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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.

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In the era of AI, retailers are exploring more strategic, channel-specific, and autonomous approaches to pricing and promotions that will drive profitable revenue growth.

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The pandemic lit a fire under retailers to expand the use of robotics, but COVID-19 is not the only accelerant. Advancements in AI, computer vision and sensing systems are also boosting bots. The age of COVID-19 put a premium on processes that protect customers and associates.

Uncover what Meijer's fourth small format store will offer and how it's packing the shelves with hyperlocal merchandise.

The new service will enable retailers to leverage subscription selling models and expand customer service opportunities.

Majid Al Futtaim, owner and operator of the Carrefour franchise in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has joined IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-enabled global ecosystem for the food industry. Learn how Carrefour will become the first retailer in the region to offer new levels of transparency to its customers.

Walmart is forging forward with a nearly $14 billion investment enabling it to “build a business model that will define the next generation of retail.” Uncover the mega-retailer's plans and what experts think.

​​​​​​​A continuous, real-time view of inventory and out-of-stocks via digitized shelves is imperative to a retailer’s success.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has kicked off its first deployment of a three-year technology investment plan. Learn what technology will help the retailer support continued omnichannel growth and deliver new data, insights and planning capabilities.

Crocs is putting the kibosh on poorly cropped images in its new media management lifecycle initiative.

Learn how autonomous mobile robots can help help retailers improve their operations across a number of key fronts.

Sephora has announced the eight selected brands who will participate in the retailer’s 2021 Accelerate incubator program, which for the first time ever features a cohort comprised exclusively of founders of color.

REGISTER HERE! Date: March 10th @ 2 PM ET Over the past several years, retailers have been investing heavily in a reimagined, smart store experience, building destination stores with next-gen technology designed to create memorable shopping experiences.

The acquisition expands VTEX's U.S. and Canada customer base, adding $1 billion in annual GMV with new customers such as Reformation, Sleep Number and The Bouqs Co.

As retailers start to look more closely at micro-fulfillment as a way to optimize their last mile, here are some key strategies that established operations employ today as part of their successful fulfillment networks.

Ralph Lauren plans to close stores and slash its North America corporate office space up to 30%, as teams embrace “new ways of working” and it pivots resources. It’s also investing in new digital customer experiences, such as augmented reality. Learn where the retailer is headed in 2021.

The company is also opening 100 new stores this year, with a specific focus on Arizona, California, Florida and the Northeast.

Urban Outfitters will build on its UK pilot and infuse automation into its new distribution center in Kansas City, KS, due to go live in 2023. Get the details.

We talked with a leader of Dash In C-store chain to learn how their self-checkout pilot is helping them seize these sales opportunities while meeting today’s contactless customer.

GNC is competing in today's crowded e-commerce market by creating a seamless, engaging customer experience across web, mobile and other channels to increase customer loyalty. Learn how.

Buy-online-pickup-in-store was already becoming a staple of modern retail. Then the retail world exploded as the health crisis unfolded and curbside service was quickly rolled out. In our second annual look at order pickup, we examine the retailers ruling curbside and BOPIS fulfillment, and setting the industry standard as we forge ahead.

Attempts to create a “store of the future” are littered with failure due to gimmicky concepts that over-promised and under-delivered. Here are concepts that change the rules and work.

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