The pandemic has accelerated consumer buying behavior by a decade. This has created an existential crisis for retailers who must accelerate their digital transformation to keep up. With consumption shifting from store to door, supply chain automation needs to shift focus too.
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.
Retail Business Services (RBS), the services company of grocery retail group Ahold Delhaize USA, is piloting newly launched ultraviolet (UV) disinfection robots from Ava Robotics to manage COVID-19-related and other cleaning needs. Get the details.
Amazon.com plans to open two new fulfillment centers, including a new 750,000-square-foot robotics fulfillment center, as well as a new delivery station. Learn what the expansion means for San Antonio, TX.
Walmart is dedicating space in 42 of its regional distribution centers to add “pop-up e-commerce distribution centers” to meet the expected spike in e-commerce orders this holiday season, as well as unexpected peaks in the future. Learn the tech that's making it possible.
When the CDC names shopping in crowded stores a high risk activity, you can bet this holiday season is going to be different than normal. Hear how Walmart and Target are planning to adjust to shifting consumer habits this holiday season.
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.
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.
In our first annual Supply Chain Technology Study, RIS benchmarks the state of the retail supply chain, identifies technologies that are keys to success, and recommends ways retailers can improve their ability to recover quickly from disruption. Benchmark your supply chain tech against the industry's best!
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.