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Retail IT News: June in Review

Hello and welcome to June: in review

While there is still uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, there is also room for optimism as the easing of the lockdown in various countries continues and retailers adapt to the new norm. As some consumers return to the high street, early footfall reports to bricks and mortar stores are clearly substantially lower than this time last year, partly offset by the significant increase in online sales. However, there are encouraging signs that retail store visits are now beginning to increase in many countries.

Adapt or die is the mantra across many of the retail trades currently as they highlight the growing changes in consumer buying habits. And the time it takes retailers to adapt is key. Those with an agile store infrastructure will start to move ahead of their competitors. This blog focuses on some of those retailers that have made changes to their businesses in response to Covid-19 throughout June.

Seven in ten independent retailers plan to reopen this month

New research has found that while 72% of independent retailers plan to reopen this month, just over a third think they will be trading at pre-coronavirus lockdown levels by the end of the year.

Decathlon turns stores into fulfillment centers

The world’s largest sporting goods retailer is keeping its U.S. stores in the game during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 90% of in-store transactions now contactless

More than 90 per cent of face-to-face transactions are now made using contactless payments methods, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam's Club rolls out curbside pickup across the US

Sam’s Club is deploying curbside pickup service to all of its 597 locations in the United States

Grubhub strikes deal to merge with European food delivery giant

It comes after merger talks between Grubhub and Uber fell apart over worries about potential regulatory scrutiny.

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