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Co-op has announced expanded access to its online shop, accessed via the retailer’s app, through a new partnership with Uber Direct, Uber’s white label delivery solution.

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Marco’s Pizza, rolled out an all-in-one, in-house tech stack, Marco’s order management system (MOMS), to its franchisees, becoming the latest restaurant company to opt out of off-the-shelf tech options in favor of custom-built technology.

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Books-A-Million is rolling out same-day delivery to customers across the US with Walmart GoLocal.

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By embedding RFID tags in casino chips, operators can track the movement, usage, and authenticity of chips in real-time. This not only deters fraud but also streamlines operations, allowing for a more seamless gaming experience.

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Raul Bujalil, Kroger’s VP of supply chain, said the company’s mission is to make shopping affordable and seamless. That much sounds familiar, but the company adds another tagline, “leading with fresh and investing in digital.”

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There’s no shortage of artificial intelligence talk in retail, but top retailers like Sam’s Club and Home Depot are walking the walk when it comes to one AI subset — computer vision.

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Mondelēz International's embrace of technology includes dialing up its “analytical rigor” and investing in tools to optimize promotions and pricing, improve sales productivity, and elevate in-store execution. At the core is artificial intelligence.

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Launched on February 22 to Wrangler NFT holders, Wrangler collaborated with vintage clothing brand MNTGE to create a blockchain-integrated line of vintage Wrangler clothing.

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Henkel is streamlining supply chain operations, cutting back some areas to realize profits while doubling down on investments in other components of the supply chain.

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Natori has shown that using artificial intelligence (AI) can supercharge retailers’ retargeting efforts.

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While thrifting has typically demanded consumers be open to some degree of randomness and discovery, ThredUp is using artificial intelligence search capabilities to improve the relevance and exactitude of secondhand shopping.

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The juice company has entered into an agreement with professional services provider Genpact. The partnership aims to digitize and update Tropicana's finance and accounting operations, standardizing processes across the enterprise and integrating digital solutions, including artificial intelligence.

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Beginning as early as 2025, fast-food chain Wendy’s will begin testing dynamic pricing along with AI-enabled menu changes and suggestive selling.

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Anthropics has announced the launch of Zyler Virtual Try-On for Menswear. Customers can upload a headshot, enter some measurements, and then see themselves on screen wearing an outfit.

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Authentic, formerly known as Authentic Brands Group, has partnered with Fast Simon to help enhance merchandising, personalization and search capabilities across its extensive portfolio of brands.

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The QSR has partnered with Allego N.V. , a pan-European public electric vehicle fast and ultra-fast charging network, to rollout of ultra-fast chargers across Burger King France drive-thru and dine-in locations that are not in co-ownership.

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New Look says that it has chosen Dayforce to help provide “a modern employee experience, optimise its workforce, and unify its HR and payroll processes in a single cloud HCM platform”.

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RELEX Solutions and Accenture are working with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. to support its seasonal inventory planning. This collaboration will bring together delivery, advisory, and industry experience from Accenture, with the RELEX AI-driven technology.

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REWE has signed an agreement with Israeli startup Catch, a retail-focused AI-company, to test Catch AI, a multichannel platform that operates across smart carts, smartphones, self-checkout kiosks, and more.

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Boots has rolled out Klarna’s buy now pay later offering across its UK and Ireland online sites and mobile app.

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Aptos announced today that renowned British department store Liberty is renewing its partnership with Aptos for store technology and customer experience solutions. Specifically, Liberty will deploy the latest versions of Aptos’ Store POS and CRM applications and migrate the software delivery from on-premises to SaaS.

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Manna Drone Delivery has announced a new partnership with Boojum, an Ireland-based, Mexican inspired burrito chain, in addition to an expansion of service to include Blanchardstown.

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The Valley View Casino & Hotel is deploying the Infor POS as well as the Infor's Hospitality Management System and Table Reservation Management solution.

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Precisely, reports that Etam Group has implemented its Automate Studio solution across all subsidiaries to support company wide accounts payable processes.

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Qu, the restaurant technology company pioneering the industry’s first unified commerce platform, announced GoTo Foods (formerly known as Focus Brands) has selected Qu as its single POS platform for all seven of its industry-leading brands.

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Combining best-in-class loyalty and marketing solutions from Thanx with Order and Pay solutions from Olo, Bluestone Lane’s guests can now ‘Live like a local, earn like a local’ with innovative and digital-forward loyalty perks, exclusive tiered rewards, and elite non-discount offerings.

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Dollar Tree has officially launched a new app, where customers can use the price check feature to explore More Choices.

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Aldi is trialling the use of parcel lockers outside a selection of its UK stores.

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Rouses Markets has partnered with DoorDash to make its grocery selection available for delivery through the platform. The on-demand service will be available from all 65 Rouses locations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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7-Eleven Inc. continues to be on the forefront of the channel, driven by its ability to tap into the wants and needs of the ever-changing consumer.

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BlueTriton, Dude Wipes, and Mars-owned brand Trü Frü are aiming to maximize their capacity to respond to and leverage merchandising signals through a new in-store execution tech investment.

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MeinBodenbelag, a floor covering retailer in Germany, has deployed a digital signage network from nsign.tv. The software platform system includes 20 displays throughout the store, enhancing the customer experience, according to a press release.

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Technology is used to assist in site selection of new stores and the company has a new app and a refreshed rewards program that places new tech at its core of reaching new customers.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill is increasing its commitment to its Cultivate Next venture fund by $50 million, which brings the fund's total investment pool to $100 million.

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Matalan, the leading fashion and homeware omnichannel value retailer, has launched a Generative AI (GenAI) tool to create its product descriptions and deliver a seamless online experience for customers.

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REWE Group has launched a REWE Ready ‘smart shop’ at the EnBW Hypernetz EV Charging Hub in Lichtenau/Chemnitz, Germany.

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Direct-to-consumer eyewear retailer Zenni is leveraging advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology to identify and respond to emerging trends as they develop.

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The Armani Group is deploying XY Retail's unified commerce platform to integrate retail operations at Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Exchange and Armani Casa.

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The shopping carts allow customers to log in through their Amazon or Whole Foods app and begin scanning items. The carts also include a scale for weighing produce added to the order.

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The Crumbl Cookie app is one of the first food and beverage apps supported on VisionOS, offering a simplified visual interface for users

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eTip is now an approved digital tipping provider of IHG Hotels & Resorts. This partnership enables associates across IHG's network of more than 6,000 franchises, managed properties, restaurants, and bars to access eTip's contactless tipping technology

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Mexican retailer and wholesaler to advance forecasting and replenishment capabilities with RELEX, targeting improved operational efficiency and customer experience.

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When it comes to build vs. buy, Colgate-Palmolive says taking certain things in-house is increasing their revenue growth management and media analytics flexibility and scalability.

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Superdrug reports that Gophr will provide its pharmacy delivery service. This will allow the delivery of prescriptions across the UK to people who choose Superdrug to provide their medication.

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Bunzl Catering Supplies says it has realised significant benefits since deploying forecasting and replenishment capabilities from RELEX Solutions.

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Clarins Group, is deploying Dassault Systèmes’ manufacturing operations management solutions as it prepares to significantly increase its production capacity for its portfolio of skincare, make-up, spa and wellness products.

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Following its rebrand from Littlewoods Ireland in July 2022 (bringing the Irish business in line with the The Very Group’s lead retail brand in the UK), digital retailer Very Ireland has launched Take 3, allowing customers to pay in three and pay no interest, along with a first ever mobile app.

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Precisely today announced that Etam Group, an international retailer and lingerie brand in France, has implemented its Automate Studio solution across all subsidiaries to support company-wide accounts payable processes.

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