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  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
FinTech firm FreedomPay has announced the launch of its Donation on Device platform. In a LinkedIn post, Garrett Brennan, Director of External Affairs & Marketing at FreedomPay, said: “This game-changing platform feature lets you make charitable donations right at the Point of Sale, increasing awareness and support for charity organisations.” The founding partner for this […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The Labour party has pledged to roll out 350 banking hubs over the next five years if they are successful at the ballot boxes next month. The party said the proposal would “breathe new life back into Britain’s high streets”. Banking hubs allow staff from… This story continues at Fintech CEO calls for more access […]
  1. Data & Insights
Father’s Day 2023 saw record-breaking sales, exceeding $22.9 billion, marking a significant milestone for retailers across the country. This impressive achievement highlights the growing importance of Father’s Day as a key shopping event and reflects changing consumer behaviors and preferences. In this edition, we’ll dive deep into the factors behind last year’s Father’s Day sales […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Capital One Financial and Walmart have officially ended a partnership that had designated Capital One as the exclusive issuer of Walmart consumer credit cards. The companies first teamed up in 2019 after Walmart chose not to renew its deal with Synchrony Financial, but the partnership hit a rough patch in 2023 when Walmart filed a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued an interpretive rule confirming that buy now, pay later (BNPL) lenders are in essence credit card providers, meaning they will be required to provide consumers with legal protections and rights, including in cases of disputed charges and issuing refunds. BNPL is “often used as a close substitute […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the face of rising inflation and grocery prices, low-income families are increasingly finding themselves in a precarious financial situation. If you did not have enough disposal income to go to a restaurant, or buy a meal for delivery, would you buy a desert or treat once in a while grocery shopping? That is the […]
  1. Data & Insights
Whether April’s pause is a blip — a downturn before spending picks up again — may be no sure bet. The looming question remains: Was April a temporary halt to consumer spending, or did it signal a continued tightening of budgets, potentially prolonging a downturn for merchants as summer draws near? This week, we will […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Modern consumers expect convenience and speed when carrying out transactions and the most popular payment methods reflect this. In-person transactions have seen a rapid swing towards contactless payments due to the simplicity of ‘tap and go’ systems. While all online payments are, in effect, contactless, many payment providers strive to improve systems to offer the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Halfords is now powering B2B wholesale orders with Kriya PayLater. In a LinkedIn post, Anil Stocker, CEO and Co-Founder at Kriya, said: “This is the first big milestone in our partnership with Halfords, but also a big moment for Kriya. We’re delivering on our vision to help enterprises grow by removing the friction from B2B […]
  1. Data & Insights
Exciting news – our Q1 Home Furnishing Benchmark Report is now available! In this week’s newsletter, we’ll dive into the latest trends and insights from the furniture and mattress industry’s performance at the beginning of the year. Join us as we uncover what these trends signify for the months ahead and how they might shape […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Check out the articles on this here website that caught your fancy last week, including AiFi, Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Wow Bao, Shopsense AI, Paramount Global, Intergamma, Getir, PLUS Retail, and commercetools. Inventory monitoring startup Gather AI bags $17 million in funding to transform supply chain traceability Gather AI, a provider of computer vision […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We are past the point of conjecture about whether AI will upend the retail industry; it already has. In a recent study sponsored by Nvidia, 69% of retailers that used AI in 2023 reported that it increased revenues, and 72% said it reduced operating costs. With these kinds of results, it is no wonder 81% […]
  1. Data & Insights
Throughout the years, the retail industry has faced numerous threats, ranging from IoT bot attacks to incidents of shoplifting and even promotional strategies that deter customers. To overcome these complex challenges, retailers need to stay alert, flexible, and use creative approaches to manage risks and maintain success in a competitive market. This week we dive […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Brands and retailers that specialize in formal events and big “life moments” (think weddings, proms and the like) need to think about customer loyalty — how to win it and how to keep it — in a completely different way. For example, David’s Bridal has leaned into community and crowdsourcing to create programs that allow […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Brian Librach has held leadership positions at various retail brands, from Old Navy to Pacific Sunwear and Urban Outfitters. So needless to say, he’s faced his fair share of hardships and lessons learned. The one big thing he has found is that many retail leaders are “stuck halfway up the ladder.” This reality ultimately inspired […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
ATLANTA — LexisNexis Risk Solutions has revealed the findings of the fourteenth edition of its annual LexisNexis True Cost of Fraud Study: Ecommerce and Retail Report – U.S. and Canada Edition. The report, based on a commissioned survey conducted by Forrester Consulting, shows that merchants in the U.S. and Canada incur an average cost of $3.00 […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Connected TV (CTV) is becoming a central marketing and advertising channel for brands as streaming networks bolster their subscription offerings. They’re becoming a conduit for delivering engaging, personalized campaigns that drive brand awareness, product discovery, in-store traffic and conversions.  Roku is helping drive this new era of shoppable content by providing the streaming devices consumers […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The UK is entering a golden era of payments driven by a digital wallet boom, according to Worldpay’s Global Payments Report 2024. The report, which provides analysis of the payments landscape across 40 countries, indicates that by 2027, digital wallets are expected to comprise half of all e-commerce spend in the UK, worth £203.5 billion. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers love paying with installment plans. A recent report confirms that 60 percent of shoppers over the past year chose to pay for their purchases with interest-free installments, and most of those shoppers (45 percent) chose to do so with their own general-purpose credit cards. Even though the consumer is clearly voting with their wallets […]
  1. Corporate Finance
NBC News reports that “buying now and paying later is still a popular way to splurge on airfare to Cabo. It’s an increasingly common way to buy groceries and lawn furniture, too. “Consumers ages 35 and under comprise 53% of ‘buy now, pay later’ users but just 35% of traditional credit card holders, according to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including Boots UK and Ireland, Retail Technology Show 2024, Co-op, Uber Direct, N Brown, Google Cloud, and REWE Group. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We’re big fans of LinkedIn and are busy building an amazing community of retail tech enthusiasts on the social media platform. As we close on 15,000 followers, these are the articles that are currently on their radars, including Klarna, Boots, Matalan, InPost UK, Aldi, Jisp, EE, Co-op, TalkShopLIve, Superdrug, and Gophr. Amazon Just Walk Out […]
  1. Data & Insights
Artificial intelligence is fundamentally changing how retailers and merchants attend to customers and even how they manage inventory, all via technology such as chatbots and facial recognition. And now, AI can potentially transform lending in the sector, too. Banks, lenders and merchants with white-labeled lending offerings could eventually use AI to address credit risk assessment, […]
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MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced plans to roll out Store Companion, a new generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tool. The chatbot, designed by Target, will be available for team members at all of its nearly 2,000 stores by August, becoming the first major retailer to share that it is bringing this technology to its store team […]
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Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
  1. Data & Insights
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Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]
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  2. CPG & FMCG
  3. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
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  25. Stores & Formats
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.

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