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River Island says that it has chosen Cloudinary solutions to “future-proof its digital media tech stack, boost the user experience, and shorten time to market”.

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St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Saladworks, the leading US fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of brands, is opening 20 new ghost kitchen locations through a new partnership with Combo Kitchen, the world's leading and largest ghost kitchen franchise.

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After gaining approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Sprouts Farmers Market is now participating in Electronic Benefits Transfer Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) for same-day delivery and curbside pickup orders that are placed through Instacart.

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The Home Depot is beginning to rollout 125,000 new mobile devices for store associates and an upgrade to its in-store network to improve both the associate and customer experience.

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Miso Robotics, maker of the robotic fry cook, has a deal with giant Middle Eastern operator Americana Restaurants to put Flippy in its restaurants, bringing the bot overseas for the first time.

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Stravito has been selected as the knowledge management solution for Reckitt Benckiser, a UK-based consumer goods manufacturer producing leading health, hygiene and nutrition brands.

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Hennig-Olsen Is, the Nordic region’s oldest ice cream producer and distributor, today announced the expansion of their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified supply chain planning solutions.

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Austin, Texas-based Grocery TV, a digital advertising network, said yesterday that SEG plans to add 2,600 point-of-sale advertising displays in key locations across its Southeast market area, from Miami to Jacksonville to New Orleans.

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Puerto Rico supermarket chain Supermercados ECONO has tapped online grocery specialist Local Express to upgrade its ECONO ToGo e-commerce service.

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The Michigan-based vertical footwear apparel retailer, which sells more than 70 million pairs of shoes and pieces of apparel annually to consumers around the globe, is adopting the Microsoft Azure Arc multi-cloud and on-premises management platform.

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The last few years have transformed consumer shopping habits, making omnichannel retail strategy a priority for retailers. Indeed, with today’s customers expecting the same high standards of delivery they’ve experienced online across multiple touchpoints, brands are responding to this demand by selling from more places than ever before.

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SpartanNash and Specialty Food Partners’ (SFP) new online platform, SpartanNash SpecialtyDirect, delivers enhanced offerings and empowers SpartanNash’s 2,100 independent grocer customers to seamlessly browse thousands of newly available product options, place orders and pay consolidated invoices, according to SpartanNash.

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This year, World Cinema will introduce a multitude of service-related advancements, including the next generation of the WorldVue platform, a redesigned customer portal, and an array of value-focused retrofit property solutions.

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To resolve its store communications issues, World Market evaluated several different mobile technologies to create full inn-store connectivity, including walkie-talkies. The retailer ultimately decided to implement the Theatro Mobile Communication Platform as a cloud-based SaaS solution.

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7-Eleven has partnered with Waitr Holdings Inc. to expand its on-demand food ordering and delivery options.

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The two companies are working "to make TV streaming the next e-commerce shopping destination" and have inked a deal that will make Walmart the exclusive retailer allowing streaming viewers to purchase products fulfilled by the company and directly on Roku's platform.

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InPost has announced a new partnership with UK retailer WHSmith, marking the former’s first national indoor proposition. The tie up will see InPost parcel lockers deployed in WHSmith high street stores across the UK.

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Through a partnership with ReposiTrak, Southeastern Grocers is implementing an automated solution that will make it easier for diverse and underrepresented suppliers to get their products on the grocer’s shelves. The ReposiTrak MarketPlace allows manufacturers to connect directly with retailers interested in selling their goods.

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In a bid to expand its network of 12,000 drivers in spite of a nationwide shortage, Walmart is offering new technology tools that the giant retailer said will “create a world-class driver experience.”

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New Zealand seafood giant Sealord has selected Infor's CloudSuite in a seven-year, multi-tenant, software-as-a-service ERP agreement.

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Jack in the Box has selected digital food safety and operations execution software company Jolt as its exclusive vendor for digital food safety solutions at its more than 2,200 locations, according to a press release.

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To cut down on alcohol consumption by minors, QuikTrip recently installed new refrigerators that require a customer to scan an ID to open.

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Israel-based supermarket/superstore chain Shufersal is gaining improved real-time visibility of products along its cold chain operations. Through its implementation of SaaS provider Wiliot’s Reusable Transport Item solution, the retailer is increasing transparency throughout its farm-to-store supply chain model.

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New restaurants for Chipotle Mexican Grill will very likely include a drive-thru Chipotlane or potentially a walk-up window to speed throughput and add convenience. Now the fast-casual chain is looking at converting existing units to drive sales with these margin-boosting features.

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One of the things I love about working in retail technology PR is the chance to develop friendships with so many of the clients, editors and analysts we work with at Ketner Group.

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Radley London has selected Origin from Retail247 as its new global product information management (PIM) platform.

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Nursery retailer, Baby Bunting, has increased stock availability and reduced inventory value in its stores as a result of a roll-out of RELEX Solutions’ suite of demand forecasting, replenishment, allocation, and promotion forecasting solutions across its nationwide network of 64 locations in Australia.

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The home goods retailer is introducing an all-new buy now, pay later (BNPL) solution called “Welcome Pay,” which offers customers an opportunity to pay more flexibly over time, with no fees and zero interest. Payments can be managed through any Bed Bath & Beyond banner website or mobile app, and there is an ability for shoppers to pay in advance.

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Distillery Restaurant Corp. selected Silverware point-of-sale solution for its El Catrin Destileria, Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, Pure Spirits, Madrina Bar y Tapas, District Pizza, and Distillery Events locations. Each restaurant is located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, regarded as Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination.

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Jisp’s Scan & Save solution has reached a key milestone across Nisa, Londis, Budgens, Premier and Family Shopper stores in the UK.

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RightHand Robotics announces the deployment and installation of RightPick™ 3 item-handling system at Apotea, Sweden’s leading online pharmacy, to automate their facility in Morgongåva, Sweden. RightHand Robotics will support Apotea’s increasing demand from customers who utilize online ordering and need reliable, direct, and convenient delivery throughout Sweden.

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Robotic cats that help serve food are one aspect of a New Jersey-based casual-dining chain’s strategy to beat rising operational costs.

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FinTech company Clip Money has partnered with Staples US Retail, the office supply retailer’s branch focused on small business resources, to add cash deposit tech to Staples’ retail locations.

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Duluth Trading Co. is driving a seamless omnichannel checkout experience after deploying Tata Consultancy Services' TCS OmniStore unified commerce platform.

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Following a review and upgrade of its UK contact centre infrastructure, British bed manufacturer and retailer, Bensons for Beds, has moved to Freshdesk and Freshworks, and added to its existing PCI Pal deployment by integrating PCI Pal Digital.

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The Cincinnati-based grocer said June 20 that it has collaborated with several electric-vehicle specialists, including EVgo and Tesla, to install more than 350 EV charging stations at Kroger stores in 10 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wyoming). Additional stations are planned for six more states in the Midwest and South.

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West Des Moines, Iowa-based Itasca said this week that it will install its Magic DSD solution in Kroger’s nearly 2,800 stores under more than 20 banners in 35 states. The direct-store delivery system automates several receiving tasks while retaining core functionality that is familiar to store associates, the tech company noted.

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Organic Foods and Café, a grocery retailer based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has worked with Honeywell to adopt Solstice N40 (R-448A) refrigerant in a retrofit of one of its Dubai store locations currently using R-22.

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Supermercados ECONO, a retailer with 64 grocery stores in Puerto Rico, is upgrading its current ecommerce platform, ECONO ToGo, with technology from Local Express. ECONO will utilize the tech upgrade to provide its shoppers with exceptional service.

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Today, Aptean, a global provider of mission-critical enterprise software solutions, announced that Tony’s Chocolonely, an international, B Corp certified impact company based in the Netherlands, is implementing Aptean Food & Beverage ERP at a production facility it acquired last year in Belgium. The digital solution will modernize operations at the plant and give better production insights.

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For craft beer brewer BrewDog, which sell through retail and operates more than 115 bars and restaurants globally under a new mission statement of “Beer For All,” this has meant investing in its customer relationship management (CRM) platform to be more friendly in the field.

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As technological advances simplify rewards programs, restaurants can tailor offerings to the guest and learn more about them through data insights.

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