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The Top 4 Challenges of Managing Large Projects

Retail Focus

Managing a project is like solving a complex puzzle; you need to keep an eye on each moving piece and ensure everything works as it should. Project managers should also manage various resources and ensure the product is of the required quality, within budget, and delivered before the deadline. When doing all this, project managers encounter several challenges , which are amplified in larger projects with much more to think about and handle.

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Are we entering a bricks-and-mortar renaissance? Here’s what the data says

Inside Retail

In a rollercoaster year for retail sales, a survey of retailers has indicated an optimistic outlook for store network growth. In what the national property agency CBRE described as a ‘flash survey’, 83 per cent of Australian respondents across a snapshot of the Asia Pacific region indicated expansion plans. CBRE didn’t provide a breakdown of the number of Australian retailers responding about their 2023 growth plans, but 61 per cent of them indicated they were planning to increase the quality of

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Reebok to develop exclusive products in expanded partnership with Macy’s

Retail Dive

With a new owner steering the brand, Reebok has been forging partnerships with a number of retailers seeking to grow their product assortments.

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Discretionary spending, Under-marketing, and Amazon Go Stores - Weekly Snacks #46

Tokinomo

Campaign corner Granny’s drink. Is Iced Tea a granny drink? Well, it depends if it’s Liquid Death Iced Tea. Also, it depends if your granny listens to heavy metal. All we can say is that here you have another amazing commercial from the well-known brand, Liquid Death.

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The Pragmatic Guide to Composability

Be empowered to master the digital landscape and implement modular and adaptable composable technologies. Authored by Orium, The Pragmatic Guide to Composability takes readers on a journey from composable’s beginnings to common misconceptions about the approach, then concludes with strategies for choosing implementations that result in quick wins to grow your ROI.

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BJ’s Wholesale Club to Power Up Shelf-Scanning Robots at All Locations

Retail TouchPoints

BJ’s Wholesale Club has entered a partnership with Simbe to roll out the solution provider’s automated business intelligence robot, Tally, to all 237 stores. The retailer plans to utilize the AI-powered solution to provide greater visibility into club conditions and drive deeper business insights. Tally autonomously roams club aisles multiple times per day, leveraging its computer vision capabilities to collect accurate shelf data that can help ensure products are in-stock, shelved appropr

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Roughly three in four Australians buy preloved clothing, survey finds

Inside Retail

Research by Reluv, an online fashion retailer, in partnership with Monash University students, has revealed that about 75 per cent of Australians purchased used clothing last year. According to their Fashion Resale Report 2022, economic considerations follow sustainability as the primary two motivators of second-hand clothing purchases. The study found that 73 per cent of Australians said they purchase pre-owned apparel, 80 per cent believe they wear less than 60 per cent of their wardrobe, and

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VM & Display Awards Winners Celebrated at a Glamorous London Event

Retail Focus

The VM & Display Awards, an annual event honouring the most exceptional talents in retail visual merchandising and display, announced this year’s winners at a dazzling awards ceremony held in London last night. The Leonardo Hotel St Pauls served as the perfect backdrop for this prestigious gathering, as suppliers and retailers convened to celebrate the industry’s top achievers.

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From Product Descriptions to SEO: How Retailers are Putting Generative AI to Use

Retail TouchPoints

[Editor’s note: This is the third article in our series on AI in retail. Be sure to check out our other stories on consumer attitudes toward AI and store design applications.] Since OpenAI debuted ChatGPT a little over three months ago , “generative AI” has become a hot topic and no industry has been left untouched — least of all retail. “The advancements in just three months feel like they should have taken 10 years,” said Darren Hill, Chief Digital Office at BrandX , which owns the Bon-Ton bra

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Myer to quit Brisbane flagship, unable to agree on rental rate

Inside Retail

Department store Myer will exit its Queen Street Mall flagship in Brisbane’s CBD after unsuccessful negotiations with the landlord on lease renewal terms. In a trading update, the retailer said it will continue to search for alternative locations for its CBD flagship. Myer CEO, John King, said: “Whilst we remain committed to the Brisbane market, we have been unable to negotiate a reasonable commercial outcome with the landlord and as such will continue to look for an alternative CBD locati

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Justice Department sues Rite Aid for violating the Controlled Substances Act

Retail Wire

The Justice Department yesterday filed a lawsuit against Rite Aid, claiming that the drugstore chain’s “pharmacists repeatedly filled prescriptions for controlled substances with obvious red flags, and Rite Aid intentionally deleted internal notes about suspicious prescribers. These practices opened the floodgates for millions of opioid pills and other controlled substances to flow illegally out of Rite Aid’s stores.

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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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Myriam K Salon Brings Parisian Flair to Dubai

Retail Focus

Parisian-born, female-owned hair salon Myriam K has teamed up with Formroom to create a unique and luxurious space for their new salon located in the heart of Dubai. Catering to the most discerning and fashion-forward clientele, the project aimed to adapt Myriam’s Paris salon concept to the distinct demands of the Dubai and UAE market, all while maintaining the essence of French ‘savoir-faire’ Formroom conducted comprehensive research to profile target consumers and analyse com

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NFTs will Bridge the Gap Between the Real World and the Metaverse

Retail TouchPoints

The first currency goes back to 3000 B.C. when the world’s earliest civilization developed in Mesopotamia. The retail store, on the other hand, appeared further down the road in ancient Greece, where merchants sold goods in the Agora city center. Thousands of years later, in 2009, the market for digital assets arose. As these digital assets became prevalent, so did fraud.

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Latitude Group says customer information stolen in cyber attack

Inside Retail

Australian digital payments and lending firm Latitude Group Holdings Ltd said on Thursday that a hacker had stolen personal information held by two service providers through employee login credentials. About 103,000 identification documents, more than 97 per cent of which are copies of drivers’ licences, were stolen from the first service provider, while about 225,000 customer records were stolen from the second service provider.

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Dollar General says customers cut back on discretionary purchases

Retail Wire

Dollar General posted a 5.7 percent gain in same-store sales in the most recent quarter as its customers purchased everyday staples but reduced spending on discretionary purchases.

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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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4 Tips for Buying a Home When You Run Your Own Retail Business

Retail Focus

Operating a retail business comes with its complications, and you might be so rushed off your feet that the idea of applying for a mortgage to buy your own home seems like it’s impossible at the moment. If you do decide to take this step, then there are a few unique things to consider as a business owner. Let’s go through the main aspects worth knowing about so you can move forward with confidence.

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Grove Collaborative Launches Health and Wellness Hub

Retail TouchPoints

Grove Collaborative has introduced Grove Wellness, a product hub featuring a personalization engine designed to sharpen recommendations around consumers’ evolving health and wellness needs. Grove sells more than 200 products across 40 brands in this category, including multivitamins, women’s health, digestion, immunity, sleep and beauty. Grove plans to introduce more third-party brands throughout 2023, prioritizing products that offer ingredient transparency, National Science Foundation (NSF) ce

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Brisbane luggage brand Globite returns home with new airport store

Inside Retail

Globite, the luggage company, has launched its first Queensland store at Brisbane Airport, marking its return to the home market. Located at the Domestic Terminal, near Gate 24, Globite offers school cases – carried by Australian children throughout most of the 20th Century – suitcases and other bags. Globite was founded in the last 1890s and is recognised as one of the leading makers of travel bags and accessories worldwide. “Globite’s heritage cases hold a great deal of nostalgia for tr

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Child labor abuses in supply chain put spotlight back on large corporations

Retail Wire

Large corporations think it’s unfair that they are held to account when uppliers skirt labor laws and hire child workers to fill low-paid and often dangerous jobs. The very leverage these companies have over suppliers makes them the logical choice for making sure vendors operate within the law.

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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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Yodel to Open New Depot in Coventry, Signaling Continued Growth

365 Retail

Yodel, the UK independent parcel carrier, has announced plans to open a new depot in Longford, Coventry. The company’s sustained growth has led to the need for additional capacity, and the new facility, covering over 6.5 acres of land and at almost 135,000 sq. ft, could process and deliver up to 50,000 parcels per day at peak. This represents a 28% increase in output from the Leamington Spa depot, making it the largest within the Yodel property estate.

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The Value of Localization as a Competitive Advantage in Accessing Multicultural Consumers

Retail TouchPoints

The turbulence of the past few years has left the world in a state of economic and political uncertainty, and the severity and impact of these varied events continue to unfold. What we know for sure is that consumer perceptions and choices are affected by culture, which also affects spending habits. To succeed in reaching potential customers where they are, your team must employ a culturally competent localization strategy to establish a competitive advantage.

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The Walt Disney Company, Alquemie Group partner to launch Disney100 pop-ups

Inside Retail

Alquemie Group is to open Disney100 pop-ups in Westfield malls on behalf of The Walt Disney Company. The pop-ups – which celebrate the American brand’s 100th anniversary this year – are designed to treat shoppers to an immersive experience with Disney100 merchandise toys, apparel, collectibles, homewares and photo opportunities. Richard Facioni, founder and CEO at Acta Capital and executive chairman of Alquemie Group, described it as a “great privilege” to be selected by The Walt Disney C

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Retailers adapt as customers hunker down

Retail Wire

Retailers are catering to their most loyal customers and focusing on everyday staples to drive sales when many Americans have reduced spending on discretionary items. Chains are also offering discounts to attract attention but doing so strategically to avoid margin erosion.

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From Concept to Deployment: Building Commerce Storefronts with Composable UI

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Critizr changes name to Goodays

A1 Retail

New identity accompanied by launch of Artificial Intelligence Lab and appointment of new Chairman Martin Green Critizr, the specialist in customer satisfaction and experience management for commerce, has announced that it is changing its name to Goodays. The new identity reflects its mission to bring the employees of a company together around a common objective: to satisfy customers.

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H&M, Ariat Join Fashion Retailers Launching Resale Marketplaces

Retail TouchPoints

Two more retailers have entered the resale space to help address shoppers’ demands for sustainability: H&M has partnered with ThredUp to launch a resale program directly on H&M’s website, while footwear and apparel brand Ariat International has launched a resale marketplace called Reboot , powered by Archive. H&M’s partnership will make it the largest retailer to work with ThredUp and mark the retailer’s first resale marketplace in the U.S.

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US Brewlounge concept to open at Perth Airport

Inside Retail

WA hospitality and brewing group Triple-1-Three is set to launch a ‘Brewlounge’ concept at Perth Airport in partnership with US-based hospitality company, Delaware North. The business’ craft beer brand Otherside Brewing Co will offer travellers local beers and experimental releases at the new ‘Otherside Brewlounge’ situated in Terminal Two (T2). Otherside’s MD, James Legge, said the brand wanted to “challenge the norm” and create something really special for Perth Airport.

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Federal judge tells Amazon to improve warehouse worker safety

Retail Wire

Amazon.com sued Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries, saying the state agency violated its due process rights by requiring it to change a warehouse’s operations while the company appealed the directive. A federal judge in Seattle ruled against Amazon, leaving the company with little choice but to make the changes ordered.

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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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Critizr changes name to Goodays

365 Retail

Critizr, the specialist in customer satisfaction and experience management for commerce, has announced that it is changing its name to Goodays. The new identity reflects its mission to bring the employees of a company together around a common objective: to satisfy customers. It also affirms international expansion ambitions, to grow market share across the company’s five bases in Spain, France, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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Five Below Appoints New COO to Help it Pursue Triple Double Growth Plan

Retail TouchPoints

Five Below has promoted CFO and Treasurer Kenneth Bull to the role of Chief Operating Officer, where he will focus on achieving the company’s Triple Double growth goals by optimizing its talent, systems and processes. Bull also will retain the CFO title while the retailer conducts a search for a replacement. The company’s Triple Double growth plan was announced in March 2022 , when it set the goal of tripling its store count to more than 3,500 locations by the end of fiscal 2030 while at least d

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Flinders + Co to open first retail store – in South Melbourne

Inside Retail

Family-owned meat brand, Flinders + Co, will open its first retail concept store this month in Stall 13 at South Melbourne Market. The brand’s founder David Madden will be in charge of running the new retail store, which will provide a line of kid-friendly meat products that are gluten, salt, and preservative-free and contain more than 30 per cent veggies.

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T-Mobile to acquire Mint Mobile

Retail Wire

T-Mobile plans to acquire Ka’ena Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Mint Mobile, in a deal valued up to $1.35 billion. Mint Mobile has gained popularity in recent years by positioning itself as a cheaper alternative to other wireless plans. The company’s commercials star Ryan Reynolds, who holds an ownership stake in the business.

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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.