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Retail IT News: March in Review

Hello and welcome to March: In Review

Easter has come and gone. People are looking forward to the summer; not only due to the warmer weather, but also the easing of COVID restrictions. Over a year has passed since the word ‘lockdown’ made an appearance in news headlines, and while retailers have spent this time implementing the latest devices and applications for touchless retail, researchers are beginning to see a change in consumer behavior. With consumers being more health-conscious and time-demanding than ever before, retailers now understand that store design should be their highest priority, optimizing every step of the checkout process.

Adding Buy Online Puck Up At Curbside (BOPAC), Buy Online Pick Up at Store (BOPIS), self-checkout kiosks, mobile apps, mobile tablet POS devices and more puts a lot of pressure on the IT store infrastructure, particularly when so many retailers are adding workarounds on legacy infrastructure. Could this race mean unplanned downtime becomes even more costly in a post-COVID world?

The new realities reshaping store design

Shopping patterns and buying behaviors have undergone massive pandemic-fueled transformation in the last year.

Unplanned downtime: every c-store’s worst nightmare in a post-covid world

What is the true cost of downtime for c-stores, and how can businesses guard against future occurrences? We recently carried out a survey to shed some light on the matter...

Amazon has 28 more Amazon Fresh stores in the works

Amazon reportedly has plans in place for more than two dozen new Amazon Fresh supermarkets, including locations outside the retail banner’s current two-state market area.

Family Express in final stages of beta testing at-pump food ordering

Customers will be able to skip the line at locations with the Cravin's made-to-order food service program.

Meet the vertical automated grocery store

Boston-based startup Urbx aims to build its futuristic stores in cities across the country and provide micro-fulfillment technology to retailers.

Avoiding the consequences of system downtime in c-stores

A recent Convenience Store News webcast explored the costs and ramifications of these moments in time.

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