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Uniqlo parent enlists Google to make fast fashion faster

Fast Retailing taps AI to streamline processes and quickly respond to trends

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TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casualwear chain, plans to leverage Google's artificial intelligence and other technologies to speed up its operations and minimize unsold products.

"Google has the technology we are looking for," Fast Retailing Chairman and CEO Tadashi Yanai told reporters in mid-September, when he was a guest speaker at Google Cloud Next, a two-day event in Tokyo. It was an usual remark for a person who rarely praises anyone in public.

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