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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.

Rite Aid Developing New BOPIS Services to Scale Digital Growth

Rite Aid increased its e-commerce fulfillment capacity by 700% in just three weeks during its fiscal first quarter, as its previous efforts to strengthen its digital capabilities were given a COVID-19 stress test.

How Retailers Can Refine Contactless Fulfillment

What retailers need to consider as consumers grow more comfortable (or not) with shopping in stores.

Nike is shifting its operating model to fuel an acceleration in its consumer direct strategy, but that doesn’t mean it’s pulling back from physical stores. Find out why and what tech Nike is investing in to support digital growth.

RIS’ annual look at retail’s top power players and the percentage of the massive retail market they control.

Sweetwater, a music retailer that’s nearing $1 billion in annual sales, found itself in the center of a perfect storm as one of the unexpected non-essential retail beneficiaries during the coronavirus health crisis.

The big lesson learned from Kroger’s recent quarterly report is that its massive investment in technology, which Wall Street considered risky, is delivering huge returns.

RIS examines the technologies and strategies needed to take your pricing capabilities to the next level as retail powers full steam into pandemic recovery.

The parent company to Food City, AJ's Fine Foods, Eddie's Country Store, and Bashas' and Bashas' Diné grocers is leveraging artificial intelligence to better support its merchandising and marketing needs during the health crisis.

Target is moving forward with its plans to add fresh and frozen grocery items to its Order Pickup and Drive Up services.

Digital commerce solutions provider Mercatus has introduced a white-labeled, retailer-owned solution for grocers to help serve the growing demand for curbside pickup.

Apparel brand Bombas teamed up with Taboola to promote its 2020 Pride collection, featuring limited-edition socks inspired by the bright, diverse LGBTQ+ community. Get the details.

GNC has filed for bankruptcy and expects to accelerate the closure of at least 800 to 1,200 stores. Find out what new tech it's rolling out in the process and what this means for its mall locations.

Kroger began investing in digital several years ago to build an ecosystem that would deliver anything, anytime, anywhere. Those investments, along with new steps the grocer took during the coronavirus pandemic, led to 92% sales growth in digital channels in its Q1. Find out how if the grocer thinks the trend will keep going.

Months of near-lockdown conditions have kickstarted new retail tech strategies and solutions that grocers are ready to embrace. See which ones have been pushed to the forefront and which are ready to move off the back burner.

RIS sister publication Progressive Grocer’s “2020 Top Women in Grocery” once again rounds up a community of extraordinary women. While all of these women make the grocery industry what it is, RIS breaks out 10 Top Women in Grocery Technology from the list.

Casey’s General Stores is taking the next step in re-imagining its store merchandising.

With safety measures in place at its DCs, The Children’s Place’s store network is helping to fulfill orders. Learn more and hear the retailer’s plans to shutter 300 stores, as it shifts focus to digital sales.

Amazon’s latest tech innovation provides real-time social distancing feedback, and it plans to open source the technology. Learn more.

Shopper sentiment during the pandemic varies across retail sub-verticals and U.S. regions, while media consumption is also affecting shoppers’ feelings about the in-store experience and their plans to shop.

Lululemon Athletica posted solid digital sales, but the boost in online activity wasn’t enough to save it from a 17% sales dip, as temporary store closures due to the COVID-10 pandemic took place. Learn how intelligent sourcing capabilities and virtual engagement is helping the retailer to capture online sales, a trend it hopes will continue post-pandemic.

Zara-owner Inditex is closing up to 1,200 smaller-sized stores, as the fashion giant unveils a proprietary digital platform and pivots to speed up its digital transformation. Learn how it expects RFID and proprietary IT architecture will help it meet soaring online demand.

Starbucks announced it will close up to 400 traditional cafes and open new stores with innovative formats. Learn how Starbucks will accelerate the transformation of its U.S. stores to meet evolving customer needs.

In our interviews with the RIS News 2020 Influentials, we asked them to share their predictions on these changes, as well as the tech they think retailers will be most interested in investing in.

Although the business environment of 2020 remains uncertain, Dick's said it will continue to invest in technology. Uncover the retail tech areas the retailer will look to innovate in.

Saks Fifth Avenue is streamlining its inventory buying and merchandising capabilities with the help of a new tech platform.

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