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Amazon.com Inc. delivery drivers are fetching packages from mall stores and dropping the goods off at consumers' homes under a plan the company is testing.

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The 53-year-old breakfast, lunch, and dinner concept is planning to triple in size in 2022.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. plans to bring electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers to 200 Circle K and Couche-Tard stores across North America over the next two years.

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Focus Brands International, a developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands, is teaming up with consulting and outsourcing firm Auxis, on an international franchise operations support center.

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Armani has opened its first virtual beauty store in a digital version of the UK’s Piccadilly Circus. The luxury brand partnered with experiential ecommerce platform Obsess to open the online destination, which was inspired by the Armani Box pop-up concept that debuted in the same location in real-world London.

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Future Workforce has been appointed by Liberty London to support the roll-out of robotic process automation.

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Fenway Park, home stadium of the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team, is unveiling the Instacart Caper Counter artificial intelligence (AI)-based POS system.

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Learn how the Shoe Carnival and Shoe Station parent transformed its promotional model into a “highly profitable, personalized digital-first approach" and why its modernized stores are tapping digital elements.

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The grocery conglomerate will make Veeve Smart Carts available to customers at a few dozen stores across the country.

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Asda has selected Luminate Commerce solutions from Blue Yonder to modernise its omnichannel order management capabilities.

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The Very Group, which operates digital retailer Very.co.uk, is looking to transform its content management system through a new partnership with Amplience.

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The fast casual wing brand Wing Zone Labs will deploy Flippy at its 20 forthcoming Southern California locations to handle the frying station for chicken wings and other fried menu items.

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Pottery Barn Dorm, the offering of dorm furnishings and essentials from Pottery Barn Teen, a portfolio brand of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. today announces a new Ship-to-Store feature for a seamless college shopping experience, just in time for the new school year.

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Ask a Walmart executive, “What’s up?” these days and chances are they’ll say “drones.”

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Powered by Paytronix, the points-based ‘Bao Bucks’ rewards guests for ordering directly from Wow Bao.

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While the wild surging of e-commerce sales has finally tempered, there’s no denying that several years of pandemic-induced consumer behavior shifts will have a lasting impact on the retail landscape.

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To address its issues with fraudulent clicks on its digital ads, Gorjana decided to implement the Edgemesh Server solution. Edgemesh Server is designed to identify and protect retailers against ad fraud and click fraud at the infrastructure level, with the goal of reducing retailers’ advertising budget losses due to ad fraud.

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It’s been a long two+ years since most user conferences went “virtual” as a result of the pandemic, but as we all slowly emerge from the global health crisis solutions providers and their clients are starting to meet again in the flesh. And let’s be honest: even the best virtual conference is no replacement for a physical event.

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Cooportunity Market, the only organic food cooperative in Los Angeles, has teamed with retail automation provider Focal Systems to launch Focal’s Shelf Cameras and “Self-Driving Store” operating system to its two stores in Santa Monica and Culver City.

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ParTech, Inc. today announced that Snooze an A.M. Eatery has selected its leading Punchh, PAR’s leading customer loyalty and engagement solution for all their stores. Snooze has initiated a three-phase implementation process to introduce several upgrades to the A.M. Eatery’s digital platform.

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Walmart GoLocal, the retail giant’s white-label delivery service, is now delivering from 1,600 retail and business locations in the U.S. as it continues to expand its customer base, President and CEO Doug McMillon said on an earnings call last week.

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The licensed sports merchandise retailer and digital sports platform has entered into a partnership with Quiet Platforms, which American Eagle Outfitters acquired at the end of last year.

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The good news? In October of 2021, there were over 140 ships that were docked off the coast of the ports of LA/Long Beach. As of May 25th, there are now only 7 ships off the coast waiting for port. Great progress. Similar progress has been made at ports all over the world. The bad news?

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Apple will begin rolling out its new Tap to Pay feature for the public. The feature was unveiled in February and lets iPhones that were compatible take payments through Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit, or other digital wallets.

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Netto is testing out a shopping cart from Imagr that scans items and handles payment, enabling shoppers to skip checkout queues. This is currently live at Kirkegårdsvej in Copenhagen.

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Sensei is providing an autonomous retail experience for petrol station customers following a tie up with Galp in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Stokke, a Norwegian manufacturer and distributor of high-quality, best-in-class children’s products, equipment, and accessories, has expanded their partnership with RELEX Solutions.

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Symbotic LLC. and Walmart Inc. announced an expanded commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s robotics and software automation platform in all 42 of Walmart’s regional distribution centers over the coming years. This is an expansion of Walmart’s prior commitment to deploy Symbotic Systems in 25 regional distribution centers.

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Residents of a major U.S. metro area can now use Amazon One palm payment technology at select Whole Foods locations.

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Fashion pureplay retailer, boohoo group, says that it has improved operational efficiency and speed to market, with a product information management solution from Akeneo.

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Federated Co-operatives Limited (Co-op Grocery Stores) has selected technology from Invafresh to help reduce food waste in its stores.

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Flexiti Financial Inc. announced today that is has launched its omni-channel customer financing solution at all of Michael Hill International Limited’s Canadian stores. In addition, Flexiti and Michael Hill have entered into an agreement for Flexiti to acquire the existing Michael Hill Credit Card portfolio.

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The discount grocer, which offers name-brand products at prices generally 40% to 70% below those of conventional grocery retailers, is teaming up with Uber Technologies Inc. to pilot on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery.

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Royal Farms debuted an update mobile app that brings new features to its customers.

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The Alltown Fresh convenience store in Ayer will be prepared in the event of a power outage thanks to a new microgrid installed at the location.

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The parcel delivery giant is adding a commercial lane in Texas in collaboration with autonomous technology developer Aurora Innovation Inc. to test Aurora’s autonomous driving technology within FedEx linehaul trucking operations that move cargo long-distance.

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Over the next six months, FTD plans to add capabilities such as automated customer email follow-up, social media integration, digital zoom-in tools and payment integration with Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal.

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TRAY today announced a multi-year deal with IHOP restaurants in the US.

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Jack in the Box Inc. is tapping Jolt as its exclusive vendor for digital food safety needs at all the brand's 2,200-plus locations.

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