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News / October 23, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

All the news that’s fit to print from the front lines of retail technology.

Here in New York, Halloween pop-up shops will soon give way to Christmas-tree cluttered sidewalks. In other words, retail’s crazy season. Don’t worry about staying on top of the news — we’ve got you covered.

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News / October 17, 2018

Dog Days

How Petco is "Amazon-proofing" their business.

Through a series of acquisitions and new product offerings, Petco is making a concerted effort to stave off competition from retailers like PetSmart, Amazon, and young e-commerce pups such as Bark and Co.

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News / October 15, 2018

Grocer Point Blank

This year’s Top 50 Grocers reveals some big changes coming to the industry.

While it might lack the scope of the Fortune 500 or the vivacity of People’s Most Beautiful, when Progressive Grocer names its list of the year’s Top 50 Grocers, we snap to attention. This is our Academy Awards and Super Bowl, so forgive us if we take some time to read the tea leaves.

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News / October 12, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

All the news that's fit to print from the front lines of retail technology.

Welcome to Q4, ladies and gentlemen — we're reaching crunch time for 2018, and things aren't slowing down anytime soon.

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News / October 5, 2018

Grocery Score

Supermarkets are the next high-tech battlefield. Get ready.

As NYU Stern School of Business Professor Scott Galloway told a recent conference crowd, “Online grocery is about to be the most innovative part of U.S. retail.” Keep in mind, this is the man who predicted Amazon would buy Whole Foods more than a month before it happened, so he knows of what he speaks.

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Retail / October 2, 2018

Decoding the Future of Retail

Three big takeaways from Recode’s Code Commerce summit.

Last month the tech media mavens at Recode held their second annual Code Commerce summit in New York, where Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey sat down with the heavy hitters of retail disruption to discuss everything from augmented reality to bitcoin.

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Build vs Buy / September 27, 2018

If You Build It, Will They Come Part 2: Avoiding Technical Constraints

Relationship Commerce platforms weren’t built in a day (or even a year. Or two years.)

We’re continuing our attempt to answer one of the great quandaries facing retail companies: Build or Buy? In our introduction to the series, we took a look at some of the top-level questions that any retailer looking to embrace Relationship Commerce needs to ask before committing to a plan of action.

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News / September 24, 2018

Shelving Solutions

Can Relationship Commerce help solve Walmart’s inventory problems?

Walmart’s move into online commerce was never going to be easy -- you try moving 11,000 stores onto the internet — but lately things have gotten strange.

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News / September 21, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know

All the news that’s fit to print from the front lines of retail technology.

If you think we’re not going to mention Amazon’s newly unveiled Auto Popcorn Replenishment technology this week, then you’ve got a lot to learn. Get ready for the most interesting stories we’ve seen.

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Build vs Buy / September 20, 2018

If You Build It, Will They Come?

We’re taking a deep dive into that age-old debate: build or buy?

It's never easy to avoid the siren song of building products in-house, especially when it comes to tech. You've got a talented engineering team and a wealth of plug-ins that seem to fit your needs --  why not build a custom technology solution yourself?

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