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Top 4 Holiday Season Pitfalls Retailers Face This Year (and How to Fix Them)

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.

The Future of Robots and Automated Checkout in the Age of Social Distancing

Technologies like smart robots and automated checkout enabled by RAIN RFID have risen to the forefront, allowing retail stores to maintain real-time visibility of their inventory to inform omnichannel order fulfillment.

REGISTER HERE! Date: Oct 19th, 2020 @ 2:00 PM ET Massive stock outs and overflowing warehouses are only two of the major problems that rocked the retail supply chain during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Gaping holes emerged in the retail supply chain during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2020 Supply Chain Technology Study, RIS benchmarks the state of the retail supply chain, identifies technologies that are keys to success, and recommends ways retailers can improve their ability to recover quickly from future disruptions.

Woodman’s Markets is deploying a series of multi-purpose robots that monitor product availability, verify prices and deliver location data for more than 100,000 items.

The big lesson learned from Kroger’s recent quarterly report is that its massive investment in technology, which Wall Street considered risky, is delivering huge returns.

The phenomenal spike in e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic brought on unplanned peaks and a rush to automation. Learn how to peak-proof the supply chain and be ready for anything.

CVS Pharmacy is working with robotics company Nuro to test prescription delivery in the Houston market, beginning in June. Nuro will use its fleet of autonomous vehicles to deliver prescriptions and essentials to CVS Pharmacy customers.

The supply chain is still dramatically changing and tight labor markets and increasing fulfillment speed requirements are pushing warehouse operators to explore new automation technologies. However, retailers can’t just handpick automation solutions and drop them into the distribution center. Learn how to implement automation technologies that are redefining the warehouse and helping retailers overcome labor challenges.

The children’s wear retailer and manufacturer revealed details on the progress of its omnichannel tech investments, which included greater consumer adoption of both BOPIS and ship-to-store.

Retail has been rapidly evolving and 2020 will be no different. To stay ahead, retailers need to know the hot trends before they emerge. You don’t want to miss industry insider Justin Honaman’s annual look at the top retail tech trends to watch in the New Year.

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.

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.

The department store retailer is moving to modernize its approach to its supply chain facilities, expanding its work with two tech companies from its San Jose, CA, distribution center to its new facility in Torrance, CA. Find out how it is using technologies to store and sort product more efficiently.

VIEW ON-DEMAND   No matter how successful your retail organization is the hard cold fact is that your technology and underlying systems are racing toward obsolescence. For example, if your organization was founded in 2009 its technology and underlying systems are 10 years out of date.

CVS and UPS’ two flights were the first commercial drone deliveries of a medical prescription in the United States under an FAA-approved program. See how it happened and uncover their future plans.

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.

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.