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5/22/2017

Activision's "Destiny 2" is expected to feature a more complex villain and better worldbuilding than previous installments. "We're spending a lot of time just trying to make sure that we're telling a story and that we have characters that people want to meet and want to work with," says Luke Smith, director of "Destiny 2."

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5/22/2017

Wegmans Food Markets will enter the Washington, D.C., market when the retailer opens its first store there as part of a mixed-use development that will include retail, arts, residential and other space. The store and the development are expected to open in 2021.

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5/22/2017

Sprouts Farmers Markets has been selling non-perishable private label items for about four years, and while 60% of the retailer's purchases are perishables, non-perishable private labels have grown to become a significant part of Sprouts' business, CEO Amin Maredia said. Private labels are expected to bring in $500 million in revenue this year, and about half of all shopping baskets contain at least one private label product.

5/22/2017

Rouses Supermarkets has successfully pushed its summer produce through promotions and creative displays at its more than 40 stores. For example, the retailer has held display contests for produce managers and enlists cross-promotional strategies to encourage produce impulse buys.

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5/22/2017

Smart home users have 3.4 smart devices in their homes on average, per a recent ReportLinker survey. The most popular devices were home appliances, followed by smart thermostats and security systems.

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5/22/2017

Instagram is giving brands triple the amount of engagement of Facebook, and celebrities are getting 3.6 times more engagement, per SocialBakers. The research analyzed hundreds of millions of posts to both platforms.

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5/22/2017

ATSC 3.0's features, including immersive audio and high-resolution video, would push more consumers to purchase smart TVs, per a SmithGeiger study. The intent to purchase rises 19%, with 74% of respondents expressing interest in purchasing a smart TV over the next 12 months because of those features, the study found.

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Multichannel News
5/22/2017

Three in five companies anticipate being affected by a breach this year, per a SailPoint study. The study also found that 35% of respondents had been affected by a data breach two or more times over the past 12 months, and one-third of respondents said they would not even be able to tell if they were breached.

5/22/2017

Samsung is planning to unveil a multidirectional stretchable OLED display this week. It's expected that the company will show off its 9.1-inch screen, which Samsung claims can expand up to 12 millimeters when pressed without losing high resolution.

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5/22/2017

There were 36 requests for patents on virtual assistant technology in 2014, and as of 2016, there were about 61. This is due to smart home and internet of things devices, which limit the need for users to physically interact with devices, turning instead to voice technology assistance.

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