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2. Kingfisher taps Fluent Commerce OMS tech, starting with B&Q roll-out

Kingfisher is to deploy Fluent Commerce’s Order Management System (OMS), with the aim of supporting the Group’s online retail business and enhancing customer experience. 

The solution will first be rolled out at B&Q.

Integrating the new platform with the latter’s existing architecture is being led by Valtech in collaboration with Kingfisher Group, with deployment first taking place in the UK.

3. Locus Robotics bags $117m in Series F funding, closes in on $2bn valuation

Locus Robotics, a specialist in autonomous mobile robots for fulfilment and distribution warehouses, has secured more than $117 million in Series F funding, led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and G2 Venture Partners.

As part of this, Mark Midle, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, and Zach Barasz, Partner, G2 Venture Partners, will join the Locus board of directors.

The funding round brings its valuation close to $2 billion.

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