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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.

Lowe's to Roll Out Contactless Pickup Lockers Nationwide

Lowe's is adding pickup lockers at all of its U.S. stores. Learn more about the BOPIS tech and how it will improve the customer experience this holiday season.

Hy-Vee’s First DSW Shop-in-Shops Packed With Tech

Supermarket retailer Hy-Vee has opened its first DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse shop-in-shops featuring pickup lockers, digital showroom walls, and more. Get the details.

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.

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.

Sam’s Club intends to have its proprietary Scan & Go mobile payment technology in use at all of its fuel stations by the end of this year.  

Bed Bath & Beyond's multi-year collaboration is intended to help it rebuild authority in the home, baby, beauty and wellness markets.

Men’s fashion retailer Haber Holding is accelerating its omnichannel transformation across its 170-plus stores.  

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.

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

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.  

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.

Ikea has announced it will open its first second-hand Ikea store. Find out what it will be selling and why.

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.

The Michaels Companies shared details of its two newest store redesigns, completed to include both more shopper engagement opportunities and resources for today’s necessary fulfillment strategies.

Bed Bath & Beyond has appointed a chief supply chain officer. Learn more about the former FleetPride, Office Depot, and Bloomin' Brands executive tasked with leading the transformation and optimization of the retailer’s global supply chain network.

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.

Lowe's is teaming with the Shark Tank star to provide opportunities for suppliers in underrepresented communities to pitch their products to the retailer.  

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.

On the heels of a Q2 beat, The Michaels Companies plans to hire over 16,000 seasonal positions to strengthen its buy-online, pickup in-store (BOPIS) team. Hear what the retailer had to say about its upcoming quarter and 353% e-commerce growth.

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.

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.

SpartanNash taps the CEO of Borden Dairy Company as its new president and CEO. Learn how Sarsam brings a unique blend of consumer products and supply chain expertise in the food industry to the grocery chain.

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

Walmart threw its hat in the ring (in the air?) as another retailer exploring the use of drones for delivery.

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