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You would think they would have learned their lesson. After giving Amazon a 10-year (really closer to 15 when you come right down to it) head start in the ecommerce business and then failing to understand how important both the Prime program and free shipping were to the success of buying online, traditional retailers are once again losing out to Amazon’s enormous advantage when it comes to automatic checkout stores that use AI technology.

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Southern grocer Greer’s Markets plans to offer customers drone delivery service via a technology development partnership with Deuce Drone Inc.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is bringing its Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ to select locations across North America and Canada through a partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands.

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Westfield is partnering with buy now, pay later (BNPL) platform Afterpay to provide customers with an AR-activated scavenger hunt experience. The interactive experience leverages Westfield's existing digital network, and will feature QR codes throughout participating Westfield centers in the U.S.

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The Busy Beaver store in Irwin, Pennsylvania is running a pilot effort involving autonomous robot technology to boost customer experience and shore up stock management.

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Groupe Rocher has teamed with Google Cloud as part of a five-year collaboration to accelerate its digital transformation and support its sustainability strategy.

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By the end of the year, food from 1,000 Mitchells & Butlers restaurants, bars and pubs will be available for home delivery.

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The payment services company is available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew, Madewell, American Eagle, Aerie, Tilly's, Morphe, Alo Yoga, Parachute Home, and Le Creuset Signature Boutiques and Outlet Stores.

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Airtime Rewards says that it segmentation technology analyses extensive amounts of relevant transactional data for each retailer, allowing them to build targeted campaigns that can acquire, retain or win back customers.

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Associated Grocers of New England has selected Herlitz Inventory Management Inc.’s HIMPACT solution as its new purchasing system. By rolling out HIMPACT in the coming months, AGNE will be replacing its current legacy purchasing system, E3 Trim.

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UK-based luxury fashion retailer, L.K.Bennett, is now offering Mode as an additional payment option for customers.

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Meijer is partnering with online delivery platform Instacart to deliver alcohol from more than 180 store locations across Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

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Nisa Retail has doubled the number of stores participating in Jisp’s Scan & Save roll-out, bringing the total number to 25.

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In 2022, Amazon will start allowing Venmo’s more than 80 million users in the U.S. to pay with the PayPal-owned digital payment platform at online and mobile checkout.

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In planning for a “makeup renaissance” spurred by the resumption of social and professional occasions, The Estee Lauder Companies is investing in its social commerce and digital merchandising capabilities to seize these growth opportunities.

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Pets at Home has partnered with RELEX to further optimise its supply chain operations across forecasting, on-shelf availability, inventory planning, and the automation of manual tasks.

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Leading Finnish convenience store chain R-kioski selected RELEX to improve efficiency for their supply chain operations and reduce food waste.

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Uber Technologies Inc. is partnering with autonomous sidewalk delivery company Serve Robotics to pilot an on-demand robotic delivery service in Los Angeles in early 2022.

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Teaming up with logistics and delivery tech firm Gatik, Walmart is piloting daily delivery without a safety driver behind the wheel of a delivery route in its headquarters city of Bentonville, Ark., moving customer orders between a Walmart dark store and a Neighborhood Market in its fleet of multi-temperature autonomous box trucks.

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BigShots Golf has partnered with leading global technology company, TrackMan, to bring its state-of-the-art, TrackMan Range system to all new BigShots Golf locations beginning in 2022.

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The regional furniture retailer has deployed a data virtualization platform from Denodo to enable an enterprise-wide digital transformation.

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A ghost kitchen is a restaurant or facility dedicated to preparing delivery-only, takeout, or drive-thru meals, with no indoor dining or counter service for customers. The concept can take on a number of different forms and names, including a virtual kitchen, cloud kitchen, or dark kitchen, but the fundamental idea is simple.

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The innovations that helped Inditex bounce back from the pandemic were years in the making but came to fruition just in time. For about a decade, the world’s biggest clothes retailer has been working to unify its online activities with its network of more than 6,000 stores across the world.

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The Kroger Co. and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. are collaborating to offer home and baby products carried by Bed Bath & Beyond through Kroger’s website, as well as a small-scale physical store pilot at some of the grocer's stores next year.

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Lowe’s is set to launch a new feature in its app called Measure Your Space, a room scanning, measurement and estimate tool that the home improvement brand says is part of its vision for “spacial commerce.”

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Pizza Hut Indonesia partners with Algonomy to serve up personalized digital customer experiences.

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Giant Food is collaborating with Flashfood, a digital marketplace providing customers access to heavily discounted food nearing its best-by date, on a three-store pilot.

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Hy-Vee Inc. has received three technology awards from the Technology Association of Iowa at the organization’s annual Prometheus Awards ceremony

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The grocery giant’s 84.51° data analytics subsidiary is introducing the 84.51° Collaborative Cloud. This platform is designed to provide 24/7 access to clean, unaggregated, transaction-level data for 60 million de-identified households, updated weekly, in a privacy-compliant, hosted environment that has been built to an individual company’s specifications and data needs.

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Landry’s Inc. is partnering with bitcoin company NYDig to provide a bitcoin offering for members of the company’s Landry’s Select Club loyalty rewards program.

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Aptos today announced that Prénatal Retail Group, a retailer of children’s products and toys, has expanded its use of Aptos PLM to include digital buying and ordering.

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Publix and online grocery platform Instacart have launched a virtual convenience-store offering—Publix Quick Picks.

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The athletic apparel company has deployed Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider for SAP. The company completed the migration of its SAP environments to AWS earlier this year.

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The luxury skinwear brand will roll out NewStore Omnichannel Platform to unify physical and digital channels as part of its Wolford X omnichannel digitalization initiative

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