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Tornado Recovery, Shoppable TV Among Developments

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Dollar Tree is scrambling to limit supply chain disruptions to more than 600 Midwest and mid-South stores after an Oklahoma tornado damaged a distribution center in Marietta.

No worker injuries were reported among 456 employees at the center, but the million-square-foot building sustained significant damage in the April 27 outbreak, according to reports.

No retail locations were reported as damaged in the series of tornadoes throughout the region.

In other retail developments, BJ’s Wholesale Club announced three more new stores, on top of 6 already planned for 2024.

Staten Island, N.Y., and Florida locations in Brooksville and St. Johns will open by the end of the year, the company announced. It’s part of Massachusetts-based BJ’s expansion into the Midwest and Southeast regions.

The retailer already operates 244 club stores and 175 gas stations in 20 states. A Louisville location opening in early 2025 will introduce the chain to Kentucky as well.

Home Depot’s retail media network, offering advertising across multiple channels, has been branded as the Orange Apron Network in a nod to the company’s primary color scheme and worker attire.

The network offers advertising on and in promotional emails.

Yum Brands said in their first-quarter earning report that more than 50 percent of their sales are now digital.

The parent of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC reported that 55 percent of systemwide sales alast quarter were digital, the first time that number has exceeded 50 percent. The $8 billion in digital sales for the quarter represents an 11 percent year -over-year increase, and would account for $30 million in annualized sales revenue.

Yum is also experimenting with voice AI to take customer orders at drive-thru windows.

Shopsense, an immersive shopping creator, announced a partnership with Spanish-language TV network Univision to integrate shoppable experiences across Univision’s streaming content.

The partnership will kick off with collections centered around the Latin American Music Awards.

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