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The beauty and wellness industry has been one of the most affected by the accelerated digital transformation accompanying the pandemic. Even as consumers return to spas, health clubs, salons and other in-person beauty and wellness services, concerns still made concessions such as contactless payments essential.

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Food and pharmacy retailer Metro Inc., discount retailer Giant Tiger, and specialty grocer Galleria Supermarket are three of the more than 10 new Canadian retailers entering same-day delivery collaborations with Instacart.

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Matt Powell, CTO of specialty floral and gifting retailer FTD, recently spoke with Chain Store Age about his company’s partnership with Shopify, which has resulted in the launch of a new solution for its florist partners, MercuryOnline (MOL).

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Uber and Albertsons Companies are expanding their partnership to include more stores on Uber Eats, and will now be including 2,000 of the grocer’s stores.

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With its lucrative COVID vaccine and testing franchise on the decline, the nation’s largest pharmacy retailer said Wednesday (May 4) that it was looking for ways to deploy new tech to help streamline connectivity with customers while also helping to boost sales and profitability.

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The chain is partnering with Miso Robotics to use Flippy and Sippy at one restaurant with the possibility for more.

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Joann explored both developing an in-house location solution and pursuing an out-of-the-box geofencing platform. Building a location solution in-house ultimately proved prohibitive because of the development effort and technology investment required.

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K Group’s Building and Technical Trade Division, a leading operator in Northern European building and technical trade with operations in eight countries, today announced the expansion of their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions.

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The Seattle Mariners and hospitality partner Sodexo Live! said this week that Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology and Amazon One are coming to T-Mobile Park, combining the two frictionless retail technologies at a Major League Baseball ballpark for the first time.

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Retail giant Amazon plans to jump into the digital-out-of-home marketplace. Peter Bordes, from AI platform company Alfi, talks about how Amazon and other brands can leverage DOOH, offering shoppers the best retail experience.

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California Fish Grill is rolling out Mobivity's SmartMessage to better connect with guests of its 47 locations.

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Fanatics determined it needed a tool that would help validate customer address data during the checkout process, which would in turn enhance its e-commerce order fulfillment processes. Ultimately, the company decided to leverage the Loqate Verify solution.

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The CPG is teaming with Microsoft for a series of digital initiatives that it described as one of its largest investments to date, including migrating the majority of its global data center assets to Azure and its ERP software to SAP on Azure.

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Niemann Foods’ County Market has switched from paper to digital coupons, with overwhelmingly positive customer response.

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As Anheuser-Busch InBev plots its future, expect its sprawling BEES e-commerce business to play an increasingly central role — ultimately becoming the primary method in which the company sells.

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Denny's deploys ServiceNow-centric voice solution to deliver IT and HR employee services through self-service, intelligent customer journeys and AI-powered analytics.

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Duluth Trading Co. has worked with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to drive seamless omnichannel checkout experiences using TCS OmniStore, its AI-powered unified commerce platform.

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The company is tapping 09 Solutions, utilizing its Digital Brain platform to fortify its collaboration between commercial, operational, and finance teams. Additionally, users will be able to perform real-time scenario planning to shorten decision-making timelines.

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The apparel brand is deploying the Centric Software product lifecycle management (PLM) platform. The implementation includes Centric’s 3D Enablement and Visual Planning Board solutions. Lands' End is looking to improve its end-to-end business processes across the enterprise, with the elimination of manually re-entering data into disparate systems.

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A regional Southeast jewelry retailer is streamlining the process for customers to insure their purchases.

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Uber Technologies Inc. is partnering with Tesco Plc to advance high-speed delivery at the U.K.’s largest grocer.

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The scanners are one of the first pieces of wearable tech deployed by Walmart Canada

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Beachy, a provider of next-generation solutions and services for the resorts, announced that Destination Kohler – which is part of Kohler Co. – has successfully deployed its mobile point-of-sale (POS) solution in multiple areas of the five-star resort’s hospitality operation.

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The company has entered into a multi-year agreement with PIPA LLC, which powers LEAP, allowing Mars to use biomedical databases and pipelines to design new products and address the growing consumer demand for healthy foods, beverages, and dietary supplements.

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Publix and Instacart said Thursday that, through the new service, the grocer’s customers in the Brickell, Coral Gables and Wynwood, Fla., neighborhoods can order from an assortment of thousands of products and have them delivered in as soon as 15-minutes, including during early morning or late night hours.

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Several CGs are following suit on cloud-driven transformations like Tyson Foods has undergone in order to boost efficiencies and reduce costs. However, cloud adoption can be an arduous task for legacy companies not born in the cloud or those who were not early adopters of tech-forward strategies.

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Cafe Rio Mexican Grill has opened a location in Buckeye, Arizona, which offers curb-side delivery, in-store pickup, drive-thru and a digital kiosk experience.

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As part of an ongoing commitment to support law enforcement and help build safer communities, CVS Health has completed the installation of time delay safe technology in all 97 Nevada CVS Pharmacy locations, including those in Target stores.

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A strategic alliance between Carrier and ConMet will help refrigerated trailers harvest kinetic energy to be stored on a battery and used as a power supply.

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“We all know that companies are being challenged to rethink how they engage with increasingly connected, empowered, and discerning customers,” said Veda Kumarjiguda, senior product marketing manager at Salesforce, in her presentation at The MarTech Conference.

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DistriCenter, the well-known French fashion brand offering home textiles, shoes, and clothing for the whole family, will partner with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to automate and optimize their supply chain planning.

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The apparel and accessories retailer is deploying Yoobic One, an all-in-one digital workplace platform, to give its 3,000 frontline employees new two-way communication, learning, and productivity optimization tools.

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Lush, a global cosmetics company, has joined the list of retailers expanding into self-service equipment with a machine that is open 24/7 in Coal Drop's Yard, London.

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Optii Solutions, a cloud-based hotel operations software, has announced its partnership with Rodd Hotels & Resorts, which will adopt Optii Solutions technology across all seven properties throughout Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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On its new mobile app, Just Salad introduced sustainability-oriented features including an earth-friendly menu tag for items that are plant-based and lower on the carbon footprint scale.

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As a part of a broader strategy to address ongoing online fit and sizing challenges, Levi Strauss & Co. is piloting two new digital shopping features in select countries, “See It In My Size” and “What’s My Size?”

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The Schwartz Group is optimizing its IT infrastructure to better handle emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Papa Johns' corporate incentive bonus plan will include an environmental, social and governance (ESG) metric, making the company the first major U.S. pizza delivery chain to announce that its ESG priorities will be linked with incentive compensation.

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Rite Aid customers who shop online will be able to pay for their purchases by using Afterpay to make four installments at no additional cost when paid on time.

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The Canadian subsidiary of Walmart is partnering with music, media and technology company Stingray to offer digital audio advertising in its stores. Walmart Canada has joined the Stingray Retail Media Network.

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