Stores Weekly
First Edition
When James Mullan spoke at the NRF PROTECT conference this summer, he covered a new rubric of retail: changing consumer expectations, an enhanced customer experience and a new paradigm for loss prevention. Retail, as we know it, isn’t what it used to be.
When is a health club more than a health club? When it is committed to giving its members a sense of belonging to a community where it’s easy to make friends — and offering a premium experience at affordable prices. Connections at Fit Factory are reinforced by shared workouts in individual studios that specialize in activities like indoor rowing, cycling and group fitness, as well as an infrared yoga room with all the props found in free-standing yoga studios.
   
Oki Data Americas, Inc.
      
Port of Los Angeles
   

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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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Millennials have long been characterized by their desire for “clean” eating and local/organic desires. Two new items — not for the weak of stomach — set everything we think about today’s fast food on its head. Kentucky Fried Chicken and its former corporate cousin Cheetos have teamed up for a “dangerously cheesy” sandwich.

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Opterus Inc.
      
Schneider Electric
   
NRF News
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show in New York City in January. He will share his thoughts on the future of retail and how technology can help the industry transform.
Consumer shopping habits around Halloween seem to be in a constant state of change. NRF dug into recent Halloween data to see how shopping behavior has evolved over the last decade.
Capango
Your Stores Deserve Champions!
With a mobile-first user experience, Capango eliminates the need for resumes by capturing data points about the Seeker—such as location, availability, interests, and skill sets—in just a few taps. By automatically matching Seekers with jobs based on tags selected when creating a job posting, Capango helps employers get one step closer to finding the perfect hire.
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With a background that includes innovations like the interactive mirrors found at Rebecca Minkoff and Ralph Lauren, Zivelo CEO Healey Cypher is helping create the behind-the-scenes tech that brings the best of the online world into physical retail. On this “best of” episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, Cypher discusses what retail will look like in the future and how Zivelo is working with retailers today.
   
FedEx Services
      
CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS INC
   
Retail Deals

Midwest retailer Meijer has joined forces with Moovila, a leading software vendor in autonomous work and project management, to implement a major cross-company initiative and human resources-based technology initiative.

 

Perfect Corp., a leading augmented reality beauty company, has entered into a new global strategic partnership with the Alibaba Group, bringing innovative new virtual tryouts to consumers in China.

 

Whisk has launched a new platform by Sponsored Product to give CPG brands and grocery retailers the ability to maximize sales by assisting their users’ grocery planning with useful product suggestions across the shopping journey.

Unefi Inc.
Increasing Conversion with Localized Marketing
While everyone acknowledges in-store conversion is key to success, how best to optimize localized retail operations to drive customer engagement and conversion is less straightforward.  As consumer behavior and preferences evolve, brick and mortar stores must be one step ahead in evolving with them, adjusting store specific strategies and execution accordingly. By leveraging technology to personalize products and messaging, retailers can have targeted conversations with customers that drive conversion.
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The Warehouse, a popular retail outlet operating in New Zealand, has chosen Elastic N.V. to power a customer service improvement program that validates customer returns and boosts consumer loyalty by simplifying the returns process while minimizing the risk of fraud.
 

Paradise Tomato Kitchens Inc. has adopted ReposiTrak, an industry leader in compliance, food safety and risk management for the retail supply chain, to automate regulatory and business documentation compliance with its suppliers.

 

Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company, is teaming up with Tencent, China's leading internet and technology company, to help independent distributors more effectively sell products online.

 

Essentiel Antwerp has signed up for a European deployment of !D Cloud, an inventory visibility platform by Nedap, to enable the brand to optimize inventory accuracy in order to ensure on-shelf product availability.