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GOLFTEC Revamps POS Across 200 Locations In One Day

GOLFTEC, a private golf instruction and golf club fitting company, may not be a typical retail business. But having scaled up its brick-and-mortar presence in recent years, the company understands the necessity of having a modern POS platform that can drive productivity and deliver pricing updates across its entire business. After leveraging cloud-based software from Revel Systems, GOLFTEC upgraded its POS systems in 200 locations across North America and Asia in a single day.

While GOLFTEC wanted to implement an iPad-based system to take advantage of the technology’s intuitiveness, the company also realized that it had outgrown its previous POS system — particularly with the opening of approximately 40 new locations in the last two years. With Revel Enterprise, GOLFTEC can now push critical data and lesson pricing updates to its more than 200 locations with a single click.

Target Ups Delivery Ante With Same-Day Shipping For 65,000 Items

In the continuing game of one-upmanship involving retail’s biggest players, Target has fired a shot of its own by offering same-day delivery for more than 65,000 products. Although Target has offered same-day shipping in the past, the retailer required shoppers to be Shipt members. Now, instead of paying a $99 per year or $14 per month membership fee, shoppers can get orders delivered in as quickly as an hour, as long as they pay a fee of $9.99 per order.

The same-day delivery expansion comes after Amazon announced that it was investing $800 million to make free next-day delivery the default standard for Prime members. Walmart shortly after revealed plans to implement free next-day shipping for 220,000 items without requiring a membership fee.

Walmart Absorbs Jet.com Operations Within Walmart.com

Nearly three years after acquiring Jet.com for $3.3 billion and integrating its “smart cart” technology and supply chain teams, Walmart will officially fold the rest of Jet.com’s teams — including retail, marketing, technology, analytics, product and several others — into the Walmart.com business.

As part of the absorption, Simon Belsham’s role as Jet.com President will be eliminated. Belsham will remain with the company until August to help with the transition. Kieran Shanahan, who presently oversees Food, Consumables and Health and Wellness Categories for Walmart.com will be responsible for Jet.com’s go-forward strategy.

Vertex Expands Tax Compliance Versatility With Elastic Path Integration

Vertex, a tax technology and services solution provider, has integrated with Elastic Path to empower retailers with automated e-Commerce sales and use tax calculations. The partnership further deepens the software’s suite of ERP, procurement, billing and e-Commerce platforms.

Elastic Path already offered a range of enterprise API-first solutions, and will now leverage the Vertex tax calculation solution to help customers deliver a cohesive e-Commerce experience across multiple lines of business, locations and channels. The integration enables companies to create a unified platform that can be tailored to fit their needs.

TradeGecko Offers Founder Plan To Help SMBs Consolidate Operations Management

TradeGecko, a cloud-based inventory management platform, offers order management solutions suited for SMBs. The company also has introduced the Founder Plan for early stage retailers, which can help entrepreneurs scale their businesses as sales increase.

The Founder Plan is a fully automated system that consolidates operations management functions in a single location, helping keep inventory levels, sales channels and accounting systems up-to-date. The basic plan supports one user, one channel and up to 50 orders per month.

As retailers grow, they can expand the tool to add new sales channels, bringing them together under one system, as well as upgrade to plans with a wider range of features. Other capabilities of the TradeGecko platform include:

  • A price list importer that can add and change prices of inventory;
  • The ability to create, edit and email purchase orders that update inventory levels automatically;
  • Tools to transfer stock between warehouses or receive and fulfill orders through specific warehouses;
  • Automated invoicing;
  • Real time sales reports; and
  • Automatic records of customers’ order and purchase histories.

Kohl’s Will Shutter Off/Aisle Off-Price Stores

Kohl’s is closing its four Off/Aisle stores, ending the department store’s off-price experiment after four years.The four Off/Aisle locations — three located in Wisconsin and one in New Jersey — will close Aug. 3, Jon Grosso, an EVP and Director of Store Operations, told staff in an internal memo.

The retailer launched Off/Aisle in 2015 as an outlet to sell discount items that customers had returned to Kohl's department stores. Kohl’s positioned the stores to compete with off-price retailers such as TJX and Ross Stores, as well as Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s Backstage, which debuted around the same time. At the time, Kohl’s experimented with various store formats, also opening more agile, 35,000-square-foot mall stores in underserved markets.

Kroger Will Sell CBD-Infused Products In 945 Stores; GGB Plans 280 CBD Shops By 2020

The CBD expansion rolls on: Kroger will roll out cannabidiol topical products within 945 stores in 17 states before the end of June. The supermarket chain will sell hemp-derived CBD items such as lotions, balms, oils and creams, with the rollout beginning on the West Coast.

The move comes shortly after cannabis retail company Green Growth Brands (GGB) revealed it would open 70+ shops selling CBD-infused products in Brookfield Properties shopping centers throughout the U.S. Currently, there are seven GGB shops already operating within the Brookfield Properties' portfolio. In total, GGB anticipates expanding its physical footprint to approximately 280 total locations by the end of 2019.

Tammy & Benjamin Drives 230% Sales Lift From Facebook Ads, 90% Boost From Google

Prior to the 2018 holiday season, Tammy & Benjamin, a luxury leather brand, sought to drive more global sales for its handbags and expand further into major markets such as the U.S. and UK. But with only 34 stores, the company needed more effective outreach to promote both its online and physical businesses. The France-based retailer partnered with digital advertising platform MakeMeReach to drive awareness, and ultimately sales, through an ad campaign that encompassed Facebook, Instagram and Google.

As a result, the retailer saw a 230% lift in sales attributed to Facebook and Instagram ads, and a 90% increase in sales through Google brand search campaigns in the lead-up to Black Friday 2018.

Poshmark Expands Marketplace Into Home Décor

Poshmark is expanding beyond fashion with the launch of its latest “Market,” dedicated to home décor. The Home Market is the latest in a series of new category launches for Poshmark, joining women’s, men’s, kids, luxury, kicks, prom, maternity, petite, plus-size, activewear, makeup, gifts, boutiques and wholesale.

The mobile app-driven community of five million sellers and 40 million users operates similarly to a social network, in that shoppers can interact with each other and give product reviews while they shop the app’s listings, which are presented in an Instagram-like feed. The new experience emphasizes:

  • Discovery of new brands and items;
  • Connection with other “Poshers” who share interior style preferences and inspire purchases; and
  • Tailored content designed for shoppers to easily explore specialized markets and find new products.

Ulta Beauty Powers Personalization With Expanded Google Cloud Partnership

Ulta Beauty is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud amid increased engagement with customers in-store and online, along with the development of its Virtual Beauty Advisor tool designed to deliver tailored recommendations and help shoppers choose the right products.

Ulta is presently using Google Cloud solutions to power personalization initiatives and to organize, analyze and transform data from 30 million Ultamate Rewards loyalty members into valuable insights for its customers, Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, wrote in a blog post.