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Developing new products comes with great risk. Brands might invest millions of dollars and years in development only to find a product doesn’t meet customer needs or expectations, while retailers could order inventory only to have it languish on shelves.
Launched in March 2015, luxury shoe brand M.Gemi sources its handmade footwear from family-owned workshops in Italy. The commitment to quality footwear brought to market at unprecedented speed and price points (about half the price of comparable brands) sets M.Gemi apart in the luxury brand marketplace.
   
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Finding a way for customers to enjoy shopping at online or physical locations and getting them to refer their friends are among the biggest challenges that retailers face. Online marketplace NeWants.com has found a way to make shopping fun for its lifestyle products and gadgets while implementing an affiliate program to encourage shoppers to make referrals.

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Retailers feel comfortable with the defenses they have deployed in online transactions, so extending online selling options to include picking up merchandise at a store doesn’t seem to be associated with much risk of increased fraud activities.

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Trends
Walgreens is expanding its “Feel More Like You” initiative to more than 400 locations nationwide. The move makes Walgreens “the first U.S. pharmacy, health and beauty retailer to integrate personalized oncology clinical care from pharmacists with beauty support services from specially trained beauty consultants,” according to the company.
Kronos Inc. and IBM Watson are collaborating to help improve “the engagement, performance, career development and retention of hourly workers and simplify the complex task of managing this important segment of the global workforce.”
   
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NRF News
Wayfair Director of Supply Chain Engineering Dustin Bennett helps get products from suppliers to customers in the most efficient manner. That means creating new processes, implementing new technologies and building teams with new skills. He sits down with the Retail Gets Real podcast team to talk about all things logistics.
NRF’s annual “State of Retailing Online” study conducted by Forrester shows retailers are diversifying their investments online and offline to meet consumers where they shop. Among other findings, the report says retailers are investing in omnichannel fulfillment services, personalization tactics and mobile marketing.
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The retail industry is full of intelligent, confident women taking on big challenges, creating opportunities and pushing boundaries. In celebration of Women’s History Month, here’s a look at just a few of the many remarkable women in retail making a significant impact on the industry.
   
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Retail Deals

Symphony RetailAI, a leading global provider of artificial intelligence-enabled decision platforms, has named Kevin Sterneckert as chief marketing officer.

 

PureFormulas, an online health supplement store in the United States, has selected Linc Global to deliver a customer care automation solution that leverages the latest in artificial intelligence and offers shoppers automated assistance via digital conversation channels.

 

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has earned a Gold-Level GreenChill Certification after installing the Honeywell Solstice N40 refrigerant to improve efficiency and reduce its environmental impact at its Los Angeles location.

 

Paytronix Systems Inc., an advanced digital guest experience platform, and Zenreach, creator of the Walk-Through RateTM that connects online marketing with in-store results, have collaborated to help their client, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, gain a better understanding of its guests in order to offer them more targeted and highly personalized experiences.

Datalogic USA, Inc.
Eliminate Charging Contacts on Bar Code Devices
Charging contacts are a main cause of problems in bar code scanning devices - wireless charging ends this failure. Handheld computers and scanners are charged using docking stations that hold the device and connect it to charging electronics. Over time contacts become worn, corroded and dirty, leading to poor charging or the prevention of charging.
Read about eliminating the No. 1 issue for Retailers on bar code devices.
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Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has announced the launch of its Community Bag with a Giving Tag Program. The reusable bag program empowers customers to make a difference in the communities they live and work in while helping the environment.

 

Christy Sports LLC, a specialty retailer and service provider in the western United States, has acquired Leisure Living Inc., a specialty outdoor furniture retail operator based in Salt Lake City. The acquisition closed on March 11, 2019.

 

To celebrate the 30th year of partnership between basketball legend Michael Jordan and underwear brand Hanes, the company has included a pack of Michael Jordan trading cards in more than 800,000 specially marked packs of Hanes men's underwear. Ten lucky consumers will find a rare autograph card with Jordan's signature in their packs.