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Following a year of global shutdowns and businesses having to close their doors, restaurant brands everywhere are taking the steps necessary to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar experienced rapid growth even through 2020, with a 20% increase in unit growth.

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Walmart’s Cloud Powered Checkout (CPC) system changed the entire point of sale landscape for the global retailer, said Wes Sweet, VP, Walmart Global Tech, in a blog.

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A2Z Smart Technologies Corp. today announced a pilot program for its Cust2mate smart carts with one of Mexico's leading grocery store chains, operating more than 250 stores.

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is “modernizing and reinventing its supply chain to significantly improve merchandise replenishment” through a partnership with Ryder System, Inc., according to an announcement on Monday (July 26).

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FoodStorm, which provides the only catering software developed for grocers, announced today that since March 2021, it has signed eight new U.S. grocery customers including DeCicco & Sons, Cardiff Seaside Market, Village Market, Fruit Center Marketplace and Caraluzzi's Markets.

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For the first time in the UK, eBay has established dedicated warehouses (situated in Leicester and Birmingham) to store, pack and deliver goods for business sellers.

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Nasty Gal, an American retailer that specialises in fashion for young women, has partnered with Astound Commerce on the launch of a new website.

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Chain Store Age has exclusive first access to a new study suggesting that RFID is becoming a viable solution for workflows across the retail enterprise.

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CEFCO Convenience Stores launched new self-ordering kiosks inside two Texas locations.

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Macy’s is leveraging the new managed Google Cloud Retail Search solution to reduce “search abandonment.”

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Nearly half of all non-mall locations saw annual sales exceed $7M last year

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The home-improvement chain is unveiling power tools that won't work unless they're properly scanned and activated at the register via Bluetooth technology. If a thief managed to smuggle a power drill out of the store without paying, the drill simply wouldn't turn on.

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Luna Grill, a fast casual chain, has launched an enhanced mobile app and loyalty program called Club Luna. The app features an easier ordering process with delivery, pickup and curbside options as well as a catering order option, according to a press release.

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Grocery chain joins Giant Food, Albertsons Cos. in partnerships with Volta Charging

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Boots has gone live with its first dispensing robot in the retailer’s pharmacies in Ireland.

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Gap Inc. is simplifying its loyalty programs by folding four brand initiatives into a single system.

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Same-day delivery giant Instacart has teamed up with automation specialist Fabric to offer micro-fulfillment solutions to U.S. and Canadian grocery retailers.

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The stadium partnered with Appetize, a digital and mobile ordering platform. All MetLife Stadium concessions and retail locations, fans can expect a 100% cash-free environment.

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Infor announced that Rebel Hospitality has selected Infor Hospitality to provide hospitality management solutions for its growing property base.

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The eight companies chosen for the 2021 Disney Accelerator program will work closely with Walt Disney Company officials during a three-month mentorship program “that will connect them with the creativity, imagination and expertise of Disney,” per a press release.

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Apparel retailer Express is wading into social commerce with the pilot of a platform geared toward fashion influencers.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that Woolworths Group has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to power its new Wpay payments platform.

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M&S is today announcing the rollout of a new and improved digital Click & Collect and returns journey for customers in-store, making it easier and more efficient for customers to shop with M&S.

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Searchspring today announced a partnership with Mizuno USA to power its ecommerce growth strategy and enhance the brand’s consumer experience.

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After the launch of Brightloom’s CGP in February, the company announced Thursday (July 15) that it had signed major restaurant brands Ruby Tuesday, El Pollo Loco and Cactus. They join the company’s existing list of customers, which includes Evergreens and Jamba. By leveraging customer data, the company’s solution so far has been lifting revenue per guest by mid-single digits and has increased customer reactivation by 12.6 percent.

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Walmart announced a strategic partnership with Adobe to integrate its Marketplace third-party e-commerce platform, as well as its proprietary online and in-store fulfillment and pickup technologies, with Adobe Commerce.

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Amazon is reportedly planning to start accepting Bitcoin payments by the end of 2021.

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Bitcoin Depot announced today an exclusive international partnership with Circle K that spans across both the U.S. and Canada with over 700 Bitcoin ATMs in 30 states already installed.

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Blu Jam Café is changing the way Los Angeles does breakfast – not only with its iconic Crunchy French Toast, but also with a hunger for innovation. The popular breakfast eatery partnered with NCR Corporation to elevate its customers’ experience with Aloha Essentials.

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In today’s competitive restaurant landscape, the right technology can make-or-break some emerging brands. Ryan Hillis, vice president of revenue for Meltwich, shares insight on the importance of technology in the restaurant franchise’s ability to succeed across the border.

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Lamps Plus has introduced an innovative customer-focused strategy by hiring sales associates to serve dual roles as both brick-and-mortar retail store associates and customer care agents. With complementary talents, these agents are placed in the company’s 36 stores to advise customers through outside sales skills and e-commerce customers via inside sales skills.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March of 2020 and forced restaurants to either shut down or find a way to switch up their business models, it left wholesaler Schenck Foods searching for answers.

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The largest department store chain in the Philippines goes live with Aptos technology to optimize merchandise planning across its stores and digital channels

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