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July 2019

Jul
15

Kroger Names Location of Another High-Tech Fulfillment Center

Grocery retailer Kroger and online grocery retailer Ocado have announced the location of a third planned high-tech customer fulfillment center. The $55 million investment is expected to create more than 400 new jobs and be operational in 2021. Find out where Kroger will break ground this year on the project.
Jul
15

Sally Beauty Launches New Mobile App

The retailer’s 15 million loyalty members can now take beauty into their own hands with new tools that make it easy to achieve professional quality care at home. Find out more about the newly launched app and how it advances the Sally Beauty’s ongoing digital transformation.
Jul
15

Steve Dee Named Chief Information Officer

The former VP of technology at Nike has landed a c-suite position at a leading personal care retailer. See where the industry vet is headed and the role he will fill at his new company.
Jul
15

Carter’s Bolsters Its Website Performance

The children’s apparel retailer has found a way to speed up its website, improving e-commerce operations. Learn how.
Jul
15

Walmart Goes Live With Next-Gen Associate Scheduling

Associates can now seamlessly view schedules, swap shifts and pick up shifts at more than 4,600 Walmart locations. Learn more about the system and how it walks the thin line between scheduling for company need and providing consistency for workers.
Jul
12

Charming Charlie Is Calling It Quits

The jewelry and accessories retailer has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in two years and has announced plans to close all of its nearly 300 stores. Learn the details on the latest victim of retail’s evolve or die age.
Jul
11

WorkJam Goes Live With Next-Gen Enterprise-Class Messaging

The new functionality streamlines communication, creating a unified employee experience across an ever-growing number of channels, devices, and touchpoints to improve workplace efficiency and satisfaction.
Jul
10

Overstock Named Best Retail App

The pure-play’s mobile-first approach and dedication to cutting-edge technological innovation has led to a host of awards this year including being named best retail app. Find out what sets its mobile app apart.
Jul
10

Crate and Barrel Goes Live with First Full-Service Restaurant

The home goods retailer is stepping into unchartered territory with its first full-service restaurant designed to create an immersive brand experience beyond traditional retail. Get a sneak peek and find out what makes this experience unique.
Jul
10

Last Minute Shoppers Key to Back-to-School Success

With the back-to-school season set to kick off retailers can expect a modest gain in sales compared to last year. However they can see a big boost in revenue by catering to last minute shoppers who typically spend twice as much as early season purchasers.
Jul
10

Sally Beauty Goes Live with Customer Experience Management Solution

The suite of customer management solutions provides the retailer with real-time feedback into the customer experience and insight into how to increase shopper engagement.
Jul
10

Hard Rock’s Merchandising Suite Delivers 99.9% Demand Certainty

The new solution set improves forecasting, planning, and replenishment and ushers in a new-era of inventory accuracy for the massive international retailer. Learn all about the merchandising suite’s next-gen capabilities.
Jul
10

Etsy to Make Free Shipping a Core Part of the Shopping Experience

The retailer is providing marketplace sellers with the tools and support to provide free shipping. In addition, the retailer’s internal product search will prioritize items that offer free shipping.
Jul
08

Iconic San Francisco Retailer Acquired

Gump's San Francisco is once again a family-owned business. The 158-year-old luxury retailer has been acquired by the Chachas family and will be relaunching this fall.
Jul
08

Whole Foods Gets In On Prime Day Madness

The grocer is offering a host of discounts and special promotions building up to the annual event. See how Whole Foods is working hand-in-hand with Amazon to ensure Prime Day once again beats all-time sales records.
Jul
08

Walmart Will Reportedly Lose $1 Billion on E-Commerce This Year

Despite massive online sales growth, Walmart’s e-commerce division is projected to lose around $1 billion this year. How is that possible?
Jul
03

American Dream Retail Extravaganza Sets Opening Date

The retail and entertainment complex under construction in Bergen County, NJ, broke ground on the site in 2004. Now the 3 million-square-foot retail complex has announced an opening date and reviews the diverse retail, dining, entertainment and fashion experiences it will house.
Jul
01

Rent the Runway and Nordstrom Team Up In LA

Uncover how Nordstrom and Rent the Runway are teaming up to draw foot traffic into the department store, while making Rent the Runway’s digital rental service more convenient.

June 2019

Jun
28

Lowe’s Bets on Charlotte to Attract Talent for 2,000 New Tech Jobs

Lowe’s expects to fill the first 400 new tech positions in the next year and a dedicated technology center coming to Charlotte, NC, will serve as the epicenter for the up to 2,000 person team. Get the details on what positions Lowe’s is hiring to help modernize its IT systems and build future retail experiences.
Jun
26

Modell’s Sporting Goods Taps AI Tech to Empower Its Workforce

Modell’s is empowering its associates, managers, and field leaders by deploying a cloud solution powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Learn how the retail tech is changing how its employees do business.
Jun
25

7-Eleven’s Mobile App Now Enables 30-Minute Delivery to Public Spots

Ever need a Slurpee in 30 minutes on the beach? 7-Eleven’s new proprietary technology makes it happen.
Jun
24

H-E-B Opens Tech Hub in Austin

The grocer is going live with its second digital headquarters in Texas as it looks to scale its digital firepower. Learn about the unique 81,000 square-foot office and what the commitment means for H-E-B as it looks to compile its next-generation of technology innovators.
Jun
24

Stein Mart Simplifies Its Merchandising Approach

The off-price retailer has implemented a cutting-edge, cloud-based omnichannel suite to consolidate its planning and forecasting capabilities. Learn more about the implementation and the SaaS solution’s unique capabilities.
Jun
24

Amazon Continues to Scale AmazonFresh

The digital powerhouse is expanding its grocery, beauty and household goods delivery service into another major metro market. See where Amazon is headed now with its one-hour delivery initiative.
Jun
24

Dollar General Leverages Predictive Modeling to Identify Potential Employees

As retailers continue to struggle to attract and maintain top-level talent Dollar General has turned to next-gen tech to identify, recruit and mentor superior workers. Learn how the retailer is winning the battle for top employees in an increasingly tight labor market.
Jun
24

REI Ditches Its Print Catalog for an Uncommon Path

The 81-year-old retailer will retire its full-price mail-order catalog in favor of something new, but it’s not what you’d expect.
Jun
19

J.Crew Snags Sur La Table CEO Billy May

The c-suite veteran has left his chief executive position at Sur La Table to lead J.Crew’s digital transformation as its chief customer officer. Learn more about May’s new role.
Jun
19

Outsourcing Hits Walmart, Retailer to Layoff Nearly 600 Headquarters Staff

The mega retailer is laying off hundreds at its Charlotte corporate offices in an outsourcing cost-cutting maneuver. Find out which departments will be affected and Walmart’s plan to ease the burden on its eliminated corporate staff.
Jun
19

The Path to Purchase Institute Adds inMarket Loyalty Data to its Retailer Profiles

The leading association for the consumer goods industry will now leverage first-party location data to illustrate trends at more than 30 key retailers.
Jun
18

BRP Cloud Rolls Out

BRP's new service includes turn-key services for implementation, support and maintenance of cloud-based applications.
Jun
18

Neiman Marcus Goes Live With Alipay

By offering the new payment method Neiman Marcus is providing another convenient payment option for tech-savvy shoppers. As an added bonus 60% of retailers enjoy growth in both foot traffic and revenue, after adopting Alipay.
Jun
17

Walmart Offering Flat Fee Unlimited Grocery Delivery

Home delivery grocery fans just got a huge break from Walmart. Instead of charging customers almost $10 per delivery, the retailer is going live with a flat fee approach which could save power users serious dough. Learn the details.
Jun
17

Rite Aid Takes Personalized Experiences to the Next Level

Rite Aid has bolstered its ability to offer consistent, compelling and continuous customer experiences across all touchpoints. Learn how and what this new capability means for the company and its consumers.
Jun
17

Shoptalk Launches Shoptalk Original Content

The new offering at the annual retail event features a wide range of research, data, frameworks, benchmarking studies and visual guides developed in-house by an expanded Shoptalk team. Learn what the new addition means for next year’s event.
Jun
17

Uber Testing Drone Delivery

Uber is taking its fulfillment capabilities to new heights with the introduction of drone-based delivery. Hear the company’s plans for the pilot as well as its long-term vision for the technology.
Jun
17

GNC’s Innovative Twist on Subscriptions

GNC continues down its digital transformation journey with the introduction of an omnichannel subscription experience that can be used both in-store and out.
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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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.
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.

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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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.
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.
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