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    L’Oréal’s VC firm invests in biotech company Debut

    The $34 million series B funding round was led by the beauty giant in order to bring novel bioactive cosmetic ingredients and products to consumers. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 5, 2023
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    4 innovative ways businesses are using kiosks

    Kiosks offer a low-cost way for both retail and restaurant operators to deliver an enhanced customer experience.

    June 5, 2023
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    Trendline

    Retail Dive's outlook on 2023

    A look at retail trends and forecasting for what retailers can expect in a year of economic uncertainty.

    By Retail Dive staff
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    The Weekly Closeout: Nike apparel returns to Macy’s, Under Armour founder sells $100M of shares

    After backing out of a wholesale partnership in 2021, Nike clothing will again be available at the department store. Meanwhile, Kevin Plank sold 16 million shares to BDT Capital Partners.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 2, 2023
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    EBay expands Authenticity Guarantee to streetwear

    Items from nine brands including Supreme and Off-White are eligible, with more added at the end of September, including Adidas, Nike and Gucci.

    By June 2, 2023
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    REI launches first running shoe since the ‘70s

    The Swiftland Multi-terrain uses recycled and bio-based materials as the retailer continues to expand its running assortment. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 2, 2023
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    Walmart switching to paper mailers, rightsizing boxes to cut packaging waste

    The retail giant says it could eliminate 65 million plastic mailers by early next year.

    By Maria Rachal • June 1, 2023
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    Ikea stores owner Ingka acquires supply chain software firm

    The largest owner of Ikea stores purchased Made4Net as the company seeks to modernize its omnichannel operations. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 1, 2023
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    Instacart begins nationwide rollout of ChatGPT search tool

    The tool allows customers to find products as well as recipes, food prep tips and more using “natural language” instead of keyword-based searches. 

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • May 31, 2023
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    McKinsey: Online beauty sales in the US to hit $45B by 2027

    Global e-commerce sales now exceed those of specialty retail which, in 2022, was 20% of the overall industry.

    By Howard Ruben • May 31, 2023
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    Inside Google’s plans for improving paid search with generative AI

    More efficient ways to produce and edit assets and ensure responses are relevant to consumers were a focus of this year’s Google Marketing Live.

    By Peter Adams • May 31, 2023
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    Kroger brings digital smart screens to 500 locations

    The grocer is adding units from Cooler Screens on the heels of a three-year pilot, with the goal of strengthening its retail media offerings. 

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • May 30, 2023
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    Perfect Corp. debuts tool for finger, wrist measurements

    More brands and retailers have released tools to let shoppers visualize nail polish colors, shoes, clothing and other items.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • May 30, 2023
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    The top retail trends in 2023

    Discover the top trends in the retail industry for 2023. 

    May 30, 2023
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    QVC parent company sells Zulily to investment firm

    Qurate Retail said the move will help strengthen and optimize its brand portfolio as part of a larger turnaround strategy. 

    By May 26, 2023
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    Laneige joins virtual store trend to showcase new collection

    Powered by e-commerce platform Obsess, the store has five rooms featuring different skincare collections and brand content.

    By May 25, 2023
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    Google debuts generative AI product imagery tool for sellers

    Product Studio allows merchants to take existing imagery and create new backdrops for it, remove backgrounds and improve image resolution.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • May 24, 2023
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    The future of retail: Global trends shaping the next 5 years

    How can brands plan for the future in a disruptive economic environment? Google partnered with Kantar and Bain to analyze shopper behavior and identified four critical trends that will define the retail industry in the coming years.

    May 24, 2023
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    Textile recycling, reuse missing from FTC’s Green Guides, group says

    Companies and advocates in the textile and fashion industries are urging the Federal Trade Commission to add the issue to its ongoing workshops.

    By May 23, 2023
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    Walmart opens store-based fulfillment center in Arkansas

    The facility will help the retailer boost order throughput via a proprietary storage and retrieval system.

    By Max Garland • May 23, 2023
  • Simon expands in-stock product search tool to more malls

    Since launching Simon Search last June, the mall company has added it to 187 properties.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • May 23, 2023
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    Sam’s Club expands self-service recycling units

    The rollout to stores in Northwest Arkansas follows a successful pilot of the units in El Paso, Texas, where the retailer diverted an estimated 200,000 pieces of loose packaging. 

    By Peyton Bigora • May 23, 2023
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    How experiential marketing can increase loyalty

    Experiential marketing can bring your business to life and further engage your customers in ways they're seeking the most.

    May 22, 2023
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    Exceeding the Walmart RFID mandate

     Go beyond your retail RFID mandate and transform your operational efficiency by adopting RFID.  

    May 22, 2023
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    EBay acquires tech company Certilogo to boost secondhand fashion authentication

    Certilogo uses digital tech to give consumers access to information about products and confirm their authenticity. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • May 18, 2023
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    Pacsun’s resale platform opens second store-within-a-store concept

    PS Reserve also debuted a collection of headwear as it opened a space inside one of the retailer's California stores.

    By May 18, 2023