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Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday began accepting cryptocurrency in U.S. stores and online, including Bitcoin and other digital currencies, using Flexa, a payment provider that converts currencies.

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PacSun’s investments in its customer service capabilities are paying off as the apparel brand and retailer leverages the benefits of natural language processing (NLP).

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DispatchTrack, a solution provider of right-time delivery management software, today announced it has been selected by Nevada Beverage Company, a large Las Vegas-based beverage wholesaler, to improve delivery efficiencies and ensure orders are consistently delivered on time.

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The omnichannel coffee retailer is confirming that 100% of its purchases are responsibly sourced per the standards of Enveritas, an independent third-party global non-profit that tracks social, economic and agricultural impact across multiple crops and industries.

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Learn how Tropical Smoothie Cafe is using SynergySuite to increase margins and streamline operations.

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o9 Solutions today announced that Total Wine & More has selected the o9 Digital Brain to power its omnichannel retail planning platform and accelerate the retailer’s digital transformation journey.

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Victoria’s Secret & Co. is launching VS&Co-Lab, an inclusive shopping experience for all customers. This curated digital platform connects the modern consumer with unique brands, bringing their stories and their intimates, lifestyle and swimwear products to the forefront.

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The 3,000-sq.-ft., two-story model was developed in partnership with Minneapolis-based Vertical Works Inc., a design company specializing in verticals including quick-serve restaurants.

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Perfect Corp. has partnered with Italian beauty brand Bakel to introduce a new AI Skin Analysis solution to its online customers.

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Vallarta Supermarkets has begun piloting the Flashfood food waste reduction app in five stores.

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On the digital front, the company's online store, Batteriesplus.com, recently relaunched with the new branding as well, using platform partner Optimizely. The new website has been redesigned for easier navigation on a mobile device.

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Reliance Retail has started instant grocery delivery service through a new platform and app under the JioMart Express brand, with trials currently ongoing in Navi Mumbai.

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Optii Solutions today announced that The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa in Florida has selected Optii as its hotel management solution. The hotel will adopt the full Optii Solution — including the Housekeeping, Service and Chat products — on an initial three-year contract to optimize and streamline its daily operations.

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Deer Stags began working with CommerceHub in the early 2000s as it looked to innovate new online routes to market and extend its ability to reach more consumers for an expanding line of products. CommerceHub software solutions have enabled the company to build a strong drop-ship business in a more unified marketplace.

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ToolsGroup today announced its acquisition of Onera, a provider of real-time inventory availability and fulfillment software solutions to retailers. The combined software offering gives retailers crucial visibility into inventory as well as the sophistication needed to optimize planning and fulfillment to enable a flexible and resilient supply chain.

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Fluid Commerce has launched a progressive web app (PWA) for new home furnishing brand Daily Furniture.

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The specialty video game retailer’s GameStop Italy Inc. subsidiary is deploying the Opterus OpsCenter platform to connect corporate headquarters with managers and associates across 271 of its locations.

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SES-imagotag today announced that it has been selected by Mattress Firm to be their official digital tag provider, digitalizing all their stores in the U.S. Mattress Firm is a leading retailer in North America operating over 2,300 stores in 49 states across the U.S.

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Almost a year after media reports first circulated suggesting it was getting set to launch a BNPL solution connected to its Apple Pay digital payment service, the tech giant is releasing Apple Pay Later as part of several new upgrades to its Apple Wallet mobile wallet solution. These upgrades are part of a wider operating system update known as iOS16.

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Co-op and Microsoft, supported by technology consultancy BJSS and Team ITG, have created Caboodle, a not for profit digital platform that enables UK supermarkets, cafés and restaurants to connect with community groups and volunteers to redistribute surplus food.

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Yhe home improvement giant is expanding an existing partnership with Adobe to obtain comprehensive insights into its omnichannel customer journey.

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E2open Parent Holdings, Inc. announces that Landmark Group, a multinational retail and hospitality conglomerate, has selected E2open to improve competitive advantage for its retail division.

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Buy now, pay later (BNPL) company Afterpay has teamed up with HBX, Hypebeast’s eCommerce platform, to help shoppers afford luxury and streetwear clothing brand purchases.

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The warehouse club retailer is entering a multi-year partnership with self-driving vehicle startup Gatik, tissue, pulp and paper-based packaging manufacturer/distributor Georgia-Pacific, and KBX, the transportation arm for Koch Industries and an independent Koch company.

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UK luxury goods retailer, Smythson of Bond Street, has announced a partnership with omnichannel customer engagement specialist Emarsys.

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FLO rolled out Invent Analytics’AI-based retail planning solutions, including Allocation Optimization, Replenishment Optimization, Transfer Optimization, and Markdown Optimization. As a result, leading footwear retailer has reduced out-of-stocks and inventory, lowered fulfillment costs, and improved gross profit.

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Symphony RetailAI today announced a deepening relationship with Action, Europe’s fastest-growing non-food discounter.

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UK big four supermarket Asda is set to deploy Salesforce technology as it looks to give “a 360-degree view of its customers, providing personalised and tailored experiences that will revolutionise the consumer grocery experience”.

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Powerhouse Dynamics' solution connects HVAC, refrigeration, cooking, and other equipment to cloud-based analytics and controls.

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The Asian fast casual on Wednesday unveiled a proprietary robotic wok, dubbed the Panda Auto Wok (PAW), that is designed to cook food faster and ease the burden on cooks.

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Financial services firm Grachan & Company relies on PVNG by Aptech to manage the hotel’s accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general ledger processes and share statistical data with operator First Choice Hotel Management.

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The division of Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International Inc. said “new next generation restaurant designs for the U.S.” will also include a 24-seat, 1,600-square-foot version. The first drive-thru-only restaurant is scheduled to open this summer in Cross Lanes, W. Va., a suburb northwest of Charleston. W. Va.

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Vallarta Supermarkets is deploying autonomous robots from Badger Technologies in a pilot program to “set new standards in store safety and cleanliness” at several of its stores in California.

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New year, new world. That could sum up 2022, but it’s a bit more involved. If we weren’t thinking about health often enough before, that behavior’s been replaced by a hypervigilance that has wide-ranging impacts. We see it from retail settings to smartphone doctor appointments that went from rare to routine just like that.

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Woolworths, in partnership with Tiliter, is introducing new artificial intelligence powered scales in produce aisles at stores across Australia.

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