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Retail IT News: March in Review

Hello and welcome to March: in review

It’s fair to say that recent events have prompted us to realize and appreciate how fortunate we are to live in such a connected world. Thanks to modern technology, we can connect to our loved ones and consumers can continue to buy essential goods. Modern retail, in particular, is an aspect that many have come to appreciate. Many retailers have stepped up to the challenge and put their best foot forward, in order to provide us with a modicum of consistency in the middle of such unpredictable times.

This blog covers how retailers have adapted to this latest challenge.

Convenience Fuel Retail

Convenience Fuel Retailers continue to provide an essential service to the communities during these uncertain times. Here are just a few examples of initiatives going on:

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, continues to keep their stores open 24/7 ensuring that the nations’ truckers can continue to keep supplies coming and shelves stocked. They have made a number of steps to make lives easier for staff including ‘Thank you Pay’ and Free Meals.

Circle K are  offering pay rises for staff and supporting the people that are making a difference to peoples’ lives every day with free coffee, tea and Polar Pop Fountain for first responders and health care workers on the front line.

While the demand for food and essential goods from grocers and convenience stores continues apace retailers are rapidly having to adapt their checkout offerings to meet changing shopping methods. NCR Software Defined Store can help retailers push POS and checkout to the door of the store or do more flexible curb-side pickup, using virtualized POS tablets over the ethernet or wifi. Once deployed the system can be managed remotely alleviating the concern for on-site visits.

To learn more about Software Defined Store for Convenience Fuel Retail:

Coronavirus is changing shoppers' relationship with grocery retailers

With U.S. consumers social distancing in response to the coronavirus, online grocery shopping has accelerated in an unprecedented way. Plus, buy online pick up in store orders surge for many e-retailers.

U.S. retail chains reduce hours, close stores

Giant Eagle, Kroger, Walmart and other grocers curb hours to restock and disinfect stores.

Contactless card limit raised to £45

The contactless limit for in-store card transactions will increase from £30 to £45, introduced as a measure in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Lululemon pivots to focus on digital, faced with store closures due to coronavirus

Lululemon is focusing on digital efforts as its stores in North America and Europe remain closed due to the coronavirus since mid-March.

Kwik Chek has daily task protocol for employees during pandemic

Kwik Chek's CEO said that the business is adjusting to the pandemic on multiple fronts, including implementing a daily task protocol for employees.

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