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    Virtual world shopping is not the metaverse: report

    Forrester’s latest report predicts how virtual shopping will be highly immersive 10 years from now.

    By July 1, 2022
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    Enjoy Technology files for bankruptcy with plans to sell itself

    Centered around mobile stores that bring retail service inside homes, the company has been burning cash and suffering supply shortages. 

    By June 30, 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
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    The Backroom: Enjoy Technology set out to disrupt retail. But it got disrupted instead.

    Led by former J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson, the now-bankrupt “commerce-at-home” company has suffered from constrained supply and high costs.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 30, 2022
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    Walmart to acquire AR optical tech firm Memomi

    The tech company has provided its digital measurement tools to Walmart and Sam’s Club optical customers since 2019.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 30, 2022
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    Enjoy Technology to 'pause' on selling Apple products

    The cash-strained company said it is halting its “commerce-at-home” services for the tech maker to focus on business priorities. 

    By June 29, 2022
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    Pinterest names Google president of commerce as CEO

    The image-sharing platform continues its push into social retail as co-founder and former CEO Ben Silbermann transitions to the executive chairman role.

    By June 29, 2022
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    Self-checkout shipments could surpass 300K by 2027: report

    Cashless systems are growing in popularity, and retailers are testing new features like facial recognition.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 28, 2022
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    Amazon unveils first fully autonomous mobile robot

    The company aims to automate the handling of heavy, package-carrying carts with its Proteus robot, allowing employees to focus on other tasks.

    By Max Garland • June 28, 2022
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    Ikea adds space visualization tool to its app

    Following the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has worked to turn its e-commerce business around.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 28, 2022
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    PayPal changes up its pricing

    In a move that could increase or decrease charges for merchants, the company said it aims to better distinguish between personal and commercial payments on its system.

    By Lynne Marek • June 27, 2022
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    Instacart and Walmart Canada launch virtual convenience store

    Walmart Now offers delivery of around 4,000 grocery, pantry and household items, which are fulfilled through a handful of the retailer’s stores.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • June 27, 2022
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    Why your omnichannel strategy needs to include a meaningful digital in-store experience

    Leverage devices to delight customers and up-level your staff.

    June 27, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Nike exits Russia and tech firms unite around the metaverse

    The athletics giant won’t reopen its stores in the region. Meanwhile, Meta, Microsoft and others teamed up to develop standards for the virtual concept.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 24, 2022
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    American Eagle Outfitters launches NFT Apparel Shop

    The collection features limited-edition shirts and hoodies with designs from NFT artists.

    By June 24, 2022
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    Walmart invests in supply chain AI company Symbotic

    The retailer is deploying the company’s technology to increase capacity, accuracy and productivity at its distribution centers.

    By June 24, 2022
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    Walmart to release at-home and in-store AR tools

    New features will use the retailer’s iOS app to create more personalized experiences for shoppers, and include benefits to store employees as well.

    By June 24, 2022
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    Macy's takes July Fourth bonanza to Web3 with free NFT drop

    The collectibles are available via Macy’s new Discord channel, suggesting the brand wants to establish a stronger foothold in the popular chat app.

    By Peter Adams • June 23, 2022
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    Alo Yoga accepts crypto payments, allows crypto paychecks

    The DTC lifestyle brand is betting big on Web3 technology, although U.S. data suggests minimal usage of crypto for purchasing goods.

    By June 22, 2022
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    Lowe's releases limited-edition NFT collection, digital assets for builders

    The retailer wants to focus on its digital offerings as its pandemic-induced boom declines.

    June 22, 2022
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    EBay acquires NFT marketplace KnownOrigin

    The deal will usher in “a new era of digital collecting to the world’s top destination for collectibles,” according to eBay.

    By June 22, 2022
  • Simon tests digital search tool for mall shoppers

    Visitors can locate in-stock items on site at participating stores using the property’s interactive directory, or online before they head out.

    By June 21, 2022
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    Shoppers who use AR less likely to return purchases: Snap

    A new study by the social commerce platform shows that 66% of shoppers who use augmented reality tech are less likely to return items. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 21, 2022
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    Retail tech is elevating CX unlocking efficiencies

    The COS smart store in California is leveraging the gStore digital retail app to combine the ideal aspects of e-commerce and in-store shopping to provide unique and personalized experiences customers want but can only get in person.

    By Omar Sofradzija • June 21, 2022
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    Walmart, Roku partner to evolve shoppable streaming ads 'beyond the QR code'

    The retailer is the exclusive partner on a new feature that allows people to purchase products with a few taps of their remote.

    By Peter Adams • June 17, 2022
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    Maybelline launches mental health podcast

    The new show “I’m Fine, You?” is part of the brand’s efforts to destigmatize conversations around anxiety and depression.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 17, 2022