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Ikea launches employee carpooling trial with Liftango

Inside Retail

To encourage sustainable commuting habits, Ikea will trial an international carpooling program in partnership with Liftango. Employees across Australia, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Canada can use the Ride2Work app to carpool to work from June 27 (Monday).

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In the News: Up To $30K in Grants for Small Businesses Facing Challenges

Small Biz Trends

So, what small business is not facing challenges these days? With economic indicators on the downside across many metrics, small businesses are living with many challenges. And grants are providing some relief for those lucky enough to get approved.

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Woolworths launches rapid delivery app Metro60

Inside Retail

Capitalising on the growing demand for fast deliveries, Woolworths has launched a new grocery delivery app dubbed Metro60, in partnership with Uber.

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As consumers spend more on gas and food, a shadow looms over retail

Retail Dive

The second half of the year will be tough for retailers as shoppers hunt for lower prices, opt for experiences and shift their loyalties

5 Essential Virtual Selling Practices Every Company Must Have by 2023

Speaker: Erika Bzdel - Vice President of Sales and Craig Simons - Director of Marketing

Join us on Sept. 13 at 9:30 am PT as Erika Bzdel, VP of Sales, and Craig Simons, Director of Marketing, discuss the virtual selling practices that every company should adopt, and how to succeed at selling in a hybrid world.

How the Fashion Industry Can Pave the Way for a Sustainable Future

Retail Touch

For decades, there have been continued debates surrounding sustainability and the fashion industry’s position in implementing and maintaining a sustainable value chain, where renewable resources from the environment can be continually used and human rights are protected.

UN Satellite Centre Works With NVIDIA to Boost Sustainable Development Goals

Nvidia

To foster climate action for a healthy global environment, NVIDIA is working with the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) to apply the powers of deep learning and AI.

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Best Home Office Filing Cabinets in 2022

Small Biz Trends

Most of us have large volumes of paperwork and files at home. These could be bills, contracts, receipts, title deeds, and more. As these documents are important, we need to ensure they are kept safe and organized to protect them from loss, theft, or damage.

American Eagle Outfitters launches NFT Apparel Shop

Retail Dive

The collection features limited-edition shirts and hoodies with designs from NFT artists

Subscription Commerce Snapshot: Discounts are Out, Content and Community Are In

Retail Touch

“Subscription commerce” was all the rage as companies like Stitch Fix and Blue Apron were riding their rocket ships to unicorn status.

Biden Tells Congress to Suspend Federal Gas Tax

Small Biz Trends

If Congress abides by President Joe Biden’s request and suspends the Federal gas tax, will that translate into greatly reduced gas and diesel prices?

Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

Beyond Yoga to Enter B&M With Pop-Up Experience in L.A.

Retail Touch

Beyond Yoga will unveil its first brick-and-mortar location on June 25 with a pop-up experience at The Grove in Los Angeles that will be open from June 25 to July 24, 2022.

Bed Bath & Beyond launches buy now, pay later option and rewards program

Retail Dive

The retailer’s tier-based program offers perks like free shipping for select members and flexible payments, and it replaces the existing Beyond+ program

SHEIN Hosts Sold Out Pop-Up Event in San Francisco

Retail Touch

Online fast fashion retailer SHEIN is hosting the latest in its traveling series of pop-up events at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center from June 24 to 26, 2022. The three-day event promised a showcase of more than 1,000 different styles with the product assortment rotating daily.

IRS Delayed on Tax Refunds Partly Due to Massive Backlog

Small Biz Trends

By the end of May 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had a backlog of 21.3 million unprocessed paper tax returns, up by 1.3 million since last year. This is according to a report by National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Erin M. Collins to Congress.

Gap Launches Four Shoppable ‘Laboratories’ at its S.F. Headquarters to Power Retail Innovation

Retail Touch

Gap will experiment with new ideas through four new retail spaces at its San Francisco headquarters, designed to support the Old Navy , Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta brands.

Walmart to release at-home and in-store AR tools

Retail Dive

New features will use the retailer’s iOS app to create more personalized experiences for shoppers, and include benefits to store employees as well

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Walmart Pilots Rapid Convenience Delivery in Canada

Retail Touch

Walmart Canada is piloting a new rapid-delivery grocery offering in the Greater Toronto area in partnership with Instacart.

Best-in-Class Learning Experiences: Combining Human and Digital Elements for Maximum Impact

Cisco CSR

The recent global pandemic and current global events, coupled with the escalating nature of digital revolution, have affected not only our working habits but also how we learn — making it increasingly difficult to deliver training that will stick. We are overwhelmed, distracted, and impatient.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co. paid millions in extra freight costs after Vietnam lockdowns

Retail Dive

The retailer is scheduling earlier inventory receipts after factory shutdowns pushed the retailer to rely more on airfreight

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Entertaining Diversions

The Global Small Business Blog

©iStock/DisobeyArt Although evolution has hard-wired us to be negative, we have the ability to change by adopting new thought patterns and "entertaining diversions" that can help us to accentuate the positive. How do we define happiness and can we actively make ourselves happy?

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The Weekly Closeout: Nike exits Russia and tech firms unite around the metaverse

Retail Dive

The athletics giant won’t reopen its stores in the region. Meanwhile, Meta, Microsoft and others teamed up to develop standards for the virtual concept

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Finding NeMo: Sensory Taps NVIDIA AI for Voice and Vision Applications

Nvidia

You may not know of Todd Mozer, but it’s likely you have experienced his company: It has enabled voice and vision AI for billions of consumer electronics devices worldwide. Sensory , started in 1994 from Silicon Valley, is a pioneer of compact models used in mobile devices from the industry’s giants.

The Perfume Shop reveals strongest ever Father’s Day sales

A1 Retail

Over 210,000 bottles sold in the run up to 19 th June. This Father’s Day saw The Perfume Shop’s strongest ever sales, as more customers than ever before treated their father figure to a new fragrance. In the two weeks leading up to Father’s Day this week, the retailer sold over 119,000, bottles of men’s fragrances, an increase of +5% on 2019’s sales.

boohoo launches destination categories as demand for holiday outfits soars by 825%

Retail Times

Holiday season is here (finally!) and there’s no better way to prepare than planning your outfits and making sure they’re perfect for your chosen destination. Retail News Retailer News boohoo

Designing Stores for a Zero Horizon World

VMS

This question lies at the heart of what’s called the “ Zero Horizon World ” – a place where change comes faster than we can adapt.

Scotmid becomes the first Costa Express to introduce reusable Costa Coffee cups to its stores

Retail Times

Scotland’s largest independent co-operative has become the first Costa Express partner in the UK to introduce reusable Costa Coffee travel cups across its full portfolio of stores. Retail News Retailer News Scotmid

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Former M&S Food store manager goes it alone with Nisa Express

Talking Retail

An experienced and accomplished retailer has taken his first step into independent convenience with the purchase of a high street unit in Watford.

Iceland launches heavily reduced plastic packaging for five own-label ice cream products

Retail Times

Iceland is launching more own-label products with heavily reduced plastic packaging, as the supermarket continues to tackle the issue of plastic. Retail News Retailer News Iceland

New name: AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy

Mass Relators

ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the country’s largest specialty and home delivery pharmacies is now AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy. Walgreens announced full ownership of the company in January, necessitating the name change.

Vitamin retailer breaks into international territories with new appointment

Retail Times

The UK’s fastest-growing functional gummy brand Nutrigums, has announced a new appointment to scale its operations overseas after receiving its first international exclusive distribution agreement. health and beauty Product Time Nutrigums

NACDS offers recommendations for the commercial transition of COVID-19 vaccinations

Mass Relators

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a letter to the Biden Administration on Thursday detailing five recommendations to support a seamless transition of COVID-19 vaccinations from government-purchased product to commercially available supply — while maintaining patients’ critical access to care.

New green space funded by carrier bags is set to benefit local community after launch in Yaxley

Retail Times

A Cambridgeshire community now has a brand new green space for locals to enjoy as part of project led by Central England Co-op (CEC) and funded by purchases of carrier bags in its stores. Retail News Retailer News Central England Co-op (CEC

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Walmart unveils augmented reality shopping tools

Mass Relators

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart this week introduced two augmented reality (AR) features on the Walmart app designed to elevate the shopping experience by providing relevant information to customers regardless of where they shop.

Carmarthenshire cheese maker secures Co-op listing

Retail Times

A cheesemaker from Carmarthenshire has secured its first listing with the Co-op as part of the retailer’s continued focus on local and community sourcing. Cheese Dairy products Product Time Retail News Retailer News Caws Cenarth

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GIANT continues expansion in Philadelphia

Mass Relators

PHILADELPHIA — The GIANT Co. continues to expand its presence in this market, opening its latest store on Friday at 510 N. Broad Street. The 50,000-square-foot store, located about a half a mile north of Philadelphia’s city hall, operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.,