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June 2019

Jun
12

Kohl's to Shutter All Its Discount Stores

Kohl’s Corp. is shutting down all of its Off/Aisle discount stores. Find out when and why it's putting an end to the pilot.
Jun
12

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Launches On-Demand Delivery

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's is now offering coffee, tea and food delivery. Find out where and what its plans are to rollout the service.
Jun
12

Salesforce Buys Tableau for $15.7 Billion

The acquisition unites Salesforce’s 1.4 million clients with Tableau’s 1 million. Get the details.
Jun
11

Weis Markets Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Personalize the Experience

The grocer’s AI-powered relationship engine tailors the shopping experience in real-time, allowing Weis to build meaningful relationships with customers.
Jun
10

Autonomous Vehicle Startup Gatik Launches From Stealth With Walmart as a Partner

Gatik, a startup deploying autonomous vehicles for B2B short-haul logistics, has launched from stealth with Walmart as a partner. Learn how Gatik will fill the critical 'middle mile' part of logistics.
Jun
10

Ratnakar Lavu Claims Global Chief Digital Information Officer Position

The former Kohl’s CIO has jumped ship for a massive international apparel retailer. See where the industry veteran is headed and the important role he will play at his new company.
Jun
10

Destination XL Group Modernizes the Customer Journey With Strategic Investment

The men’s big and tall apparel retailer is deepening its relationships with existing and new customers by better understanding preferences around promotions, pricing and assortment. Learn how a new cutting-edge tech suite is allowing the retailer to improve customer segmentation and drive state-of-the-art marketing activities.
Jun
07

Barnes & Noble Sold for $683 Million

The largest book seller in the UK, Elliott Advisors Limited, is acquiring Barnes & Noble in an all cash transaction. Learn the details and what the agreement means to the future of the gigantic book store chain.
Jun
06

League of Leaders Examines Retailer Digital Media Platforms

At the Path to Purchase Institute’s 10th annual League of Leaders event Mark Williamson, vice president of Peapod Digital Labs discussed the rising trend of retailer-operated digital media platforms and his company’s investment to stay on the cutting edge.
Jun
05

Microsoft and Oracle Connect Their Clouds

Microsoft and Oracle have announced a partnership to deliver direct network connectivity between their two clouds. Hear from the CIOs of Gap and Albertsons on how the alliance will be a boon for digital operations.
Jun
04

Walmart Hires New Leader for Store No. 8

Walmart has brought on Scott Eckert to run the startup incubator. Find out more about Eckert and what he brings to the mega retailer’s investment arm.
Jun
04

Sensormatic Solutions Powers Unified Commerce with Inventory Intelligence

The company’s latest cloud-based solution provides retailers with a real-time view into accurate inventory availability for unified commerce fulfillment.
Jun
04

CVS to Open 1,500 HealthHubs and Build a Robust Technology Infrastructure

CVS Health is set to expand its latest store concept and build a robust technology infrastructure designed to deploy data across the organization to create a holistic view of patients. Get the details.
Jun
03

Erik Keptner Snags Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer Position

The former Ahold and Wakefern executive has claimed the top merchandising and marketing position at one of the largest drug store chains in the nation. See where he is headed and his marching orders as he takes over the newly-created post.
Jun
03

Gap Continues to Struggle, Announces Aggressive Store Closures

The apparel retail giant continues to see sales plummet at its namesake stores and plans increased closings to trim under-performing locations from its roster. See how deep Gap intends to cut.
Jun
03

McDonald’s Tech-Laden NYC Flagship Offers Its Experience of the Future

Take a peek inside the new McDonald’s Times Square flagship restaurant and experience the new technology used to create the ultimate McDonald’s experience.

May 2019

May
29

Thomas Glaser Lands COO Position

The former president of supply chain at VF Corporation will now lead the supply chain and IT infrastructure for another massive apparel conglomerate. See where Glaser is headed and the new role he will fill.
May
28

IBM’s Latest AI-Powered Solution Allows Retailers to Harness Weather Changes to Drive Performance

The new Watson-powered offering can help retailers predict how fluctuation in weather will impact business performance months in advance. Learn more about the new tech and how it can be leveraged to give retailers a leg up.
May
28

Walmart Hires Ex-Google, Amazon Exec for New CTO Role

The 25-year tech veteran brings retail and e-commerce, advertising, cloud and machine learning experience to Walmart. Find out more about Suresh Kumar.
May
23

Zebra Introduces Two New Kiosks

The new kiosks run on an enterprise-class Android platform and provide concierge-style self-service features.
May
22

IKEA Expands Use of Wearables in Its DCs

Following a successful pilot IKEA is scaling its use of glove based wearable scanners in its warehouses. Learn the details and the benefits of the hands-free tech.
May
22

Kroger and Walgreens Pilot Zero Waste Packaging

The retailers are the first in the U.S. to sign onto a new program designed to eliminate single-use plastic. Learn how the new re-usable packaging solution works.
May
22

Stein Mart Launches Amazon Hub Locker Pickup and Returns

Amazon customers can pickup orders and drop off returns at nearly 200 Stein Mart stores across 28 states. Learn the details and what the deal means for both the retailers and their customers.
May
22

Joann Stores Goes Live with AI-Powered Promotional Optimization, Sees Immediate ROI

The retailer’s new promotion optimization solution uses predictive modeling and custom visualizations to analyze campaign success and provide actionable insight. The solution has already eliminated 30% of JOANN’s ineffective margin-sapping promotions.
May
21

Locus Robotics and Manhattan Associates Partner

The partnership makes Manhattan a licensed reseller of Locus's autonomous, multi-robot solution for warehouse fulfillment and the companies will showcase the multi-robot solution this week. Learn more.
May
20

Lamps Plus Deploys Customer-Centric POS

The specialty retailer’s new cutting-edge point of sale solution combines commerce, customer engagement, inventory and fulfillment into a single omnichannel system of record.
May
20

PGA Tour Superstore Goes on Store Opening Blitz

The golf and tennis accessories and apparel retailer is making good on its plans to open 50 new experiential stores by the end of the year. Learn what sets these next-gen stores apart, as well as the details of the retailer’s aggressive expansion timeline.
May
20

Zebra Technologies to Acquire Profitect

With Profitect’s operational data, machine learning capabilities and prescriptive analytics Zebra will be able to better empower front-line retail associates with the insights they need to make better, faster, smarter decisions.
May
20

Brookshire Brothers Improves Sales and Reduces Shrink with Prescriptive Analytics

The grocery and convenience retailer’s next-gen analytic capabilities have helped it curb markdown abuse, post voids, and other criminal activity that sap profitability. Learn the details of its latest store solution.
May
20

Lowe's Acquires Retail Analytics Platform from Boomerang Commerce

The acquisition provides Lowe’s with a next-gen, in-house solution to process product and pricing datasets and convert them to insights and actions. Learn the details of the deal and what it means for both companies.
May
16

Fresh Market Expands Instacart Partnership

The specialty grocer now offers at-home delivery in as fast as an hour at all of its 161 locations. Learn the details of the expanded partnership.
May
15

Target Continues to Scale Drive-Up Fulfillment Service

Target moves one step closer to its goal of offering Drive Up delivery at most stores by the end of the year. Learn more about the expansion and Target’s plans.
May
15

Royal Farms Deploys Next-Gen Workforce Management Solution

The Northeast convenience store chain can now optimize its labor investment and increase engagement among its 5,000-plus employees. Learn the details of the retailer’s cutting-edge workforce solution.
May
14

The Vitamin Shoppe Takes Its Customer Experience to New Heights

The Vitamin Shoppe is taking transformative actions to align the retailer with evolving customer needs, from more personalized experiences to piloting a microservices-based SaaS platform. Learn more.
May
13

Steven Temares Steps Down as Bed Bath & Beyond CEO

After 27 years at the retailer the long-running CEO has announced his departure. Learn the details and who will be steering the ship following his exit.
May
13

Walmart’s Grocery Pickup Shoppers Aren’t Just Users, They’re Advocates

Walmart’s grocery pickup service is experiencing rapid growth with no signs of slowing down. Examine study data surrounding Walmart’s grocery pickup service and its users to learn why the service is so popular.
May
13

Harry’s Sold for $1.37 Billion

Edgewell Personal Care, the parent company of Schick, Playtex, and others, has brought the online shaving and personal care retailer into the fold. Learn the details of the transaction and what it means for both companies.
May
10

Petco Opens an In-Store Kitchen for Dogs

It seems Fido is joining the fresh food movement. The 1,350-square-foot open health and wellness kitchen in Petco's Union Square store will feature trained chefs hand-preparing signature recipes.
May
09

GNC Bolsters Its Fulfillment With Enterprise-Wide Inventory Visibility

GNC will rapidly advance its omnichannel fulfillment capabilities in early 2020. Find out how.
May
09

Avis Budget Group Unleashes the Power of Its Workforce Through New WorkJam and JDA Partnership

Digital workplace provider WorkJam and JDA Software have partnered to provide greater in-app scheduling capabilities. Hear how Avis Budget Group is already using the new integration to unleash the power of its workforce.
May
07

Walmart to Add 100 Veterinary Clinics to Retail Stores

Walmart is making big moves to capture shoppers in the lucrative pet market. Learn how the mega retailer will expand its veterinary prowess.
May
07

REI Names Its New CEO

REI has named Eric Artz its latest CEO. Find out what road the 81-year-old company’s eighth leader plans to take the outdoor retailer on.
May
06

Hudson’s Bay Considering Selling Lord + Taylor

Hudson’s Bay is pursuing strategic alternatives for Lord + Taylor, including a possible sale or merger, as part of its strategy to focus on its greatest opportunities.
May
02

Wegmans Pilots Mobile-Scan Technology

Wegmans’ is piloting a new mobile app that allows customers to scan and bag their groceries while they shop. Find out where shoppers can first use Wegmans SCAN and the grocer's plans for the tech's future.
May
01

Banana Republic Modernizes Merchandising

Gap Inc. has implemented retail technology at its Banana Republic chain to maintain a modern merchandising platform that drives productivity through automated best practices. Get the details.
May
01

Amazon Expands Whole Foods Grocery Delivery

Uncover which new Amazon Prime members can now get delivery in as little as an hour from the grocer.
May
01

Farmstead’s Machine Learning Tech Accurately Predicts Customer Demand

The online grocer’s latest technological innovation leverages predictive machine-learning models to help customers discover new and old favorites and quickly compile their complete weekly grocery list. Learn more about the homegrown tech.

April 2019

Apr
30

Sainsbury’s Trials Checkout-Free Grocery Store

Sainsbury’s is experimenting with the UK’s first checkout-free grocery store. Find out how the three month trial will work and what’s to come for the grocer.
Apr
29

Domino’s Piloting GPS Order Tracking

Customers and management can view order status and driver location in real-time providing unprecedented delivery accuracy and an elevated customer experience.
Apr
29

H&M Scales Its Product Transparency Efforts

The retailer gives shoppers unheard of transparency, providing such details as production country, supplier names, factory info, as well as the number of factory workers.
Apr
26

SoulCycle’s Omnichannel Solutions Support Rapid Growth

Leading indoor cycling brand deploys a unified commerce cloud suite to streamline order management and improve customer experience across its expanding network.
Apr
24

Walgreens and Rite Aid Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Walgreens and Rite Aid are implementing a new, chain-wide policy that requires customers to be at least 21 years old in order to purchase tobacco products in its stores.
Apr
24

Kohl’s Scaling Amazon Returns to All Stores

Amazon customers can return online purchases with or without shipping packaging at all Kohl’s stores starting this summer. Learn the details of the unique partnership.
Apr
24

Amazon Goes Live With Newest Fulfillment Option

Customers can now have orders delivered securely to their garage thanks to Amazon’s latest partnership. Learn the details of the online giant’s newest fulfillment option.
Apr
24

Bonnie Brooks Is Back in the CEO Chair

The former CEO of Hudson’s Bay is back in the corner suite at another large national chain. See where the industry veteran is headed.
Apr
22

Retail Sales Show Growth in March

Retail’s ongoing yo-yo sales trend continues in March, as consumer spending increases following a downturn in February. Read the latest overall retail sales numbers and how the individual segments fared.
Apr
22

Old Navy and Banana Republic Explore New Ways to Connect with Shoppers

Parent company Gap Inc. has announced that Old Navy and Banana Republic are integrating more sustainable product innovation and technology. Learn about the retailer’s commitment and the initiatives designed to display its environmental consciousness.
Apr
17

Pilot Flying J's New Mobile App Personalizes Travel

The revamped app is tailored to customer preferences and provides users with a personal, simple and improved digital retail experience. Learn all about the new app’s next-gen features.
Apr
17

First Look at PGA Tour Superstore’s Latest Next-Gen Store

The golf and tennis retailer is going live with its latest next-gen, experiential store in South Florida. Learn the details and the retailer’s expansion plans for its interactive retail-tainment experience.
Apr
17

Walgreens and Nordstrom Partner with Narvar on Convenient Pick-Up and Returns

The new pick-up and return service will be available at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations and select number of Nordstrom stores. Learn the details and how the new service offers a new level of convenience.
Apr
17

Kroger's Autonomous Delivery Service is Live in Houston

The Kroger Co. and robotics company Nuro have expanded their autonomous grocery delivery service to the Houston, TX, market. Get the details and see a video of how the service works.
Apr
17

Neiman Marcus Enters Pre-Owned Market

The upscale department store chain has acquired a minority stake in Fashionphile, becoming the first luxury retailer to invest in the billion dollar pre-owned apparel market. Learn the details.
Apr
17

ShopGenius Launches to Give Price-Conscious Shoppers an Edge

The online shopping and sales resource provides bargain consumers with the scoop on liquidation, store closings, inventory close-outs, and sales events both nationally and in their local communities.
Apr
16

Epicor Unveils AI-Based Virtual Agent

Deep industry-specific application of artificial intelligence technology simplifies interactions with ERP systems, automates tasks, and facilitates faster operations.
Apr
15

Starbucks to Fuel 360 Texas Stores With Solar Power

A portfolio of eight projects announced is reducing carbon emissions in the equivalent of planting nearly 2.5 million trees. Learn how the coffee giant is taking a unique approach, investing in solar farms to support a specific group of its stores.
Apr
15

Abercrombie Exec Stacia Andersen Joins PetSmart

Andersen joins PetSmart from Abercrombie & Fitch, where she played an instrumental role in developing the retailer into a complete omnichannel experience. Find out what Anderson will bring to the pet supplies chain.
Apr
10

Walmart Putting Thousands of Robots to Work in Stores, Expanding Vending-Style Pickup

Walmart is expanding its use of robots, or “smart associates,” as well as rolling out a swath of new pickup towers.
Apr
10

Canada Goose To Open Six Next-Gen Experiential Stores

The apparel manufacturer and retailer’s latest locations will feature sub-zero cold rooms, allowing shoppers to test their cold weather gear before making a purchase. Learn where Canada Goose plans to open its latest stores of the future.
Apr
10

Google Cloud Goes Live With New Suite of Retail Solutions

The new offerings were created in collaboration with Google’s ecosystem of retail partners and designed to solve specific business challenges. The solutions leverage Google Cloud’s expertise and innovation in areas like data analytics and AI.
Apr
08

The Vitamin Shoppe Goes Live with Revamped Loyalty Program

The retailer’s loyalty program is one of the most successful in the industry with over 90% of its sales coming from members. See what improvements Vitamin Shoppe has made to the program to keep it front of mind for shoppers.
Apr
08

Rent the Runway Expands Into Children’s Apparel

The surging subscription rental service is expanding beyond its women’s apparel roots with the launch of Runway Kids. Learn the details and what the progression means for the brand.
Apr
05

Signet Closing 150 Stores, President Resigns

Sebastian Hobbs, Signet Jewelers Limited's president and chief customer officer has resigned from these roles, as the company continues to close its doors. Get the details.
Apr
05

Dennis Mullahy Named Chief Supply Chain Officer

The veteran supply chain and IT executive is moving to the c-suite at one of the biggest retailers in the world. See where he is headed and the key role he will play.
Apr
05

CVS' Same-Day Prescription Delivery Expansion Is a Game-Changer

6,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide will now deliver prescriptions to consumers' doorsteps within hours, making the chore of picking up prescriptions after a doctor's visit no longer necessary.
Apr
03

Katie Finnegan Leaving Walmart

Katie Finnegan of Walmart’s incubation arm Store N°8 has shared she's departing the company. Get the details.
Apr
03

Prada Group Optimizes Merchandising With Next-Gen Tech Deployment

By tapping into customer data at its 634 store network the luxury retailer is able to better inform business decisions and provide a differentiated shopper experience. Learn how its latest tech deployment boosts operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Apr
03

Wayfair to Bring Back Way Day—With Livestream Video

Following Way Day’s successful debut last year, Wayfair is bringing back the retail holiday this month and will introduce Wayfair On Air livestream video for the occasion. Get the details on the shopping day’s expansion and how it will employ video and social media tactics to engage shoppers.
Apr
01

Dinesh Lathi Named CEO of Tailored Brands

The former CEO of Zale Corporation is taking the reins at Tailored Brands to lead the brand’s resurgence. Learn the details and how the parent company of Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, and Joseph Abboud plans to leverage Lathi’s extensive experience.
Apr
01

Retail Sales Drop in February

Following an encouraging January, retail sales are again headed in the wrong direction as consumer spending cools. Check out the latest numbers on the health of the industry.
Apr
01

Sally Beauty Launches Redesigned Mobile-First Website

The new e-commerce experience features next-gen personalization, expanded payment acceptance and social commerce capabilities. Learn how the new mobile-first website aligns with the retailer’s ongoing transformational plans.
Apr
01

Five Below to Open 150 Stores in 2019

To keep pace with overwhelming demand and reach its goal of more than 2,500 physical locations the value retailer plans to cut the ribbon on 150 new stores this year. Hear about its rapid expansion plans and even faster sales increases.
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