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    Google debuts 3D sneaker tool, new shopping features

    The technology company will provide more personalized recommendations to users and assist businesses in creating 3D product models.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    What Amazon’s product updates say about its strategy

    The retailer has expanded its reach into consumers' homes — and their businesses. 

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    How marketplaces are evolving

    From regulation and counterfeits to the launch of new platforms, here's where marketplaces are cropping up in retail.

    By Retail Dive staff
  • As the holidays approach, Five Below adds BOPIS

    The retailer is looking to provide more convenience as consumers seek out discount retailers to combat inflation.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 28, 2022
  • A virtual Roblox space designed by Walmart shows a ferris wheel in the foreground a blimp flying against a blue sky in the background.
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    Walmart aims to shift Gen Z perceptions with expansive Roblox play

    Interactive virtual spaces going live ahead of the holidays cater to different product interests, with a beauty and cosmetics section among the first.

    By Peter Adams • Sept. 27, 2022
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    Build-A-Bear redesigns website

    The retailer has rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic to see historically high revenues.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 26, 2022
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    Can fungi replace leather for retailers?

    As brands search high and low for alternatives that don't use animal products or plastic, more are turning toward mycelium.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Home Depot employees move to unionize and Nike launches recycling program on Alipay

    Philadelphia workers for the home improvement retailer filed with the National Labor Relations Board, while the athletics brand partnered with Ant Group’s Green Energy Initiative.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Sept. 23, 2022
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    E-commerce apps lose pandemic luster: report

    New research shows downloads and marketing spending is declining amid shifts in consumer behavior, data privacy changes and recession fears.

    By Aaron Baar • Sept. 23, 2022
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    FTC investigates Amazon’s $1.7B bid to acquire iRobot

    The news marks the second acquisition by the mass retailer that the Federal Trade Commission has requested further information on this year. 

    By Sept. 21, 2022
  • A store planner wears a Magic Leap 2 AR headset to visualize and make adjustments to a 3D store plan.
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    Lowe’s debuts ‘digital twin’ store

    The virtual replica of one of the retailer’s stores combines spatial data with Lowe’s data, including product location and historical order information.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 21, 2022
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    Walmart weds data to popular apps like TikTok in latest ad play

    A new Innovation Partners program that also features Snapchat and Roku seeks to help brands better understand what engages Gen Z.

    By Peter Adams • Sept. 21, 2022
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    Where AI fits in the Sam’s Club tech portfolio

    AI helps drive purchases and improve the shopping experience. The bottom line is member retention, said CTO Vinod Bidarkoppa.

    By Roberto Torres • Sept. 21, 2022
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    Amazon offers sellers free software to speed fulfillment

    Veeqo helps merchants manage inventory and gives discounted rates with carriers such as UPS and FedEx.

    By Megan Ruggles • Sept. 20, 2022
  • Instacart rolls out Connected Stores suite of services for retailers.
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    Instacart rolls out tech enhancements centered on in-store shopping

    The company’s “Connected Stores” suite includes an updated smart cart, scan-and-pay program and electronic shelf labels.

    By Jeff Wells • Sept. 19, 2022
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    Puma debuts shoes, tights made from recycled materials

    The Re:Collection line is made with between 20% and 100% recycled materials and comes on the back of a biodegradable shoe launch earlier this year.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 19, 2022
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    For Peloton, 2022 has been a rough ride

    The at-home gym company — along with its stock price — was riding on a high during the pandemic. Consumers brought it back to reality in 2022.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Walmart Canada turns to automated AI solution to curb out-of-stocks

    Following a 70-store pilot, the retailer is rolling out Focal Systems’ computer vision cameras to scan shelves at predetermined intervals and alert workers to restock products.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Sept. 19, 2022
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    3 disruptive retail trends, and why retailers must adapt

    The retail landscape is changing at an ever-increasing pace, enabling some retailers to gain competitive advantages.

    Sept. 19, 2022
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    Walmart expands virtual try-on functionality with Be Your Own Model

    iOS customers in the U.S. will be able to upload images of themselves to virtually try on over 270,000 apparel items.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    Running brand On creates shoe made from carbon emissions

    The shoe, Cloudprime, is made of about 70% CO2, and will need more investment to be brought to consumers at scale.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    Walmart leans into personalization with app, site upgrades

    The retailer added new recommendation and visualization functions to digital apparel shopping and upgraded its gift registries, among other changes. 

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Amazon buys mechatronics firm to fold into robotics division

    With Cloostermans, the retail giant intends to “more rapidly deploy solutions” that support employees, improve safety and cut packaging waste.

    By Edwin Lopez • Sept. 14, 2022
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    HSN creates YouTube TV channel

    The company wants to connect with more shoppers, but industry analysts are concerned about whether it can weather economic volatility.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 12, 2022
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    Why m-commerce is the new e-commerce and why retailers need to adapt quickly

    Market disruption has triggered massive changes in the retail sector, and one of the biggest developments is a major shift by shoppers toward m-commerce or mobile shopping and ordering.

    Sept. 12, 2022
  • Two models wearing white and black outfits from the Alo Yoga Aspen collection.
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    Alo Yoga releases first ready-to-wear collection, NFT at New York Fashion Week

    The new Aspen Collection features floor-length faux fur jackets and cashmere sets, and comes with non-fungible tokens providing exclusive perks.

    By Sept. 10, 2022