Sat.Mar 18, 2023 - Fri.Mar 24, 2023

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The new retail talent battleground – from short-term to long-term retention

Inside Retail

In the past three years, retail workers have been at the forefront of our challenging times. Many have worked through the waves of Covid as essential workers before having to deal with the challenges of lack of staffing and supply change demands. Now, with a recession and job cuts looming, they are under pressure once again. While the retail sector is not alone – in the past three years, more than 91 per cent of employers in Australia have experienced staff shortages – retailers have felt the pa

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Brands Pop into the Surreal as 3D Billboards Surge

Retail TouchPoints

Editor’s note: As retail interfaces and systems continue to evolve, the way we design retail experiences to user needs and behaviors is also transforming. In the new series “Stimulating Retail,” join award-winning sensory designer and Harvard neuroscientist Ari Peralta as he breaks down the science and tech behind some of today’s most stimulating sensory retail experiences.

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e-Grocery, Sustainability, and In-store merchandising - Weekly Snacks #47

Tokinomo

Campaign Corner From farm to bag. Lay’s wants to show consumers that their chips are made out of real potatoes from local farms. In a new commercial, a female speaker informs us that Lay's potato chips are produced using genuine potatoes obtained from more than 100 farms across the United States. To demonstrate her claim, she starts placing flags bearing Lay's logo on a map, and each flag represents a specific farm she mentions.

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Elton John Takes Over Selfridges in Corner Shop Transformation

Retail Focus

Selfridges has unveiled its latest installation, “Elton John at The Selfridges Corner Shop”, which aims to transform the retail space into a glittering reimagining of the iconic performer’s world. Customers are invited to explore Elton’s archive and shop for limited-edition fashion, accessories and lifestyle collaborations in-store and online.

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From Concept to Deployment: Building Commerce Storefronts with Composable UI

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Aussie retailers and manufacturers ‘dangerously overstocked’

Inside Retail

Australian manufacturers are dangerously overstocked, carrying an average $231,700 in additional products or ingredients, according to research from inventory management software provider Unleashed. “You can’t blame Australian businesses for taking on extra stock while supply chains were lagging behind,” Unleashed head of product, Jarrod Adam, said.

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Kohl’s to Bring Sephora Shop-in-Shops to 7 New States in 2023

Retail TouchPoints

Kohl’s has announced the locations of the next 250 stores that will be opening 2,500-square-foot Sephora shop-in-shops in 2023. Last year Kohl’s and Sephora announced plans to expand their partnership to all of Kohl’s more than 1,100 locations. With the addition of these 250 locations, the total Sephora at Kohl’s fleet will reach more than 850 by the end of this year, in line with the planned timeline of the rollout.

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H&M Launches New Store at centre:mk with H&M HOME and Sustainability Focus

Retail Focus

H&M has announced the opening of its latest and largest store in the UK, set to open in centre:mk, Milton Keynes on April 1st. The store will feature two floors with both H&M and H&M Home and will offer a world-leading interior look and feel for the brand, including new click and collect lockers and self-service checkouts. The store has been designed to offer customers a welcoming, relaxed environment, with products displayed in a curated and inspirational way.

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Kathmandu powers record first half for KMD Brands

Inside Retail

Outdoor apparel retailer KMD Brands has reported a “record” first half driven by strong sales recovery across all three of its brands. For the six months to January 31, sales grew 34.5 per cent to NZ$547.9 million with continuous sales growth registered in all key selling regions. Statutory tax-paid profit reached $14 million with underlying EBITDA at $45.3 million.

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Shopify Adds Google’s AI-Powered Search and Discovery Tools

Retail TouchPoints

Shopify has launched a new integration with Google Cloud that enables its merchants to leverage Google-quality search capabilities and AI innovations on their sites. Enterprise brands on Shopify can now access Google Cloud’s Discovery Al solutions directly through Commerce Components , Shopify’s enterprise retail solution. “We’re bringing together the best in commerce with the best in search to solve a complex and costly problem for enterprise retailers — world-class sear

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How Wiser’s Price Intelligence Compares to Pricing Web Scrapers

Wiser

Data is one of the hottest commodities in the business world. For retailers, this is especially true when it comes to pricing data. Having thorough, up-to-date intel can set one brand apart from the rest and allow them to make important decisions that get a leg up on the competition. Pricing data can be gathered from a multitude of different web locations—competitor websites, social media, Google ads, etc.

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

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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FTC proposes a rule to make it easier to cancel subscriptions

Retail Wire

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a new rule to end so-called “click to subscribe, call to cancel” systems. The new rule would require companies to offer a simple click-to-cancel subscription option.

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Adidas opens Y-3 flagship store in Sydney

Inside Retail

Sportswear giant Adidas’ streetwear label Y-3 has opened a new store in Westfield Sydney. Y-3 is a permanent creative brand collaboration between Adidas and renowned Japanese designer – Yohji Yamamoto – which combines fashion sportswear into a wide range of products including sportswear, outerwear, weatherproof pieces, footwear and accessories. Image source: Supplied The store design features the brand’s new “art gallery meets sporting arena” concept launched late last year for outlets around th

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Prada Expands Relationship with Adobe to Deepen Omnichannel Personalization Capabilities

Retail TouchPoints

Prada Group and Adobe have entered an enhanced partnership designed to enable real-time personalization and increase revenue by enhancing the luxury retail group’s customer experiences across all digital and physical channels. The partnership spans Prada Group’s brands, including Prada , Miu Miu , Church’s , Car Shoe , Pasticceria Marchesi and Luna Rossa.

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The Entertainer joins forces with retail charity Retail Trust

365 Retail

The UK’s largest independent toy retailer, The Entertainer , has partnered with retail industry charity the Retail Trust to introduce a range of new measures to support its employees’ health and wellbeing. The partnership is set to give over 2,000 employees at The Entertainer, and their families, access to a range of personalised wellbeing resources from the Retail Trust.

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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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Retailers consider ways to make free shipping work

Retail Wire

There’s no such thing as truly free shipping and retailers are looking for ways to lower costs in the face of rising supply chain costs. Retailers are also raising minimum purchase requirements and looking for other ways to have their customers pick up the tab of last-mile fulfillment.

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Cashflow crisis cripples Scotch & Soda, forcing bankruptcy

Inside Retail

Dutch lifestyle brand Scotch & Soda has filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands as MD Frederick Lukoff steps down. The bankruptcy does not include the company’s international operations, including those in Australia. The company says “severe cash flow issues” caused by the pandemic along with the war in Ukraine coupled with inflation have damaged its financial recovery despite achieving €342.5 million (A$552.21 million) in revenue.

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NorthLadder Aims to Reduce E-Waste by Improving Electronics Resale Journey

Retail TouchPoints

NorthLadder , a Middle Eastern marketplace for pre-owned electronics, has partnered with insights-led customer engagement platform MoEngage to create remarketing strategies and gamify the customer experience. The retailer is aiming to double its traffic by creating a customer journey that lets customers identify their device and offer an instant “best price.

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Foot Locker to shutter 400 mall-based stores by 2026

Retail Dive

As the retailer looks to simplify its business, CEO Mary Dillon also said the company is “revitalizing” its Nike partnership.

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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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Pet healthcare is key for Chewy and Petco’s future prospects

Retail Wire

Pet healthcare services such as pharmacy and veterinary clinics and their high margins are an essential part of the growth strategies at Chewy and Petco. “A puppy that was, you know, adopted or bought, during 2020 is now three years old. As they get older, they’re only going to require more health care,” said Anna Andreeva, a senior equity research analyst and managing director at Needham and Company.

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Allbirds creates the world’s first zero-carbon shoe

Inside Retail

As Allbirds tries to deepen its sustainability commitment, apparel and footwear brand Allbirds has designed zero-carbon sneakers, called Mo.onShot. Dubbed “the world’s first zero-carbon shoe,” Mo.onShot is made from carbon-negative materials such as merino wool, sugarcane-based foam, and bioplastic eyelets manufactured from a polymer formed from converted methane.

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The Face-Off Between Amazon and ‘Alternative Marketplaces’ is Shaping the Next Era of Ecommerce

Retail TouchPoints

“Omnichannel” has been an aspiration for brands for many years now, but while it used to refer to the merging of a retailer’s brick-and-mortar and ecommerce operations, it now means something very different. The “new omnichannel” that retailers now aspire to includes not just stores and websites but also social media, search engines and perhaps most importantly, multiple online marketplaces.

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Kith creates "industrial ambiance" for its Williamsburg store

Dezeen

American clothing brand Kith has created a flagship store in Williamsburg , Brooklyn, that uses brick, wood and steel to reference the industrial history of the neighbourhood. Designed by Kith 's founder Ronnie Fieg and the brand's in-house team of architects, the Williamsburg location is located in the Gensler -designed 25 Kent Plaza office building, where Kith also has its corporate offices.

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Get MACH Ready with Orium, Commercetools, and Contentstack

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Starbucks workers strike over alleged union-busting activity

Retail Wire

Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan’s first day on the job included workers at around 100 of the company’s shops going on strike. The workers claim that Starbucks engaged in anti-union coercion under former CEO Howard Schultz, a charge that the company denies.

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Wendy’s international boss talks about the burger brand’s Aussie plans

Inside Retail

Wendy’s Burgers is ramping up its search for master franchisees in Australia, which was announced last year. The brand is 95 per cent franchised with more than 320 franchisees globally. In Australia, the fast-food brand is gearing up for hundreds of stores under a franchise model. Sarah Stowe, editor of Inside Retail’s sister site Franchise Executives, talked with Abigail Pringle, Wendy’s’ president, international and chief development officer… Inside Retail: Why do you b

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What ChatGPT can Teach Ecommerce Companies About the Future of Product Discovery

Retail TouchPoints

You’ve probably played with artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT already and felt like you were touching magic. It feels like AI on a level we’ve never seen before, and its existence is massively exciting to all of us working in AI because it opens up so many new possibilities. As lots of SaaS companies race to make something — anything — that incorporates ChatGPT within it, it’s the underlying technologies that ChatGPT is built on that are most exciting.

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Allbirds creates zero-carbon shoe

Retail Dive

The DTC brand, which developed the Moonshot shoe through a regenerative wool program, is open to sharing its process with other companies.

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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.

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TikTok CEO testifies before Congress

Retail Wire

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is testifying today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Mr. Chew plans to address “myths” about the video-sharing app, which some have accused of being a tool for the Chinese government to spy on Americans.

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Weddings in Asia are serious business. Here’s what it means for retailers

Inside Retail

Across Asian cultures where multi-day celebrations and larger-than-life weddings are the norm, big Asian weddings have returned larger and more expensive than ever. China tops the list with the largest wedding industry in the region, valued at approximately US$575 billion, which has grown threefold since 2020. While, India, Asia’s second largest wedding market has exceeded US$50 billion, as reported by CNBC India.

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Reports: Walmart Eliminating Hundreds of Jobs at Five Fulfillment Centers

Retail TouchPoints

Walmart is reportedly eliminating hundreds of jobs at five ecommerce fulfillment centers, according to Reuters and CNBC. Affected employees have been asked to find jobs at other Walmart locations within 90 days as the company makes cuts “to better prepare for the future needs of customers,” according to a company spokesperson. “This decision was not made lightly, and we’re working closely with affected associates to help them understand what career options may be available at other Walmart locat

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Levi’s to test AI-generated models

Retail Dive

The clothing brand said the move to supplement humans with AI models supports its diversity and sustainability efforts.

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Exploring the Advantages and Hurdles of Direct Store Deliveries

Direct Store Delivery, or DSD, is a common practice among global suppliers and retailers – like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, CVS, and Dollar General – and its popularity is growing, with the global DSD market expected to reach $1.19 trillion by 2027. Download this eBook for exclusive insights into direct store deliveries, challenges, benefits, and future trends.