used analytics to wrangle its supply chain into submission during regular –and pandemic—times.

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European shoe retailer, Deichmann Group, has deployed Targomo technology in Germany.

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DTC retailer Faherty Brand is implementing the NewStore Omnichannel Platform to unify its digital and physical retail operations as the company plans to expand its brick-and-mortar footprint across the U.S. this year.

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Hallmark Cards, Inc. is making it easier than ever to send a physical greet card with Sign & Send, a new online service that lets users have handwritten messages printed on a paper card and sent from a phone and delivered to the recipient's address.

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Henderson Group, supplier of fresh, ambient, and frozen foods to over 450 SPAR, EUROSPAR, and ViVO stores in Northern Ireland, have extended their partnership with RELEX Solutions to introduce supply chain capabilities to the Henderson Retail Company Owned Store Estate and Independent Store Estate.

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Item rental marketplace Fat Llama is launching a new enterprise platform, allowing retail partners, including John Lewis and Sofology, to lend their products to customers.

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Sisense, the leading AI-driven platform for infusing analytics everywhere, today announced how its customer, UK-based online recipe box company Gousto is using the Sisense Fusion Platform to strengthen access to their self-serve data and enhance better reporting and data visualizations for their employees.

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Online retailer musicMagpie has partnered with delivery tech venture Sorted.

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Convenience-store chain Refuel has partnered with Service Management Group (SMG) for customer feedback and loyalty.

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Singer and entrepreneur Rihanna’s Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty brands have migrated their e-commerce stores from Salesforce Commerce to Shopify Plus.

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With 18 brands and varied ownership structures across geographies, Best Western Hotel and Resorts is a large and complex organization. We recently moved our data analytics to AWS and adopted the Amazon QuickSight business intelligence (BI) service to help our stakeholders worldwide access insights more easily.

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StayNTouch, an in guest-centric and cloud hotel property management systems (PMS), was selected by Curator Hotel & Resort Collection ("Curator") as a preferred PMS partner for their growing portfolio of independent boutique hotels.

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The nation’s leading bridal retailer is releasing print and digital versions of a seasonal guide for wedding looks, designs, and collections.

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Donatos formed a new partnership with REEF Kitchens to expand its presence in Nashville.

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Ocado Solutions has teamed with Auchan Retail owned Spanish grocer Alcampo to develop the latter’s online business using the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP).

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Sainsbury’s says that it is the first UK retailer to introduce fully electric refrigerated trailers to its delivery fleet.

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Fabletics, which launched online in 2013, now has 55 stores. It says customers who shop in more than one channel spend 2.5 times more than those who stick to one.

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Upscale leather goods and accessories maker Coach is partnering with the Obsess experiential e-commerce platform to create an immersive virtual wholesale showroom that is a 3D re-creation of its Fifth Avenue flagship store.

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QuickChek Corp. and Lotto.com Inc. are partnering to deliver customers a secure and contactless online lottery experience.

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Qurate Retail Group, owner of brands such as QVC and HSN, is shifting away from a model where "business is throwing requirements over the fence to IT," said Mike George, president and CEO of Qurate Retail, Inc.

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Some chains are using technology for payments, including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. Others, such as Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc., allow for completely contactless ordering and paying.

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The Spinx Co. has launched a self-checkout pilot program to maximize the roles of team members and provide increased service to all customers.

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Asda has announced a one hour Express Delivery service, offering its full online range of over 30,000 products.

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The pandemic put fitness and well-being at the forefront of consumer minds. Decathlon’s head of digital, Charles-Emmanuel Nélis, tells Drapers how the sportswear retailer revamped its operations to keep up with online demand.

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The grocery giant leverages solutions from microlearning technology provider Axonify to support workforce initiatives that include hiring 10,000 new associates, as well as engaging and motivating nearly 1 million grocery associates in the ongoing face of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Men's Wearhouse became the first company in the U.S. in 2020 to launch Contactless Fit by Bold Metrics, powered by a proprietary AI platform.

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Natural Grocers has revamped its {N}power loyalty program to make it easier for customers to earn reward points and use discounts, digital coupons and other members-only features.

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Tesco is set to deploy its Trigo powered autonomous store system in a second UK location.

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At the end of June, Amazon made a significant bet on the autonomous trucking company Plus. It bought a fleet of 1,000 autonomous trucks from Plus, as well as an option to take a 20% stake in the company.

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Swedish lifestyle and fashion brand, Axel Arigato, has partnered with HERO to bring virtual shopping to its e-commerce store.

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DSW is piloting self-checkout stands in its stores in "response to hiring challenges," Karen Cho, senior VP of human resources at DSW parent company Designer Brands.

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The Kroger Co. is bringing automation from logistics technology provider Knapp to its Great Lakes distribution center in Delaware, Ohio.

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Bitcoin rewards startup, Lolli, has added American home improvement retailer, Lowe's, to its platform.

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For TaylorMade Golf Company, 2020 proved about as unpredictable as a green at the Masters. When the innovation leader in golf equipment and balls teed off the year, it was on a roll. Sales of its products, favored by some of the best tour professionals, several major champions, and passionate enthusiasts alike, had been growing steadily. Then came COVID-19.

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Wakefern Food Corp. brings fifth retail banner to ThryveAI e-grocery platform

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VIA Outlets, a European owner-operator of premium fashion outlet destinations, has deployed Yardi’s cloud-based technology platform.

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