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Designer handbag brand Dagne Dover prides itself on offering thoughtful solutions for time-starved consumers, preventing pain points before they’re even recognized. So when Narvar approached the company about a beta test for its new Concierge service, the offer was as uniquely appealing as Dagne Dover’s coated canvas tote.
Menswear brand Charles Tyrwhitt launched in 1986 because the founder believed he “could make a shirt better than anyone else.” Its first store opened in London in 1987 and the company now has 40 stores in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. CEO Luke Kingsnorth joined the retailer in 2010 as ecommerce director and became head of ecommerce and marketing in 2012.

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Developing partnerships with firms that complement their own offerings and customer bases often can help companies boost their brand recognition and markets. Arranging these partnerships can be time-consuming, however, requiring multiple contacts to ensure an appropriate fit and map out logistics.

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Datalogic USA, Inc.
Technology Increases Cashier/Customer Engagement
Read how a regional grocer updates their hand held POS scanners to increase cashier-customer engagement and add support for a new loyalty App.
 
Existing devices could not accurately read large and bulky items in the basket. Cashiers had to leave the register and walk into the lane to accurately scan items.
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Trends
While everyone else is still trying to reach millennials and Generation Z, a new plant-based milk has set its sights on the older crowd instead: Perennial strategically targets those who are over 50. It promises vitamins and nutrients to support brain, bone and digestive health.
Toronto restaurant Farmhouse Tavern takes a creative approach to the end of the weekend by pairing it with end-of the-night leftover food and wine. Food & Environment Reporting Network recently featured the restaurant’s promotion, with hourly discounts aimed at bringing in crowds on Sunday nights.
NRF News
A piece of Lilly Pulitzer apparel is immediately recognizable: Its vibrant prints have been known to customers for 60 years. President Michelle Kelly joins NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast to talk about how the iconic brand stays relevant and uses the “love of Lilly” to bring people together. Listen and subscribe.
For every segment of retail, there are more companies opening stores than closing them. A new report from IHL Group points out that for each company closing stores, 5.2 are opening stores. “Retail stores are definitely not going away,” NRF Vice President for Research Development and Industry Analysis Mark Mathews writes. Read more.
DSW’s loyalty program started 30 years ago and has grown to more than 26 million members. But while the program has been successful, it was time to evolve. At the NRF NXT conference in Las Vegas, DSW’s Julie Roy and Brian Seewald discussed why the company redesigned the program to become highly personalized and to offer a three-tier reward structure. Read more.
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Retail Deals

AT&T and Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil, are working together to accelerate retail automation using autonomous robots with 5G wireless networking capabilities.

 

Food Lion has unveiled a new, easier shopping experience for customers in 14 towns and cities throughout the greater Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, Va., markets, including remodeling the stores, hiring 400 additional associates and giving back to local communities.

 

Sleep Country Canada Inc. and SnapPay Inc., a leading provider of alternate payment solutions, are launching the first phase of a pilot program, enabling Chinese consumers to pay with popular mobile payments applications Alipay and WeChat Pay, at 21 store locations in the Greater Toronto area and Greater Vancouver Area.

 

Tmall, a business operated by Alibaba Group, is partnering with New York Fashion Week: The Shows, bringing both top and emerging Chinese designers to NYFW this fall, as part of Tmall’s commitment to cultivate fashion talent and the growing creative culture in China.

 

Global fashion retail conglomerate Apparel Group has selected Oracle to help meet its long-term strategic, financial and operational goals by streamlining processes across departments, launching new brands and expanding into different geographies.

 

Thrive Market, a membership-based ecommerce retailer, has partnered with RELEX Solutions to integrate and improve its supply chain, including demand forecasting, replenishment, allocations and promotion forecasting.