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Today, in conjunction with NRF’s Retail Converge 2021, HP Inc. expanded its Engage portfolio with the new HP Engage Go 10, a convertible system built to thrive on-the-go and serve customers from anywhere, and HP Engage Flex Mini, a powerhouse mini designed to meet the demands of customer applications across verticals.

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Go Instore and Appointedd have teamed with Marks and Spencer to launch M&S Video Expert, a live video offering designed to recreate in-store beauty and furniture services for online customers.

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El Pollo Loco Inc. will begin testing drone deliveries on June 24 in Southern Callfornia in a test with Flytrex, an Israel-based startup, the company said Thursday.

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UK-based DTC furniture brand Loaf has selected Adyen as its payments partner.

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Sports betting and online gaming brand, William Hill, has chosen Contentstack as its core content experience platform.

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Sportswear brand ASRV has gone live with Fit Analytics’ Fit Finder online sizing solution.

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Russian consumer electronic retail chain M.Video has launched a virtual assistant called Alyona.

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Amazon and Walmart have each beefed up their e-commerce capabilities by tapping into machine learning to reduce out of stocks and better align their real media spend with their business goals.

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Sustainable fashion brand PANGAIA is leveraging Board International tech for sales reporting and analytics.

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Fuel and convenience retailer The Spinx Co. has begun piloting a self-checkout program. Spinx has a goal to go live with self-checkout at all Spinx stores in the second and third quarters of 2022.

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Capital One has struck a deal with Williams-Sonoma to become the “exclusive long-term issuing partner” for the home retailer’s new co-brand and private-label credit card program, according to an announcement.

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Duluth Trading Co.’s new digital tool lets consumers design a pair of customizable pants. Known as Duluth Custom Built, the tech walks users through seven steps to choose a made-to-order fit with more than 350 waist and inseam combinations, as well as a choice of slim, standard or relaxed fit.

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Agilysys, Inc. today announced that the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, CA has implemented the award-winning innovative InfoGenesis and IG Flex SaaS POS solutions, as well as its modern cloud-native SaaS Agilysys Pay Connect secure payment processing product to enhance their guest experience.

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is debuting its first loyalty program, Popeyes Rewards, systemwide today with a special meal offer for participants, the company announced.

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Carrefour becomes the first food retailer in Europe to use the Criteo Retail Media technology platform, technologies and services that enable retailers to leverage their online inventory and data

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Chinese local on-demand delivery and retail platform Dada Nexus Ltd automated store Lecoo collaborated to create a new omnichannel growth model for consumer electronics. Presently, Lecoo directly operates 300 stores in China and aims to launch 600 stores in 2022.

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The plan for 2021, he said, is not to change course when it comes to its focus on stores, because they are so critical, but to expand what the company can do to make them a complement to shifting consumer preferences toward the digital space. Doing that, he said, will be about leveraging technology to create digital experiences that bring in more customers with a full unified omnicommerce experience for Dick’s customers.

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Brands' tech overhaul included hardware and software upgrades, security enhancements, telecom upgrade, third-party delivery integration, and a new ecommerce platform. Barbecue brand realized a 100% ROI in six months.

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Fashion brand Vivienne Westwood has selected Mapp Cloud as its customer data platform.

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At the halfway point of a three-year supply chain transformation, Ahold Delhaize USA expects more than 85% of its distribution network to be self-managed by the close of 2022.

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Danavation Technologies Corp. is pleased to announce an initial installation for Danavation's Digital Smart Labels Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology at one of North America's iconic toy stores, the Toys "R" Us location in Thornhill, Ontario.

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DoorDash and grocery chain Albertsons Companies announced on Monday (June 21) in a news release that they will offer one-hour grocery delivery from almost 2,000 stores, among them some branded Safeway, Vons and Jewel-Osco locations.

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Market surveys indicate that half of enterprise brands will launch some form of ghost, host or cloud kitchen concept in 2021, and that the global cloud kitchen market size, estimated at $43.1B in 2019, is forecasted to reach $71.4B by 2027.

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Mercatus today announced that it will work with Stater Bros. Markets to expand the grocer’s digital grocery presence with a retailer-branded and -controlled online shopping experience that will scale with its business.

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Australia AR Discs, a global collectables retailer with locations across the U.K., U.S. and EU, is launching AR collectible discs to draw new generations of buyers and collectors.

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As surging online demand for food and groceries affects inventory levels, Walmart is using artificial intelligence (AI) to ensure optimal substitutions.

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CVS Health has expanded its partnership agreement with Cardtronics by enabling the Allpoint network of surcharge-free ATMs at 50 Longs Drugs locations across the Hawaiian Islands, according to a press release.

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Health food and wellness business Evolution Organics has deployed Brightpearl’s retail digital operations platform.

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HalpaHalli will partner with RELEX Solutions to optimize their demand forecasting and automatic replenishment. RELEX’s solution will support HalpaHalli’s distribution center and 35 stores throughout Finland, driving the company’s goal to modernize its supply chain and retail functions to facilitate future growth and development.

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During the early days of the pandemic, the brand trained its entire in-store sales team, stretched across 85 locations in the U.S., with more in Canada and the U.K., to use a customer chat and live-stream tool called Hero.

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Hy-Vee Inc. is implementing the Manhattan Associates transportation management system (TMS) to assist with its supply chain operations. Carrying a wide selection of fresh products, Hy-Vee required a highly efficient and reliable infrastructure that could move perishable items through its distribution network with better accuracy and output.

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In most parts of the United States, the only reward for ordering from McDonald’s is a toy from the latest Pixar movie, and even that is only if you order Happy Meal. That is about to change, however — McDonald’s announced Tuesday (June 22) that its loyalty program will be available all across the country starting July 8.

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Purina has partnered with Perch to launch an in-store product engagement platform at 200 supermarket locations in the US midwest.

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Amazon and Alibaba have each unveiled over the last week robots they have been developing at research facilities, and their plans to test or deploy them in warehouses and last-mile delivery, according to separate announcements from the e-commerce companies.

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Sports Direct today reopens its London Oxford Street flagship store, following a £10 million retail tech centric makeover.

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New app launch includes partnership with Pagemaster mobile to distribute Samsung galaxy smartphones.

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Tesco has expanded its Whoosh one-hour delivery service to London and Bristol.

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The Home Depot is enhancing the customer experience at its 1,300 rental locations with the launch of new "Rent Online, Pick-up In Store" technology, which RIS reported in May was coming to the home improvement retailer.

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Turner Price is laying claim to the UK's first wholesale foodservice marketplace, powered by Mirakl technology.

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AnswerRocket announced today that American Licorice Company is leveraging its augmented analytics platform to enable streamlined data discovery and automated analysis of its syndicated market data from IRI and SPINS.

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Pricer’s partner JRTech Solutions has inked a new framework agreement with Canadian food retailer Metro to continue supplying the former’s electronic shelf labels.

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An H-E-B store is the site of the 2,000th digital currency machine installation by Las Vegas, Nev.-based Coin Cloud. Shoppers there and at other stores that offer Coin Cloud kiosks can access several types of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Litecoin, several U.S. dollar stablecoins and DeFi tokens.

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Coop Danmark, is renewing its strategic partnership with RELEX Solutions. The Danish retail giant operates more than 1,000 supermarkets under the Fakta, Irma, Kvickly, SuperBrugsen, and Dagli’Brugsen brands, with a turnover of €6bn.

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Decathlon has deployed Datadobi’s DobiMigrate software to help enable the move of its IT operations into the cloud.

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FTD is leveraging technology from digital gifting company GiftNow, a Synchrony solution, to complement its physical merchandise with a personalized digital gifting experience for both the gifter and recipient. With GiftNow's platform, gifters can send personalized digital gifts in seconds and recipients can exchange or modify their items before they ship.

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The eatertainment chain is investing $5 million in recruitment and retention efforts and is using tech to take over some hands-on services.

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Jo-Ann Stores — a specialty chain retailer of crafts and fabrics with about 860 stores in the U.S. — goes so far as to refer to its Procurement arm as the ‘Value Realization’ function of the business.

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With its leaders dispersed over multiple locations and with diverse responsibilities, QT was driven to create a common leadership language that could be used universally throughout the company and directly correlated to its mission to help employees grow and succeed.

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LiveRamp today announced an expanded global partnership with Carrefour to enable robust data collaboration, analytics and innovation capabilities through LiveRamp’s Safe Haven. Using LiveRamp’s best-in-class privacy-preserving technologies, retailers, consumer packaged goods (CPGs) brands and Carrefour partners can execute safe, simple and productive data collaboration on an unprecedented global scale.

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One of the world's largest jewelry brands by volume uses IBM Sterling Order Management on Cloud to revamp its fulfillment capabilities and customer experience

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Customers can use mobile self-scanning at 32,000 stores across the world, according to a new study by RBR.

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Specsavers is working with Accenture as it looks to improve its technology capabilities.

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Walmart has Invested in drone delivery provider DroneUp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Wipro Limited today announced it has extended its partnership with Levi Strauss & Co.

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