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Sweetgreen, the Los Angeles-based fast-casual salad restaurant brand, is piloting a new digital-only pickup location in Washington, D.C., the chain announced on Friday. The Sweetgreen Pickup Kitchen will open Aug. 1.

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Automated “store on wheels” platform Robomart has partnered with CPG giant Unilever to deploy a fleet of robotic vehicles for ice cream delivery this summer.

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Yochananof, an Israeli supermarket chain, has placed a follow on order for an aggregate of 1,000 Cust2Mate smart carts, after an initial roll-out in stores.

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NewStore, an omnichannel cloud platform for retail brands, has launched a new consumer shopping app on behalf of fashion company Tom Tailor.

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Facing challenges sharing data and actions across systems, InTown has implemented SHR’s Bridge platform to automate traditionally manual processes.

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Felleskjøpet Agri, the primary equipment supplier to Norwegian farmers and retailer of agricultural products, pet products and gardening equipment, has expanded their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions.

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Vans are embedding short-term solutions into their day-to-day workflows as they strive to optimize the flow and experience of the shoe and apparel retailer’s 500+ stores in North America. Vans has increased the efficiency workflow for its visual merchandising and monthly floorset process using solutions from IWD.

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According to a new white paper from foot traffic analytics firm Placer.ai, which examines the U.S. grocery sector from a location analytics perspective. It found that discount grocery chains Aldi, Lidl, and Grocery Outlet — all of which are “expanding aggressively” — are becoming “household names” as consumers are squeezed by high prices.

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Cutlery, tableware and kitchenware specialist, Robert Welch Designs, has chosen BrightBridge for a cloud software implementation project.

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The retailer has installed an automated machine that uses artificial intelligence and 3D technology for nail finger-painting. The technology, from Clockwise, has been installed in three Target stores to date: two in Northern California (Walnut Creek and San Manteo) and one in Chaska, Minn.

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Coborn’s Inc. is partnering with MessageWrap to transform its grocery conveyor belts into dynamic, antimicrobial billboards for marketing messages and advertising. Content on the belts includes shopper loyalty promotions, such as Coborn’s “More Rewards” program; as well as food facts and price cuts.

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Dallas-based Fat Straws Bubble Tea Co. has deployed digital menu boards to facilitate campaigns, feature LTOs and announce special offers.

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Luxury fashion brand Gucci will become the latest retailer to accept cryptocurrency payments when it launches the program in some U.S. stores at the end of this month and at all North American stores this summer.

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Gucci has rolled out the crypto payment mechanism at its flagship stores in the U.S., including Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, Wooster Street in New York and in Las Vegas, with plans to expand the service to its directly operated North America stores in the near future.

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Hotels are finding it increasingly difficult to deliver on guest expectations while keeping costs in line and also accommodating staffing challenges.

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Lolli users can now earn free Bitcoin rewards at Shake Shack when they shop with the former’s new Card Boost feature.

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The retailer announced that through a partnership with Instacart, curbside and delivery services are now accessible through its rewards app.

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Footwear and accessories brand, TOMS, has partnered with Astound Commerce to migrate its e-commerce experience to Salesforce Commerce Cloud Storefront Reference Architecture (SFRA).

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Destination Kohler—the hospitality and real estate arm of the Kohler Co. that includes the American Club Resort Hotel, the Inn on Woodlake and the Kohler Cabin Collection in central Wisconsin—has deployed Beachy's mobile point-of-sale solution for its properties.

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Resort partners with Nor1 to implement software that helps front desk agents see what upsell packages a guest qualifies for at a glance.

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eTailers are scrambling to protect themselves and their customers from fraud, leveraging digital identity protocols like MFA to do so.

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Jumeirah Group, a hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has announced a strategic partnership with Incode Technologies, a leader in identity verification and authentication for global enterprises, to transform hospitality expectations and further innovate the guest experience.

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Panasonic has worked with the convenience store of a German team energie GmbH & Company fuel station to deploy electronic shelf labels (ESLs).

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Retail imports have been near all-time highs for the past several months as consumers spark increased demand and as supply chain constraints have slowed imports as a result of port congestion. In addition, the rising rate of inflation has influenced retailers to stock up on products.

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Walmart has expanded its use of the Wrike work management platform outside of Walmart Canada.

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For two decades, Cathy Hotka has worked tirelessly helping retail CIOs advance their careers. Her best advice: “Take the time to understand what your value is within your ecosystem.”

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AAH Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the wholesale distribution of medicines in the UK, will partner with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions to improve supply chain planning and processes across the wholesale business, trading under the AAH, Enterprise, and Trident brands.

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Dine Brands is investing in handheld server tablets and exploring robots to help ease a nagging staffing shortage.

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LANVIN the French Luxury House known as a beacon of Parisian luxury, from fashion to perfume through accessories, is partnering with BayBridgeDigital to expand its omnichannel customer experience within their European and US stores.

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Marco's Pizza has unveiled a project to accelerate its digital capabilities and drive growth. The brand's strategic investments in technology and innovation center around migrating to a 100% cloud-based proprietary technology platform — Marco's Order Management System (MOMS).

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Randa Apparel & Accessories recently selected Movista, the leading enterprise-class retail execution and workforce management platform, as its partner to optimize and plan its retail merchandising associates' daily activities and to generate real-time actionable insights from the data those activities produce.

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Starbucks will launch its own NFT collections later this year.

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The Very Group, which operates online retailer Very.co.uk, is set to provide personalised size and fit guidance across its 300 fashion brands through a new partnership with True Fit.

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Yum Brands, parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill, is leveraging its “Quick Pick-Up” option, whereby consumers can collect their order from a designated pickup shelf, eliminating the step of waiting at the counter, to make the channel more appealing.

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Online electricals retailer AO has committed to a 12-month contract with Taggstar to deliver social proof messaging.

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The company is also implementing new technologies in ways that are more visible to consumers. For instance, the company is pilot testing robotic delivery via drone and via autonomous sidewalk rover.

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CKE Restaurant Holdings, the parent company of quick-service brands Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has announced a systemwide plan to overhaul their restaurants, including extensive remodeling that will involve some $500 million in investments.

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Decathlon is set to equip dozens of additional stores with Quadient’s automated parcel lockers in 2022.

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Stationery retailer, Paperchase, has been working with Retail Assist on a full upgrade of the infrastructure and operating system that underpins its omnichannel supply chain solution, Merret, also provided by Retail Assist.

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Great American Hospitality LLC, a Sonic Drive-In licensee, has partnered with DailyPay to provide on-demand pay to its employees. Through this partnership, hundreds of Sonic employees can now access their pay immediately after completing a shift, providing financial flexibility.

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Grocery distributor/retailer SpartanNash has partnered with last-mile delivery specialist DoorDash to provide on-demand service to its corporate-run supermarkets and independent grocery customers.

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The Container Store, an organizing goods retailer, is launching Organized Insider, a loyalty program, along with a mobile app, in an effort to engage with customers on a deeper level and attract potential customers.

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