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August 2019

Aug
23

Nordstrom Creates Role of Chief Merchandising Officer

The retailer has appointed a 33-year company veteran to the position. Find out how the new role will support Nordstrom’s future and who snagged it.
Aug
21

Amazon Adds 400 New High Tech Jobs

The retailer is opening a new 84,000 square foot office in downtown Portland, doubling its tech workforce in the area. Learn about the new center and the high-tech job opportunities coming to Oregon.
Aug
21

Russell's Convenience Rolls Out Frictionless Checkout

Just over three years after introducing their first cashierless store, Russell's Convenience has implemented frictionless checkout to all stores.
Aug
21

Barnes & Noble Named Most Reputable Retailer

For the second year in a row Barnes & Noble has finished first in this annual ranking of retailer reputation, and was the only retailer to earn an excellent rating. Learn what sets the specialty retailer apart from the crowd.
Aug
20

Urban Outfitters Innovates Its Customer Experience Leadership

Urban Outfitters will unite customer data and feedback to improve customer experience across Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie Group, and Free People. Find out how.
Aug
20

Walmart and Tasty Dish Out Mobile Recipe Shopping

Walmart customers can now directly purchase ingredients featured in BuzzFeed’s Tasty videos from their online grocery carts. Get the dish.
Aug
19

Rite Aid Updates Payment Processing In-Store and Online

The pharmacy powerhouse is superchargin its payment processor and security solutions covering more than 2,400 stores nationwide as well as its e-commerce site. See who Rite Aid turned to for the next-gen solution and how it will help the chain streamline payment across the enterprise.
Aug
19

Sur La Table Reveals New CEO

Sur La Table is bringing on Jason Goldberger as its CEO. Find out what the former Blue Nile and Target exec will bring to the Table.
Aug
19

Banana Republic Adds Rental Subscription Service

Banana Republic is the latest apparel retailer to throw its hat into the apparel subscription ring. Learn about the retailer’s new service and its plan to differentiate itself in the crowed rental space.
Aug
19

Kroger and Walgreens Expand on Ground-Breaking Partnership

Building on early success, the retail partners introduce Kroger Express to additional Walgreens stores and launch Walgreens' owned-brand health and beauty products in Kroger stores. Learn the details of the blooming partnership and the retailers’ plans for future collaboration.
Aug
19

Vitamin Shoppe Improves Inventory Visibility Throughout Its Supply Chain

The specialty retailer is implementing an integrated supply chain strategy to improve demand forecast and optimize store and distribution center replenishment and allocations.
Aug
16

A.C. Moore Puts Etsy on Notice

The arts and crafts retailer is launching a new service that directly competes with Etsy’s unique business model. Learn all about A.C. Moore’s new offering and what it means for the industry.
Aug
14

Matthew Champion Snags C-Suite Gig

The former Amazon bigwig has accepted a c-suite position at a surging specialty retailer. See where the industry veteran is headed and the role he will fill at his new company.
Aug
14

Domino’s Solves Last Mile Fulfillment Challenges With Electrified Approach

Providing home delivery is difficult in urban centers where traffic and parking create roadblocks to quick and economical fulfillment. Domino’s believes e-bikes can solve urban delivery woes and meet customer’s need-it-now demands. Do you agree?
Aug
14

Avenue Stores Shutters Its Brick and Mortar Business

Time has run out for plus-size women’s apparel retailer Avenue Stores, in business since 1983.
Aug
14

Retailers Opening Stores Outnumber Those Closing Them Five to One

While the doom and gloom of store closings have dominated the headlines of late, IHL reports that the number of retailers closing stores has actually decreased dramatically over the past year. Check out all the cheerful stats.
Aug
14

Top Shopping Behaviors for Gen X and Boomers

Catering to the needs of Millennials and Gen Z is critical, but keeping pace with the changing shopping patterns of established generations is equally vital. Check out this new research highlighting the evolving shopping behavior and preferences of Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Aug
13

L.L.Bean’s Customer Engagement Is About to Go Next-Gen

Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean will deploy new customer engagement solutions and a microservices-based SaaS platform to anticipate and adapt to future retail requirements. Get the details.
Aug
12

H-E-B Building State-of-the-Art Tech Center in San Antonio

H-E-B is investing heavily in its digital firepower with the construction of a 150,000-square-foot headquarters that will be home to more than 1,000 digital employees. Learn the grocer’s plan for its new center and how it will strengthen its position in the crowded digital grocery space.
Aug
12

Stein Mart Goes Live With Next-Gen POS

The off-price retailer’s point of sale is going from blah to bam, and helping usher in a host of experiential features for the brand. Learn all about it.
Aug
12

Nike Launches Its First-Ever Subscription Service

Nike has gone live with a children’s footwear subscription service dubbed Nike Adventure Club. Learn the details of the first-of-its-kind service and the retailer’s plan to scale subscription services beyond kids.
Aug
12

The North Face’s Newest Store Highlights Its Evolving Retail Strategy

The outdoor apparel and accessories brand has gone live with a reimagined retail experience at its SoHo NYC store. The store highlights the brand’s new retail approach and kicks off a five-year chain-wide store refresh.
Aug
09

Foot Locker Goes Live With Store of the Future in NYC

Foot Locker has launched its community-based Power Store in partnership with Nike which features a full suite of immersive customer experiences. Get a sneak peek of the new location and the ground-breaking, tech-fueled partnership.
Aug
07

Nike Acquires Data Science Company Celect

The acquisition accelerates the retailer’s ability to anticipate and meet consumer demand. Learn the details of the deal and how Nike will immediately begin leveraging Celect’s next-gen demand sensing technology.
Aug
07

Skechers Enhances Retail Experience with New POS Suite

The retailer is modernizing its technology footprint in its direct-to-consumer distribution channels with new point of sale solutions. Learn all about the new capabilities Skechers is onboarding.
Aug
05

CVS Goes Live With Free Pharmacy Delivery Nationwide

In addition to free delivery, CarePass provides members with simplified value, enhanced service and access to on-demand pharmacy care. Learn the details of CVS’s advanced loyalty offering.

July 2019

Jul
31

Walgreens Commits to Supplier Diversity With New Retail Tech

Find out how Walgreens will more easily access new and diverse suppliers.
Jul
31

Jim DePaul Named EVP of Stores

The former Target and Shopko executive has landed an executive vice president of stores gig at an iconic department store. See where the industry vet is headed and the role he will play at his new company.
Jul
30

5G-Enabled Autonomous Robots Are Coming to Retail

AT&T and Badger Technologies have partnered to equip in-store robots with next-gen networking capabilities to improve store operations and elevate customer service.
Jul
29

Rite Aid Goes Live With Virtual Healthcare In-Store

The retailer has launched RediClinic Express, providing customers access to convenient, affordable, tech-powered healthcare via an in-store kiosk. Learn how the virtual care solution helps make stores a destination.
Jul
29

Kroger Breaks Ground on $55 Million Project

Kroger and Ocado broke ground on a second customer fulfillment center, located in a new market for the grocery retailer. Get the details and find out when the massive project will be complete.
Jul
29

Back-To-School Spending Expected to Increase

The critical back-to-school season is in full swing and retailers can expect a modest increase in sales year-over-year. Hear the latest predictions on the season and what and where customers are buying.
Jul
29

Advance Auto Parts Launches New Rewards Program

The revamped Speed Perks program offers customers a fast and easy way to earn rewards. Discover the new features and how they help set the program apart from the competition.
Jul
24

Walgreen’s Deploying AI-Powered Voice Assistant Across the Chain

The pharmacy powerhouse is rolling out a new AI-infused communication tool designed to empower associates to better serve customers. Learn the details on the tech and Walgreens’ plan to deploy at nearly 10,000 locations.
Jul
24

Ace Hardware’s Data-Driven Approach to Workforce Management

The retailer’s new workforce management solution leverages an easy-to-use, date-driven approach to optimize schedules and task management, allowing associates more time to service customers.
Jul
23

Wakefern to Boost Shoprite E-Grocery Operations with New Automated Micro-Fulfillment Center

A new fulfillment center will serve select ShopRite stores in North Jersey and New York. Learn what this means for the retailer's grocery pick-up and home delivery services.
Jul
23

GNC to Close up to 900 Stores, Cutting Mall Shops by Half

As part of the retailer’s “store optimization” GNC will close up to 900 stores as a result of “current mall traffic trends.” Learn what this means for the wellness retailer.
Jul
23

Bealls Drives Inventory Agility

With new inventory arriving weekly, apparel and home merchandise retailer Bealls needed to gain new management efficiencies of their extensive inventory. Find out how Bealls met this challenge.
Jul
22

New Capabilities from Kroger’s 84.51° Fueled by Data from Half of U.S. Households

The solution leverages a massive data set, drawing conclusions that are representative of national consumer behavior. Retailers have the flexibility to customize their experience ― gathering data on sales performance, inventory, assortment, promotions, customer segmentation, in-store space management, and more.
Jul
22

Uber Rewards Customers for Shopping During Rides

In another boon for e-commerce, Uber is promoting backseat shopping. Get the details.
Jul
22

Hollister’s Intimates Brand Triples Store Count

Gilly Hicks by Hollister is tripling its standalone presence with a series of popup shops and a new data-fueled approach. See where the intimates brand is setting up and how it will separate itself from the crowd.
Jul
22

David's Bridal Announces Chief Store Experience and Supply Chain Officers

The specialty apparel retailer has named two industry veterans to top c-suite positions as it furthers its omnichannel evolution. See who joined the David’s Bridal team and the roles they will fill as the retailer continues to digitally transform.
Jul
22

Amazon Adds Two More Robotic Fulfillment Centers

The state of the art fulfillment centers will total more than 1.4 million-square-feet and feature a fleet of autonomous robots working alongside human counterparts. Learn the details and where Amazon is building these next-gen DCs.
Jul
18

ThirdLove to Open Experiential Retail Store

Bra and underwear retailer ThirdLove is set to open its first experiential retail popup. Uncover how the pilot will test innovative fitting rooms and more.
Jul
17

AutoZone Implements Next-Gen Forecasting and Replenishment

The auto parts retailer and distributor has implemented a next-gen solution to enhance its inventory position and forecast accuracy. Learn more about the cutting-edge deployment and how it is improving distribution center operations.
Jul
17

Giant Eagle Goes Live With Checkout-Free Tech

The grocer is deploying a computer vision platform that allows customers to simply grab and go, enabling shoppers to skip the POS lane entirely. Learn the details of the new checkout-free experience.
Jul
17

Hari Govind Named SVP of Tech Infrastructure and Operations

The former Facebook executive is headed to a massive retailer to oversee its tech team operations. See where the industry vet is headed and the role he will fill at his new company.
Jul
17

Brad Weston Lands CEO Gig

The former Petco CEO is headed to a leading specialty retailer to head up its strategic growth initiatives and lead all aspects of the company’s retail operations. See where he is headed and the new role he will play.
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
18

BRP Cloud Rolls Out

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

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
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
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.
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.
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