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Pricer has received an order of approximately 90 MSEK from the Dutch co-operative supermarket chain PLUS to equip 128 additional stores, previously under the Coop banner, with electronic shelf labels.

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Jesta I.S. Inc., a global developer of modular cloud solutions and unified ERP for retailers, e-Tailers, wholesalers and brand manufacturers, is excited to announce a significant upgrade to its Vision Suite software.

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Polish convenience giant Żabka Group has opened its 50th Żabka Nano checkout-free store.

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Clothing rental service Nuuly, part of Urban Outfitters Inc., provides about 82,000 subscribers with six items of clothing each month. That means there’s hundreds of thousands of items to keep track of at any given time. But an internal cloud-based tracking system developed on Google Cloud since its launch in 2019 shows the Nuuly team just how far a piece has traveled — one item, for example, was rented out 25 times before being purchased by a customer.

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Price Chopper is rolling out the Invafresh Fresh Retail Platform, a mobile-centric automated production planning solution. Leveraging the platform, Price Chopper will obtain real-time updates to its food production plans based on critical in-store data, such as inventory and demand.

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Revionics announced today that Alex Lee, Inc. has renewed its use of Revionics technology to deliver optimal, AI-driven, retail-pricing recommendations for its wholesale distribution business, Merchants Distributors (MDI).

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RateGain Travel Technologies announced that it has been selected by Posadas which owns Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Americana, The Explorean, IOH, Fiesta Inn, Gamma and one Hotels to provide business intelligence solutions, rate parity technology, and data intelligence to increase profitability and forecasting functionalities.

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Amazon has introduced an analytics tool that allows CPGs to track shopper interest in products they sell in Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores equipped with frictionless checkout technology.

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Adyen has been chosen by Fast Retailing, operator of UNIQLO, to power payments for the brand’s in-store and online checkout in multiple markets.

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LensCrafters is doubling down on technology to improve the customer experience. The company, one of the leading optical retail brands in North America, has opened a tech-focused flagship in Palo Alto, Calif. It combines the latest in advanced digital technology with a sleek design accented with colorful and eye-catching finishes.

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Red Wing Shoe Company is excited to announce the next generation of Red Wing for Business, the industry-leading service platform that seeks to provide service to an increasingly complex industrial sector. By adding the capability for customers to order personal protective equipment (PPE) online, Red Wing for Business is now in a league of its own when it comes to offering the nation’s largest, most comprehensive distribution network.

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Described as “laboratory” stores, the new Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta outposts are designed to enable the brands to test product and technology innovations.

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Holiday Oil Co. has selected Gilbarco Veeder-Root's Passport Express Lane self-checkout system to ease labor challenges and create a fast, frictionless shopping experience.

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Conveyor-belt sushi chain Kura Sushi USA is bringing even more technology to its already high-tech restaurants. Soon, guests will be able to order drinks from self-service tablets and have them delivered by robots, all while filling up on seafood rolls and sides from the chain’s signature revolving bar. They'll also have the option to pay the bill from their phones.

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Health and beauty retailer, A.S. Watson, is investing an additional $115 million in technology this year to accelerate digital transformation and delivery of its O+O (online and offline) platform strategy.

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Over the past two years, the e-tail giant has been developing and piloting a new technology called Fleet Edge to automatically detect changes in roads, traffic signs, and highways. Fleet Edge continuously refreshes on-road information into Amazon’s mapping software, providing the most up-to-date routing data for drivers delivering packages.

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ParTech, Inc. today announced that Big Chicken has selected PAR’s Brink POS, Data Central Backoffice and PAR Pay for its food and beverage in-store technological requirements.

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Israel-based computer vision company Trigo, which works on frictionless retail checkout, has debuted a new hybrid autonomous grocery store alongside Rewe, a German supermarket group.

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3D Cloud by Marxent is partnering with Kingfisher to roll-out new 3D visualisation, planning, and design tech across a number of its banners.

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Kum & Go LC is modernizing its digital architecture and enhancing the customer experience through a new partnership with Myplanet.

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Mici Italian has rebranded in partnership with Denver-based branding company Wunder Werkz. The first completed phase of the rebranding included the launch of a new logo, website and branded visuals found on in-store materials, digital assets, team uniforms and more.

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Pepe Jeans has been one of the country's most popular denim and lifestyle brands with over 250 standalone stores, 700 department store counters, 700-800 multi-brand counters, and a presence across all leading e-commerce platforms.

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Working with the London Borough of Hackney, Amazon has launched its first UK micromobility hub for more sustainable deliveries in Central London.

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Amazon said Wednesday it has launched Store Analytics, a new marketing measurement service that provides brands with data-driven insights about their products, promotions and ad campaigns in Amazon Fresh supermarkets and Amazon Go convenience stores.

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BurgerFi launched a pilot program to test self-ordering technology to decrease operating costs, minimize dependency on labor, increase revenue and provide customers with a better overall experience. The kiosk boosted average ticket sizes by 18.5% with 52% of customers opting into upsells.

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The Co-op and Microsoft Caboodle platform is now live in all of the former’s 2,600 food stores across the UK.

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Social payments platform CHEQ Inc. was named the official in-stadium mobile ordering and delivery partner of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium. Mobile Ordering through CHEQ will be available throughout the stadium for the 2022 season and in-seat delivery will be available in select sections.

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Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M Group is partnering with Google Cloud to leverage the platform’s data analytics capabilities and global enterprise in an effort to enhance its customer experience and supply chain operations. This cloud-based enterprise data backbone will include a core data platform, data product, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities.

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7-Eleven has been expanding the boundaries of the convenience store concept with ongoing launches of its Evolution Stores. The retailer uses each of the nine locations to gain a better understanding of what shoppers want in their respective markets, and these actionable insights in turn power innovation and development for the chain as a whole.

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Having a truly consumer-centric approach to data changes how consumer goods (CG) companies and retailers operate.

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Fashion brand Marc O’Polo has deployed a range of Citrix digital workspace solutions to support hybrid working for its 2,000 employees worldwide.

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Sodexo Live! handles food and beverage for the Nashville Superspeedway and has added 60 new points of sale around the venue to increase transaction speeds ahead of the track’s triple-header this weekend.

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Walmart Health Virtual Care will use Gyant’s AI-powered virtual assistant to automate patient intake for more efficient engagements between providers and patients.

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FinTech valU serves the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and is a subsidiary of EFG Hermes Holding. According to the announcement, Amazon.eg shoppers who are valU customers will have an option to select BNPL plans, spreading payments over periods of six to 60 months.

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What started as a three-man foray in 2012 to rethink the physical retail experience and eliminate standing in line has blossomed into a massive global operation today that’s at the center of Amazon’s omnichannel shopping experience.

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Great Lakes Foods is working with eGrowcery, developer of the leading retail food industry eCommerce platform, to provide online sales and fulfillment solutions to it retail partners. The first operators are expected to deploy the system later this year.

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Waymo report that the latest development in their collaboration on autonomous trucking technology will include a pilot delivering goods for the former’s customer Wayfair.

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Whitbread PLC is adding PolyAI's voice assistant to take table bookings over the phone at all 173 Beefeater locations across the UK.

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Netto is testing out a shopping cart from Imagr that scans items and handles payment, enabling shoppers to skip checkout queues.

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The iconic property will soon have a mobile guest app with mobile check-in and mobile key, guest messaging, and GEMS®, INTELITY’s suite of rich staff-facing tools for streamlined service and engagement between the hotel and guests.

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Long live the King! Fast-food fanatics went crazy over a photo of a recently “discovered” Burger King, preserved and appearing almost blemish-free despite being a relic of the past.

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Amazon is introducing Store Analytics, a new service offering brands data-driven insights about the performance of their products, promotions, and ad campaigns in Amazon Go high-tech convenience stores and Amazon Fresh high-tech grocery stores.

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The Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Self Checkout System 7 offering is now available at the Supermarkets El Trébol chain in Chile.

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Enjoy Technology, a retail startup founded by Ron Johnson, a former exec of Apple and J.C. Penney, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday.

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Phillips 66 has signed a letter of intent with FreeWire Technologies in support of its first electric vehicle (EV) charging program in the United States. Phillips 66 plans to expand its base of EV fueling stations by leveraging its retail network of approximately 7,000 U.S. sites under the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands.

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Price Chopper is rolling out the Invafresh Fresh Retail Platform, a mobile-centric automated production planning solution. Leveraging the platform, Price Chopper will obtain real-time updates to its food production plans based on critical in-store data, such as inventory and demand.

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The company, which includes the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands, has tapped Siemens-owned Mendix and Mendix partner MxBlue to make budgets more transparent and provide clear spending insights to optimize planning in a more visually appealing way. The Global Unified Budget Information (GUBI) app is also designed to provide more timely and accurate information.

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Chicago-based Slice Factory has teamed up with Nala Robotics, an AI tech company, to supply the company with a custom designed and installed an autonomous chef called Pizzaiola.

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TravelCenters of America Inc. (TA) teamed up with Service Management Group (SMG) to build its new customer experience management program. TA selected SMG for its ability to capture feedback across the customer journey, industry-leading benchmarks and outcomes-driven approach, according to SMG.

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Walgreens wants to double the number of prescriptions being filled by its robot-powered micro fulfillment centers.

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