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October 2019

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

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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

September 2019

Sep
30

Wakefern Rolls Out Computer Vision to 50 Stores

Following a successful small-scale pilot the grocery co-op is expanding its shelf camera, computer vision test. Learn how the new tech helps ensure product is in-stock and frees up associates to focus on customer service.
Sep
30

Tilly’s Appoints Long-Term Nordstrom Exec Chief Merchandising Officer

The 25-year Nordstrom veteran will oversee all aspects of Tilly's merchandising operations, including buying, sourcing, and product development. See who claimed the coveted c-suite post.
Sep
30

First Look: Walmart’s New Supply Chain Training Academy

Get a peek inside Walmart's first Supply Chain Academy, designed to train the retailer’s supply chain associates and provide them with a clear path to advancement.
Sep
30

Forever 21 Files for Chapter 11

The struggling retailer has obtained $350 million in financing to facilitate a company-wide restructuring, but claims business will continue as usual despite closing more than 170 stores. Hear all the details of Forever 21’s plan to right the ship.
Sep
30

Tech Hiccup Forces Rent the Runway to Suspend New Memberships

The apparel subscription rental company has temporarily suspended new memberships thanks to problems with a fulfillment software implementation. Learn the details and how Rent the Runway plans to address the technical misstep.
Sep
25

Under Armour Teams Up With Aptos for Annual Charity Event

With Aptos’ POS and mobile selling solutions, Under Armour rings up more than 7,000 transactions during a three-day Sample Sale event benefiting local Baltimore nonprofits.
Sep
25

3 For 3: Target's Systems Go Down for Third time in 3 Months

The outage affected cash registers, Target's website and mobile app.
Sep
25

Lucky Brand Elevates Direct-to-Consumer Operations

Its new solution connects data between systems and partners, monitors operations, enables business intelligence, and drives machine learning-enabled predictive decisioning.
Sep
24

Office Depot Rolls Out Virtual Line

Office Depot will try to alleviate long lines in stores through its mobile app. Find out how its newest tech implementation will improve its customers' experience.
Sep
23

Nordstrom Promotes Digital Chief to New Post

Nordstrom has added the new role of chief operating officer. Find out who will be responsible for overseeing and bringing together Nordstrom’s digital and physical assets to create an end-to-end experience for customers across full-price and off-price stores.
Sep
23

New York Mets Introduce Biometric Powered POS

Concession customers at Citi Field can checkout seamlessly thanks to a mix of artificial intelligence, computer vision and biometrics. Hear the details on the first-of-its-kind pilot.
Sep
23

Macy’s Tests Free Same-Day Shipping

In the face of fierce shipping competition this holiday season, Macy’s is testing free same-day delivery. Get the details.
Sep
23

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Transforms Its Customer Experience

Learn how Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will be able to custom-tailor product offerings to individual consumers across all brands and channels.
Sep
20

Walmart's CIO Is Jumping Ship — See Where He is Heading Next

His new company will gain the benefit of his knowledge of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine vision, machine learning, blockchain, big data and the Internet of Things.
Sep
18

Online Grocer Farmstead to Expand After Partnering with Lowes’ Parent Company

Farmstead has inked a first-of-its-kind partnership with Southeast grocery company Alex Lee, parent company of grocer Lowes Foods. Learn how the partnership enables them to expand their reach in complementary markets without the need to open any physical stores, and where Farmstead is headed to next.
Sep
18

Retailers Should Expect a Strong Holiday Season in 2019

Deloitte predicts holiday retail sales to jump over 2018. Find out just how high they will go across channels.
Sep
17

Zebra Adds Solutions to Improve Retailers’ Performance Edge

Zebra Technologies Corporation is offering new solutions to streamline retailers’ operations from front-of-store to the warehouse. Learn how they can help retailers improve inventory management and increase store associate productivity to elevate the customer experience.
Sep
17

Macy’s Searches for New Bluemercury CEO

Bluemercury founders Marla and Barry Beck are stepping down, leaving Macy's to search for a new CEO to steer the beauty business it acquired in 2015.  Barry Beck, Bluemercury’s chief operating officer, will step down on September 20 to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture.
Sep
16

Giant Tiger Offers New Multilingual Mobile Retail Experience

Canadian discount retailer Giant Tiger is enhancing its digital retail presence with a new mobile app to engage shoppers. Get the details.
Sep
16

First Look: Walmart Unveils New Health Center Format

Walmart has opened a “Walmart Health” center, a standalone facility for healthcare services. Take a peek inside the first of Walmart’s new format, a concept expected to eventually be replicated in other markets.
Sep
16

Salesforce Launches Consumer Goods Cloud

Consumer Goods Cloud enables reps to use AI to optimize key tasks, drive higher revenues through better promotion execution and order management and elevate the in-store experience for the end consumer.
Sep
16

Amazon Expands Chicago Tech Hub, Adds 400 Jobs

The company will add jobs in fields including cloud computing, advertising and business development.
Sep
16

Selfridges to Open In-Store Cinema

Upping the ante in customer experience, Selfridges will be the department store in the world to open a permanent theater.
Sep
11

H.H. Gregg Brick and Mortar Back From the Dead

The electronics retailer has emerged from bankruptcy with a new owner and a renewed dedication to physical retail. Find out where it placed its first new store and how its new format will position it for success.
Sep
11

Kohl’s Names Paul Gaffney Chief Technology Officer

The former Dick’s Sporting Goods and Home Depot executive will be responsible for all technology, information and digital platforms supporting Kohl’s omnichannel business. Hear the latest on the appointment and what it means for both Gaffney and Kohl’s.
Sep
11

Why Retailers Should Take Note of Walmart’s Exclusive Newsstand Offering

A new magazine hit Walmart newsstands exclusively this month. Find out how the Instagram-inspired publication and its QR-code tech benefits the retail behemoth.
Sep
11

McDonald’s Acquires Voice Technology Startup to Supercharge Ordering

The acquisition of Silicon Valley based Apprente furthers McDonald’s commitment to voice-based ordering in its drive thru lanes and mobile ordering initiatives. Learn the details and what it means for the massive quick serve restaurant chain’s tech roadmap.
Sep
09

Target Is Scaling Its New Loyalty Program Nationwide

Following a successful pilot campaign Target is releasing its new Target Circle loyalty program across the chain. The new program offers shoppers a personalized experience as well as increased savings. Read all about it.
Sep
09

Walgreens Boots Alliance Names New Global CIO

The new head of IT will oversee the global strategy for WBA’s IT operations across all divisions and lead data analytics, business intelligence, development, support, infrastructure, security and technical services. See which retail veteran snagged the coveted, high-profile position.
Sep
09

EnsembleIQ Appoints Jennifer Litterick CEO

RIS parent company EnsembleIQ has elevated the veteran publishing executive to chief executive. Learn all the details and the role Litterick will play.
Sep
04

Lana Todorovich Named Chief Merchandising Officer

The former Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein executive has claimed the top merchandising post at a major department store chain. See where the industry veteran is headed and her plan to further its ongoing digital transformation.
Sep
04

AmazonFresh Expands One-Hour Grocery Delivery to New Market

Amazon continues to scale its fresh grocery service across the nation with latest expansion. See what major metropolitan area AmazonFresh is headed to and the new enhancements that make it even easier for consumers.
Sep
04

XCCommerce Acquired by Otimo Retail

By joining forces and combining the breadth of their expertise, Otimo Retail and XCCommerce now offer global retailers the power to optimize their promotional and coupon initiatives within a unified commerce approach. Get the details.
Sep
04

Albertsons Improves the Retail Experience for Dogs

Albertsons brings a next-gen pet solution to stores through a partnership with DogSpot. Get the details on how the grocer is making shopping more comfortable for Fido.
Sep
03

Burberry Partners With Apple to Develop Retail Chat Tool

Burberry is testing a new retail chat tool it created in partnership with Apple. Learn how the tool will help Burberry store associates interact with important customers directly.
Sep
03

The Vitamin Shoppe Launches Personalized Subscription Service

Utilizing a personalized online assessment designed by medical experts, the new Only Me service delivers a custom assortment of vitamins and supplements to participating subscribers each month. Get the details.
Sep
03

Reflexis Debuts Artificial Intelligence Solutions

Reflexis Systems revealed at Reflexions 2019, the annual Reflexis User Conference & Expo, new solutions leveraging AI and machine learning. Get the details.

August 2019

Aug
29

Overstock Goes Live With Next-Gen E-Mail Personalization

New proprietary technology allows the retailer to personalize e-mail communication with shoppers both pre- and post-deployment. Find out how this unique technology works and how the retailer plans to leverage it.
Aug
28

Walmart Canada Appoints New CEO

Walmart’s Canadian division is getting a new boss. See which Walmart veteran is getting a turn in the corner office after more than two decades with the retailer.
Aug
28

Will Charming Charlie Live On?

Despite the fact that the women’s fashion and accessories retailer announced the closing of all of its stores last month, the Charming Charlie brand may soldier on. Find out what is in store for the bankrupt retailer.
Aug
28

Caribou Coffee New Concept Store Challenges Traditional Café Model

The retailer’s upcoming Little Blue Cabin stores will provide customers a unique coffeehouse experience. See what sets these stores apart and where the first crop of new-age cafés will be placed.
Aug
26

Target and Disney Team Up to Launch New Retail Experience

The Walt Disney Company and Target are collaborating to bring in-store Disney shops and a new digital experience to Target. Get the details of this new partnership.
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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.
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