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Aptos announced today the opening of a new innovation centre in Bengaluru. In addition to the state-of-the-art facility, the company shared plans to have more than 200 colleagues in India by the end of 2022. Employees are being recruited across key positions, including engineering, consulting and customer operations.

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Evri is trialling a delivery solution with Zedify, using pedal powered electric vehicles such as cargo bikes, as part of the company’s sustainable last mile strategy.

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Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart said Wednesday that InHome delivery is now an optional add-on within the nearly two-year-old Walmart+ membership program. The company noted that the move blends two stand-alone subscriptions into one experience and gives members more choice in selecting the membership plan offering the type of delivery service they want.

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Boxed, an online platform that sells household consumables in bulk and licenses its e-commerce software to enterprise retailers, and Aeon Co. Ltd., one of the largest retailers in Asia, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Aeon’s affiliate, Aeon Vietnam Co. Ltd., launching Boxed’s end-to-end software and services platform in the Vietnamese market.

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Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. announced Wednesday that the company is testing checkout-free convenience store technology at its Hollywood, Fla. Location. The Game & Go micromarket has opened in partnership with Zippin, which is providing the checkout-free technology, and Coca-Cola, which is providing the beverages.

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Australia’s Munro Footwear Group (MFG) has created an integrated data foundation platform using the Boomi AtomSphere Platform to support an e-commerce transformation push.

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In a nod to the continuing shift to shoppers’ increasing preference to shop online, Walmart on Wednesday (July 13) announced it is expanding Spanish-language online search capabilities to better serve its fastest-growing demographic.

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A IHL Group store study entitled “Unified Commerce”, opted for the following figures: 30 percent of the retailers interviewed assured that they have optimized their omnichannel services, to allow consumers to buy online and return in store; 28 percent invested in their stores, to make shipments from these points to online orders and 27 percent invested in an omnichannel system that allows buying online, picking up in store or taking the product to the store, so that the consumer Pick up your order there.

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The food-focused convenience store chain, a banner of regional supermarket retailer Giant Eagle, is partnering with Cooler Screens to replace traditional cooler aisle doors in select stores with digital smart screens. Cooler Screens technology provides a real-time digital door display of the contents of an in-store cooler, along with superimposed, contextually relevant retail media and merchandising content. resulted in an improved consumer experience, same-store sales lift and operational improvements for GetGo.

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The pharmacy chain with more than 9,000 locations is embracing innovation and investing in all the fulfillment options at its disposal — including drones, micro-fulfillment and partnerships with same-day and next-day delivery companies.

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Kiilto, a Finnish family-owned producer of chemical industry solutions, today announced it has expanded its long-time partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified supply chain planning solutions, to improve inventory levels and delivery accuracy across its four primary brands.

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The companies have deployed a new integration between PTC’s FlexPLM product lifecycle management (PLM) platform and the assortment management workspace MakerSights that allows them to synchronize product data with consumer insights.

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Western grocer Raley’s has sharpened management and sourcing of its own-brand program as an early adopter of CMX’s CMX1 for Grocery solution.

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Florida-based BurgerFiis expanding delivery services to over a dozen cities, including Miami, New York City, Nashville and Philadelphia, by partnering with Gopuff, an instant commerce platform

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Cabinets.com is tapping 3D space planning, automation and intelligence technology to transform how consumers shop for their kitchen cabinet needs.

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The drugstore giant has recently rolled out several new features of its ExtraCare loyalty program designed to provide a personalized, digital-first experience for consumer. They include:

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Destination retailer Event Network — which operates gift shops for aquariums, zoos, museums, science centers, botanical gardens and other cultural attractions — has upgraded to a mobile point-of-service (POS) system and adopted a new cloud infrastructure as it continues its digital transformation.

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RevLifter has announced the launch of its RevWallet solution after a beta testing phase involving beauty brand Face the Future.

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Chopt Creative Salad Co., a New York City fast-casual salad brand, will open a sustainability-focused and contact-free store in the Arlington, Virginia area at 4201 Wilson Blvd Suite 0185, on the bottom floor of the Ballston Exchange, next Wednesday.

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The weekly Retail Tech Roundup compiles technology news across the supply chain, manufacturing, retail, e-commerce, logistics and fulfillment sectors.

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Aptos today announced that Lindex has selected the Aptos Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. With Aptos PLM, Lindex will streamline and automate critical processes involved in the creation and management of its collections, resulting in faster time to market, increased emphasis on quality and sustainability and better collaboration within the organization and with suppliers.

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Morrisons has overhauled its IPhone and Android app.

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Zebra Technologies Corporation today announced that Bolivia’s largest department store retailer, Multicenter, has increased worker productivity and operational efficiency in its distribution center using Zebra solutions. By deploying Zebra’s MC3300 mobile computers and ZT230 industrial printers, Multicenter has increased its order fulfillment over 95% and operational efficiency by 80%.

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Pacvue has announced general availability of Pacvue Advertising for Kroger, in partnership with Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM), the retail media business of the Kroger Co.

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Sports company ASICS has hired conversational AI software tool Amelia as a digital service agent.

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The same-day services offered by Shipt will support the delivery of all mid- and small-sized goods, such as toys, paper products and small furniture including chairs and desks, while supplementing the mass retailers’ existing curbside, BOPIS, and same-day operations for bulkier items that include large indoor and patio furniture. The new service is available at 1,000 Big Lots locations across the United States.

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Zebra Technologies Corporation today announced that Conad Nord Ovest, a cooperative from Italy’s largest independent retail organization has selected Zebra’s TC52 mobile computer and HS3100 wireless headset along with Itworks’ voice picking solution to improve operations at its Montopoli distribution center (DC).

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Stayntouch expands its partnership with HEI Hotels & Resorts, one of America’s leading upscale and luxury hotel management companies. In addition to delivering its guest-centric mobile PMS to five luxury properties, Stayntouch is now a preferred PMS provider for future independent properties and acquisitions.

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Kwik Trip is rolling out its carryout, curbside pickup and delivery services through the Kwik Rewards mobile app. These services will be available at all Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, and will be a part of all newly built stores moving forward.

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Peapod Digital Labs, the e-commerce, digital and commercial solutions arm of Ahold Delhaize USA, has launched an incubator program to target diverse suppliers for its private-label portfolio.

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Augmented reality tech is nothing new — in fact, it’s been around since 1968 (surprising, right?). And yet, it’s only in recent years that AR has begun to reach its full potential. Advancements in the tech itself and the growing ubiquity of smartphones have converged to create a whole host of new applications for AR outside the realm of gaming — and one of the biggest arenas is commerce.

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The retailer rolls out GripHero hand protectors to its 550 Northeast locations. Cumberland Farms added GripHero hand protectors to fuel pumps across its Northeast locations.

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North Palm Beach, Florida-based fast-casual brand BurgerFi, for one, which has over 100 locations in the United States and abroad, announced in late June a partnership payments and rewards platform Imprint to test a Visa card that provides cashback rewards for purchases from BurgerFi or its subsidiary Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, a casual dining pizza brand with 61 locations across eight states.

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Kyle Field, home of the Texas A&M Aggies, is set to become the first collegiate venue in the world to open stores equipped with Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology and the Amazon One palm recognition and payment service.

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Commercial service robots producer Pudu Robotics has teamed with McDonald's in Slovenia to deploy robots to assist restaurant staff with serving food and perform other duties, according to a press release.

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Boots UK is working on drone deliveries, featuring temperature controlled storage, with Apian.

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Bags, backpacks and travel luggage company, Db Journey, had grown quickly due to high demand for its products. It therefore recognised the need to modernise and future proof its technology landscape by embarking on an accelerated customer-centric digital transformation.

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Cowboy Chicken, a real wood-fired rotisserie chicken fast casual concept, is expanding Smackbird, a delivery and pick-up-only ghost kitchen specializing in Nashville hot chicken tenders and sandwiches.

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jem & fix maintains its prices by continually investing in new technologies that are innovative but not disruptive.

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Nuvei Corporation announces today that international clothing retailer Hatley is using Nuvei to streamline and enhance their payment offerings to benefit their consumer and business clients globally.

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Mercaux has announced the launch of a partnership with UK women’s fashion retailer, Jigsaw. Phase one will, according to a press release, “provide a more seamless and inspirational in-store experience for customers by introducing Mercaux’s Store Associate operated, Assisted Selling and Digital Styling solutions.”

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Walmart has agreed to purchase at least 4,500 vans from electric vehicle startup Canoo as part of its ongoing effort to expand its delivery services.

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Wenspok Companies is a Wendy’s franchisee based in Spokane, Washington, encompassing 67 restaurants in the United States. All 67 locations are leveraging Squadle’s digital operations and food safety software, and five locations recently piloted Squadle’s Remote Temperature Monitoring (RTM) system.

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Swedish pharmacy Apotek Hjärtat is partnering with GreyOrange to develop automation solutions for its new 20,000 square metre e-commerce warehouse that will open in September in Norrköping.

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Discount home goods retailer Big Lots will offer same-day delivery services from more than 1,000 of its stores across the U.S. through a new partnership with Shipt. This expansion of its omnichannel offerings reflects growth plans that the retailer outlined in January 2022, when it revealed its goal of increasing annual sales to $8 billion to $10 billion and, over the next six to seven years, adding 500 new stores to its existing roster of more than 1,400 locations.

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As Chandra Holt puts it, “Conn’s vision is to have a payment option for everyone,” including offering everything from traditional branded credit cards and installment loans to its newly acquired lease-to-own assets, BNPL plans — and most recently the addition “old-school layaway plans.”

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It’s all systems go for a new e-commerce program at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). Last week, the agency hosted a ribbon cutting at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Va., marking the launch of its Click2Go platform.

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Major dispensing pharmacy chain deploys technology to assist its store associates in prescribed medication picking and validation across all its stores in Japan

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Digital engagement and core innovation are tapping into a fervent customer base.

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Home specialty retailer Kirkland’s is launching an in-home delivery service that will provide last-mile delivery and light assembly to consumers.

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Robotic pizzeria Piestro has partnered with Serve Robotics, an autonomous sidewalk delivery company, according to a press release.

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The Don CeSar has adopted Optii Housekeeping to streamline and boost the efficiency of its housekeeping operations. The Don CeSar, otherwise known as the Legendary Pink Palace of St Pete Beach, will be Optii’s second customer managed under the Davidson Hospitality Group.

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While it may appear as if the world has returned to its pre-Covid hustle and bustle, there are certain industries that are continuing to exercise caution when it comes to public safety. Live performances, for instance, are largely back in action, but some theaters still refuse to fill their audiences at full capacity. One retailer in Peru saw a theater’s empty seats as a unique way to reach a new consumers. All it needed was a gaggle of mannequins and some QR codes.

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Walmart is taking its Circular Connector one step further. First launched in April 2022, the public initiative hoped to connect Walmart and anyone looking for solutions with sustainable packaging innovations.

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Amazon smart carts have new upgrades that include doubling the carts’ capacity and allowing for parking lot unloading, with expansion coming soon to the Whole Foods Market store in Westford, Massachusetts, followed by additional Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh stores across the U.S.

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Cabinets.com, the largest online retailer of U.S.-manufactured and assembled cabinets, has selected Dassault Systèmes’ “HomeByMe for Kitchen Retailers” to disrupt the kitchen market with a fully online business model that transforms how consumers shop for their kitchen cabinet needs.

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The Home Depot is deploying the Aruba ESP, via Hewlett Packard Enterprises' GreenLake for Aruba networking, to advance the customer and associate experience across U.S. stores.

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Ridley’s Family Markets, an independent chain of grocery stores in the Intermountain West, has teamed with DailyPay, a provider of on-demand pay. Using DailyPay, the grocer’s employees have access to their pay as they earn it and can pay bills, spend, save or invest on their own schedules.

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In March 2021, Schnuck announced it worked with last-mile delivery specialist DoorDash to provide prepared foods through the DoorDash mobile app or website, with five supermarkets in the St. Louis area fulfilling orders placed via DoorDash. Today, the St. Louis-based grocer said DoorDash meal delivery has been extended to 25 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

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The store is a combination of the Starbucks Pickup format, which primarily accepts orders that are placed through the Starbucks app prior to the customer arriving at the store, and the “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology platform supporting the Amazon Go store format. Amazon began licensing the Just Walk Out platform, which combines computer vision, sensor fusion, and machine-learning algorithms, in March 2020.

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Walmart routinely evolves its media arm, Walmart Connect, and its core offerings, including search capabilities and relevancy enhancements. The aim is to deliver better experiences to both advertisers and shoppers, according to a June Insights post to Walmart Connect’s website, written by Dionne Resnik, senior product marketing manager.

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Walmart Mexico and Central America, the discount giant’s Latin American subsidiary, is releasing a new version of its in-house digital payments app for Mexican consumers, Cashi more than just cash. The revamped app is focused on offering unbanked customers low-cost solutions and added flexibility to make digital payment needs.

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, a hotel franchising company with more than 8,900 hotels across over 95 countries, unveiled RevIQ, a next-generation, cloud-based, mobile-first revenue management system designed to help franchisees further optimize their revenue strategies and grow market share.

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