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Retail IT News: August in Review

Hello and welcome to August: In Review

Summer is officially over, and the countdown to the peak shopping and sales periods, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are on. Many retailers have invested in developing new digital strategies, systems and apps for improving the customer experience, and the time of judgement is fast approaching.

This blog post focuses on the highlights of retail IT news in August.

C-Store Technology Insight Report

Only 37% of c-store retailers say current IT store infrastructure is well prepared to cope with customer checkout during peak periods.

Walmart pilots a driverless delivery program

Walmart, in conjunction with autonomous vehicle company Gatik, is launching a driverless delivery pilot to deliver orders between two of its stores

Amazon opens 4-star store in Seattle

The 4,000-square-foot store sells items at the same prices Prime members pay when shopping online, but non-Prime members will have to pay list price for all non-Amazon items

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Giant Eagle to open tech hub

Giant Eagle, which operates 400-plus supermarket and convenience stores, plans to open a tech hub in Lawrenceville, a suburb near the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters

Target and Disney partner to open 25 toy shops

Disney plans to open 25 stores within Target locations by October, the two companies said in a press release on Sunday. The store-within-a-store formats are around 750-square-feet and adjacent to Target's kids clothing and toys sections.

Kroger expands Express store pilot with Walgreens

Kroger will expand its Express store-within-a-store pilot to 35 additional Walgreens locations in Tennessee this fall, according to a news release

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