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

Retail Technology Innovation Index 2018

The 2018 Retail Technology Innovation Index is the industry’s only algorithm-based index that highlights the most innovative technology companies successfully advancing retailer businesses.  

Top Women in Grocery 2018

From the store floor to c-suite, women are leading the charge to keep the grocery industry fresh. To recognize their efforts, sister publication Progressive Grocer has inducted 362 of them into its 2018 Top Women in Grocery class. Here we give a glimpse at 10 top retail executives who made the cut.

Come to RES 2018 and learn first-hand how to manage business improvement, disruption, and human capital from Dale Carnegie consultant David Osborne in a can’t-miss interactive workshop.

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises category managers the ability to act on real-time insights delivered by customer behavior data. But, to reap the rewards, they need to move beyond the limitations of traditional legacy system and manual process approaches.

Retail is rapidly changing, and the pace of that change will only accelerate. Much of this is because retail customers have changing expectations of their shopping experience. Customers are armed with smartphones and look up pricing and product information before they ever set foot in a store.

To provide most of its U.S. shoppers delivery within a day or less, Home Depot will add a massive amount of shipping hubs and distribution centers.

The retailer plans to more than triple its physical presence over the next few years, highlighting the need for a modernized supply chain and point of sale solution. Read on to learn how Five Below is addressing these critical systems.

Dollar General (DG) says its customers who more frequently engaged with DG's digital tools checkout with baskets double the size. Now the retailer is giving the checkout technology a go with a 10 store pilot. Learn the details of its latest technology and what makes it most appealing to shoppers.

Data science is the foundation of Stitch Fix’s success, helping the brand grow from startup to billion-dollar retailer in just seven years. Learn how it leverages big data to personalize the experience and grow its offerings.

While many retailers are struggling to build long-term shopper devotion, Ulta’s loyalty program is enjoying double-digit growth. Find out what the brand is doing to attract and retain profitable shoppers.

Walmart is the biggest retailer on the planet, but it strives to be much more. It wants to be one of retail’s biggest disruptors. Read on and catch up on Walmart’s latest cutting-edge initiatives and strategies it feels places it on the leading edge.

Modell's fully customized POS software solution makes customer-centric retailing a reality and is the linchpin for the retailer’s continued omnichannel investment. Hear from the architects of the project in this exclusive RIS’ cover story.

Lululemon Athletica is crushing it, but it's just warming up. The athletic apparel retailer is fueling traffic growth and nearly doubled its email file, but it has more plans in store. Here are the six ways lululemon will run with its momentum.

Target saw its strongest traffic in a decade in its first quarter of 2018, but overall the retailer posted mixed numbers. Is Target spreading itself too thin?

What if you could not only save the sale, but reengage shoppers when items are out-of-stock online? Uncover how this outdoor sporting goods retailer uses an e-commerce service to make its marketing more personal with the added benefits of improving its assortment planning.

As digital sales soar, Nordstrom adds its first chief digital officer and plans a $3.2 billion investment, which will support investments in its digital capabilities. Learn the latest moves from the department store retailer.

Email addresses enable truly personalized, omnichannel marketing. Learn how this simple capture is still at the heart of personalization in retail in this month's Insider's Insight.

As innovative technologies flood into the store to re-engage shoppers, the POS system plays a critical role.

McDonald's will roll out self-order kiosks to 1,000 stores each quarter for the next two years as the company adds what it calls "Experience of the Future" elements to the store.

Despite reports to the contrary, the store is not dead, it is being reinvented.

Consumer behavior is rapidly evolving in the auto parts segment and Advance is investing heavily in its digital offering to capture this new breed of do-it-yourself shoppers.

Blockchain-based assets can be utilized as better, more efficient methods of distributing value for various business operations. Uncover the four reasons major retailers will almost assuredly develop their own cryptocurrencies in the near future.

There is a fast-approaching and inevitable “changing of the guard” when it comes to in-store retail pricing. Learn how to evolve the shelf edge now.

Learn how, by using retail technology, brands must take more ownership of what’s happening with products in stores.

A lack of gardeners caused Home Depot to miss expectations in its first quarter. But the retailer is doubling down on its interconnected strategy after fairing an e-commerce sales win and investing $144 million. Learn the moves it's making online and in stores.

The second wave of RAIN RFID adoption is here. Uncover the latest trends and developments in RFID and how the technology will play an important role in uniting digital and physical retail experiences.

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