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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.

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

Walmart Expands No-Contact Transactions During COVID-19

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.

Not Just Rx: Walgreens Adds Essential Items to Drive-Thrus

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

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.

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.

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.

An uptick in online food shopping due to the coronavirus is just one of the findings from a grocery shopper survey conducted this week by Path to Purchase Institute. Another might surprise you: The most trusted retailer during this time.

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. 

How can grocers bounce back in time to keep with consumer demand as long as the coronavirus rages on?

The retailer is adjusting its plans to account for the changes the coronavirus has wrought on its retail operations.

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos addressed his employees in an open letter posted on the company’s website, thanking them for their work.   

Some of the businesses operating in its stores have been forced to temporarily close or reduce hours and services because of the coronavirus.

Aptos will help the fashion brand and retailer improve its planning and buying decisions across its design, merchandise and operations.

As many retailers close stores due to concerns over the coronavirus, some are hiring associates by the thousands, and speeding up the hiring process dramatically.

The new retail landscape will need to be more data driven, more dynamic and substantially leaner.  

As delivery demand surges amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports of Amazon’s struggles to keep consumers’ orders coming are beginning to surface. Find out how the e-commerce giant is stepping up to meet the challenge.

While the retailer is still delivering major appliances, it will leave them at consumers' doorsteps.

To prepare for both more international and domestic supply chain disruptions, there are a few concrete steps retailers can take to mitigate the negative impact.

From facial payment kiosks to immersive in-store customer engagement, 3D is having a moment. A look at the present and future of 3D in retail.

From facial payment kiosks to immersive in-store customer engagement, 3D is having a moment. A look at the present and future of 3D in retail.

A look at how the retail industry is coping with COVID-19, from the macro to the micro level. Find out what Costco, Instacart, Trader Joe’s and more are doing to meet the rapidly-evolving situation.

Target is moving to close all stores by 9 p.m. daily and offer shopping hours for elderly consumers and those with underlying health concerns. Find out more.

Kohl’s will start selling Lands’ End merchandise beginning this fall.

Items will be directly fulfilled and shipped by Lands’ End and will encompass the company’s entire assortment.

The tech, which combines computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning, detects what consumers remove or return from shelves, tallying them in a virtual cart.

The Forter Returns Abuse Protection is designed to enable merchants to provide the competitive policies now expected by consumers.

Dick’s plans an “elevated level of investment” in its stores this year, as BOPIS contributed to e-commerce growth. From optimizing inventory and floor space to driving athlete engagement, find out what the sporting goods retailer has in store.

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