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Engage3 has today partnered with Heinen’s, a Mid-West grocery chain with stores in Ohio and Illinois, to expand their omni-channel competitive visibility and analytics with Engage3’s Competitive Intelligence Management (CIM) solution.

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Target plans to invest approximately $4 billion annually for the next several years after record sales growth, but its 2020 triumph is not an overnight success story.

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Yum! Brands, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the leading artificial intelligence-based consumer insights and marketing performance analytics business of Kvantum, Inc.

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The omnichannel Little White Dress Boutique is the latest step in an ongoing digital transformation at David’s.

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Americans spent more than $769 billion ordering food from restaurants in 2020, PYMNTS found, and a significant chunk of these orders originated from websites or mobile apps.

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Ghost Kitchen Brands (GKB) is excited to announce it is teaming up with Walmart Canada, its first partnership with a big-box retailer to bring one-stop meal pickup and delivery to more Canadians.

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Majid Al Futtaim, which owns and operates shopping malls, retail, and leisure establishments in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has joined IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-enabled initiative run on IBM Cloud.

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Mars Wrigley has deployed a snack-toting robot, known as Smiley, at a ShopRite store in Monroe, NY. The bot is topped with such treats as Snickers, M&Ms and Orbit gum, and leverages LiDAR self-driving technology to detect people and objects in its proximity while roaming the store.

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A tech-focused e-tailer is taking a novel approach to ensuring shoppers have a fair chance to purchase high-demand items.

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The MATCH chain of supermarkets in Luxembourg has implemented Openbravo WMS, a component in the Openbravo Commerce Cloud platform, as a key building block of the transformation of its supply chain.

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Home improvement retailer Wickes has signed a three year, “multi-million pound” contract with same day delivery company CitySprint.

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Zumiez has selected the Workday Financial Management, Workday Adaptive Planning, and Workday Prism Analytics solutions to help accelerate its digital finance transformation in order to better anticipate and react to changing market conditions.

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Amazon Go is moving across the pond.

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German grocery chain tegut… has piloted a fully automated mini-supermarket concept in Fulda, Germany, with plans to open another three locations in 2021 and, eventually, hundreds of the digital self-service stores across the country.

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Cencosud Chile has inked a two-year renewal of its DemandTec Price Optimisation subscription, extending a relationship that started in 2016.

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Groups360 and IHG Hotels & Resorts today announced the release of GroupSync Engage, the hospitality industry’s first integrated direct booking solution for groups to include both meeting space and guestrooms.

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UK fitness apparel and accessories brand Gymshark has implemented Centric Software's product lifestyle management (PLM) system.

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Ideoclick, Inc., the provider of an e-commerce optimization platform, today announced its strategic e-commerce expertise now extends beyond Amazon to include leading advertising platforms Instacart, Walmart and Target.

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Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI has gone live with MishiPay’s Scan, Pay & Go mobile self-checkout solution in Sweden.

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It's clear that Target's "multi-channel shopper strategy" is working after the retailer reported a blockbuster holiday quarter of impressive sales and traffic growth.

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Revel Systems announced that fast casual restaurant, The Salad Station, has selected the Revel Enterprise business platform to help facilitate its regional growth and expansion to approaching 100 locations across the U.S.

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Amazon is continuing to expand its high-tech grocery format with a new location in California.

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American Eagle Outfitters is introducing an augmented reality (AR) shopping tool on Snapchat as part of its spring 2021 Jeans Are Forever campaign.

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Coupa Software today announced that Casey's General Stores selected Coupa to transform its procurement operations amid the chain's significant growth.

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Aurora Mobile Limited has struck a partnership deal with international online fashion company Farfetch to bolster its intelligent operation functionalities. The two firms will work together to provide an “unparalleled shopping experience to global customers.”

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Red Ant is working with Frasers Group to introduce in-store and remote services across its Flannels brand.

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“We want to increase our members’ confidence in their buying decisions, and that’s where user-generated content (UGC) comes into play and has been key for us,” said Robelle Mancilla, Director of Site Merchandising and Site Operations at Samsclub.com.

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“The next phase of our guest reservation system, attribute pricing, is expected to be live across the estate by the end of this year, enabling a tailoring of stays and a selection of add-ons,” Barr noted. “Initial pilots in 2020 were conducted in each region, demonstrating to owners the ability to generate maximum value from their hotel's unique attributes.”

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RFID readers located throughout the warehouse give visibility to precisely what's in stock and where it is stored. This is particularly important for warehouses that support retail operations, given that U.S. retailers alone lose nearly $145 billion annually due to out-of-stock inventory, according to IHL Group.

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In a parking garage beneath a skyscraper in the heart of Tel Aviv, robotic fulfillment firm Fabric is demonstrating the kind of technology that should make Amazon executives anxious.

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Spanish electrical and technology e-commerce venture PcComponentes has gone live with Australian startup CitrusAd’s Retail Media platform.

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Fabletics is leveraging semantic search capabilities of Searchspring technology to enable customers to enter the product attributes they want, or search using natural language.

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Katapult today announced it is a checkout option with electronic transportation retailer, Zebra.

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Mitre 10, which operates 84 stores across New Zealand, will implement the Real-Time Task Manager, Q-Walk, and Mobility solutions from Reflexis Systems (now part of Zebra Technologies).

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The digital wallet that allows contactless payment is rapidly becoming the payment method of choice thanks to its greater convenience. No self-respecting Millennial or GenZ consumer would be without one.

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Rimini Street, Inc. today announced that Poplar Co. Ltd. has switched to Rimini Street Support for its SAP BusinessObjects and Sybase IQ Database software.

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A Midwestern grocery retailer is successfully detecting counterfeit coupons at the point-of-sale with a new, free solution.

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Steak ‘n Shake to Replace Servers with Kiosks, at Every Store

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC has partnered with Punchh to power customer engagement and loyalty through a new mobile app for the brand’s 900+ locations.

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