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Retail IT News: February in Review

Hello and welcome to February In Review

With so much uncertainty in the world at the moment, it’s important to take a break and focus on the positive developments. For retailers, there is the certainty that technology innovation remains strong, and will continue to improve the in-store consumer experience.

This blog covers the retail news highlights of February:

Retail sales dip, then surge 3.8% in January

U.S. consumers returned to spending in January, following a decline the prior month.

Coca-Cola, Sandstar team up on 'smart' retail lounge

Coca-Cola has partnered with Sandstar, a vending technology provider, to launch the Coca-Cola Smart Lounge, a digital, interactive shopping experience.

How retailers should handle POSReady 7’s demise

The much-anticipated deadline for retailers to update their point-of-sale (POS) devices from POSReady 7 to Windows 10 has come and gone. As a result, retailers still running the outdated software on their devices are no longer supported by the software giant and have opened themselves up to several risks in the process.

Tech partners introduce self-serve kiosks that accept PayPal, Venmo

The integration will allow ABCPOS kiosks to accept customer payments from popular digital wallets like PayPal and Venmo, as well as dozens of popular alternate payment methods favored by international customers.

Target to test curbside returns and Starbucks

The retailer will begin testing the option in select markets to add a Starbucks order or make a return within Target’s free, contactless curbside service through the Target mobile app. Target will also expand its “backup item” functionality in even more categories.

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