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More than 50 restaurants in the Greater Atlanta market feature a dedicated off-premise service line to support growing digital business driven by online orders and an increase in catering demand. The brand also installed new a new POS system to make checkout faster and more secure.

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7-Eleven has expanded its Mobile Checkout contactless shopping feature to an additional 2,500 stores across the United States. Using the 7-Eleven app, customers can scan items and pay for purchases without standing in a checkout line. Mobile Checkout is now available in more than 3,000 participating 7-Eleven stores in 32 states and Washington, D.C.

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CEO Mark Tritton said the company is expecting to improve its inventory management even further as it works to overhaul its technology stack, which will allow the company to use artificial intelligence to manage inventory at the distribution center and store level.

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The buy now, pay later (BNPL) flex payment solution market may be getting a powerful new participant. Apple is getting set to launch a BNPL solution connected to its Apple Pay digital payment service, according to Bloomberg.

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Hoping to increase transactions and improve communication with customers, Potbelly Sandwich Shop has not only launched a new website and app but also enhanced its perks program, according to a company press release.

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A RETHINK Retail special report on the innovations in the world of frictionless shopping

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La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, PROCAM, Fabergé, KEF and Aftershock PC Australia are among the brands onboard with new buy now, pay later offering, Splitit InStore.

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Brookfield Properties is partnering with The Aria Network to offer augmented reality (AR) ad inventory throughout its shopping centers nationwide.

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Tulip, a leader in cloud-based retail mobile solutions, announced today that Italian luxury brand Missoni has selected Tulip for its innovative omnichannel solutions.

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Mercato, the e-commerce platform created for America's independent grocers and specialty food stores, announced today that it has partnered with the National Co+op Grocers (NCG). Through this partnership, NCG will provide member stores with Mercato's digital capabilities, including online ordering and delivery.

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Analysis from one of Europe’s largest grocery retail chains showed that shoppers using the MishiPay scan & go platform came back to buy 33% more often whereas non-MishiPay users came back 4% less often than the year before. MishiPay is the first scan & go provider worldwide to release data from a case-study based upon a clear A/B test.

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When disaster struck on Christmas Day and shut down their internet connection, Waffle House had to immediately increase offline transaction limits to keep serving customers who count on their Waffle House holiday tradition. Could NCR product engineers pull it off?

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The company has nearly doubled the number of ZIP codes eligible for same-day delivery via a new strategic U.S. partnership with crowdsourced delivery platform Roadie. The Roadie partnership will bring the total ZIP codes eligible for same-day delivery from Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby to nearly 16,000.

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Levi’s investments in artificial intelligence to improve both customer experience and demand forecasting are paying off, and the company will prioritize its fulfillment capabilities to further leverage stores and distribution centers in order to manage its digital growth.

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Tamro Baltics, a pharmaceutical wholesale and retail company operating in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, has chosen to partner with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to integrate and optimize their supply chain.

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Russian food retailer, X5 Group, has launched a media platform called Food.ru.

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Halfords, a British retailer of car parts, car enhancement, tools, camping and touring equipment and bicycles, has entered the B2B software market.

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UK online retailer, Feel Good Contacts, is tapping Emarsys engagement and data analytics tools to provide customers with more personalised experiences.

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Mastercard and Verizon Business have teamed up to drive the expansion of 5G technology in the global payments industry. In a joint statement, the companies said the strategic partnership will have each compant working “closely to innovate the future of payments and commerce.”

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Amid a shift to a wholesale model and a store upgrade program, discount grocer Save A Lot has tapped Hewlett-Packard’s Aruba wireless networking arm to modernize its IT infrastructure.

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South Korea's largest convenience store brand, CU, has introduced a vending machine to serve alcoholic drinks, according to an ajudaily.com report.

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Symbotic, a robotics and automation-based company focused on reimagining the traditional consumer goods supply chain and Walmart announced they will partner to reimagine the retailer’s regional distribution network.

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Customer service is Nordstrom’s bedrock, and that wasn’t going to change just because the retail giant was engaging with customers online and not in the store, Edmond Mesrobian, Nordstrom’s chief technology officer and chief information officer, said during VentureBeat’s Transform 2021 virtual conference event.

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Rent the Runway has two distribution facilities — one in New Jersey and one in Texas — that receive, clean, and repair items before swiftly packing and shipping them out again. This involves a significant investment in AI, radio ID tags, and robots to more efficiently sort, clean, and ship the garments.

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BBQ retailer Turn Up The Heat has opted for the combination of Brightpearl and Shopify as it looks to boost its online strategy.

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Walgreens is now offering same-day delivery of prescription medications in nearly all store locations, seven days a week.

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Bissell Homecare has tapped UpClear to bolster its trade promotion and integrated business planning capabilities, as well as receive access to key analytics and insights to optimize trade spend.

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Sam’s Club has announced plans to pilot a new Scan & Go feature designed to allow shoppers to scan items in-store for automatic direct-to-home shipping via a newly integrated tool within its smartphone app. According to a company statement, the new feature is designed to give consumers greater control over their shopping experience.

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Shekel Brainweigh has announced a second Paris-based autonomous store opening with Monoprix, part of French retailer Casino Group.

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Later this month, SpartanNash plans to launch its first micro-fulfillment center to fill orders for its Fast Lane online grocery service.

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Vera Bradley is deploying Reflexis Appointments to provide a tailored experience for its shoppers. The retailer will utilize the solution to streamline and improve the customer shopping experience by allowing customers to book time slots on its website to shop in-store or virtually from home, schedule curbside pickup, and join on-site queues for walk-in service.

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7‑Eleven has expanded Mobile Checkout technology to more than 2,500 new stores, bringing the total number of stores offering the mobile experience to over 3,000 in 32 states and Washington DC.

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Visual Art, a digital signage provider in Stockholm, Sweden, is entering the Australian market with deployments at 7-Eleven convenience stores.

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Retailers that operate an online store on the GoDaddy platform can now directly reach out to consumers via Google.

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Online grocery delivery provider, The Modern Milkman, has selected Peak technology as it looks to streamline its platform, alongside optimising operational efficiency and preventing food waste.

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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), owner of Westfield shopping centers in the U.S., has entered a multi-year national partnership with buy now, pay later solution Afterpay to support retailers in offering flexible payment solutions to returning shoppers.

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To ease retailers' e-commerce operations, open SaaS e-commerce platform BigCommerce has integrated with Amazon's Multi-Channel Fulfillment to streamline sellers' online order fulfillment using Amazon's order fulfillment services.

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According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports are continuing to show double-digit growth over last year. May set a new record for the most containers imported during a single month.

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Decathlon, a U.K. based sports retailer, has developed what it calls the world's first tent vending machine for display at the Trinity Leeds shopping mall in Leeds, U.K., according to a leeds-live.co.uk report.

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Fashion retailer Zara has launched its Store Mode technology across all UK stores, connecting its physical locations with its website and app.

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