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January 2020

Jan
17

Retail Holiday Sales Up an Impressive 4.1%

The inspiring growth is more than double last year’s gains, providing further evidence that retail is not dead, it is evolving. Check out all the numbers and see which segments enjoyed the biggest gains.
Jan
16

Payless ShoeSource Emerges From Bankruptcy With New Executive Team

The discount footwear retailer is revamping its executive leadership following voluntary Chapter 11 protection. See which industry veterans will be taking the helm as the retailer looks for rebirth.
Jan
16

Instacart Enhances Its Pickup Platform

With its grocery client base doubling over the past year, Instacart is investing heavily in its customer experience with the release of a feature-laden new pickup solution. Find out what the new tech can do.
Jan
16

Shoe Carnival to Offer Customer-Centric Merchandise

Uncover how Shoe Carnival will harness retail tech to deliver localized assortments tailored to its specific customer segments, markets, channels and locations.
Jan
16

Target Suffers Disappointing Holiday Sales; Makes Leadership Changes

Target suffered holiday sales below expectations and additionally has announced several leadership changes, including a new chief stores officer and new chief merchandising officers.
Jan
16

H&M Goes Live With Pay Later

The new payment solution enables a frictionless and flexible checkout for customers across all channels. H&M loyalty members can shop now and pay later both online and in-store using the H&M app.
Jan
16

Sacred Heart Graduates First Class in Joint SAS Certificate Program

To complete the certificate, students had to participate in a capstone project that addressed a marketing challenge using real data and digital software tools included in the SAS suite. Hear the latest on unique program.
Jan
10

Things Remembered Empowers Associates to Create Memorable Experiences

Things Remembered is empowering its teams with the most advanced workforce management technologies to help it attract and retain the most engaged workforce possible throughout the year.
Jan
10

Red Sox Larry Lucchino and Standard Cognition to Bring Autonomous Checkout to Entertainment Venues

Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and pioneering sports executive Larry Lucchino and tech startup Standard Cognition have teamed up to bring autonomous checkout to sports and entertainment venues around the world. Find out when the new experience will launch.
Jan
10

Sally Beauty Revamps Identity and Mobile App

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. has launched a new brand campaign, along with a revamped mobile app and updated POS systems and integration of AI technology in some cities. Get the details.
Jan
10

Wayfair Invests in Tech to Help Scale Its Growing Business

Wayfair is using Google Cloud as the foundation for its new hybrid cloud strategy. Find out how the tech is helping it make real-time decisions as the business grows, increase employee productivity, and ensure a smooth customer experience.
Jan
09

Nordstrom Leveraging Robotic Technologies to Provide Seamless Shopping

Nordstrom is utilizing a robotic solution to fulfill its west coast beauty orders. See a video of the tech and find out how autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are helping the retailer gain shorter delivery times, improved in-store stock positions, and an enhanced customer experience.
Jan
08

Brookshire’s and Weis Markets Deploy Personalization Intelligence Engines

The regional grocers can now tap into shopper data and behavior, using sophisticated machine learning algorithms to serve relevant product content to customers throughout the shopping journey.
Jan
08

Office Depot Deploys 10,000 Mobile Devices to Supercharge Associate Performance

The new handheld computers are live across the retailer’s stores and distribution centers and have helped cut operational costs while simultaneously improving customer satisfaction. Get all the details on the next-gen devices.
Jan
08

PCMS Rebrands to Flooid

Retail commerce software provider PCMS has undergone a complete company rebrand to Flooid. Get the details and learn how the John Lewis Partnership uses the Flooid platform.
Jan
08

Lowe's Names New Chief Brand and Marketing Officer

Lowe’s newest c-suite member has been named one of Forbes' Top 50 CMOs in the World three years running and is a National Retail Federation power player. See which industry superstar snagged the coveted post.
Jan
06

Hudson's Bay Reaches Deal to be Taken Private

Saks Fifth Avenue owner Hudson’s Bay Co. has reached a deal to go private. Get the latest.
Jan
06

Ask Amazon Alexa to Pay for Gas

Get pumped for the future. Find out how Alexa will allow consumers to use their voice to pay for fuel at Exxon and Mobil stations in 2020.
Jan
02

Amazon Boasts Record Holiday Shopping Results

Amazon said this holiday season was “record-breaking” with “billions of items” ordered worldwide and a surge in Prime usage, including more than 5 million new customers using the membership service in one week alone. Get the details.

December 2019

Dec
26

Lowe’s Makes Online Purchasing Easier for Property Management Professionals

Property management professionals will start 2020 with automated procurement at Lowe’s. Get the details.
Dec
23

Wawa Suffers Data Breach

Wawa discovered a nine-month long data breach, but doesn’t know who launched the cyberattack that went undetected for so long. Get the details.
Dec
19

BJ's Wholesale Club Names New CEO

BJ’s Wholesale Club has named Christopher Baldwin executive chairman. Find out who is taking his place as CEO.
Dec
18

Petco Embarks on Intelligent Merchandising Strategy

Petco will enhance the speed of critical merchandising decisions through AI and machine learning to deliver an improved end-to-end customer experience. Find out how.
Dec
18

Jared Taps Digitally Native Sister Brand for Omnichannel Concept Store

Jared’s new concept store, created in collaboration with online diamond and jewelry retailer James Allen, breaks free from the traditional merchandising of jewelry retailers. Take a peek inside and find out how.
Dec
18

Super Saturday Shoppers to Spike to 148 Million

With fewer days than usual between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more time-pressed shoppers are expected to finish their purchases on Super Saturday this year. Find out more and learn the post-holiday opportunity not to be missed.
Dec
17

Starbucks' CEO Shares How to Nurture Humanity in Modern-Day Retail

While the modernization of the retail industry hinges on tech savvy, the power of emotion and human connection is often overlooked as essential to long-term success. Find out how to hear from 30-year retail veteran Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, during NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show.
Dec
16

Retail Sales Don’t Meet November Projections

Despite record-setting digital sales on Black Friday, November retail sales failed to live up to expectations. Check out the latest numbers and why the industry should be optimistic about December’s results.
Dec
16

In Memoriam: Alan Glass, Executive Chairman, EnsembleIQ

Remembering Alan Glass, Executive Chairman, EnsembleIQ.
Dec
16

Dollar Tree Shuffles Enterprise-Level Leadership

The president of Family Dollar is out, as Dollar Tree shuffles its senior leadership. The changes will have senior talent “working together with more urgency to move the needle on metrics” says CEO of Dollar Tree, Inc. Find out more.
Dec
16

Andy Dunn Announces Walmart Departure

The founder of Bonobos and current SVP of digital consumer brands at Walmart, will be leaving the mega retailer early next year. Learn the details of his departure.
Dec
16

E-Com Player Everlane Continues Its Physical Expansion

The direct-to-consumer apparel brand is staking its claim in brick-and-mortar with its sixth physical location. See where it is setting up shop.
Dec
16

Kroger and Walgreens Form Purchasing Alliance to Cut Costs

Kroger and Walgreens Boots Alliance are teaming up to cut supplier costs by sourcing more merchandise together. Learn how this extends the ongoing strategic collaboration between the retailers and how it will reinvent critical components of the companies’ sourcing practices.
Dec
13

Albertsons Going Big On Microfulfillment

Microfulfillment is taking the grocery industry by storm, and Albertsons is doubling down on its commitment to the small-scale, fulfillment centers. Learn the details of the grocer’s plan to scale the solution.
Dec
12

Rent The Runway Teams Up With Major Hotel Chain to Redefine Packing

The apparel rental company is innovating retail again with a first-of-its-kind shopping experience that gives hotel guests access to customized travel wardrobes.
Dec
11

COO Departure at lululemon Sparks Executive Shake Up

In response to Stuart Haselden leaving the company key executives are taking on new roles, including CTO Julie Averill. Get the latest on lululemon’s executive realignment.
Dec
11

American Eagle Outfitters Posts Record Third Quarter Sales

Despite aggressive markdowns in some segments the retailer has seen profits and sales rise, setting a new standard for success. Read on to learn about AEO’s record-breaking quarter.
Dec
11

Kohl’s Makes Last-Minute Holiday Push with Stores Open Around the Clock Till Christmas

Starting next week Kohl’s stores nationwide will be open 24-hours a day until Christmas Eve to cater to last-minute shoppers. In addition, orders will be available for in-store pickup in as short as one hour.
Dec
11

Walmart to Pilot Autonomous Grocery Delivery

As it looks to further its foothold in the booming online grocery arena, Walmart is embarking on an autonomous home delivery pilot in Houston. Learn the details of its new cutting-edge fulfillment option.
Dec
09

Sneak Peek at David Yurman’s New NYC Flagship

The flagship store will feature innovative technology including four video walls on different levels, mobile points of sale throughout and integrated wireless charging stations. Check out this first look at the new experiential location.
Dec
09

Yesway Enriches Its Security Operations

Find out how insights uncovered by the convenience store chain's new solutions have helped Yesway reduce its shrink levels and improve the speed and efficiency of asset protection investigations.
Dec
09

Domino's Expands Delivery Tracking Technology Nationwide

After testing its new GPS delivery tracking technology for much of 2019, Domino's Pizza plans to add the technology to Domino’s stores across the U.S. Get the details.
Dec
09

Walmart Canada Opens Doors on State-of-the-Art DC

The 450,000 square foot, tech-filled distribution center will act as the main facility fulfilling Walmart Canada's online orders. Learn all about the new mega DC.
Dec
05

IKEA Sets Out to Reduce Waste from Returns

IKEA is on a mission to become a circular business by 2030. Find out how its minority investment in Optoro is advancing the company's commitment to creating a more circular economy.
Dec
05

Tractor Supply Company Finds a New CEO

Find out which Macy’s executive will lead the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer in 2020.
Dec
04

Casper Revamps Exec Team including New CTO

The surging bedding retailer has added new key members to its leadership team including a new chief technology officer and chief commercial officer. See which industry standouts claimed the coveted positons.
Dec
04

Cyber Monday 2019: Biggest Online Sales Day in History

The annual digital sales blitz once again set sales records collecting an awe-inspiring $9.4 billion, making it the single biggest digital sales day ever. Hear the latest.
Dec
03

Kroger Begins Dark Kitchen Food Delivery

Kroger is pressing into hot food delivery through “dark kitchens.” Take a look at how Kroger Delivery Kitchen will deliver meals on-demand without service or delivery fees.
Dec
02

The Vitamin Shoppe Finds a Next-Gen Way to Pass Out Samples

The Vitamin Shoppe is rolling out interactive digital kiosks to drive in-store sampling of new products. Find out how they engage the shopper, while providing data to the retailer.
Dec
02

Walmart Canada Launches “World's Largest” Blockchain-Based Freight Network

Walmart Canada's blockchain-based freight and payment network establishes collaboration with 70 third-party trucking companies that transport inventory for Walmart Canada nationally, making it the first enterprise full production blockchain solution launched at a large scale for a mission-critical function.
Dec
02

Destination Maternity Gets $50 Million Bid From Marquee Brands

Destination Maternity would close all of its remaining stores under the $50 million stalking horse bid from Marquee Brands. Get the details.

November 2019

Nov
26

Store Closings: A.C. Moore Shuttering all Stores, up to 40 Locations to Become Michaels

“Given the headwinds facing many retailers in today's environment, it made it very difficult for us to operate and compete on a National level,” A.C. Moore CEO Anthony Piperno commented. Find out More.
Nov
25

First Look: Famous Footwear’s NYC Flagship

The two-level, 8,400 square foot flagship in the heart of NYC features a next-gen store design and experiential features. Learn the details and check out this sneak peek of the retailer’s largest store in the NY metro area.
Nov
25

Industry West Sees Average Orders Skyrocket Thanks to Personalization Efforts

The furniture retailer has increased its average order value by 15% and its revenue by more than 8% since implementing an AI-powered e-com personalization tool.
Nov
25

Yesway Completes Major Acquisition of Allsup's Convenience Stores

The deal brings Yesway’s store count to more than 400, and inches it closer to its goal of becoming one of the 15 biggest chains in the U.S. Read on to learn the details.
Nov
25

Tiffany Sold to LVMH for $16.2 Billion

The iconic luxury brand is being sold to LVMH to help strength the retail conglomerate’s position in the lucrative jewelry market and further its U.S. expansion. Learn the latest.
Nov
22

EnsembleIQ Builds Its Leadership

EnsembleIQ (EIQ) strengthens its leadership team by appointing Joe Territo as its senior vice president of content and naming Tanner Van Dusen as managing director of the Path to Purchase Institute (P2PI).
Nov
21

Amazon Launches Next-Gen Back Office Tech

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

Five Below Shakes Up Its Model

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

Amazon to Build Another Massive Fulfillment Center

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

Kroger to Launch In-Store Farms

Bringing new meaning to the farm-to-table concept, Kroger will begin growing its own produce in-store in select markets. Learn the details and where the first two micro farms will be placed.
Nov
20

Modell's Sporting Goods Upgrades Critical IT Infrastructure

The 150-store-strong sporting goods retailer is transitioning away from traditional data storage. See which cloud services provider it is partnering with and how the next-gen solution suite will help Modell’s win in a highly competitive market.
Nov
18

Nike Ending Partnership with Amazon

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

Rent the Runway and Nordstrom Expand Partnership

RTR customers can now return rentals at nearly 30 Nordstrom locations across the nation. See where the instant drop-off service is being implemented and what it means for the future of both brands.
Nov
18

Walmart Adds Digital Twist to Print Catalog

Walmart continues to blur the line between physical and digital with a new digital enhancement to its holiday toy catalog. Find out how the new feature adds a new level of cool and convenience to the traditional print catalog.
Nov
15

Sam’s Club Gets a New CEO

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

Starbucks Unveils Massive Chicago Flagship

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

Walmart Voice Order Now Available on Siri

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

Wayfair Introduces a High-Tech Mobile Experience

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

How C&S Wholesale Grocers Powers Its Growing Mobile Workforce

Find out how C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the US, is enabling its growing remote and distributed workforce to boost customer engagement.
Nov
13

Big Lots Looks to Transform Shopper Loyalty With New Tech

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

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

As PetSmart looks to become a one-stop-shop for everything pet, it has introduced a new in-store pet care service. Learn all about the new offering and how it will help drive traffic to the store.
Nov
11

Walmart Scales Unlimited Grocery Delivery

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

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

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

Walgreens Reportedly Entertaining Buyout Offer

New York based private equity firm is preparing a buyout proposal and if accepted could be the biggest buyout in history. Hear the latest and who is interested in acquiring the massive pharmacy chain.
Nov
11

Art Peck Steps Down as Gap CEO

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

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

It’s another round of store closings for Sears and Kmart. Find out which stores will shut their doors and when as this retailers' saga continues.
Nov
06

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

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

3 Reasons Why You Must Attend the Path to Purchase Expo

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

Zebra Technologies Acquires Computer Vision AI Solutions Company

Zebra has acquired a leader in B2B computer vision-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Find out how the buy aligns with Zebra’s enterprise asset intelligence vision.
Nov
06

Amazon Announces New Robotics Innovation Hub

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

Pier 1 Names New CEO

The reinvention of the home goods retailer continues with the appointment of a new CEO and president. See which retail veterans snagged the top spots and their plan to reposition Pier 1 for success.
Nov
04

Honeywell Creates Robotics Innovation Hub

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

Store Closings: Bankrupt Barneys to Begin Liquidation

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