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Brands including Wendy’s, Applebee’s and Cracker Barrel are using the delivery-focused concept to reach new customers

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Fast-growing Philippines-based retail chain to deploy AI-powered price optimization solution

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A food truck in Canada is delivering orders via remote-controlled monster trucks to customers waiting for food at nearby tables.

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Tesco’s late entry into the checkout-free stores race won’t stop it reaping rewards as ‘ambient commerce’ is the future of physical retail, according to GlobalData.

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Buffalo Wild Wings is testing a robotic solution described as “the only robotic chicken wing frying solution designed from the ground up for high volume restaurants.” The robot, called Flippy Wings, is from startup Miso Robotics.

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Select Parker’s Kitchen locations in Georgia and South Carolina are deploying a remote service delivery platform from Guardian Fueling Technologies, powered by a collection of internet of things devices.

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Hotel and restaurant operator Makeready Experience began standardizing the point-of-sale systems at its hotels’ restaurants with Silverware.

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Hilton announced the latest in a series of technology innovations that enhance the guest experience across the company’s 18 world-class hotel brands. In a first for a major hospitality company, Digital Key Share will allow more than one guest to have access to their room’s Digital Key, which turns the free Hilton Honors app on their smartphones into a room key.

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Celerant Technology today announced that Bike Mart" selected Celerant to improve their in store and online sales and services.

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Curator Hotel & Resort Collection has selected ReviewPro, a Shiji Group brand, to offer its member hotels a unique guest feedback management solution, which includes Online Reputation Management (ORM) and Guest Satisfaction Surveys (GSS).

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U.S. federal investigators today raided the Florida offices of PAX Technology, a Chinese provider of point-of-sale devices used by millions of businesses and retailers globally. KrebsOnSecurity has learned the raid is tied to reports that PAX’s systems may have been involved in cyberattacks on U.S. and E.U. organizations.

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Giant Food is piloting the Flashfood app at three select Maryland and Virginia stores. The pilot program continues the expansion of Flashfood's partnership with Giant's parent company, Ahold Delhaize USA, and its regional store brands.

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Ulta is making a strategic investment in AI-powered technology company Adeptmind, which will power a new personalized search engine to make it even easier for shoppers to find what they need. Ulta also will let select brands use the GLAMlab virtual try-on tool to add lipstick and eyeshadow try-on options to their Google search results.

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Shoppers can now purchase bitcoin at Coinstar kiosks in 200 Walmart stores.

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Del Taco Restaurants’ has implemented Sparkfly's customer engagement solutions to power its newly launched loyalty program.

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D2C brand Emma – The Sleep Company, has selected commercetools and Fluent Commerce to provide a new e-commerce platform.

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A leading value optical chain is introducing same-day, in-store pickup for online orders.

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McDonald's has deployed Storm Interface's AudioNav interface to improve accessibility of McDonald's restaurant kiosks, according to a press release.

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A privately-owned, mid-Atlantic convenience store chain is equipping all of its 250-plus stores with self-checkout terminals.

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TimeForge announced today that it has established a preferred partnership with Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc (AWG).

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The discount giant is collaborating with InComm Payments to make the payment tech provider’s Vanilla Direct financial network available nationwide at more than 4,700 stores.

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Amazon has launched a new set of services, dubbed Amazon Local Selling, offering in-store pickup and local delivery for retailers.

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L.L. Bean is entering a multi-year agreement with Commercetools to implement the cloud-based digital commerce platform vendor’s MACH (Microservices, API-first, Cloud-native and Headless) architecture.

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Avantra has partnered with MAS, a South Asia-based apparel and textile manufacturer, to offer real-time SAP monitoring and automation services.

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Thynk Active helped select Oracle Retail Xstore POS systems and SkillNet Solutions as Backcountry’s implementation partners. The selection of Oracle’s retail solutions will ensure a world class omni-channel experience for the company’s customers.

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REWE has opened its first Trigo powered hybrid autonomous store in Cologne, Germany.

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Holiday sales during November and December are expected togrow between 8.5% and 10.5% over 2020 to between $843.4 billion and $859 billion, according to an estimate from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

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Investment puts micro-fulfillment tech company’s valuation at more than $1B

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GXO Logistics, Inc. and Saks announced the GXO eFulfillment center in Middletown, Pennsylvania, has begun shipping Saks’ luxury fashion apparel and goods directly to customers across the U.S. through shared space distribution network GXO Direct.

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Kensington Hill Capital LLC, a Jimmy John’s franchisee, has partnered with DailyPay to provide access to on-demand pay to its Jimmy John’s employees.

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The payments network giant is partnering with digital asset platform Bakkt to enable crypto-as-a-service, which will provide retailers and other businesses in the Mastercard network with quick, cloud-based access to cryptocurrency capabilities.

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The fast-food giant said it has entered into a strategic partnership with IBM to accelerate the development and deployment of of its automated order-taking technology (AOT) in its drive-thru lanes.

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The retailer has implemented and gone live on the latest version of Jesta I.S. Inc.’s foundational manufacturing, wholesale and supply chain product Vision Sourcing & Demand (Vision S&D).

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Zaplox AB announced that BWH Hotel Group Scandinavia has signed a cooperation agreement to offer Zaplox digital guest journey to BWH's 160 member hotels with a total of about 15,000 rooms in Scandinavia.

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David's Bridal announced today the launch of the David's Bridal Planning App. The launch of the application is the latest addition to the suite of wedding planning tools and resources offered by David's Bridal, positioning the brand as the premier wedding planning expert.

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US average gas price hit $3.38 per gallon on Monday, up 57% from last year

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Ghost kitchen pioneer ClusterTruck is paying its delivery drivers up to $88,000 a year.

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The 25 largest retailers snapped up roughly 38 million square feet of new industrial space last year, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing data from commercial real estate data provider CoStar Group Inc. That’s up from 18.8 million square feet acquired in 2019, and it’s the highest total over the last decade.

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You may be in luck as Rita the robot, a version of the Bear Robotics Servi server robot platform, has now been deployed in 10 Chili’s restaurants across the US.

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