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Adobe: 2020 holiday spending to break all previous records 

E-commerce spending is set to skyrocket this holiday season as many customers continue to limit their time in physical stores amid the pandemic. U.S. holiday online sales will total $189 billion, up 33% over last year’s holiday season, according to Adobe Analytics Holiday Forecast 2020.

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Bed, Bath & Beyond’s three-year plan includes store remodels, tech investments

Bed Bath & Beyond will invest $1 billion to $1.5 billion in its business as part of a new three-year strategy to accelerate its onmnichannel transformation and drive sales, margin and cash flow growth. The plan was laid out by CEO Mark Tritton, who took the reins of the struggling home goods

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Former HSN exec to lead Rue21

Rue21 has named a new chief executive. The apparel retailer announced the appointment of Bill Brand as CEO.  He will take the reins from  John Fleming, who has served as interim CEO since Feb. 2020, following the departure of Michael Appel.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a digital shift in consumer behavior, and retailers need to adapt their customer experience. According to the fourth annual State of the Connected Consumer survey from Salesforce, consisting of over 12,000 consumer responses across 27 countries including the

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Friday, Nov. 13 will be a lucky day for customers of a leading discount retailer. Dollar General is the latest major retailer to offer a Black Friday holiday sales event before the traditional Friday-after-Thanksgiving date (Nov. 27 this year). Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, and J.C.

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A vertical athletic footwear/apparel retailer is maintaining omnichannel harmony with cloud-based ERP technology. New Balance will deploy Aptos’ cloud-based applications across its retail business in North America and Europe.

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As customers shift online during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ikea is quickly adapting with serverless technologies. When the global COVID-19 pandemic began in March, Ikea faced the need to manage a surge in e-commerce, heightened by the requirement to temporarily close numerous stores.

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