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Colorado brewery and pizzeria implements patented bone-conduction technology to unlock the joy of music via vibrational dance floor installation.

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Currys has signed an exclusive esport partnership with Williams Racing, which will see branded racing car simulators rolled out to 52 stores.

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Givex Information Technology Group Ltd. is thrilled to announce the launch of its industry-leading gift card program with Pague Menos, the first retail chain present in the 26 states of the Federation and in the Federal District and with more than 40 years of operation.

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Seeking to stay at the forefront of the connected sleep journey, Sleep Number has introduced a new agile, digitally powered brick-and-mortar concept centered on sustainable design. This new greener store incorporates technology inspired by its Sleep Number 360 product and research supported by its own data to promote sleep health.

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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop announced a partnership with automated pizzeria company Piestro to bring pizzamaking robots to its restaurants. Capriotti’s will begin a piloted tested of the Piestro Pod automated pizza-maker at its Las Vegas location with an option of adding up to Piestro Pods to Capriotti’s stores within the next five years.

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Decathlon decides to turn its in-store product marketing into a chic and spruce affair by introducing Pickcel's digital signage solution at their 200+ retail stores across cities like Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Goa.

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Same-day delivery firm Gophr has announced a partnership with Kamsons Pharmacy, offering backup in-house fleet support for when the business needs cover.

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Seattle is a place where “tech is at the center of everything,” according to Topgolf’s COO, so the company will introduce Swing Suite simulator bays at its new center in the home of Microsoft.

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Tao Group Hospitality (Tao) is a hospitality company that develops, owns, and operates some of the world’s most successful restaurant and nightlife venues. Through their merger with Hakkasan Group in 2021, Tao has solidified its leading position in the entertainment space and now has over 60 entertainment venues across the globe.

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The e-tail giant is rolling out a revamped version of its Account Health Rating, designed to help its 2 million third-party sellers adhere to Amazon’s policies and maintain positive account activities. The new Account Health Rating provides sellers with an overall state of their account health, including if the numerical value makes their account “Healthy,” “At-Risk,” or “Unhealthy.”

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Clarks US has appointed TPP Retail to replicate the roll-out of the specialist labelling solution introduced across its UK, Republic of Ireland and European stores.

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Albertson’s has been at the forefront of digital transformation within the grocery industry. From implementing innovative automation platforms to intelligent robotic solutions, the brand has learned how to unlock the power of frictionless checkout to maintain unhindered customer flow and grow revenue, while also elevating the consumer experience.

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flybuy and Future Ordering teamed up to create a frictionless pickup experience for Max Burgers, driving repeat visits and increased order volume.

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Click-and-collect, a.k.a. BOPIS, boasts a number of very strong positives for both retailers and their customers. Retailers save on shipping costs while leveraging their in-store inventories to fulfill customer orders, while shoppers get the products they want without having to wait for a delivery.

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The advantage of RFID technology is that it is a relatively cost-effective way of identifying tires throughout their lifecycle and very robust compared to many other smart sensors.

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Pilot Co. is collaborating with Bridgestone Americas to advance tire monitoring and service networks for commercial fleet drivers. The move further leverages more convenient, frequent, and actionable fleet tire intelligence at 200 Pilot and Flying J network and travel centers, according to the company.

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Mercato, the online grocery platform built to serve independent grocery and specialty food stores, has revealed that Boston Public Market is now using its platform. People living within a 20-mile radius of the market can use Mercato platform to shop from 12 market vendors and have items delivered to their homes the same day.

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Eddie Bauer teamed up with Arrive Outdoors, a tech and reverse logistics firm, to launch the program, per the announcement.

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Target is opening three more sortation centers to cut delivery costs and get online purchases to customers faster.

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The data we collect with this computer vision technology can be used to improve processes in the store. We looked for a solution that can potentially work for all of ALDI, covering the whole discount shopping experience. We work with Trigo because they are the only ones who share our approach of looking at a solution that can be scaled with low hardware costs and a seamlessly frictionless experience for the customer.

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Festival Foods operates 40 grocery stores across the state of Wisconsin. In a recent conversation with Chain Store Age, Joe Laufenberg, asset protection senior director, Festival Foods, explained how and why the retailer utilizes Bluetooth IoT sensors from SmartSense to automatically and continuously monitor the temperature of coolers, refrigerators, and chilled cases in all of its stores.

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Life's Food LLC, a 23-unit franchisee of Five Guys, has partnered with DailyPay to provide on-demand pay to its employees.

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Following the introduction of same-day delivery for Pets at Home customers at the end of last year, the offer is being expanded to more stores including several in Scotland, across Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as York, Coventry and Bath, taking the total number to 128.

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Fuel distributor Sunoco will accept Car IQ’s payment solution that will allow its fleet customers a new way to purchase fuel without the need for a credit card. Car IQ Pay will be live at nearly 5,000 Sunoco-branded fuel locations nationwide by the end of summer 2022.

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Giant Eagle is expanding its partnership with Flashfood, a digital marketplace that provides customers access to heavily discounted food nearing its best-by date. The program will be offered at 173 corporate Giant Eagle and Giant Eagle Market District stores.

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Givex Information Technology Group Ltd. announced today it has been named global gift card provider by a popular Spanish fashion retail brand. The agreement will kick off within a few weeks with 900 locations in 40 countries, including the whole of Europe, the United States, and Oman, Qatar.

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Klevu, a provider of artificial intelligence powered search and discovery technology for e-commerce sites, has added Philip Kingsley to its roster of beauty and skincare brand clients.

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Stater Bros. Markets is implementing the NCR Emerald cloud-based POS solution, which connects to the NCR Commerce store operations platform, to streamline workflows and improve consumer experiences across all sales channels. The retailer leverages the NCR Commerce platform (NCP) to unify all technology needed to run the store.

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Home goods supplier Creative Co-Op has chosen the GAINS Performance Optimization Platform for supply chain planning. The solution is designed to provide the visibility and insights needed by the supplier’s growing multi-channel businesses, including independent retailers, ecommerce and chain retail channels. The automated supply chain planning from GAINS can help Creative Co-Op optimize its inventory to achieve growth from its acquired brands, including Household Essentials, plus increased sales via its ecommerce channel.

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Inventory management solution helps Conn’s HomePlus make good on its next-day delivery promise.

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Working with Raydiant, a digital display manufacturer, I Heart Mac & Cheese has replaced its old model of using USB plug-ins to convey digital information to a more convenient streamlined process. As a result, the growing "build-your-own bowl" concept has saved time and expense, while also seeing an uptick in sales, according to company press release.

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Studenac Market, Croatia’s largest retailer by number of stores, has teamed up with Wolt, a European delivery platform, to launch dark stores offering grocery products.

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In September 2021, PurpleCloud announced its’ integration to the Maestro PMS solution — a tool that helps properties do more with less while aligning service to guest expectations. Today, PurpleCloud announces three additional properties are running on Maestro PMS with the recently implemented integrated tool; Service Optimization Platform and Employee Engagement Platform, and those properties are now enjoying the benefits that it delivers.

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Walmart is bolstering its relationship with beauty tech company Mayvenn to bring Mayvenn-branded Beauty Lounges to 400 Walmart locations across the U.S., expanding on the five existing locations already in place at Walmart stores in Texas.

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Striving to improve access to nutritious foods, Albertsons has deployed a new online service for Electronic Benefits Transfer recipients at Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons and Pavilions stores across the country.

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The burrito chain said staffing has reached pre-pandemic levels, but newer workers are less versed in operating with heavy in-restaurant business. The company is kicking off an operations effort to fix it.

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The nation’s largest bridal retailer continues to expand its omnichannel capabilities with commerce-driven content on TikTok. David’s Bridal is partnering with digital advertising platform Kerv Interactive and digital agency partner January Digital to offer shoppable content on the TikTok short video platform.

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Today, San Francisco-based luxury consignment platform theRemoda announced its partnership with virtual dressing platform StyleScan.

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Shrugging Off Salesforce, the Paint Company Applies Sugar’s Scalable, Out-of-the-Box, AI-Driven CRM Platform for Sales and Marketing Automation

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Bloomreach has been selected to fuel personalised customer experiences and data driven marketing campaigns for MandM Direct.

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Love's Travel Stops will offer customers the opportunity to enjoy fresh smoothies by rolling out Jamba by Blendid autonomous robotic kiosks at certain high-volume locations. The smoothie kiosks are the result of a partnership between Blendid, a robotic foodservice solutions leader, and Jamba, a global lifestyle brand leader that serves on-the-go freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies, made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and shots, boosts and bites.

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Furniture retailer Upstairs Downstair is transforming its omnichannel processes with Brightpearl.

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Walmart is partnering with e-commerce management platform CommerceIQ to offers automated management of sponsored product and sponsored brand amplifier advertising for CPG brands that target its customers via Walmart Connect.

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Cash is king, as the saying goes. Cash has attributes that people value. It’s tangible — with cash in hand, consumers know exactly how much they have to spend and what they can’t spend. Money is, for many consumers, the ultimate form of budgeting.

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Starting Thursday, July 21, Amazon is deploying electric vans it designed and built-in partnership with manufacturer Rivian to deliver packages in U.S. cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. This rollout is the beginning of what Amazon expects to be thousands of its custom electric delivery vehicles in more than 100 cities by the end of this year—and 100,000 across the U.S. by 2030.

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Over the last year, Best Buy has been testing new store models to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers. Now the company has launched a new pilot — its first small-format, digital-first store.

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Announced in April 2022, Cultivate Next is intended to support seed-to-Series B stage companies that focus on increasing technology and innovation in restaurant operations and align with Chipotle’s mission to “Cultivate a Better World.” The fund has an initial size of $50 million and is financed solely by Chipotle.

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Using Expo, the leading Restaurant Performance Management (RPM) platform, Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s nationwide team is aligned on one source of truth for all of the company’s most important metrics. All teams are using Expo to run meetings so that everyone is on the same page.

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Henkel has implemented significant changes across the enterprise, looking to optimize storage, enhance efficiency, and drive digital automation via Industry 4.0 integrations. As part of this initiative, the company has expanded its largest and most tech advanced logistics operation yet in North America.

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Huck's Convenience Stores is replacing its legacy supply optimization and dispatching software with Gravitate's Best Buy & Dispatch.

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Lifetime Brands Europe has selected Origin from Retail247 to provide the platform for all new product development.

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Tata Consultancy Services has helped Marks and Spencer (M&S) digitally transform its HR function.

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Nearly 18 months ago, Irving, Texas-based Tex-Mex chain On the Border did not have an online ordering system. The chain had also not updated its website or app and had never launched a subscription program or invested much in digital rewards either.

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