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Walgreens to Offer Free HIV and STD Testing at 550 Stores

Retail TouchPoints

For its National HIV Testing Day event on June 27, Walgreens will provide free testing for HIV and other STDs at a record 550 stores. No appointment is needed to get the tests, which typically provide results in 20 minutes or less, at any of these participating Walgreens stores. The retailer, which has been working with Greater Than HIV , a public information initiative of KFF , since 2011, has provided more than 82,000 free HIV tests through the in-store program, including more than 15,000 self

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Over 15,000 Amazon Delivery Workers Seek Compensation for Overtime and Unpaid Wages

Retail Wire

On Tuesday, over 15,000 Amazon delivery drivers launched arbitration proceedings against the e-commerce giant, claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees entitled to minimum wage and overtime benefits.

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What to do about loss prevention in retail

Retail Focus

While perhaps not the nicest of subjects to talk about, loss prevention is one of the most important topics when it comes to retail environments. Unfortunately, theft and shop lifting are issues that cause regular issues for all retailers, in some cases even on a daily basis, and leave them out of pocket. Most stores will already have measures in place to deter and prevent theft as much as they can, with some of the most common options including CCTV cameras, security staff and metal detectors a

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After tackling oral care, here’s how Gem is seeking to ‘elevate’ body care

Inside Retail

Aussie oral care brand Gem has launched a new product category as it seeks to continue elevating the boring everyday essentials. Best known for its natural and aesthetically packaged toothpaste, Gem entered the bodycare category this week with four SKUs of deodorant infused with skin-loving actives launching into Woolworths stores nationally alongside select Terry White Chemists and Priceline stores.

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Optimizing Frontend Delivery in Composable Commerce: The Buy vs Build Decision

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Sainsbury’s cuts plastic waste by almost 700 tonnes in packaging revamp

Retail Gazette

Sainsbury’s is introducing a raft of packaging changes across its own-brand chicken and fish lines, with the new coverings set to save 694 tonnes of plastic a year. All the grocer’s own-brand salmon fillet trays are switching from pulp cardboard instead of plastic, in a UK retailer first, which will result in 70% less plastic, saving 346 tonnes a year.

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Kohl’s Expands Return Services for Additional Brands and Retailers

Retail TouchPoints

Kohl’s has added brands including Carhartt, Hanes and Levi’s to its newly christened in-store returns service, The Return Drop @ Kohl’s. The retailer has partnered with Inmar Post-Purchase Solutions and Narvar to provide shoppers with package-free, label-free returns in its 1,100+ stores nationwide. Kohl’s has years of experience in this area; the retailer partnered with Amazon in 2017 to accept returns for the ecommerce giant, expanding the service chainwide in 2019.

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Froyo chain Yo-Chi marks growth milestone

Inside Retail

Frozen yogurt and acai brand Yo-Chi has opened its 30th store in Semaphore, South Australia, which management said marks a “huge milestone” for the brand. “It is amazing to see how many Australians have become a part of the Yo-Chi family that continues to grow by the day,” said Brooke Rodger, COO of Yo-Chi. Established in 2022, the yogurt shop is known for its buffet-style bar that allows customers to create their own frozen yogurt or acai desserts.

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Capture attention with effective POS and POP

Retail Focus

Whether you are browsing the aisles of your closest supermarket or walking the stalls of the local market on a Saturday morning, you are almost certain to come across some form of point of sale or point of purchase materials. Known more commonly among retailers as POS and POP, these tools, when used correctly, are an effective way of drawing the attention of shoppers, directing them to products and, most importantly, generating sales.

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Walmart Adds Digital Shelf Labels, AI Shopping Assistant as Part of ‘Retail Renaissance’

Retail TouchPoints

Walmart has unveiled a slate of new tech innovations as part of its “Retail Renaissance,” which the company said is aimed at “meeting customer demand with adaptive retail, innovations that intuitively fit into customers’ lives as they seamlessly move across platforms and places.” The new tech includes the rollout of digital shelf labels at all 2,300 U.S. stores by 2026, testing of a Gen AI-powered digital shopping assistant and the integration of drone delivery into its app. “Driven by our

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Meta To Reduce VP Positions in Continued Restructuring Effort

Retail Wire

Meta Platforms is reportedly making further reductions in its executive ranks, with plans to decrease the number of vice president positions from 300 to approximately 250.

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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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Autobarn parent Bapcor receives $1.8bn buyout bid

Inside Retail

Private equity firm Bain Capital has offered to acquire automotive parts retailer Bapcor in a $1.83 billion deal. Bapcor, which owns the Autobarn, Autopro, Burson and Midas chains, said it had received an unsolicited, conditional and non-binding proposal at $5.40 per share after the sharemarket closed on June 7. The company added it had yet to finish assessing the merits of the offer.

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Walmart targets Gen Z with apparel brand relaunch

Retail Dive

The overhaul of its “No Boundaries” private label is the retailer’s latest attempt to gain traction in fashion, this time with casual style and low prices.

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Marketing Reset: How to Reach Customers Without Third-Party Cookies

Retail TouchPoints

The era of third-party cookies is at an end. In January, Google Chrome restricted third-party cookies for 1% of users and plans to ramp up restrictions to 100% of users by 2025. Full-fledged fingerprinting around the internet is depreciating, and marketers and customers alike will soon notice, particularly in the retail and ecommerce space. With today’s emphasis on privacy, third-party cookie deprecation will inevitably impact your brand, marketing strategy and customers.

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Dr Pepper Quickly Becoming America’s Favorite Beverage

Retail Wire

Dr Pepper has made a remarkable ascent in the American soda market, now sharing the second spot with Pepsi, a position Pepsi has comfortably held for much of the past two decades. According to new data from Beverage Digest, Dr Pepper has climbed from fifth place in 2000 to its current second position, nearly matching Pepsi’s market share. This marks a significant shift in the soft drink landscape, where Coca-Cola continues to reign supreme.

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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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QIC to sell its stake in Perth’s Claremont Quarter

Inside Retail

Investment company QIC intends to sell its 50 per cent of stake in Perth luxury shopping centre Claremont Quarter. QIC and Hawaiian jointly own the shopping centre, which has a gross lettable area of 29,800sqm and is supported by five mini-majors and 118 speciality stores and kiosks. Its major tenants include David Jones, Coles, Jack’s Whole Foods & Groceries, Chanel, and Georg Jensen. “Claremont Quarter will be competitively contested by a wide range of domestic and offshore groups gi

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Sainsbury’s rolls out Nectar scheme to EV charging points

Retail Gazette

Sainsbury’s has expanded its Nectar programme to include its ultra-fast EV charging service, making it the first of its kind in the UK to offer a national loyalty scheme. Customers using any of the supermarket’s 400 Smart Charge bays across the UK will now be able to collect Nectar points with their purchase. The initative is being rolled out to all sites between 12 and 24 June, including at its newly opened 50th Smart Charge location at its London Enfield Superstore.

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Execs from Target, Hy-Vee and Five Below Top 2024 Retail Innovator Award Winners List

Retail TouchPoints

In the simplest terms, an innovator is someone who creates or introduces something new. But in the world of retail, innovators have the power and potential to do so much more: they drive cutting-edge tech implementations, unlock new revenue opportunities and help drive a brand into a new era of relevance and impact. This year’s Retail Innovator Award winners represent all of this — and more.

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World’s Largest Buc-ee’s Opens in Texas

Retail Wire

The small town of Luling, Texas, witnessed a grand event as the world’s largest Buc-ee’s travel center opened its doors to the public. This new location, boasting an impressive 75,000 square feet, replaces the city’s previous Buc-ee's, offering an enhanced experience for travelers and locals alike. The center features 120 fueling positions, catering to the needs of countless road-trippers and commuters passing through the area.

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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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Country Road Group to launch refreshed sexual harassment training program

Inside Retail

Country Road Group will launch a refreshed sexual harassment training program following an investigation amid allegations of inappropriate behavior against its former executives. The fashion retailer will also conduct an end-to-end review of the complaint handling process and will commission an independent review of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct policies and processes to ensure alignment with leading practice. “I am deeply disappointed that some team members did not feel fully

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Asda’s next CEO could receive £10m pay package

Retail Gazette

Asda’s Mohsin Issa could offer the supermarket’s new chief executive a pay package worth up to £10m as the billionaire races to find someone to lead the business. In a bid to wrap up the search for a new boss, a lucrative package ranging from £8m to £10m has been proposed, city sources told the Telegraph. Since 2021, Issa, the minority owner of the grocery chain, has been overseeing the business following Roger Burnley’s early departure due to a strategic disagreement.

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Really, Truly Fake: The RealReal ‘Opens’ Counterfeit Handbag Store on Canal Street

Retail TouchPoints

The RealReal makes a concerted effort to keep counterfeit luxury items off the market, removing approximately 5,000 fakes each month (a total of 250,000 since 2011). So what are these faux handbags doing in a RealReal retail store located on NYC’s Canal Street, a notorious knockoff hub? The answer is simple: the fakes, identified by The RealReal’s stringent authentication process, are decidedly not for sale (“hours” listed on the store’s window indicate it is closed Monday through Sunday).

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Nvidia’s Stock Soars Tenfold Following 10-For-1 Split

Retail Wire

Shares of Nvidia, the hottest stock on the S&P 500, surged tenfold on Friday following the company’s highly anticipated 10-for-1 stock split. Announced in May during Nvidia’s latest earnings call, the stock split went into effect after the market closed.

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Composable Commerce Reference Architecture 2024 Edition

Achieve more with your commerce with the help of Orium’s Composable Commerce Reference Architecture 2024 Edition. Presented in partnership with commercetools, Contentstack, and Google Cloud, this edition is packed with new insights and practical examples to help you navigate changes in digital commerce and construct an adaptable tech stack optimized for efficiency and scalability.

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‘Major structural change’: ACCC concerned about Sigma, Chemist Warehouse merger

Inside Retail

The proposed merger of Sigma and Chemist Warehouse could create a “major structural change” for the pharmacy sector according to a preliminary report from The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The merger involves the largest pharmacy chain by revenue and a key wholesaler to thousands of independent pharmacies, ACCC commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said.

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Labour to overhaul business rates system and stamp down on shop worker violence

Retail Gazette

Labour has vowed to overhaul the business rates system in a bid to revitalise the high street, if it wins the general election. The party said it would replace the current system with a new one that will “level the playing field between the high street and online giants”. However, it did not go into detail about what the new system will entail. Labour l eader Sir Keir Starmer said that “hard-working small businesses have been held back” by the current system and criticised the Conser

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In Retail Real Estate, Smaller Spaces See Big Demand

Retail TouchPoints

“Less is more” appears to be the new mantra for retailers and QSRs when it comes to square footage for their stores and restaurants. A report from commercial real estate company JLL revealed that in Q1 2024, more than two-thirds (68.5%) of leasing deals were for spaces of 2,500 square feet or smaller. The trend toward compact selling spaces isn’t a new phenomenon, according to Arvind Cheruku, Partner and CIO of Janapriya Upscale USA , a subsidiary of a 36 -year-old real estate company with roots

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Nvidia Hits a $3 Trillion Milestone

Retail Wire

Nvidia Corp., under the leadership of CEO Jensen Huang, has reached a significant milestone with a market valuation of $3 trillion, propelling Huang into the ranks of the world's wealthiest individuals. As of Friday, Huang's net worth soared to $106.1 billion, surpassing that of Michael Dell, making him the 13th richest person globally, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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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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How Stylerunner’s GM landed her dream job and turned it into a successful career

Inside Retail

Anna Brennan is the general manager of women’s athleisurewear retailer Stylerunner. Before joining the team in 2023, Brennan was the general manager of fashion, at the Iconic. Since the age of six, it was clear to Brennan that she wanted to go into retail fashion buying. Fast forward to one university degree and an overseas work experience later, she landed her dream job with David Jones in 2002.

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Tesco CEO insists new marketplace is ‘not trying to be Amazon’

Retail Gazette

Tesco’s chief executive has said the supermarket is not trying to replicate Amazon with its new marketplace, which launched earlier this month. The boss said: “The primary focus of marketplace is to build out and extend the range of food, food related and home products available to customers – so to be very clear, we are not trying to be Amazon.” “We are not trying to be all things to all people.” He explained that the grocer is making “all of those nich

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After Declining Amex, Ebay to Begin Accepting Venmo

Retail TouchPoints

Ebay has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to payments. After very publicly announcing last week that it would no longer accept American Express due to “unacceptably high fees,” today the online marketplace said it will be adding Venmo as a payment option in the U.S. as part of a “continued push to expand ways to pay and invest in digital natives.

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Starbucks Adds Combo Meals to Its Menu

Retail Wire

The coffee retailer is taking a significant step to make breakfast more affordable for its customers.

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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.