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The grocery giant’s Albertsons Media Collective retail media network is collaborating with marketplace advertising platform Pacvue. CPG advertisers and their agencies can now leverage Pacvue to create, execute and manage sponsored product advertising campaigns on the Albertsons network, supported by the CitrusAd open API which connects Pacvue to various Albertsons banners’ e-commerce sites.

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The pair have teamed up with blockchain technology platform, Polygon, to create “an immersive community initiative for beer lovers and the NFT curious. The very first NFT beer that is designed by people, to be enjoyed by people.”

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tasca Retail announced today that it is collaborating with The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest supermarket operator, to deploy Magic™ DSD, a modernized software system for receiving deliveries. The solution will be implemented in Kroger’s nearly 2,800 stores across 35 states in the U.S. This state-of-the-art solution automates several receiving tasks while retaining core functionality that is familiar to store associates.

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Walgreens is supporting store-based fulfillment with advanced inventory management solutions.

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Groupon is taking steps to simplify its technology platform and become a more automated enterprise. Ultimately, Groupon seeks to accelerate its pace of product development and support better customer and retailer experiences.

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Holiday Oil Company, a convenience store retailer with 67 locations in Utah, has selected the Gilbarco Veeder-Root Passport Express Lane self-checkout system, to help ease its labor challenges and create a frictionless shopping experience. The retailer will outfit its entire network with cashierless Express Lane kiosks, allowing employees to focus on more complex tasks.

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Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company, Lindt & Sprüngli, has renewed a multi-year partnership with IRI.

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Stellarton, Nova Scotia-based Empire said it plans to begin rolling out the Scene+ program in Atlantic Canada in August and then continue across the country until all its grocery banners — including Sobeys, Safeway, Foodland, IGA, FreshCo, Chalo! FreshCo, Voilà by Sobeys/Safeway/IGA, Needs, Thrifty Foods, Les Marchés Tradition, Rachelle Bery and Lawtons Drugs — are integrated by early 2023. Scene+ will also be used in Empire’s liquor stores in Western Canada.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has expanded its same-day delivery service to the majority of its UK store fleet, including in over 30 Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister locations.

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The 3,500 residents of Lockeford, a rural San Joaquin County town in California, will be among the first to have drones deliver their Amazon Prime packages.

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RightHear is installing tiny sensors in all of McDonald’s Israel restaurants which use Bluetooth technology to connect offer helpful information for visually impaired restaurant-goers.

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Perfect Corp. has partnered with hair care and hair tools brand, Beachwaver, for an interactive augmented reality try-on experience, bringing its newest boho summer Floral Collection to life.

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United Dairy Farmers (UDF) is launching a text club across its 177-store network in partnership with Mobivity Holdings Corp.'s SmartMessage platform.

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Amazon has today opened an Amazon Fresh checkout-free store in Hoxton, London, its 18th such location in the UK.

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Anora Group, a leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic products in the Nordics and Baltics, today announced the expansion of their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified supply chain planning solutions.

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acey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market, locally owned stores in Utah and northern Nevada, have partnered with Instacart, an online grocery platform, to make shopping and delivery easier for shoppers.

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Online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform Grubhub and Cartken, a technology startup specializing in self-driving artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robotics and delivery operations, have formed a partnership to bring robot delivery to college campuses.

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Steve Madden has chosen the HotWax Commerce Omnichannel Order Management Solution to help with such strategies as same-day buy online pick-up in store (BOPIS), ship from store, and pre-orders.

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The e-commerce giant is launching Virtual Try-On for Shoes, an interactive mobile offering that uses AR to help customers visualize how a pair of shoes will look on themselves from every angle, in an effort to better inform purchasing decisions. The launch comes as Amazon continues to slowly build its presence in the augmented reality (AR)-assisted shopping space.

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Lexer has been selected as the customer data experience (CDXP) partner for Cotton On Group’s e-commerce site across nine different regions and for all of its eight brands: Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Rubi, Typo, Factorie, Supre, and Ceres Life.

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Tableware brand Fable Home is leveraging AI to dig deeper into performance, drive marketing scalability, and cut customer acquisition costs.

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The program will utilize Stuzo's patent-pending Wallet Steering System to hyper-personalize fuel offers and payments.

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Everyone wants to know what the 2022 holiday season will bring, so Retail TouchPoints consulted 16 of the retail industry’s savviest analysts and experts, from leading firms including Accenture, Publicis Sapient, Euromonitor International, Kearney and IHL Services.

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7-Eleven has partnered with Waitr to add another delivery option at more than 700 of its stores. Waitr specializes in on-demand restaurant and grocery store delivery in 1,000 U.S. cities, and 7-Eleven is the platform’s first national convenience store partner.

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Food ordering and delivery marketplace Grubhub has introduced Instant Cashout via Direct to Debit, which the company’s drivers can use to access their earnings immediately.

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The fast-casual restaurant chain has opened the first of three planned “Panera To Go” pilot stores. Based in Chicago, the digital-only store features a reduced front of house area where customers and delivery drivers can pick up orders from rapid pick-up and delivery shelves.

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Steve Madden, Ltd. has fortified its omnichannel functionalities with same-day BOPIS, ship-from-store and pre-order offerings, deploying a new order management system (OMS) from HotWax Commerce.

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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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McDonald’s Corp. has tapped Workplace from Meta at its company-owned restaurants and is offering the platform to franchise units in some global markets, the companies said Thursday.

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Hudson, which has more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs, landmarks and tourist destinations across North America, says that its first Southeast location for Hudson Nonstop, powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, is officially open at Nashville International Airport (BNA).

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Acromove has reached an agreement with Retail & More to run a proof of concept of the AcroCloud solution as the potential IT platform for the latter’s planned Carrefour retail network in Greece.

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UK arts and craft retailer, Hobbycraft, has partnered with Astound Commerce to create a new e-commerce platform.

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UK technology and electrical retailer, Currys, is leveraging Salesforce solutions to support its omnichannel transformation plans.

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Giant Food has added an electric dimension to its Giant Delivers grocery delivery fleet.

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The pilot – which is not facial recognition and does not retain or store images – now sees Co-op testing out Vynamic Smart Vision I Age Verification, a new Diebold Nixdorf solution that uses Yoti’s age estimation technology, in five of its Manchester stores, including one located within its Customer Support Centre where it first tested the tech last November.

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Two North Texas residents who operate Public Taco in Dallas are launching a new commercial kitchen inside a Walmart at State Highway 121 and Ohio Drive in Plano, with a plan to sell food from nationally known restaurants via delivery in Collin County.

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Luxury platform FARFETCH will accept cryptocurrency payments for all purchases on the FARFETCH Marketplace, with plans to expand to FARFETCH Private Clients in the coming months and to all customers in the U.S., UK and Europe by late 2022.

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The Northern California-based retailer, which sells a curated assortment of outdoor apparel for women, utilizes the AI-based Newmine Chief Returns Officer SaaS solution to manage returns across the enterprise. Between 2019-2021, Title Nine drove an aggregate 18% reduction in returns.

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Since its start in Luleå, Sweden in 2016, Bastard Burgers, has been on a mission to go global. To support its growth and expand its digital ordering capabilities, the NYC-inspired street food chain has tapped Oracle MICROS Simphony Cloud POS to run its 67 restaurants in Sweden, Norway, and, most recently, at The Bronx Brewery Taproom in New York City.

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What do you do when your company is in the business of love, but in-person functions are being shut down left and right?

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The latest initiative with P&G is the result of a new multiyear relationship with Microsoft Corp., which will allow the company to tap into a digital platform that will leverage the Internet of Things and help accelerate growth and innovation.

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The warehouse club retailer is transforming its advertising business into the Sam’s Club Member Access Platform (MAP).  MAP offers sponsored product search ads, and in tandem, the company is also launching a self-service platform for sponsored product ads.

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