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In select Southern California stores of the Newport Beach, Calif.-based fast-casual restaurant brand, Chipotle is piloting a cook-to-needs kitchen management system that provides demand-based cooking and ingredient preparation forecasts to optimize throughput and freshness while minimizing food waste. Leveraging AI and machine learning, the system monitors ingredient levels in real-time and notifies the crew on how much to prep and cook, and when to start cooking, while automatically populating real-time production planning for each restaurant.

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Climate Pledge Arena has announced expanded use of the Amazon One palm recognition and payment solution at three concession areas.

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Hudson unveiled its combination Decanted and Hudson Nonstop concept at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – ushering in an entirely new era of retail and dining convenience for travelers. The Hudson Nonstop, which adjoins Decanted, is powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology and Amazon One.

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Orangetheory Fitness, leading fitness brand and innovator in the fitness and wellness category, has selected Oracle NetSuite to help it give more people a longer and more vibrant life. With NetSuite, Orangetheory will be able to take advantage of an integrated business system to enhance and scale its operations as it expands globally.

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BJ's Wholesale Club and Capital One Financial have entered into a strategic program agreement for Capital One to become the exclusive issuing partner for BJ's co-branded Mastercard program, which is expected to launch in early 2023.

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Corpus Group Inc., Revieve, and Clientela announce the launch of Coralai™, the first multi-brand digital skincare retailer built to pair shoppers with products, routines, services, and professionals through computer vision, artificial intelligence, and smart booking for in-person and virtual video appointments.

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Walmart has launched Be Your Own Model, an in-store fitting experience for online shoppers. Consumers use their own photo to visualize how a clothing item will look on them and uses a gamification approach to drive customer engagement.

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Australian footwear retailer Munro Footwear Group (MFG) has partnered with mobile-first omnichannel Cloud platform NewStore to optimise its store shopping experience. As part of this partnership, NewStore will integrate its mobile point-of-sale (POS) across MFG’s five retail banners.

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Givex Information Technology Group Ltd. has launched its point of sale system GivexPOS in 21 Prime Pubs locations across Canada, marking the next step in the global fintech company's partnership with leading restaurant franchisor Foodtastic.

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Taco Bell customers in California will soon be able to get a fast EV charge in addition to their food. ChargeNet Stations, an electric vehicle fast-charging station development and software company, in partnership with Taco Bell franchisee Diversified Restaurant Group (DRG), has opened its first ultra-fast charging stations at a Taco Bell restaurant in South San Francisco. The location has been outfitted with six charging stations.

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Walmart has announced the launch of a new platform designed around creators. Walmart Creator is pitched as a one stop portal that makes it easy for the latter to monetise shoppable products from the retailer.

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Aramark Sports + Entertainment, the foodservice provider at seven National Hockey League and National Basketball Association arenas, will introduce self-order and self-checkout solutions at several arenas this season.

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Evri has developed bespoke software designed to improve parcel delivery accuracy and customer communication, ahead of this year’s peak Christmas period.

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John Lewis Partnership is using Snowflake’s technology platform to bring disparate data sources together and deliver analytical insight to people who work across the business.

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BigCommerce has announced the launch of British cycling lifestyle brand Kostüme on its platform.

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WorkJam has announced a successful bid with Cyprus’ largest chain of hypermarkets, Alphamega, to support it through a digital transformation project.

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Beauty essentials and healthcare products from Boots can now be found on Uber Eats, offering rapid delivery to customers’ doors. The retailer has kicked off a pilot in 14 of its stores around the UK, with 13 of those giving people within range access to third-party doorstep delivery of its products for the very first time.

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One of the nation’s largest hamburger chains is launching a brand-new ordering website and native mobile app. Jack in the Box Inc.’s online platform and integrated mobile app feature capabilities including full menu ordering, customization options, location finder, product and restaurant information, flexible delivery or pickup options, and an integrated loyalty program.

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Natural Baby Shower, an online retailer in the newborn/early childhood category, has deployed Descartes’ cloud-based e-commerce warehouse management solution (WMS).

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San Diego-based Rubio's Coastal Grill has created Foodja Cafe, allowing the 154-unit brand to provide thousands of fresh individual meals to employees belonging to Foodja, a workplace restaurant delivery and catering platform.

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Last year, Walmart launched Walmart Luminate, a system that analyzes data from Walmart’s hub of consumers and offers insights into audience behavior, perception, and channel performance for the various brands at Walmart. Now the retailer said it will be providing a Basic package free of cost to select suppliers.

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Rollick, the leading customer engagement technology provider for the RV, Marine and Powersports industries, and Winnebago have partnered to launch an innovative and modern shopping experience on Winnebago.com. The brand integrated Rollick's inventory and digital retailing (RollickDR) solution set into its website to better engage consumers in the RV shopping process.

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and the BMW Group have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop customizable cloud software that will simplify the distribution and management of data from millions of connected vehicles. The BMW Group will be the first automaker to use the software and benefit from the jointly developed AWS software as part of AWS for Automotive, which will serve as the basis for its next-generation, cloud-based vehicle data platform.

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A Chick-fil-A operator in Miami recently got 429 applications for a job within a week of posting. The secret? A three-day work week. Justin Lindsey started a three-day work week in February 2022, leading to some skepticism among restaurant leaders.

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JCPenney’s plan to convert all outdated phone and alarm systems is complete. More than 5000 telephone and alarm lines at all 660 U.S. JCPenney stores have now been updated — and they did it without replacing any existing systems. Working with DX solutions provider MetTel, the retailer was able to get ahead of the eventual retirement of copper networks and upgrade their POTS communications service in all locations across 50 states.

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As basketball season gets underway, Zippin has announced six new stores powered by its tech in NBA arenas this autumn.

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We’ve been following the rise of pizza robots — both as delivery vehicles and as automated cooks in the kitchen — pretty closely, so the news that Stellar Pizza announced a $16.5 million round of funding backed by Jay-Z’s venture capital firm, Marcy Venture Partners, came as no surprise. The automated pizza truck company just launched in Los Angeles this fall and offers a new, staffing-light way to serve pizza on wheels.

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Convenience-store retailer Texas Born (TXB) has launched a new, custom app in partnership with Paytronix Systems to provide guests with mobile ordering capabilities. The new app will give customers the opportunity to earn and save on gas purchases.

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The Sweden-based global furniture and home goods giant is teaming up with self-driving trucking company Kodiak Robotics to pilot autonomous freight deliveries in Texas. The program, which began on Aug. 8, 2022, includes a Kodiak autonomous heavy-duty truck transporting Ikea products seven days a week between an Ikea distribution center in Baytown and an Ikea store in Frisco, Texas.

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Optimera Svenska AB, a part of the Saint Gobain Nordics Group and SGDS Gruppen AB, one of Sweden’s largest distributors of building materials for trade professionals and consumers, has driven significant improvements to their forecasting and replenishment processes and efficiency in order management through their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions.

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TA3 Swim is reducing its return rate after deploying 3DLook's virtual fitting room YourFit.

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U.K. grocery chain Asda has selected Walmart’s Store Assist, the retailer’s fulfillment-as-a-service (FaaS) app, to help make the in-store picking process more efficient for its workers, Walmart Commerce Technologies announced last week.

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Jack in the Box Inc. has launched a new ordering website and mobile app that integrates its loyalty program. The San Diego, Calif.-based company, which has more than 2,200 locations across 21 states, developed the new digital offerings with Bounteous, the Chicago-based consultancy.

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Nedap has been selected by PUMA North America to roll-out Nedap's iD Cloud inventory visibility platform. Following the success of Nedap's three-store pre-rollout, 135 of PUMA stores in North America are now being equipped with Nedap's iD Cloud, allowing fast and regular stock counts, efficient replenishment, smart refill suggestions and data-driven loss prevention.

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Pierce Group AB, a leading European e-commerce operator selling motorcycle and snowmobile gear, parts, and accessories, has significantly improved their projected inventory value through their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified supply chain and retail planning solutions.

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Piggly Wiggly Midwest will test the viability of a completely digitalized store. The company, which operates corporate stores and services independent franchisees under a chain-style program and is a subsidiary of C&S Wholesale Grocers, will be piloting the Focal Operating System (FocalOS) in its Wisconsin and Illinois stores.

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US retailer, Ulta Beauty, has selected the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform as its internal standard for automation transformation.

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Amazon is continuing its excursion into physical fashion retail. The company has opened a second Amazon Style store, with the aim of combining the personalisation of e-commerce with the immediacy of bricks and mortar shopping.

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At Home is busily adding to its omnichannel capabilities. The value home décor retailer is launching a new mobile app designed to let customers quickly obtain access to their orders and order status and check out. They can also utilize the app to obtain inspiration and personalized, curated product recommendations.

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Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, will continue its partnership with B&G Foods for US omnichannel consumer data. B&G Foods boasts a diverse portfolio of over 50 brands, including household staple brands that span categories, such as Cream of Wheat, Crisco, Dash, Green Giant, Maple Grove Farms, and Ortega.

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Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, will continue its partnership with B&G Foods for US omnichannel consumer data. B&G Foods boasts a diverse portfolio of over 50 brands, including household staple brands that span categories, such as Cream of Wheat, Crisco, Dash, Green Giant, Maple Grove Farms, and Ortega.

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Ikea is using cutting-edge technology to let customers visualize Ikea products in their own homes – minus the meatballs. Ikea Kreativ uses virtual and mixed reality room design technology to let customers use the app to scan and design their space and bring products into their home. Once the customer is happy with the design, they can add everything to their online cart and check out. Or, they can save everything to a shopping list and go to the store for pickup.

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DIG, a fast casual restaurant group based in New York, is continuing its use of SmartSense by Digi solutions, which is part of Digi International, a global provider of IoT connectivity solutions.

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Antuit.ai, a leader in AI-powered SaaS solutions for consumer products and retail inventory decision, now part of Zebra Technologies today announced the addition of its newest enterprise retail customer—Orlando-based Everything But Water, the largest specialty retailer of women’s swimwear and resort wear in the U.S.

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Retail Response is now delivering store systems support services to New Look. Its proposal pipped five other firms to the post, with Retail Response taking on hardware support for more than 400 New Look stores across the UK and Ireland.

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The home improvement giant is now enabling skilled trades jobseekers to visit the PathtoPro.com job training and placement website to create a profile, upload their resume, and add photos of their work to connect with The Home Depot's Pro customers looking to hire in their local area.

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Thorntons and ampm convenience stores selected retail services provider GSP to provide point-of-purchase support to more than 1,350 locations. GSP will provide store-specific kits directly to Thorntons, ampm and ARCO locations from a multiplant network. The kits are designed to support large national marketing programs, the company said.

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