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Legendary architect Victor Gruen designed the first generation of American shopping malls during the 1950s and 1960s. Yet Gruen wanted his creations (which numbered in the dozens) to be more than just shopping destinations. Most of his projects saw that vision only partially realized, but his successors took his ideas to heart. 
There’s one vexing problem that every restaurant linked to online ordering shares: how to make sense of so many online ordering platforms. Alex Canter, owner-operator of Canter's Deli, has taken an entrepreneurial crack at fixing the problem not only for his restaurant, but for the entire industry.
   
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Michelle Bacharach created FindMine, a system that uses machine learning and deep data mining to make recommendations that help consumers create an outfit, build out a room’s décor or understand how to put together a skin care regimen.
In a survey conducted earlier this year, most respondents — 57 percent — said they were more worried that their personal information would be compromised than they had been a year ago; 83 percent indicated extreme to moderate concern that their identities would be used to fraudulently open accounts.

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Retailers should make the move to Modern Learning
The retail industry as we know it is in crisis. From new online competitors to changing consumer demographics, retailers large and small are being forced to reinvent themselves to survive and compete. The industry must not only completely rethink its business model but also its approach to staff learning and development.
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These days, there’s an app that can offer a temporary fix to any need — including, apparently, loneliness. Papa, an app founded by a man who had challenges meeting the needs of his own grandparents, hires vetted college students and others to not only help seniors with tasks or transportation, but also broaden their social interaction.
Chicago-based digital marketing agency Digital Third Coast recently surveyed 2,000 Americans to explore how bargains play a role in purchasing decisions. The research showed that when it comes to the important things, quality still matters more. Respondents bargain-shopped the least for items such as condoms, doctors’ visits, tattoos, therapy and dental visits, and the most for clothes, cars, toys, toilet paper and magazines.
Still looking for any opportunity to squeeze more time from the day? On-demand gas delivery and auto care provider Yoshi might do the trick. Available in more than a dozen cities nationwide and still growing, Yoshi provides services such as changing the oil, checking the tires, swapping out wiper blades and, yes, filling the tank.

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Zenni Optical isn't replacing the demand for glasses in the United States, it's creating new demand by changing the business model for prescription eyewear. On this episode of NRF's Retail Gets Real podcast, Zenni Chief Product Officer Bai Gan talks about the company's mission, how it's able to sell a pair of glasses for $7 and the retail approach that fosters rapid business growth.
With the everyday world becoming more and more connected, brands are using smart technology to add meaningful value to consumers’ lives. Hear from Sleep Number President and CEO Shelly Ibach, Whirlpool VP and Chief Design Officer J Mays and JGA Chairman Ken Nisch as they discuss how connected technology platforms in sleep, appliances and autos are disrupting industries and building fiercely loyal customers at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show.
Main Street retailers and restaurants are having to put off remodeling due to a typo in the tax reform law that took effect this year, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay writes in an op-ed in The Hill co-authored with National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney. The mistake means both industries are being required to depreciate remodeling projects over 39 years rather than taking the immediate write-off Congress intended.
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Smarter solutions for global multichannel retailers
Island Pacific has over 40 years of experience providing software solutions to over 600 global multichannel retailers. Island Pacific SmartSuite is available as a comprehensive, integrated system, or as feature-rich, stand-alone modules. From the creation of initial plans, inventory management, business intelligence, Unified commerce, mobile and fixed counter POS. All modules interact seamlessly, ensuring data integrity and a single view of information driving business growth and consistent Return on investment
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Retail Deals

Authentic Brands Group, a global brand owner, marketing and entertainment company, recently announced the purchase of the Heritage Home Group LLC brands. Through a newly formed company, Authentic Brands Group and SB360 Capital Partners will own and manage the intellectual property of the Thomasville, Drexel and Henredon brands.

 

One of America’s top-selling furniture retailers, City Furniture has opened the first of three Orlando area showrooms and is on track to complete new superstores in the metro market by year-end 2019.

 

Walmart  has introduced The Walmart Toy Lab at WalmartToyLab.com, an all-new digital playground where kids can play with 20 of the toys on the retailer’s Top Rated by Kids top toy list right from their computer or tablet.

ARM Inc.
Webcast: IoT cold chain solutions
The need for secure, IoT-enabled cold chain solutions are being driven from multiple industries including regulations in pharmaceuticals and food safety, increased consumer demands on quality and visibility. In this webcast, Arm, BOSCH and Exosite explain how to develop next-generation cold chain solutions to meet compliance on demanding industry standards.
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Thousands of U.S. troops serving overseas, veterans and VA hospitals will soon receive caffineated comforts of home, thanks to customers of Books-A-Million and its Coffee for the Troops campaign in partnership with Soldiers’ Angels. The program, which ran between September 30 and October 27, allowed customers to honor U.S. soldiers by purchasing a bag of coffee from any Books-A-Million location or online.

 

In a transaction expected to close wtihin the next 60 to 90 days, Schwan’s Company, a leading U.S. food business, announced that it has reached an agreement to sell a majority stake of the company to CJ CheilJedang of Seoul, South Korea. The sale will include the company’s manufacturing and logistics operations and various professional and administrative services.

 

Eversight, a leader in AI-powered pricing and promotion software, announced recently that General Mills is utilizing the Eversight Offer Innovation Suite. The technology will be utilized by General Mills’ snacks business to enhance the effectiveness of its brands’ promotions.