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Retail IT News: September in Review

Hello and welcome to September: In Review

It’s great to see more sales on the high street. The online penetration of retail sales is still significant, however, since the pandemic began. Retailers need to continue planning ahead as online fulfillment can be more expensive to operate. Retail technology took an interesting turn with Amazon trialing palm payment, a move away for from the more familiar facial recognition identification systems people see at airports. Meanwhile the investments in trailing drone deliveries continue as home delivery is high on the agenda.

This month we enjoyed a most informative webinar involving Ed Collupy (Senior Consultant – formerly W Capra) and Brent Peters (Head of NA Retail Systems, Circle K) outlining the new era of convenience and the case for the software defined store. Find out more below and view some of the retail news highlights in September.

Tesco to trial drone deliveries next month

During a 'disruptive innovation' virtual event yesterday, chief executive Dave Lewis said it will launch testing in Ireland, where its partner Manna already has a licence to operate drones.

The case for the Software Defined Store – agility in the face of change

We recently hosted a webinar on The Case for the Software Defined Store, which is now available to view on demand.

Amazon launches palm payment option

Amazon is launching a palm payment technology in two Amazon Go stores to speed up the checkout process, simplify the shopping experience and enhance the retail customer experience — and, at some point, plans to sell it to other retailers and companies.

Amazon and Walmart’s emerging delivery drone battle escalates with Zipline deal

Walmart is partnering with drone delivery unicorn Zipline to make on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products in the U.S. early next year.

Tennessee makes more services available via self-serve kiosks

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security's driver services division announced additional services are available at all self-service kiosks, according to a press release.

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