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February 2020

Feb
21

Instacart Launches A Virtual Community For Its Workforce

"Shop Talk" gives Instacart’s 175,000 shoppers a direct line to the company to communicate their experiences and provide Instacart new learning resources and product feedback channels. Get the details.
Feb
20

Victoria’s Secret to go Private; Wexner to Step Down

Victoria’s Secret, which once ruled the lingerie category, will go private in a deal that puts a value on the lingerie brand of $1.1 billion. Upon closing, Leslie Wexner will step down. Find out what’s next for the struggling retailer and Bath & Body Works.
Feb
20

Kronos and Ultimate Software to Merge

Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form one of the world’s largest cloud companies.
Feb
19

Bed Bath & Beyond Sells PersonalizationMall.com to 1-800-Flowers.com

PersonalizationMall.com, which lets consumers and corporations customize a wide range of home goods and keepsake items, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of 1-800-Flower.com.
Feb
19

Domino’s Pie Pass Lets BOPIS Customers Skip the Line

Carryout customers who order and pay online or via the app can check in on the Domino's Tracker, and they'll have their order ready for them.
Feb
19

New Nike CEO Shuffles C-Suite

Nike, Inc.’s new president and CEO John Donahoe, who took over for Mark Parker on Jan. 13, has made some moves in the apparel retailer’s c-suite. Find out who is moving into new leadership positions, as well as who will lead Nike’s global technology and digital transformation going forward.
Feb
18

Rent the Runway Snags Former Amazon Exec to Lead Supply Chain

The apparel rental leader is infusing its supply chain with talent, announcing three high-level executive appointments. See which former Amazon and Walmart execs are joining the fold.
Feb
12

Burton Connecting the Dots in Its Omnichannel Platform

Burton Snowboards is unifying its retail platforms as part of its digital transformation for 2020. This will allow it to streamline checkout and create personalized experiences on the store floor.
Feb
12

JDA Changes Name as Part of Larger Re-Branding Initiative

Uncvoer how, on its 35th year anniversary, the company’s new name fully embraces its move to the cloud and commitment to innovation.
Feb
10

Bed, Bath & Beyond Revamps Registry Platform

Bed Bath & Beyond’s new wedding registry platform, known as Your Registry, Your Way, wants to simplify the gift-giving experience.
Feb
10

First Look: Vans’ New Community-Focused Store

Vans has opened its first community-driven store and event space. Peek inside to see how the store weaves skate culture and monthly programing together to create a new retail experience in Downtown LA.
Feb
10

Pet Supplies Plus Making Moves to Better Understand Today’s Pet Lovers

Pet Supplies Plus is tapping Nielsen Global Connect to extend its understanding of the lucrative pet consumer landscape.
Feb
10

7-Eleven Taps Employees to Test Cashierless Store Concept

7-Eleven is testing a new cashierless store concept with its employees at its corporate headquarters. Hear from the convenience store giant’s CIO on why this has proven to be a productive way to learn before expanding new store tech.
Feb
05

Staples Connect Stores to Serve as Community Spaces

Designed for professionals, teachers and students, the stores feature 500-square-foot event spaces, podcast studios, and coworking spaces with community kitchens and meeting rooms.
Feb
05

Sephora About to Undergo Explosive Store Growth

“Brick & mortar continues to be a huge opportunity for us to deepen emotional connections with our clients and local communities,” says Jean André Rougeot, CEO of Sephora Americas, as the company heads into its biggest store expansion yet. Find out what’s to come for this beauty retailer.
Feb
05

Rite Aid Names New Leader of Retail Operations

The Wakefern Food Corp exec is tasked with leading retail operations for Rite Aid's over 2,400 locations, including inventory and supply chain management.
Feb
05

Foot Locker Launches Its New Loyalty Program in the U.S.

Foot Locker has rolled out FLX, unifying all of its brands across one membership platform with perks like free shipping and exclusive access to shoe releases. Get the details.
Feb
03

Rue21 Optimizing Workforce Planning

The fast fashion retailer is making moves to increase the access that employees and managers have to their schedules.
Feb
03

Walgreens Advances Its Global IT Transformation

The mega pharmacy chain is doubling down on IT innovation to accelerate digitization, drive efficiencies, and lower operating costs. See who Walgreens has partnered with to make its strategic vision a reality.
Feb
03

LocatorX Gives Retailers Another Tool in the Counterfeit Battle

Certification ensures that logistics and supply chain partners are shipping, receiving and delivering authentic products in whatever form they’re shipped.
Feb
03

Dollar General Plans to Create 8,000 New Jobs

The discount retailer is adding more than 8,000 jobs across its stores and distribution centers. In addition, it is investing in high-level IT talent across the organization. See where it plans to expand its staff.

January 2020

Jan
30

Arm Treasure Data Named Global Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan

Awards doled out to companies demonstrating excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation.
Jan
29

1-800-Flowers.com Beefing Up Its Retail Tech for Valentine’s Day

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, 1-800-Flowers.com unveils a plethora of retail tech enhancements across its digital and voice channels. Uncover how the e-commerce retailer is using AI, augmented reality, mobile app upgrades and a relaunched website to capture shopper’s hearts.
Jan
29

J.Crew Hires Victoria’s Secret Veteran as CEO

Victoria's Secret and Nike veteran Jan Singer will take the reins of J. Crew soon. Get the details.
Jan
29

The Vitamin Shoppe Brings In-Club Stores to LA Fitness

The retailer wants to tap its fitness-focused consumer base when their health is firmly top of mind.
Jan
29

French Connection Improves Data Integration

French Connection has adopted a solution to simplify IT processes and enable data integration. Uncover how the retailer will reduce time to market for its globally distributed clothing lines.
Jan
27

Macy's Enters Wedding Registry Partnership

Find out how Macy’s is allowing engaged couples to register for over 2,000 Macy's exclusives outside of its own retail stores and website and how it will fulfill the orders.
Jan
27

Amazon Makes $2 Million Contribution to Support STEM in Home State

Amazon is donating a seven-figure sum to expand access to STEM and computer science education in Washington State. Uncover the two nonprofits receiving the money and how they will use it to help fill systems-level gaps and grow portable outreach programs.
Jan
27

David's Bridal Debuts Zoey Concierge Bot

Uncover how David’s Bridal’s new concierge bot Zoey provides an omniexperience with Apple Business Chat, combining automated technology with real people.
Jan
27

Love's Travel Stops Cuts Checkout Time in Half

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is installing new checkout technology to cut credit card transaction time in half, saving truck drivers time and getting them back on the road faster.
Jan
24

Publix First Grocer to Trial Instacart Meals

Publix will be the first grocer to blend the lines between the physical and digital grocery experience with Instacart Meals. Find out how the new service will bring yet another grocery aisle online, while boosting the customer experience and aiding Publix’ digital transformation.
Jan
24

M&M'S Expansion Plans Include Immersive Consumer Experiences

Mars Retail Group will open three new M&M'S stores that brings immersive consumer experiences to tourist destinations. Take a look at plans for the experiential retail stores.
Jan
24

Meijer Taps Gig Economy to Support Labor Needs

Find out what mobile retail tech Meijer will use help execute its gig strategy across its grocery fleet and why.
Jan
22

Office Depot Goes Live with Same-Day Delivery

The office supplies retailer is offering customers same-day delivery thanks to a new strategic tech partnership. Find out who Office Depot aligned with to bring the in-demand service to its customers.
Jan
22

Sally Beauty Fills Two Key Digital Leadership Roles

As the retailer continues its digital transformation it is constructing a first-class team to build and deploy game-changing digital technology. See which two industry veterans have joined Sally Beauty’s ranks.
Jan
22

Starbucks Pledges 50% Reduction in Supply Chain Emissions

As part of its planned 50th anniversary celebration next year, the retail coffee giant has committed to a number of sustainability initiatives, including reducing its carbon footprint significantly over the next decade. Find out how Starbucks plans to further its eco-commitment.
Jan
21

American Dream to Host Retail Job Fair

American Dream is expected to boast 450 retail, food and specialty shops when complete. This month, the mega mall is hosting a job fair to start filling retail positions. Find out what stores are in need and what positions will be filled.
Jan
20

High Times Enters Physical Retail

The long-time media brand is expanding its business strategy with the opening of two flagship retail stores in major markets. See where the upstart cannabis retail brand is setting up shop.
Jan
20

Walmart Makes Two Chief Officer Appointments

The retailer has named a new CMO for Walmart U.S. and appointed the COO of Sam’s Club to take over as COO for Walmart U.S. Get the details of this post-holiday shakeup.
Jan
20

Kroger Opens Digital Innovation Lab

Kroger and Northern Kentucky University have unveiled the Kroger Technology & Digital Innovation, at which NKU students will gain hands-on learning experience alongside associates from Kroger’s Research & Development group and 84.51⁰.
Jan
20

Gap Changes Strategic Direction: No Longer Spinning Off Old Navy

The cost and complexity of splitting into two separate retail companies, coupled with unstable business performance, has limited Gap’s ability to create value from the spinoff. Hear the latest on the new strategic approach.
Jan
17

Retail Holiday Sales Up an Impressive 4.1%

The inspiring growth is more than double last year’s gains, providing further evidence that retail is not dead, it is evolving. Check out all the numbers and see which segments enjoyed the biggest gains.
Jan
16

H&M Goes Live With Pay Later

The new payment solution enables a frictionless and flexible checkout for customers across all channels. H&M loyalty members can shop now and pay later both online and in-store using the H&M app.
Jan
16

Sacred Heart Graduates First Class in Joint SAS Certificate Program

To complete the certificate, students had to participate in a capstone project that addressed a marketing challenge using real data and digital software tools included in the SAS suite. Hear the latest on unique program.
Jan
16

Payless ShoeSource Emerges From Bankruptcy With New Executive Team

The discount footwear retailer is revamping its executive leadership following voluntary Chapter 11 protection. See which industry veterans will be taking the helm as the retailer looks for rebirth.
Jan
16

Instacart Enhances Its Pickup Platform

With its grocery client base doubling over the past year, Instacart is investing heavily in its customer experience with the release of a feature-laden new pickup solution. Find out what the new tech can do.
Jan
16

Shoe Carnival to Offer Customer-Centric Merchandise

Uncover how Shoe Carnival will harness retail tech to deliver localized assortments tailored to its specific customer segments, markets, channels and locations.
Jan
16

Target Suffers Disappointing Holiday Sales; Makes Leadership Changes

Target suffered holiday sales below expectations and additionally has announced several leadership changes, including a new chief stores officer and new chief merchandising officers.
Jan
10

Wayfair Invests in Tech to Help Scale Its Growing Business

Wayfair is using Google Cloud as the foundation for its new hybrid cloud strategy. Find out how the tech is helping it make real-time decisions as the business grows, increase employee productivity, and ensure a smooth customer experience.
Jan
10

Things Remembered Empowers Associates to Create Memorable Experiences

Things Remembered is empowering its teams with the most advanced workforce management technologies to help it attract and retain the most engaged workforce possible throughout the year.
Jan
10

Red Sox Larry Lucchino and Standard Cognition to Bring Autonomous Checkout to Entertainment Venues

Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and pioneering sports executive Larry Lucchino and tech startup Standard Cognition have teamed up to bring autonomous checkout to sports and entertainment venues around the world. Find out when the new experience will launch.
Jan
10

Sally Beauty Revamps Identity and Mobile App

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. has launched a new brand campaign, along with a revamped mobile app and updated POS systems and integration of AI technology in some cities. Get the details.
Jan
09

Nordstrom Leveraging Robotic Technologies to Provide Seamless Shopping

Nordstrom is utilizing a robotic solution to fulfill its west coast beauty orders. See a video of the tech and find out how autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are helping the retailer gain shorter delivery times, improved in-store stock positions, and an enhanced customer experience.
Jan
08

Lowe's Names New Chief Brand and Marketing Officer

Lowe’s newest c-suite member has been named one of Forbes' Top 50 CMOs in the World three years running and is a National Retail Federation power player. See which industry superstar snagged the coveted post.
Jan
08

Brookshire’s and Weis Markets Deploy Personalization Intelligence Engines

The regional grocers can now tap into shopper data and behavior, using sophisticated machine learning algorithms to serve relevant product content to customers throughout the shopping journey.
Jan
08

Office Depot Deploys 10,000 Mobile Devices to Supercharge Associate Performance

The new handheld computers are live across the retailer’s stores and distribution centers and have helped cut operational costs while simultaneously improving customer satisfaction. Get all the details on the next-gen devices.
Jan
08

PCMS Rebrands to Flooid

Retail commerce software provider PCMS has undergone a complete company rebrand to Flooid. Get the details and learn how the John Lewis Partnership uses the Flooid platform.
Jan
06

Ask Amazon Alexa to Pay for Gas

Get pumped for the future. Find out how Alexa will allow consumers to use their voice to pay for fuel at Exxon and Mobil stations in 2020.
Jan
06

Hudson's Bay Reaches Deal to be Taken Private

Saks Fifth Avenue owner Hudson’s Bay Co. has reached a deal to go private. Get the latest.
Jan
02

Amazon Boasts Record Holiday Shopping Results

Amazon said this holiday season was “record-breaking” with “billions of items” ordered worldwide and a surge in Prime usage, including more than 5 million new customers using the membership service in one week alone. Get the details.
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