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Few things hurt a supermarket’s bottom line more than food waste: Between one-third and one-half of all food produced is wasted worldwide every year, estimates the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. That might explain why three entrepreneurs founded Wasteless, a startup focused on helping supermarkets fight food waste, in 2017. 
A new entry into the world of ecommerce, 3D product imaging allows consumers to interact with products in a whole new way, allowing for dynamic three-dimensional video to take the place of traditional 2D static representation. American Greetings, a leader in the social expressions industry since 1906, is an early patron of this technique.
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Success in retailing pretty much boils down to getting the right product to the right stores at the right time and at the right price. But time and again it has proven to be difficult to achieve in its entirety. Department store chain Belk has executed a formula that gets the right product to the right stores, reduces or eliminates out-of-stocks and increases sales and profitability — while reducing markdowns.
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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Locally sourced food is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The challenge is that retailers can’t meet the growing demand with the existing crop of supply chain solutions. Maine-based startup Forager is here to change that, connecting grocers with local farmers who have what consumers want.

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Why just one pop-up of goodies when a rotation of endless delights is a possibility? Bloomingdale’s has merged the concept of pop-up and permanence with The Carousel, a permanent fixture making its debut in New York and California which will host a new experience from a different guest curator every two months.
AI-powered digital grocer Farmstead has announced a new partnership with autonomous delivery van company Udelv. The companies began a pilot in September, testing the customer experience of grocery delivery via self-driving van on select routes in the Bay Area.

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Automation isn’t just a new trend. It’s a new way of working. On this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, Chris Wong, vice president of strategy and alliances at IBM Global Consumer Industry, shares findings from a new global study by IBM and NRF on artificial intelligence and automation.
Valentine’s Day in 2019 looks very different than it did a decade ago: Ten years ago, more than 60 percent of adults planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day; today, that’s dropped to just over half. Spending for the holiday has continued to rise, however, and is projected to reach more than $20 billion this year. Find out what’s driving these opposing trends.
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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

12 ReTech Corporation, a global software company, has signed an agreement with Jelmoli, a premium department store in Switzerland, to use the 12Sconti app network. The 12Sconti app helps retailers combat food waste by allowing them to discount, on an hour-by-hour basis, perishable products, which otherwise would need to be disposed of as waste or recycled as agricultural compost.


Throughout 2019, Kohl’s and WW — the new Weight Watchers, a global wellness company — will pilot a variety of health and wellness offerings to help customers and Kohl’s associates on wellness journeys, including the debut of its first in-store WW Studio, the introduction of WW Healthy KitchenTM and more.


Smartwool has been named the official Merino wool base layer, underwear and sock of all 14 Alterra Mountain Company destinations throughout North America. The collaboration provides Smartwool with maximized exposure at Alterra Mountain Company destinations through on-site branding opportunities.

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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Hudson Group, the largest travel retailer in North America, has selected PCMS, a provider of commerce software and services, for its unified commerce platform. VISION Commerce Suite will enable Hudson Group to unify its retail and hospitality point-of-sale functionality.


In order to meet the needs of its fast-growing team and offer clients a first-rate experience, Tuft & Needle, an online mattress retailer, has chosen Talkdesk as its customer support platform.


The Warehouse Group, a New Zealand-based retailer, has chosen OpsCenter by Opterus, a global provider of web-based store communications and task management solutions, as its centralized communications solution for all its brands.


Bill’s Gun Shop and Range has selected AXIS Point of Sale and Range Management Software from the Retail Technology Group. With this software, the retail firearm and shooting range company will improve its in-store and online sales, multi-store inventory management and reporting and ATF compliance.