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Staying on top of breaking news in the retail industry is a commitment Retail TouchPoints editors take seriously. Each day, we publish the latest information in this retail news section. Up-to-the-minute stories cover retail implementations, new product announcements, financial updates, executive appointments and overall global updates affecting every aspect of the retail industry.

Amazon Announces 20-City Short List For HQ2

Amazon Announces 20-City Short List For HQ2

January 18 // Written by Adam Blair

YETI Upgrades Digital Shopping Experience

YETI Upgrades Digital Shopping Experience

January 18 // Written by Klaudia Tirico

Tyco Strengthens Analytics With Google Cloud Collaboration
Ecrebo Reveals New POS Product Suite

Ecrebo Reveals New POS Product Suite

January 15 // Written by Klaudia Tirico

HighJump Supports Amazon Seller Self-Fulfillment

HighJump Supports Amazon Seller Self-Fulfillment

January 15 // Written by Klaudia Tirico

GrocerKey Unveils Mobile Self-Checkout Capability

GrocerKey Unveils Mobile Self-Checkout Capability

January 12 // Written by Klaudia Tirico

Whole Foods Centralizes In-Store Merchandising

Whole Foods Centralizes In-Store Merchandising

January 11 // Written by Adam Blair

RELEX Solutions To Launch New Floor Planning Solution At NRF
CaliBurger To Showcase Facial-Based Payments At NRF

CaliBurger To Showcase Facial-Based Payments At NRF

January 10 // Written by Glenn Taylor

Step #1 Of Circuit City Comeback: Experiential Web Site
Theatro Teams With Curbside To Streamline BOPIS

Theatro Teams With Curbside To Streamline BOPIS

January 08 // Written by Klaudia Tirico

Google Unites Payment Offerings As Google Pay

Google Unites Payment Offerings As Google Pay

January 08 // Written by Adam Blair

Amazon Announces 20-City Short List For HQ2

  • Published in News Briefs
Amazon has whittled down the 238 proposals it received from cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to a list of 20 finalists for the site of its second headquarters. The retailer now will seek additional information from the candidates, and expects to make a final decision in 2018. The…
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Walmart Promotes U.S. COO To International CEO

Walmart has promoted Judith McKenna to President and CEO of Walmart International, the company’s second-largest operating segment. McKenna, currently serving as EVP and COO for Walmart U.S., will assume her new role on Feb. 1, 2018, and report to Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon. McKenna will succeed David Cheesewright, who has been in the role since 2014. Cheesewright will remain with Walmart full time through March and then serve the company on a limited basis with specific projects for an unspecified period of time.

Tyco Strengthens Analytics With Google Cloud Collaboration

  • Published in News Briefs
Tyco Retail Solutions is collaborating with Google Cloud to strengthen its market leadership in next-generation real-time analytics, and store execution and performance solutions. The companies will work to deliver retail use cases marrying real-time edge intelligence and decision making with core cloud computing. The initial phase of the partnership integrates…
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REI Implements Allocation Planning Chainwide, Enhances Localized Assortments

  • Published in News Briefs
REI has successfully implemented the TXT Retail solution for Allocation Planning across its 150 stores nationwide. The consumer co-op and specialty outdoor retailer also is expanding its use of TXT Retail’s merchandise lifecycle management suite with the Assortment Planning solution, designed to help REI accelerate its creation of customer-focused assortments…
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Manhattan Associates Launches Customer Engagement Solution With Social Listening

  • Published in News Briefs
Manhattan Associates, Inc. has unveiled a new Customer Engagement solution designed to deliver personalized shopping experiences. Part of the Manhattan Active Omni platform, the product is designed to connect customer conversations on social media with real-time order information, to give associates a full picture of each customer’s buying journey.
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Ecrebo Reveals New POS Product Suite

Ecrebo, a point-of-sale technology provider, has launched OnPoint, a software platform and associate product suite that is designed to help retailers engage shoppers with targeted messages, offers and promotions any time in the purchase cycle, via any channel.
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HighJump Supports Amazon Seller Self-Fulfillment

  • Published in News Briefs
Supply chain solutions provider HighJump now supports the Amazon Seller Fulfilled Prime program, which allows retailers and manufacturers — especially SMBs — to deliver products to customers from their own fulfillment centers. The company said the program will enable businesses to handle storage, packaging and distribution in-house.
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NCR To Debut Vision-Based Scanners, Biometric Tech Within Self-Checkout Platform

  • Published in News Briefs
NCR is launching new features for its self-checkout solution: vision-based scanners and biometric age verification for age-restricted products. The products are designed to simplify the self-checkout process, while simultaneously helping to reduce shrink.  The company will showcase these offerings at NRF 2018, booth #3121 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center…
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Groupe Dynamite Implements Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning Platform

  • Published in News Briefs
Groupe Dynamite has deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Service to drive inventory efficiency and productivity. The fast fashion retailer selected Oracle because it needed one unified global planning approach to drive inventory performance, flexibility to configure the interface and the ability to infuse data science into assortment prioritization,…
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Whole Foods Centralizes In-Store Merchandising

Whole Foods continues to exert more central control over its operations, naming SAS Retail Services, a division of Stamford, Conn.-based Daymon, as its single provider of in-store merchandising services, according to a recent report in the Washington Post. The retailer’s larger suppliers (those selling more than $300,000 worth of merchandise…
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STRATACACHE Creates Interactive ‘Store’ On NRF Show Floor

  • Published in News Briefs
Visitors to the STRATACACHE booth #2074 at the NRF Big Show Jan. 14-16 will be able to see how marketing technology, sensors and artificial intelligence can combine to improve in-store experiences for consumers in an immersive “store” environment. The booth’s back wall features a persona-building visualization technology demonstration, highlighting real-time…
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RELEX Solutions To Launch New Floor Planning Solution At NRF

  • Published in News Briefs
RELEX Solutions, a provider of unified retail planning technology, will reveal a new Floor Planning solution at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in NYC, Jan 14-16 (booth #715). The cloud-based SaaS model is an AutoCAD-compatible system designed to enable planning and store teams to fully collaborate on projects in real…
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House of Fraser, L’Occitane Tap HP For New In-Store POS System

  • Published in News Briefs
Department store company House of Fraser and cosmetics brand L’Occitane have both upgraded their point-of-sale systems to HP ElitePOS. The retailers aim to transform the in-store experience with a modern POS that can be customized with components such as an in-column printer, retail connectivity base, matching accessories like barcode scanners,…
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CaliBurger To Showcase Facial-Based Payments At NRF

  • Published in News Briefs
CaliBurger, a part of Cali Group’s restaurant operating division, will demonstrate its AI-enabled self-ordering kiosks using NEC facial recognition technology at the NRF Big Show, Jan. 14-16 in NYC. “NEC’s face recognition technology is a key component of our strategy to reduce the friction associated with loyalty program registration and use,” said…
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Omnichannel POS Solution Bridges Online-Offline Service Gap

  • Published in News Briefs
The new “Shopping” omnichannel point-of-sale solution from Cegid is designed to unlock actionable intelligence for retail associates about a customer’s online journey prior to their visit. With this information, staff members can offer a range of omnichannel services to shoppers while they are in the store. “Shopping” allows store personnel…
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Step #1 Of Circuit City Comeback: Experiential Web Site

  • Published in News Briefs
Circuit City closed the doors of its last brick-and-mortar location in 2009, but apparently the brand was only playing dead. Fast forward nine years and plans for a comeback kick off Feb. 15, 2018 with the launch of an experiential web site featuring AI-powered personalization, search-by-photo functionality, augmented reality and…
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JD, Alibaba Introduce Tech-Driven Supermarkets To Chinese Consumers

Following in the footsteps of chief rival Alibaba, Chinese e-Commerce giant JD has opened its first supermarket, a 4,000-square-meter location in Beijing. The 7FRESH grocery chain will be stocked with thousands of fresh products, including fruit, flowers, imported meat and freshly-caught seafood, prepared and cooked on-site. JD may open more than 1,000 7FRESH stores in the next three to five years, according to China Daily. 7FRESH is JD’s largest brick-and-mortar endeavor yet. The launch coincides with Alibaba’s decision to expand its fleet of Hema supermarkets by opening 30 stores in Beijing in 2018. While JD maintains full control of its supply chain and sources its own inventory, Alibaba primarily acts as a platform for other merchants. But these moves into grocery widen the reach of both brands. JD And Alibaba Leverage Both Online And Offline Data Both retailers are combining e-Commerce and traditional technologies to better manage inventory and customer data, and are leveraging this data to improve their online experiences — particularly by shortening delivery times. JD is using data from 266.3 million e-Commerce consumers to craft the 7FRESH shopping experience. The supermarket integrates several technology elements designed to deliver a “personal and educational” hands-on shopping experience. For example, 7FRESH…

Holiday Hiring Subsides: Retail Jobs Decline 20,000 During December

  • Published in News Briefs
Despite a successful season that saw sales jump 4.9%, retailers actually shed workers during the holiday. Retail industry employment decreased by 20,000 jobs from November to December, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The National Retail Federation (NRF) reported a similar monthly loss of 20,200 jobs. The employment loss reverses…
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Theatro Teams With Curbside To Streamline BOPIS

  • Published in News Briefs
Theatro, an intelligent assistant and voice-controlled mobile app platform provider, has partnered with Curbside, an in-store fulfillment solution provider, to improve ‘click and collect’ offerings. The partnership aims to help retailers boost the efficiency of in-store pickups from online orders with hands-free, real-time communication and insights for associates.
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Google Unites Payment Offerings As Google Pay

  • Published in News Briefs
Google is rebranding all its multiple payment methods — which include Android Pay, Google Wallet and the auto fill-in functionality on the Chrome web browser — under a single name, Google Pay. “With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account,…
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