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Across two days last week, M&S hosted its fifth 24 hour hackathon, where 18 teams of over 200 colleagues developed digital and data solutions to opportunities on offer to the retailer.

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Gant is a specialty sportswear brand with 600 stores in 70 countries. Gant is partnering with digital workplace solution provider Yoobic to create a virtually connected global community for its retail workers.

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Sustainable fashion brand Thought has gone live on Shopify as part of its digital transformation programme in partnership with data optimisation specialist Clekt.

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British shoe brand Clarks has partnered with Roblox on the release of CICAVERSE, a sports tournament style experience created by MELON.

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Jersey Mike’s Subs will partner with Flytrex Inc. to deliver orders by drone in Holly Springs, N.C., the companies said Thursday.

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NCR Corporation had the vision to develop cloud solutions 10 years ago. Now, it is disrupting its own restaurant technology with NCR Aloha Cloud, a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution that provides capabilities robust enough to come to market under the industry-leading Aloha brand.

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The Save Mart Cos. is launching its Curbside Pickup at all Save Mart and FoodMaxx grocery stores in Northern Nevada, expanding its partnership with retail enablement platform Instacart.

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REN Clean Skincare is deploying LoyaltyLion loyalty and engagement platform to revitalize customer loyalty, boost engagement and improve the customer experience.

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The company has partnered with Boston-based supply chain platform Bamboo Rose. Through the new technology, The Vitamin Shoppe can streamline its packaging, labeling, and regulatory compliance practices with the goal of accelerating time to market, reducing admin work, and increasing profit margins.

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BNPL service Klarna has expanded its partnership with URBN, which operates several global consumer brands, to offer its interest-free Pay in 4 plan online at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, and items from BHLDN and Terrain.

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Meijer is looking to cut down on its food waste through its Flashfood sustainability program, an initiative that allows consumers to purchase goods nearing their sell-by date at a discount so the items don’t end up in a landfill.

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The grocer is running a pilot test of an initiative to bring a 3,800-square-foot flexible working space into a store in South London’s New Malden area in partnership with office space operator IWG.

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Improving checkout speed shortens lines and directly results in more sales. Given that the pandemic makes customers even more weary of lines, and the labor shortage has increased the time it normally takes to checkout, the use of kiosk ordering and self-check-out lanes has become a must-have for retailers.

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FinGo, a London, U.K. based biometric identity authentication solutions provider, has introduced FinGoVend, a vending machine that allows users to pay and prove their age through a scan of their finger.

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The retail industry as a whole is getting hit hard by inflation, but Walmart is poised for growth, facing headwinds by investing heavily in its data monetization offering, Walmart Luminate, and its retail media service, Walmart Connect.

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DHL E-Commerce Solutions has been testing the DoraSorter robotic systems in its Atlanta distribution center. The robotic sortation solutions are part of a broader $100 million, five-year corporate automation investment plan.

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In partnership with Netflix, Domino's launches new "Stranger Things" themed app that uses facial recognition and eye-tracking technology to allow "test subjects" to use their "powers" to order pizza.

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Royal FloraHolland, a Dutch cooperative with more than 3,700 members, is deploying Blue Yonder technology to transform warehouse and digital fulfillment capabilities.

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Sweetgreen plans to open its first so-called sweetlane, an order-ahead, drive-through pickup lane, this fall. To utilize the sweetlane, customers will place orders in advance exclusively through the company's digital channels.

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SES-imagotag, the global leader in digital solutions for physical retail, today announced that they will expand their strategic relationship with Walmart to digitize the shelf-edge.

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Capriotti’s Wing Zone is partnering with Wavemaker Labs — the product incubator behind Miso Robotics — to open up franchised stores in Los Angeles

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Ten robots are helping Bilka Odense shop floor stuff with physical and time consuming Click and Collect tasks.

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Food delivery robots are taking to the streets of Cambourne, UK, as part of a pilot organised between Cambridgeshire County Council and Starship Technologies, in partnership with the Co-op.

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Wakefern depends on Axonify’s training platform, including the latest Content Assistant tool and Content Marketplace topics, to customize its digital learning experience.

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As the bar raises across the board for grocers looking to provide an intuitive and compelling omnichannel experience, those that can harness consumer data to tailor their offerings to the unique needs of their individual customers have the advantage. Netherlands-based multinational grocery company Ahold Delhaize, whose brands range from Albert Heijn to Stop & Shop to FreshDirect, is doing just that.

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Lucky Beach cafe in Brighton says that it is the first hospitality business in the UK to introduce buy now pay later technology.

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Twin Cities area grocer Kowalski’s Markets has partnered with e-grocery specialist Mercatus to launch an enhanced online grocery experience.

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Bitcoin ATMs are coming to an additional 800-plus convenience stores in the Midwest.

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Marriott International, Inc., today announced the launch of the Marriott Media Network, an omnichannel cross-platform advertising solution for brand advertisers, enabling curated content experiences and offerings to guests throughout their travel journey.

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Long Island hotel found that using the robotic vacuum saved the staff time and allowed workers to focus on other important tasks.

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Scibids has implemented its AI as a service solution for a Charlotte Tilbury marketing campaign, leveraging Google Display & Video 360’s custom bidding feature, which, it says, has reduced customer acquisition costs by 29%.

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Fuzzy's partnered with Olo to integrate catering into its online ordering system. Catering orders of $75 or more can be placed via the platform.

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Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of speculation about how the metaverse is going to affect the things one can do online.

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Mastercard has launched a new Biometric Checkout Program globally that will enable merchants of all sizes to offer contactless biometric checkout experiences based on facial- or palm-based recognition technology.

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Windsor Jewelers, a jewelry store in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, installed a sign to replace a digital message center to reach motorists in a heavily-trafficked area.

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The payment system is called Everyday Pay and will work alongside Woolworths Everyday Rewards, which is done through Wpay, the Woolworths Group payment arm.

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The store will have an energy-efficient HVAC system, smaller spatial footprint, energy-efficient kitchen wares and streamlined operations to lower overall energy consumption, Dennis Lee, VP of Development at Founders Table, the company that owns Chopt.

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Lululemon Athletica Inc., is looking to bolster its marketing mix measurement, leveraging a more holistic approach to better understand which strategies are most effective and reaching consumers no matter where they are. To do so, the company has tapped Nielsen as its preferred marketing mix modeling provider in the U.S. and Canada.

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A2Z Smart Technologies Corp. has announced a pilot programme for its Cust2Mate smart carts with NTUC FairPrice Co-Operative, the largest supermarket chain in Singapore.

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Fashion retailer Phase Eight has partnered with supply chain transparency platform Segura.

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Tapestry is harnessing analytics to tap a unique blend of “magic and logic,” which brought the retailer a win despite price increases.

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US Foods, a foodservice distributor, has renewed its partnership with Toast, a provider of a digital platform for restaurants.

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