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Dunnes Stores, Tesco Ireland and Aldi Ireland are partnering with Kwayga, a B2B supplier sourcing engine in the food and drink sector, to employ AI driven strategies enabling the accessibility of good quality products at sustainable prices.

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Taco John’s announced a collaboration with Flybuy, an operations platform specializing in location technology, to introduce location-based order firing to the industry.

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The consumer electronics giant is adding to the targeted offerings on its app for participants in the My Best Buy Plus and My Best Buy Plus paid membership programs, including exclusive member deals and personalized offers.

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Lunds & Byerlys has introduced Ideal by Design House’s Ideal digital circular and media platform, including programmatic media and interactive promotions to attract new shoppers while continuing to cater to the retailer’s loyal consumer base.

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El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. expects to install kiosks at company-operated restaurants by the end of summer and install other equipment to help labor.

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The Bradenton, Fla.-based company debuted in mid-March pay-at-the-table technology in a partnership with Up ‘n go at more than 420 company-owned restaurants.

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As Nouria Energy moves forward with this new customer base to capture, the Worcester, Mass.-based company is trying to become more data-driven, but it needs to get better at understanding how to use the data. The biggest challenge to data awareness will be cultural, according to the CIO.

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Every convenience store operator is on a technology journey, though where they are on that journey and what stops they have mapped out along way may differ.

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Store employees have a new tool in their customer experience toolbox: a generative AI-powered technology called Hey GURA. Tractor Supply piloted it last year, deployed it chainwide ahead of the 2023 holiday season, and has been so pleased with the results that it continues to expand its use.

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Large retailers including Kohl's, Lowe's and Sephora are using Instacart and DoorDash for last mile delivery.

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Adore Me is helping customers get a better fit using the power of leading-edge artificial intelligence (AI).

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In a bid to streamline business operations, Munro Footwear Group has selected Fluent Order Management to enhance its inventory efficiency. This decision enables MFG to have a unified view of inventory across its 250 stores and distribution centres, potentially delivering new efficiencies in the process.

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The retailer of cold-pressed juice and wellness products is deploying the Aloha Cloud by NCR Voyix POS platform in an effort to unify its brick-and-mortar outlets and e-commerce channels.

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The Retailer Owned Food Distributors and Associates has formed a new partnership with Givex Corp. to implement its Enterprise Coupon Portal (ECP), with the aim of facilitating new coupon and deal management to increase shopper savings and raise loyalty and brand awareness.

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WEX and Shell reached an agreement through which WEX will manage Shell's portfolio of commercial fleet cards across North America, offering customers a full range of features, functionality and solutions to meet the everyday demands of a modern commercial fleet, the companies said.

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The partnership will deliver end-to-end business transformation solutions and services that leverage Generative AI-powered technologies, as well as customer experience (CX) consulting for customers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and Latin American regions.

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Agilysys, Inc. today announced Marriott International has selected the Agilysys point-of-sale platform InfoGenesis as an option for hotels in its portfolio across the U.S. and Canada.

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The acquisition and integration of Inventoro's capabilities with Cin7's platform will extend product seller's access to state-of-the-art AI technology, enabling customers to enhance existing inventory and order management capabilities with intelligent prediction and optimization.

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Nordstrom is fully invested in creating a seamless experience both in-store and online. They recently launched their first marketplace, powered by Mirakl, in order to keep up with customer expectations and offer a wider, curated assortment of products.

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Misen is working with Cart.com to automate supply chain capabilities, reduce costs, and elevate inventory visibility to obtain insights in real time.

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Christoph Eltze, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at German grocery giant, REWE Group, has taken to social media to discuss the retailer’s Pick&Go store format landing in Düsseldorf, Germany, and how this marks the start of a new test phase for its autonomous shopping experience.

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To save consumers time and energy, the company leaned on state-of-the-art robotics and AI-accelerated digital models to develop a laundry detergent that would clean clothes without leaving residue in as short as 15 minutes.

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Cegid, a specialist in cloud management solutions for the finance (treasury, tax, ERP), human resources (payroll, talent management), accountancy, retail and entrepreneurship sectors, has been chosen by Asia Jewellers to support its store expansion in Bahrain.

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Currys, an omnichannel retailer of technology and electrical products and services, has selected Accenture and Microsoft to deliver its core cloud technology infrastructure that will enable it to leverage the latest AI technologies to enhance operations, elevate the shopping experience, and improve the colleague experience for its 25,000 people.

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Major drugstore chain Rossmann has commissioned PSI to provide the warehouse management system PSIwms and the Warehouse Automation Control PSImfc module for its latest distribution centre in Hungary.

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Walmart is getting ready to open a 1.5 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Greencastle, Pa., which will be ergonomically advanced for employees, reports news affiliate ROI-NJ.

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ModCloth is partnering with Cart.com to utilize its 3PL solutions to streamline order fulfillment, optimize its supply chain and improve customer service out of Cart.com’s hosted New Jersey facility.

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Oracle Hospitality today announced that it has signed an agreement with Choice Hotels International to extend its AI-powered merchandising solution Oracle Nor1, to its portfolio of upscale hotels to help them capitalize on incremental revenue opportunities.

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REI is a specialty outdoor retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-operative. This video shows how they leverage Blue Yonder’s Inventory and Commits microservices to help them provide customers with choice, optimize delivery dates that customers can trust and reduce split shipments which enable a more sustainable supply chain.

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The acquisition accelerates Epicor’s delivery of best-in-class ERP solutions that provide practical application of AI across the spectrum of business operations for the make, move, and sell industries.

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ATM solutions provider, FCTI, has extended and expanded its long-term relationship with 7-Eleven, the largest convenience store chain in the United States.

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One of Sweden’s leading distributors of building materials have deployed RELEX supply chain diagnostics for improved operational efficiency.

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Cashierless checkout tech is having a rough year:

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Existing RELEX customer expands into Turkey for forecasting and replenishment, allocation, integrated supply chain and promotional forecasting capabilities.

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The toy retailer Vedes opened an autonomous store at Munich Airport on March 20th. In the 60 square meter, staffless branch at Terminal 2, customers can only pay cashlessly via self-checkout.

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The technology platform consists of cranes, palletizing and de-palletizing robots, a pallet conveyor system, a small-load conveyor system and software to operate it all.

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In retail news, Applebee’s and IHOP say customers are ditching their higher priced menu items for tenders and burgers. Aldi wants to compete with Walmart and Target and plans to do so by cutting prices on 250 items. Krispy Kreme had its best sales day ever, thanks to Valentine’s Day.

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The athletic footwear and apparel company, which is a subsidiary of Authentic Brands Group, is introducing “Reebok Impact,” a custom AI fashion offering on Instagram.

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Sporting Kansas City announced today the addition of Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology to the team’s largest SportingStyle retail store to further enhance the fan experience on home matchdays.

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There are two elements that consumers crave and that help CPG and retail businesses build a competitive advantage: speed and convenience.

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Hai Robotics has announced the inauguration of L'Oréal's SMART Fulfillment Centre in Suzhou, China.

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CBORD, a provider of higher education automation solutions, has announced the integration of Amazon's Just Walk Out (JWO) technology at Kent State University in Ohio.

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RaceTrac deployed a new, cutting-edge automated temperature monitoring solution from Disruptive Technologies across its convenience store network.

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Domino’s Pizza Inc. credits its updated Domino’s Rewards program for its positive Q1 2024.

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Starbucks is rolling out its Mobile Order to Table offering to a select number of UK stores.

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SymphonyAI today unveiled its Apex Enterprise IT Copilot, designed to accelerate problem resolution, boost agent productivity, and elevate customer satisfaction by dynamically providing on-demand information and support tailored for end users, analysts, and IT leaders.

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