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Clothing rental has been around for a decade. But as millennials and Gen Z become a more dominant force, a number of apparel retailers are jumping in more fully. 
As consumer trends and technology disrupt the retail industry, retailers constantly update and innovate to keep pace. But just as they deploy the latest app update or website functionality, there’s another right behind it. In an environment like this, legacy systems can be a liability — retailers need a flexible digital infrastructure that allows them to quickly innovate.
   
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Trends
The benefits of open source continue to spread. The latest is from Grupo Modelo, which has introduced Fit Packs for its Corona beer. The cans stack and link together without the need for environmentally problematic six-pack plastic rings.

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NRF News
The retailers with the best chance of growth are those embracing new retail concepts, says Lee Peterson, executive vice president of brand strategy and design at WD Partners. On this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, Peterson outlines the trends driving change and what it takes for retailers to adapt in a world where mobile devices give consumers anything, anywhere, any time. Listen and subscribe.
The end of Congress’ August recess presents an exciting opportunity for retailers to break through the noise. That’s why NRF is relaunching the NRF Action Center. The online platform provides the industry with tools to connect with Congress and take a stand on issues that matter most, including trade, labor and taxes. Learn more and contact your members of Congress.
NRF is hitting the road. “We’re traveling the country, meeting and promoting the people and brands that are powering the latest innovations in retail,” writes James Rhee, chairman of NRF’s Innovation Advisory Council and executive chairman and CEO of Ashley Stewart. On September 19, NRF and RevTech Ventures will co-host “Tech Trends in Retail 2019,” sponsored by American Express and held at the Neighborhood Goods flagship in Plano, Texas. Learn more and register.
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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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Retail Deals

Nedap has announced that digital-first activewear brand Outdoor Voices has selected !D Cloud, Nedap’s leading RFID inventory management platform. One of the key objectives within this deployment is achieving full inventory visibility.

 

Dunlop Protective Footwear USA and Upstart Group USA have announced a collaboration on an overall strategy to distribute Dunlop’s renowned protective footwear on the Amazon marketplace. The deal will help Dunlop extend ecommerce distribution channels and grow brand awareness with consumers.

 

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes and Kate Spade New York have announced a collaboration on the iconic wood Original Exercise Sandal which was featured on the Spring 2020 Kate Spade New York runway. A capsule collection of exclusive styles will be available for purchase next spring just as sandal season picks up again.

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Chowly, a restaurant technology company that integrates third-party delivery marketplaces with restaurants’ POS systems, announced that it has partnered with DoorDash, the largest and fastest-growing last-mile logistics platform in more than 4,000 cities in the United States and Canada, to bring DoorDash Drive to Chowly’s restaurant clients nationwide.

 

PetSmart Inc., the leading specialty pet retailer in North America, has chosen RELEX Solutions to automate and optimize its demand planning and replenishment processes. The RELEX solution will be used to plan demand for PetSmart’s more than 1,650 stores, distribution centers and ecommerce site.

 

The Brick — Canada’s largest retailer of furniture, appliances, mattresses and electronics — celebrated the official grand opening of its new 55,000-square-foot flagship store in Alberta's West Edmonton Mall this weekend. It kicked-off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation President and CEO Mike House.