The Weekly 5: What Happened in Retail with Belk, Uniqlo, and Shake Shack


The retail world is moving faster than most can keep up. RIS News briefs you on the latest news in retail so you'll be able to chime in at the watercooler.

This week we're hearing news of chatbots, brick and mortar investments, and techy new ways to deliver goods.


Belk will open three new stores through the end of 2018, part of a nearly $40 million investment in store remodels, capital improvements and new store openings in 2017. Uncover the tech updates the new stores will see.


Need a shirt on the run? The Fast Retailing Co.-owned apparel retailer plans to roll out ten vending machines hawking shirts and jackets in airports and shopping malls.


Boxed is working on its own reorder system utilizing artificial intelligence. A pilot test called Boxed Concierge automatically fulfills shoppers' items in bulk, shipping them without even asking for approval on the receiving end.


Shake Shack

Shake Shack is getting into the chatbot game. Find out what the retail is try to accomplish with its new virtual customer service.


Chipotle will test a drive-through window for mobile orders. Breaking from the traditional drive though model, the fast casual food retailer will try out a drive-up window where customers can pick up digital orders placed online or via mobile apps.





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