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When it comes to buying tires, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company wants to transform the experience. It might sound like a tall order, but Fred Thomas, vice president and general manager of Goodyear Retail, says the brand is ready to make it happen. After careful development, the company has launched Roll by Goodyear concept stores to help change the way people get their tires.
Eileen Fisher is a former interior and graphic designer who started a clothing line in 1984 with a mere $350 in her savings account. Nearly 35 years later, Eileen Fisher, the brand, is a privately held powerhouse selling a wide collection of women’s fashion — apparel, accessories and shoes — in misses, petites and plus sizes.
Florence Corporation
Port of Los Angeles
In the ever-flourishing world of online shopping, there might be only one thing more important to customers than free shipping — free returns. In response, retailers are seeking new ways to mitigate the cost of returns in the online environment while also enhancing the overall experience of their shopper base.
How Push-to-Talk Apps Grow Retail Sales
Gone are the days of searching for coworkers, taking trips to the stockroom, and removing salespeople from the sales floor. Instead, retailers like Restoration Hardware are cutting costs and leading their industry in sales with high quality, live voice messaging apps. Push-to-talk applications empower retail teams to communicate using their personal mobile devices--no hardware required.
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Shoplifting is retail’s eternal headache. According to NRF’s National Retail Security Survey, there were losses of nearly $47 billion in the United States alone in 2017. It’s a dilemma: The easier products are to access in stores and the more seamless the checkout experience, the greater the conditions for theft.

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Planet 13 Superstore, billed as the “world’s largest cannabis dispensary,” has opened in Las Vegas. In addition to 42 registers — designed to handle more than 2,000 visitors a day — the space includes interactive laser graffiti, 3D projection, fog-making fountains, flying orbs, motion-activated floors and 13 LED-lighted flowers on the roof that customers can control.
The Kroger Co. and Walgreens are joining forces for a deliciously convenient new partnership that brings Kroger-owned brands to several Walgreens stores. The 13 pilot locations are in northern Kentucky, near Kroger’s Cincinnati headquarters.

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NRF News
The retail store is transforming, and innovation means opportunity and change. On this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, retail expert and senior equity research analyst Oliver Chen of Cowan and Company discusses how modern retailers are updating their success standards for a new age and what the future of retail holds for companies and their customers.
More than 35,000 attendees will witness the unveiling of the newest innovations, technologies and solutions that are transforming the industry at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show, which begins this weekend in New York City. Friday is the last day to receive the advance rate and save up to $100 on a full conference pass.
Now in its third year, the Innovation Lab at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show features a carefully curated group of startups with the technology to help retailers meet the needs of consumers in 2019. Here’s a quick look at the startups in this year’s lab.
Island Pacific
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

GfK, a research and analytics provider, and SO1, a driving force of retail digitalization, have announced a worldwide partnership that gives GfK clients access to SO1's unique AI and targeting capabilities.


Franklin Foods, a manufacturer offering a variety of cream cheeses, has chosen to work with ReposiTrak, an industry leader in compliance, food safety and risk management for the retail supply chain, to automate compliance documentation at corporate, facility and item levels.


Dylan's Candy Bar has chosen Opterus Inc., a global provider of cost-efffective, web-based store communications, to effectively manage and execute its store tasks and communications.

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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Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, a Montana-based mercantile for all things ranch and outdoor-related, is partnering with OrderDynamics and Luminos Labs to implement an updated digital commerce platform and order management solution to improve business operations and enhance customer experience.


Chicory, a New York City-based grocery technology company, and The Milk Processor Education Program, a national board that promotes the consumption of fluid milk, have joined forces, in partnership with Campbell Ewald and Arc Worldwide, to stimulate ecommerce growth of dairy milk, using a first-to-market digital milk aisle experience.


Wagz Inc., makers of smart pet technology, has added to its suite of pet care products with Go Smart Door and Roam Smart Shield, offerings designed to keep dogs safe and owners happy.