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Just as millennials caused retailers to make dramatic shifts in how they operate, Generation Z will be no different, says Lisa Malat, chief operating officer of Barnes & Noble College. Broadly speaking, members of Gen Z were born around 1995 through 2012. The youngest are in elementary school while the oldest have graduated from college.
It all started with a request from Lululemon to bring the power of a mobile application into the store environment. The apparel retailer’s online customers could browse for products across its entire inventory, and the company saw big advantages in enabling that same experience for shoppers in the store.

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Pradeep Elankumaran is CEO and co-founder of Farmstead, an artificial intelligence-powered digital micro-grocer hoping to reinvent the supermarket model through technology. Operating from a small warehouse near its customer base, Farmstead’s priority is local food delivered from farm to fridge in under an hour.
California Closets has spent several years renovating and relocating about half of its approximately 130 showrooms, with a goal of transforming all within a year or two. Already, the change to what the company calls “Showroom 2.0” is paying off with increased order sizes.

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Cut TCO by 15% on barcode devices
Retailers have relied on rugged handheld devices for over 30 years to boost efficiency and productivity. All along, devices have suffered from failures due to charging contacts that get dirty, corrode, or break. Wireless charging prevents device failure, drastically reducing TCO. An enterprise can easily reduce TCO by 15% or more deploying wireless charging devices.
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If ever a collaboration could be considered “heavenly,” this might be it. Peak performance strategist and philanthropist Tony Robbins has partnered with innovation incubator Idealab New York, venture collective and growth accelerator Bonin Ventures to create Nunbelievable Inc.
Shakespeare & Co., a perfect mix of nostalgia and modernity wrapped up in an independent bookstore, has long been known for its “Espresso Book Machine,” a 3D printer that produces books on demand in about the same span of time needed to make a cup of the caffeinated elixir.
NRF News
Shopping for used clothing is turning into a luxury experience with thredUP, a company that started online and expanded into five stores in just a few years. On this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, President Anthony Morino talks about how the company handles more than 100,000 new arrivals every day, the retailer’s “thredUP IRL” strategy and how it’s blazing a trail in the $24 billion secondhand market. 
Eighty-six percent of Americans plan to celebrate Independence Day this year, spending $6.7 billion on food items, according to NRF’s annual survey. That’s down slightly from last year’s $6.9 billion. Cookouts, barbecues and picnics continue to be the most popular activity (61%), followed by fireworks and community celebrations (40%). 
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Retail Deals

Manhattan Associates Inc. announced that Belgium’s fast-growing drugstore retailer Medi-Market Group has selected Manhattan Active SCALE to run its distribution operations. Manhattan’s cloud-based solution will enable Medi-Market to improve warehouse productivity and decrease labor costs, giving it the ability to focus on expanding its market reach while substantially increasing pharmaceutical affordability.


Food Lion began offering its “Food Lion To-Go" grocery pick up service at multiple locations beginning June 24, 2019. The launch of this new, convenient service enables Food Lion to continue to deliver on its promise to ensure an easy, fresh and affordable grocery shopping experience, and it allows customers to order and pick up their groceries in as little as an hour.


Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of Field Roast Grain Meat Co™, the original maker of artisan plant-based meats and cheeses announced its partnership with Canadian pizza chain and quick-serve restaurant leader, Pizza Pizza, bringing plant-based pizza to the menu at restaurants across Canada.


The Vendors in Partnership (VIP) Awards is a new program developed to celebrate innovation, empathy and excellence among the retail solution provider community. Honorees will be recognized not only for their innovative offerings, but also for their willingness to make meaningful change in their companies to create better partnerships with retailers, increasing the success of all. The inaugural Awards will take place the evening of January 10, 2020, in New York City.


Hy-Vee Inc., a U.S. grocery chain with more than 265 retail stores across eight Midwestern states and $10 billion in annual sales, has become the first retailer in the U.S. to partner with the Citrus Retail Media Platform to better serve its suppliers and growing customer base.


Curbside, the Silicon Valley startup that takes the friction out of the mobile order-ahead experience for thousands of stores and restaurants, today unveiled it is now Rakuten Ready, taking on a new name one year after it became part of the Rakuten Inc.


Ordergroove, a leader in relationship commerce, today announced that GNC Holdings Inc., a leading global health and wellness brand, has transformed its business with the help of Ordergroove and Salesforce Commerce Cloud.


Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., has teamed up with Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc., to bring the latest installment in the Crash Bandicoot™ franchise, Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, to its shoppers on the game's launch day.


ShippingEasy, the leading provider of cloud-based shipping, inventory management and customer marketing solutions for e-commerce sellers, has announced an unmatched suite of new features for its Customer Marketing solution. The multichannel suite is designed to allow online sellers of all sizes, particularly those who sell on Amazon and Shopify, to put their data to work in order to better understand customers and build repeat business.