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It’s practically become a cliché the past few years: Physical retail is dying; ecommerce can stand on its own. But if both of those are true, why are so many digital natives opening physical locations? The answer is simple, says Nikki Baird, vice president of retail innovation at Aptos. “There is no way to grow as fast as opening physical locations.”

The digital edition of STORES includes must-read pieces, including the articles featured here. Read the current issue and browse the archives for issues you may have missed.

   
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Defend Against the Tragic Weakness in Bar Code Devices
Hand held bar code device manufactures love to tell you how tough and rugged their devices are – IP Rating, Drop to Concrete, Temperature Range and more. But hand held bar code devices all have one tragic weakness that all too often renders them useless.
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Consider it a matter of marketing with “clean” lines: OMO, the Unilever laundry detergent brand, is turning the concept of sample products on its head with a new water-soluble clothing tag.
   
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NRF News
Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse are military wives and co-founders of R.Riveter, a handbag business that empowers military families through mobile, flexible income. On this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, Bradley and Cruse discuss their experience on the TV show “Shark Tank,” their advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and how they make their unique business model work. Listen here and subscribe. 
As head of WGSN Insight, Andrea Bell works with some of the world’s biggest brands to identify and analyze trends and how they will affect consumer behavior. Ahead of her appearance at NRFtech 2019, Bell offers four steps to predicting retail trends. Read more.
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Relationships included with every shopper interaction.
Your biggest successes are still ahead. But to get there, you’ll need to include something extra in every transaction: an awesome relationship. That’s where Salesforce has your back. It’s the world’s #1 engagement platform, helping you connect to your shoppers in a whole new way.
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Every year, NRF and the Mercer research firm team up to deliver the U.S. Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey, which collects data from retailers and their employees about compensation, turnover, incentive structures, benefits packages, demographics and more. The survey is being conducted through April 26. Learn more and take the survey.
Retail Deals

Due to a new strategic association between Western Union, a leader in global, cross-border money transfer, and retailer Dollar Generalconsumers will now have the ability to initiate money transfer transactions digitally through the Western Union mobile app or by visiting westernunion.com, and then pay with cash in store at Dollar General’s more than 15,000 store locations across 44 states.

 

Zebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator that allows businesses to gain a performance edge, has unveiled the next evolution of its MC9000 series — the ultra-rugged AndroidTM-based MC9300 — which is ideal for inventory management, receiving/put-aways, returns processing and more.

 

For the first time in its brand history, GUESS? Inc. is introducing the #GUESSVintage program with over 150 authenticated pieces to be sold exclusively at Los Angeles-based retailer Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The buy-back program creates a special offering for the nostalgia-loving customer while keeping circular fashion and sustainability in mind.

Scoobeez Global Inc., a leader in on-demand, last-mile logistics and delivery services, is expanding into three key locations in the greater Dallas area. Its internally developed proprietary route optimization software platform enables timely and efficient deliveries and helps businesses reach more customers.

 

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, a global market share leader for integrated in-store retail solutions, is enhancing the customer experience for Value Center Marketplace grocery shoppers due to the deployment of the Toshiba Self-Checkout Systems units at two store locations in Michigan.

 

Technology company Chicory and Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States and the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores, are launching a shoppable recipe partnership which will make it easier for shoppers to send recipe ingredients directly into online shopping baskets on ShopRite’s ecommerce ordering site, shoprite.com.