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November 2019

Nov
21

Amazon Launches Next-Gen Back Office Tech

Amazon may have killed off the Dash buttons, but it’s found another use for the tech. Find out how the retail giant it looking to help businesses modernize their back offices and breakrooms.
Nov
20

Modell's Sporting Goods Upgrades Critical IT Infrastructure

The 150-store-strong sporting goods retailer is transitioning away from traditional data storage. See which cloud services provider it is partnering with and how the next-gen solution suite will help Modell’s win in a highly competitive market.
Nov
20

Five Below Shakes Up Its Model

The discount retailer is making a major change to its business strategy that is at odds with its core value proposition. Find out what major shake up the retailer has on tap.
Nov
20

Amazon to Build Another Massive Fulfillment Center

The online giant has announced plans to build a one-million-square-foot fulfillment center and onboard 500 new full-time workers. See where Amazon is planning to break ground.
Nov
20

Kroger to Launch In-Store Farms

Bringing new meaning to the farm-to-table concept, Kroger will begin growing its own produce in-store in select markets. Learn the details and where the first two micro farms will be placed.
Nov
18

Walmart Adds Digital Twist to Print Catalog

Walmart continues to blur the line between physical and digital with a new digital enhancement to its holiday toy catalog. Find out how the new feature adds a new level of cool and convenience to the traditional print catalog.
Nov
18

Nike Ending Partnership with Amazon

After a two-year pilot, Nike announced it will no longer sell its products through Amazon. Find out why the athletic apparel retailer is cutting ties with the marketplace.
Nov
18

Rent the Runway and Nordstrom Expand Partnership

RTR customers can now return rentals at nearly 30 Nordstrom locations across the nation. See where the instant drop-off service is being implemented and what it means for the future of both brands.
Nov
15

Sam’s Club Gets a New CEO

Walmart has named Kathryn McLay as the new chief executive of Sam's Club. Get the details.
Nov
13

Big Lots Looks to Transform Shopper Loyalty With New Tech

Big Lots is investing in next-gen technology to curate a unified view of shoppers’ physical, digital and omnichannel journeys to provide a meaningful and memorable path to purchase and increase loyalty.
Nov
13

PetSmart Gives Pet Owners a New Reason to Visit a Physical Location

As PetSmart looks to become a one-stop-shop for everything pet, it has introduced a new in-store pet care service. Learn all about the new offering and how it will help drive traffic to the store.
Nov
13

Starbucks Unveils Massive Chicago Flagship

The new 35,000-square foot café is the retailer’s largest immersive experience to date. See what Starbucks has planned for its five-story celebration to coffee and get a first look inside the sprawling store.
Nov
13

Walmart Voice Order Now Available on Siri

The mega retailer has partnered with Apple to bring its popular Walmart Voice Order grocery shopping solution to the Siri platform. Hear the details of the new partnership and how the AI solution streamlines on-the-go shopping.
Nov
13

Wayfair Introduces a High-Tech Mobile Experience

The retailer’s enhanced mobile app features augmented reality and integrated camera functions, making it a hub for on-the-go interior planning. Hear all about the new features and how they are redefining the Wayfair mobile shopping experience.
Nov
13

How C&S Wholesale Grocers Powers Its Growing Mobile Workforce

Find out how C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the US, is enabling its growing remote and distributed workforce to boost customer engagement.
Nov
11

Art Peck Steps Down as Gap CEO

The long-time chief executive is stepping down. See who is taking the reins on an interim basis and Gap’s go-forward strategy as it searches for a new boss.
Nov
11

Store Closings: 96 Sears and Kmart Stores to Close Up Shop

It’s another round of store closings for Sears and Kmart. Find out which stores will shut their doors and when as this retailers' saga continues.
Nov
11

Walmart Scales Unlimited Grocery Delivery

For a fee Walmart grocery shoppers can now enjoy unlimited home delivery at more than 1,400 locations. See how much the service costs and how Walmart is enticing shoppers to give the new service a whirl.
Nov
11

Williams-Sonoma to Hire 2,500 Work From Home Employees

As part of its holiday workforce scale up the home goods retailer is hiring thousands of telecommute employees. Read on to learn the details.
Nov
11

Walgreens Reportedly Entertaining Buyout Offer

New York based private equity firm is preparing a buyout proposal and if accepted could be the biggest buyout in history. Hear the latest and who is interested in acquiring the massive pharmacy chain.
Nov
06

Amazon Announces New Robotics Innovation Hub

The new 350,000 square-foot facility will create 200 new jobs and feature corporate offices, research and development labs, and manufacturing space. See where the e-com giant plans to plant its robotics flag.
Nov
06

Pier 1 Names New CEO

The reinvention of the home goods retailer continues with the appointment of a new CEO and president. See which retail veterans snagged the top spots and their plan to reposition Pier 1 for success.
Nov
06

RIS News Wins Folio Award for Best B2B Website Two Years Running

RIS News received two Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards during the annual Folio awards gala in New York City on October 30, 2019, as well as an honorable mention.
Nov
06

3 Reasons Why You Must Attend the Path to Purchase Expo

As the retail industry continues to evolve at a lightning-fast pace, retailers need a way to level the playing field and execute strategies for growth. Check out these three reasons P2PX should be on your radar.
Nov
06

Zebra Technologies Acquires Computer Vision AI Solutions Company

Zebra has acquired a leader in B2B computer vision-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Find out how the buy aligns with Zebra’s enterprise asset intelligence vision.
Nov
04

Honeywell Creates Robotics Innovation Hub

The new robotic innovation lab is designed to create innovative, breakthrough technologies to help retailers alleviate labor shortages, reduce safety risks and eliminate inefficient tasks.
Nov
04

Store Closings: Bankrupt Barneys to Begin Liquidation

The iconic luxury retailer is in the final throes of bankruptcy as it looks to liquidate its remaining brick-and-mortar facilities. Learn the details and the future of the Barney’s brand.

October 2019

Oct
31

Movista Acquires Natural Insight

The two retail technology leaders are joining forces to improve customer experience through superior in-store execution.
Oct
30

Matt Repicky Named Chief Marketing Officer

The former Amazon and Mattel executive has landed the top marketing gig at a major apparel retailer. See where the industry veteran is headed and the role he will play at his new company.
Oct
30

Postal Service Selects Zebra Technologies as Mobile Delivery Device

The United States Postal Service is deploying Zebra Technologies handheld computers to optimize its delivery network. Find out how this next-gen tech will help enable real-time tracking visibility for retailers and their customers.
Oct
30

Grocery Delivery Now Included With Amazon Prime

Amazon Fresh, which previously cost shoppers $15 per month, is now included in Prime membership. Learn the details and hear industry insider reactions.
Oct
30

Nike to Sell Hurley Business

The athletic apparel manufacturer and retailer is cutting ties with Hurley. See who scooped up the surf-inspired apparel brand and their go-forward plan for international expansion.
Oct
30

Hibbett Sports Launches Same-Day Delivery

The retailer is aiming to bring big-city convenience to small- and mid-size markets with its same-day fulfillment option. Learn the details and what the new service means for the Hibbett experience.
Oct
30

Forrester’s Brendan Witcher to Keynote the Path to Purchase Expo

The revered retail analyst will share his thoughts on the future of the industry and how retailers can handle disruption in the customer-first age. This is a presentation you don’t want to miss.
Oct
23

Best Buy Kicks Off Holiday Season With Free Next-Day Delivery

Best Buy will offer free next-day delivery on thousands of items. Get the details and uncover who will be eligible.
Oct
22

Under Armour CEO and Founder to Step Down

Under Armour founder and CEO will step down from the retailer’s top role in January, passing the reins to the sporting apparel company’s president, Patrik Frisk.
Oct
21

b8ta Launches Tech-Laden Store Concept

Experiential retailer b8ta is launching Forum in November, a new store concept infused with tech features. Find out more about the new social marketplace and its innovative dressing room experience.
Oct
21

Macy’s Reimages Layout and Merchandise at Flagship

Macy’s reveals a major renovation to its 14,500 square-foot main floor men’s department in its Herald Square flagship, including a new space dubbed The Park. Take a look inside.
Oct
21

SAP Teams Up With Microsoft for Cloud Migration Offerings

SAP has partnered with Microsoft to help its customers accelerate and modernize customer transitions to SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Microsoft Azure.
Oct
21

JOANN Invests In Customer-Centric Service

By moving to a modern customer service platform, the craft retailer reduced its email response times by 70%, while delivering more personal service. Find out how.
Oct
21

United Colors of Benetton Comes Back to the US

United Colors of Benetton reenters the U.S. with a new pop-up shop, but it won’t carry inventory. Get the details.
Oct
18

First Look: Ulta Beauty’s New Virtual Store Tour

Ulta is tapping into tech to provide an omnichannel experience that brings shopping in its brick and mortar stores to the online space. Get a first look at how Ulta is bringing the physical store to life digitally.
Oct
16

Rainn Wilson From “The Office” to Keynote Path to Purchase Expo

Fans of the iconic sitcom have one more reason to attend this year’s Expo, the chance to see Dwight Schrute in the flesh. The television and film actor will share the story behind his acting and business success from the main stage.
Oct
15

FedEx Expands FedEx Freight Direct

The new service meets growing demand driven by e-commerce to deliver heavy, bulky items into homes and businesses.
Oct
14

rue21 Advances Its Digital Experience

The fast-fashion apparel retailer’s new e-commerce platform includes next-gen search, navigation, recommendations and personalization capabilities. Find out how these new capabilities are helping take the rue21 online experience to new heights.
Oct
14

Uber Acquires Majority Ownership in Online Grocer Cornershop

Cornershop will continue to operate under its current leadership, leveraging Uber technology to scale its operations across Latin American and Canada. Get the latest on Uber’s inroads into grocery retailing.
Oct
14

The Vitamin Shoppe Unveils Future Store Concept

The next-generation wellness store leverages leading-edge technology and design elements in a modern format to deliver a differentiated experience.
Oct
14

Kibo to Acquire Monetate to Personalize the Entire Customer Journey

Together, Kibo and Monetate will provide retailers with a powerful set of solutions to curate personalized customer experiences across channels. See what the deal means for customers of both solution providers.
Oct
13

Big Lots Names Andrej Mueller as EVP of Business Strategy

The veteran retail thought leader will head the strategy group and is charged with ensuring the retailer achieves operational excellence and an evergreen strategic planning process.
Oct
11

John Furner Named President and CEO of Walmart U.S.

Current CEO Greg Foran will hand over the reins to the 25-year Walmart veteran next month. See where Foran is headed and the new role Furner will fill at the world’s biggest retailer.
Oct
10

Bed Bath & Beyond Ends CEO Search

Bed Bath & Beyond names Target’s chief merchant as its next CEO. Get the details.
Oct
09

Target Technology to Resurrect Toys"R"Us Shopping Experience

Target's inventory, digital solutions and next-gen fulfillment platforms will power new Toys"R"Us store and online experiences. Learn the details of the innovative partnership and relaunch of the Toys“R”Us brand.
Oct
09

Meijer Deploying Cutting-Edge Micro Fulfillment Solution

The new e-commerce fulfillment technology will allow the grocer to maximize space in its stores while simultaneously expanding its online shopping capabilities. Read on to discover how Meijer plans to leverage micro fulfillment to supercharge the digital shopping experience.
Oct
09

Walgreens and FedEx Partner on Reverse Logistics Initiative

Walgreens customers can now drop off e-commerce returns at a local Walgreens location for shipment back to a host of retailers. Get the latest on the returns management partnership.
Oct
09

Lidl to Offer Medical Benefits to All Part-Time Employees

Lidl announced that starting next year it will provide health benefits for all employees regardless of the number of hours they work per week. Learn the details of the initiative that will cost the grocer $9 million in its first year.
Oct
09

Dollar Tree & Family Dollar to Hire 25,000 Associates in One Day

As the surging discount retailer gears up for the holiday rush it is planning a massive nationwide hiring blitz. Learn the details of the hiring event and how the retailer plans to instantly expand its workforce by more than 25,000.
Oct
07

Kendra Scott’s Next-Gen Retail Platform Enables Intelligent, Customer-First Decisions

The surging jewelry retailer has deployed a cutting-edge retail management solution to ensure customers receive the level of service they have grown accustomed. See which solution suite Kendra Scott implemented and how it is helping associates do their jobs better at scale.
Oct
07

Walmart to Sell ModCloth

Walmart is selling ModCloth just two years after acquiring it. Find out what will become of the digitally native retailer.
Oct
07

Michaels Partners With UPS on Shipping Solution

Shoppers can now pick up and drop off UPS shipments at more than 1,000 Michaels’ locations nationwide. Learn the details and how the new partnership will greatly increase foot traffic for the arts and crafts retailer.
Oct
04

Disney Opens Up Shop at Target

The Disney store at Target is now open in 25 Target locations along with a complementary online experience. Get the details of the creative retail collaboration and its experience.
Oct
04

Circle K Rolls Out On-Demand Delivery Across Texas

Texans can now get beer and other Circle K items delivered to doorsteps in under an hour. If near immediate alcohol delivery isn’t enough, learn the twist that is likely to drive people to try it in droves.
Oct
02

Tesco CEO to Step Down in 2020

Tesco Group CEO Dave Lewis will step down next summer after declaring the turnaround of the grocery retailer complete. Find out which Walgreens Boots Alliance executive will take his place.
Oct
02

Walgreens to Offer On-Demand Delivery

The mega pharmacy chain is offering same-day, on-demand delivery of its most popular products from more than 170 stores. See where the annual subscription service is going to be offered and how much it will cost shoppers to join.
Oct
02

Gap’s Athleta Brand Gets a New CEO

Gap Inc. will hand over the reins to Athleta later this month. Find out which former Sephora and Nike executive will become its next CEO.
Oct
01

United Dairy Farmers Boosts Associate Engagement

Find out how United Dairy Farmers plans to increase productivity, increase associate engagement and lower associate turnover in its 200-plus stores.
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