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‘Digital is the New Normal,’ Nike CEO Says

Nike saw digital sales skyrocket 82% in its latest quarter and CEO John Donahoe doesn’t expect consumer habits to revert back. Uncover how Nike’s investments in its app ecosystem, omnichannel fulfillment capabilities and RFID are make it a tech powerhouse.

RIS Honored in Eddie & Ozzie Awards for B2B Website

For the third year in a row, RIS has been honored for its B2B website risnews.com in the prestigious Eddie & Ozzie Awards, which celebrate editorial and design excellence in print and online publishing.

As consumers change how they shop during the pandemic, the clothing rental retailer is restructuring its memberships and bringing a key feature of its physical drop-off boxes online. Get the details.

RIS takes a deep dive into the current and future states of resale, rental and subscription/membership models and how they are revolutionizing retail in 2020 and beyond.

Given the sharp uptick in sales, it’s no surprise that those in the adult beverage category are also experiencing a surge in brand engagement. Here are four notable consumer trends that are important for beverage retailers to watch.

The new Air Pro launches in Jamba Juice locations owned by former NFL tight end, Vernon Davis. Find out how the tech cleans air in retail spaces.

The retailer launched its new progressive web app technology earlier this year and has continued to expand it in the wake of the pandemic. Learn how the tech helps make customer trips to the pharmacy safer and easier. Lear

In order to succeed during COVID-19, retailers must urgently develop mobile apps that ensure consumer and staff safety without sacrificing customer service or complicating operations.

RIS scours the data available to give you a peek at what 2020’s holiday peak season will look like.

Giving new meaning to the term “quick pivot,” BoConcept developed an e-commerce site with a virtual showroom and personalized chat service in the span of just two weeks in April.

Navigating the holiday season within the constraints of the “new normal” has proved challenging for many top brands and retailers. Here are four top peak pitfalls retailers are facing this year and best practices for navigating them.

While Kroger is seeing triple-digit growth in home delivery, shoppers continue to flock toward click-and-collect fulfillment because of the flexibility it offers. See how its navigating today's new customer to capture loyalty.  

Bankrupt JCPenney is being rescued by mall owners Simon and Brookfield, while off-price pioneer Century 21 Stores is calling it quits.

Retail supply chain

Blind spots were exposed in the retail supply chain during the pandemic. The RIS Supply Chain Technology Study 2020 identifies them and recommends investments to help retailers recover quickly from future disruptions.

Lululemon reported a better-than-expected second quarter as it built a seamless shopping experience for both store and e-commerce shoppers amid COVID-19 concerns. Uncover the four ways it did this and the tech it's investing in to keep the momentum going.

Retailers have beefed up e-commerce capabilities in anticipation of a monster holiday selling season online. The best way to avoid a tsunami of returns is to be proactive and use technology like AI and analytics to spot trends and fix problems before they get out of control. Here’s how.

As more stores open, especially large stores located in or near shopping centers, controlling traffic and parking will pose a challenge. This means that stores will have to rely heavily on queue management, such as scheduling and customer arrival tracking.

While COVID-19 has wrought great uncertainty, dramatic shifts in consumer behavior have also unlocked opportunities for savvy retailers. Learn how a next-gen tech infrastructure coupled with strong leadership can help seize these opportunities.

The pandemic is taking the path for tech innovations along some specific routes. Here are some predictions about where it's headed.

A sudden spike in e-commerce sales can be overwhelming, especially considering supply chains and last-mile networks may be congested due to disruptions. Here are pointers for e-commerce retailers to deal with the staggering order volume:

Amazon will soon hold its 2020 nationwide virtual Career Day event. Find out how to learn more about the 33,000 job openings for corporate and tech positions supporting areas that include Alexa, AWS, Operations Technology, and Prime Video.

These times call for flexibility, adaptation and rethinking what it means to serve your customers. Here are four core things that all retailers can do.

Pet retailers are making it easier for consumers to stock up on essentials for their four-legged family members during the pandemic.

While consumers remain concerned about the potential of COVID-19 resurgence and are adjusting their shopping habits as a result, two separate studies indicate that retailers are becoming more adept at serving their needs during this period of profound disruption.  

As you bring workers back into the fold, there area few steps you must take in order to ensure their safety and preserve their engagement.

Amazon has opened its first namesake grocery store, Amazon Fresh, in Woodland Hills, CA, and, as you’d expect, it’s packed with retail innovation. See videos, photos and more of the freshest new store in town.

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