Stores Weekly
First Edition
With conversational commerce mushrooming throughout the retail world, it surely must have the feel of déjà vu for the iconic 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Founded in 1976 and branded with its workhorse 1-800-Flowers phone number in 1986, the company can point to its penchant for speaking directly to its customers as a reason for its longevity — first through the phone and then across the internet.
   
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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
Luxury, collectible and luggage aren’t often three words that align. But with an increased desire for travel, new brands might just shake up some staid industries. Two examples from the world of luggage come to mind.
It wasn’t that long ago that studies were highlighting a decline in home ownership among millennials. For some, it might have brought a raised eyebrow or shoulder shrug. For others like The Home Depot, however, it was worth further discussion — and, apparently, an innovative plan.

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Opterus Inc.
      
Schneider Electric
   
NRF News
NRF forecasts that 2019 holiday sales will grow between 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent over 2018 to between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz joins this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast to discuss what's behind those numbers and the state of the economy heading into the holidays.
Everyone makes mistakes at work, but these missteps can also be opportunities to grow and learn. In this LinkedIn post, NRF President and CEO Matt Shay writes about three professional mistakes he made with three key groups of people — colleagues, bosses and clients — and the lessons learned from each.
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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In partnership with The Female Quotient, The FQ Lounge is a destination that brings together women to connect, collaborate, learn and activate change. Lounge attendees will hear exclusive Q&As and have access to networking areas and special experiences including free professional headshots.
   
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CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS INC
   
Retail Deals

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer is partnering with intralogistics pioneer Dematic as the company’s first micro-fulfillment installation, which will help the retailer maximize previously under-utilized spaces for order fulfillment, allow for quicker fulfillment and delivery of online and in-store orders and retain control of its data.

 

PCMS, a leading global provider of retail commerce software and services, is helping Lakeland launch its first loyalty club, myLakeland.

 

Ferrero USA, the confectionery company known in the United States for Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder and Tic Tac, has selected Alloy for digital supply chain management. 

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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5 Star Nutrition has converted to Ordergroove, the leader in relationship commerce, to advance its subscription program and improve the shopping experience in order to scale recurring customer relationships and revenue.

 

Standard Cognition, which is building the next interface of retail, has acquired the assets of DeepMagic, a New York-based startup focused on unattended, automated retail.

 

Leading convenience store brand Circle K is now offering delivery from nearly 600 of its locations across Texas via its partnership with on-demand delivery company Favor.

 

Beginning in early November, FedEx Corp. will make it easier for consumers to drop off returns at thousands of Walgreens stores nationwide through FedEx Returns Technology, a solution for simplifying returns that is already available at 1,900 FedEx Office locations.