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March retail sales barely rise as Taylor Swift effect evaporates

Inside Retail

Australian retail sales in March remain subdued despite an early Easter, only rising 0.8 per cent year over year to $35.6 billion. Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed that other retailing, which include cosmetic, sports and recreational goods, grew 2.4 per cent, the strongest growth across all categories during the month. Food sales went up 2.1 per cent while cafes, restaurants and takeaway rose 1.2 per cent.

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How Technology and Science Create Unforgettable, Immersive In-Store Experiences

Retail TouchPoints

Retail is in the midst of a significant transformation. With ecommerce reshaping the landscape, physical stores have a unique opportunity to borrow a few strategies from tourist destinations and become experiences beyond the mundanity of walking up and down aisles. Over half of U.S. brands plan to increase investments in immersive technologies — think interactive displays for increased visual impact, carefully curated playlists and thoughtfully crafted scents that tap into nostalgia.

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Brand Trust

Tokinomo

In today's world of endless choices, picking the right product or service can feel like navigating a maze. But there's a shortcut: brand trust. In this article, we're diving into what brand trust really means and why it matters. Ever wonder why you trust certain brands? It boils down to three things: your experience with their product, how they treat you as a customer, and the impact they have on society.

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Amazon Prime Announces It Has Faster Deliveries

Retail Wire

Amazon reports that its Prime deliveries are now even speedier. With over 2 billion packages reaching customers in a day or less this year, the company claims its delivery system is picking up its pace.

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Innovation Fest: Summer of AI

Join Bloomreach at Innovation Fest: Summer 2024, a virtual event, to explore the future of personalized marketing and merchandising! Along with the company’s top product experts, CEO Raj De Datta will provide an exclusive look at the company’s latest AI innovations reshaping the omnichannel experience. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow industry leaders and explore the latest trends in retail technology.

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Dorotape launches new ultra-high gloss laminate

Retail Focus

Dorotape is thrilled to unveil the launch of a new ultra-high gloss laminate, designed to protect and enhance large format digital prints. GalleryLam SL98 from ASLAN has a glass like finish which protects against scratches and is resistant to high temperatures, hot liquids, grease, and many household chemicals. The UK Gold Distributor for ASLAN hopes to meet soaring customer demand for environmentally focused laminates, as this 125-micron polyester film is 100% free of PVC & VOC’s and as it

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Retail Food Group settles class action filed by former franchisees

Inside Retail

Food and beverage company Retail Food Group (RFG) has entered into a binding deed to settle the class action filed by some of its former franchisees. The settlement, subject to court approval, involves a dismissal of the proceeding by the applicant without RFG making any admission or payment, the company said. However, as part of the agreement, RFG will release applicable members of the class action from historical debts alleged in the proceeding.

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Snapchat Reveals Latest AR and ML Tools for Brands and Advertisers

Retail Wire

Snapchat has introduced a range of new augmented reality (AR) and machine learning (ML) tools created to assist brands and advertisers in engaging with users on the social platform through interactivity.

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Consumers place more value on product information delivered on retailers’ owned channels, compared to 3rd party marketplaces and social media

Retail Focus

When making online buying decisions, UK shoppers now place more value on product information delivered on retailers’ owned channels, compared to third-party channels, such as marketplaces or social media, the latest research from Intellias , the software engineering and digital consultancy company, reveals. Original research of over 1,000 UK shoppers by Intellias showed that over seven in ten (72%) use retailers’ websites as their primary source of product information when making a purchase, com

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Adore Beauty CEO Tamalin Morton to step down

Inside Retail

Adore Beaut y Group CEO Tamalin Morton has decided to step down for personal reasons, effective in September. Morton agreed to take on a consulting role to assist the company after a new CEO has been named. “As CEO, Tamalin has done an excellent job delivering Adore Beauty’s financial and operational successes and developing the strategic plan.

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Beyond Inc. Brings in Slate of Retail Heavyweights for C-Suite

Retail TouchPoints

Following its acquisition of Zulily and the revival of Overstock.com , Beyond, Inc. is shoring up its executive team with a slate of eight high-level appointments across its business. “The most important part of building a long-term, profitable, growing business is putting the right players on the field,” said Marcus Lemonis, newly appointed Executive Chairman of Beyond, Inc. in a statement.

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From Concept to Deployment: Building Commerce Storefronts with Composable UI

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Sony and Apollo Express Interest in $26B Paramount Buyout Amid Skydance Merger Talks

Retail Wire

Sony Pictures and Apollo Global Management have sent a letter to the Paramount Global board showing their interest in buying the company for around $26 billion.

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Moss to open debut store at Gloucester Quays amidst flurry of retail activity at the outlet

Retail Focus

Peel Retail & Leisure has announced that Moss, the UK menswear destination, has selected Gloucester Quays for its next store, opening Saturday 4 th May 2024. The signing follows a host of activity at the top 10 UK outlet as it celebrates its 15 th anniversary, including the upcoming upsize of Skechers, the international lifestyle and athletic footwear brand.

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Social media overtakes paid search as world’s largest advertising channel

Inside Retail

Social media is now the world’s largest channel for advertising investment, with Western platforms growing the fastest driven by Chinese brands targeting US and European audiences. WARC Media said that social media has overtaken paid search in advertising investment and is forecasted to reach $247.3 billion this year, up 14.3 per cent from a year ago.

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How Subscription Strategies can Supercharge Loyalty Programs

Retail TouchPoints

Loyalty programs are a common (and undeniably effective) tool for retailers to gather data and build customer lifetime value, but perhaps they’ve become a little too common. Companies often have a hard time differentiating their programs and communicating their unique benefits to members, particularly with primarily transactional, points-based programs.

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Chipotle Is Giving Away Over $1 Million in Burritos to Healthcare Workers

Retail Wire

In acknowledgment of the tireless contributions of healthcare workers, Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced a notable gesture of appreciation: the distribution of 100,000 free burrito e-cards.

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Shein forecast to boost FTSE 100 in May following London float

Retail Gazette

Shein is expected to boost the FTSE 100 as soon as next month, when the fashion retailer has confirmed it will float its shares in London. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Labour’s shadow business secretary Johnny Reynolds voiced their support for the stock market float after Shein executive chairman Donald Tang visited the UK in April. The Chinese retail giant initially indicated a preference to float its shares in New York, where stock market valuations for online firms are usually much higher

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Salvos opens 400th store, 25 more planned this year

Inside Retail

Salvos Stores , The Salvation Army’s retail arm, will open its 400th shop on High Street in Melbourne’s Northcote. The store is the Christian charity’s 11th to open this year and Salvos said it plans to add another 25 by the end of the year. Salvo Stores sell pre-loved items at affordable prices, raising more than $44 million last year to support The Salvation Army’s network of more than 2000 community programs and services nationwide. “As we continue to expand our networ

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Williams-Sonoma Fined $3.17 Million for False ‘Made in USA’ Claims

Retail TouchPoints

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will pay a record civil penalty of $3.175 million for violating a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order to truthfully disclose whether products it sells are actually made in the United States. A Department of Justice complaint, based on a referral from the FTC, charges that the retailer listed multiple products as being “Made in USA” when they in fact were made in China and other countries.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Walmart Is Closing All 51 Health Centers

Retail Wire

Walmart has announced the closure of its 51 Walmart Health centers across five states, alongside ending virtual health services, in a surprising move revealed on Tuesday.

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Tesco unveils ‘hyper-personalised’ Clubcard challenges for shoppers

Retail Gazette

Tesco has unveiled a new “hyper-personalised” Clubcard promotion for millions of its shoppers, under its new partnership with AI technology business Eagle Eye. The grocery giant is inviting three million loyalty scheme members to participate in its ‘Clubcard Challenges’ campaign, which starts from 20 May, running for six weeks.

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Woolworths Group’s third-quarter sales rise

Inside Retail

Woolworths Group’s third-quarter sales rose 2.8 per cent year over year to $16.8 billion, amid growth in the majority of its businesses. Australian food sales rose 1.5 per cent to $12.58 billion while Australian B2B sales grew 3.2 per cent to $1.10 billion. Moreover, New Zealand food sales increased 1.4 per cent to $1.88 billion. However, Big W sales fell 4.1 per cent to $1.0 billion. “Big W total sales for the quarter declined by 4.1 per cent reflecting increased consumer caution an

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Save Mart Embraces Retail Media, Smart Carts with Expanded Instacart Partnership

Retail TouchPoints

The Save Mart Companies is building on its partnership with Instacart by implementing several in-store solutions in nearly all 200 Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky locations. The California-based grocer will roll out Caper Carts, Instacart’s AI-powered smart carts, and FoodStorm, an order management system designed to power the retailer’s food service and catering experiences.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Sam’s Club Innovates Customer Experience With AI Exit Tech

Retail Wire

Sam's Club has rolled out AI-powered exit technology at over 120 locations, marking a significant advancement in retail customer service.

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B&Q launches plastic plant pot recycling stations across stores nationwide

Retail Gazette

B&Q is introducing plastic plant pot recycling stations at more than 100 of its stores across the UK this year as part of its commitment to help shoppers make more sustainable choices. Customers will be able to drop off their unwanted pots, which the DIY retailer will then recycle and turn into new planters. The 100% recycled plastic Blacksmith Planters are weather resistant and will be available to buy from B&Q stores for £4.

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Foot Locker debuts new store concept in New Jersey; Melbourne to come

Inside Retail

Footwear and apparel retailer Foot Locker has debuted a new concept store in New Jersey that it says offers an elevated shopping experience and customer service. The retailer launched the new format at its Willowbrook Mall location and plans to incorporate learnings from this concept into future stores internationally, including in Melbourne later this year.

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Kroger Delivers its First-Party Data to the Yahoo DSP

Retail TouchPoints

Yahoo Advertising and Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM) — the retail media business of Kroger , powered by 84.51° — are teaming up to bring Kroger’s first-party, purchase-based audiences to the Yahoo Demand-Side Platform (DSP). Yahoo DSP advertisers can now activate KPM’s audiences to reach targeted consumers with their advertising and measure campaign results.

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Get MACH Ready with Orium, Commercetools, and Contentstack

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Fast-Food Chains in California Significantly Spike Prices on Menus

Retail Wire

Restaurants in California are staying true to their word that menu prices would increase following the state's rise in the minimum wage for fast-food workers.

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Post-Brexit border checks to ‘add billions’ to shopper bills

Retail Gazette

Post-Brexit border checks on food and plant imports are to “add billions” to consumers bills, as well as 0.2% to food inflation over three years, according to industry figures. European imports deemed a “medium risk” to UK biosecurity will be met with physical inspection from today (30 April), under a new border regime, adding more than £330m to annual business costs over three years, Sky News reported.

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Vicinity Centres reports stable retail sales across its malls

Inside Retail

Vicinity Centres has posted a 1.6 per cent uplift in portfolio sales for the third quarter ended March 31. “Our operating metrics remain strong and continue to be underpinned by retailer demand for physical stores, particularly in our premium centres, and strong retail sales growth since the end of the pandemic,” said CEO and MD Peter Huddle. The occupancy rate for the quarter remained at 99.1 per cent while comparable net property income was at 4 per cent, both in line with the first half of FY

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Revolutionizing Customer Retention: The Rise of Digital Top-Up Cards in the Global Market

Retail TouchPoints

As consumers demand more flexible payment options, it is no surprise that the digital top-up card industry has had a strong year. The global digital gift card market is expected to reach $724.3 billion by 2028, rising at a market growth of 14.2% CAGR. The trend is set to continue, and it is not just shoppers who benefit from increasingly digital-first payments.

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.