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A collection of news, articles and other featured content about the Supply Network and Merchandising, including marketing, fulfillment, enterprise resource management, order management, inventory management, and more.

Lululemon Pivots to Focus on Digital, Faced With Store Closures due to Coronavirus

Lululemon is re-focusing on its digital efforts as its stores in North America and Europe remain closed due to the coronavirus since mid-march. Find out how the retailer is turning to its RFID tech and a ship-from-store model for fulfillment, while using online classes to engage customers.

Starbucks, True Value, and Ashley HomeStore Find Creative Ways to Lend a Hand Amid Coronavirus

While retailers face a myriad of challenges brought on by the coronavirus, many are also wondering, “how can I help?” RIS takes a look at how Starbucks, True Value Company, and Ashley HomeStore are finding ways to lend a hand.

How leveraging data lets retailers address crisis-driven consumer demand.

Nothing is more impactful to your employees’ daily tasks than mobile technology such as rugged devices and scanners. Learn how to use them to greater benefit in your warehouse/supply chain operations.

Addressing the spiking need for home delivery, Walgreens and Postmates have expanded on-demand delivery to almost every state. Find out how Walgreens shoppers can now get health and wellness items and other household essentials delivered to their doors.

The Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank parent company has reopened its e-commerce fulfillment centers and will manufacture and donate 50,000 masks. Get the details.

30th Annual Retail Technology Study

For 30 years RIS has been benchmarking retail’s tech maturity with its annual Retail Technology Study. For the 30th anniversary we carry on the tradition and dive deep into the modern retail tech stack, exploring more than 80 different technologies.

Walmart is expanding the ways in which it provides contactless services during the coronavirus health crisis.

Walmart is offering new, contact-free ways for consumers to purchase items during the coronavirus health crisis, intended to keep both consumers and its associates safer.

Consumers on the hunt for toilet paper can now try their local Walgreens drive-thru as an option.

Consumers on the hunt for toilet paper can now try their local Walgreens drive-thru as an option.

While RIS’ exclusive poll found retail executives are being tasked with learning how to navigate curb-side pickup, surging online orders, and stock outs, it also reveals for 42% of respondents, sales are seeing a boon from this historic event. Find out exactly what our readers are saying.

There are two big questions in retail today: What can we do now and how can we plan for the future? Here are answers provided by experts in a follow up blog that incorporates insider feedback.

Inturn is teaming with SAP for the launch of its enterprise software solution that standardizes and optimizes inventory disposition for consumer brands.

Ross Stores has notified its vendors it’s canceling all merchandise orders through June 18 because of effects from the coronavirus.

The biggest unknown is whether there will be a delayed economic recovery or a prolonged contraction. Regardless of the outcome, retailers and their CPG suppliers need to think ahead and be prepared to act quickly. 

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