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4/20/2018

Food Lion is trying out Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, Tenn., where Marty will help employees keep track of out-of-stock items, pricing and hazards in the aisles. Similar tests are also being conducted at some Giant and Martin's stores in Pennsylvania.

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4/20/2018

Target will offer same-day delivery via Shipt in Colorado starting early next month. The service will be available in the Fort Collins, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver markets, and the retailer plans to expand its Shipt offerings to all its stores in the US by the end of the year.

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4/20/2018

Amazon's app was the most-often downloaded app in India last year and its marketplace is the fastest-growing e-commerce site in the country, CEO Jeff Bezos said in a letter to shareholders this week. Amazon has invested $5 billion in India, but it still lags rival Flipkart in terms of total monthly sales.

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LiveMint (India)
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4/20/2018

Apple has introduced Daisy, a robot that disassembles phone parts so they can be recycled, as part of an Earth Day promotion. Also, the company announced the "GiveBack" program, which allows customers to trade in their old iPhones for gift cards or credit that can be used to buy new devices.

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4/20/2018

The changing retail scene will be a losing proposition for some, but there will also be plenty of success stories, former Macy's Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said. "Our industry's had our back to the wall for the last couple years. ... There will be winners that will emerge from this time," he said.

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4/20/2018

De'Longhi's Livenza Digital All Day Contact Grill with Waffle Plates, aka "the monster truck of panini makers," features grill plates large enough to accommodate six burgers or three paninis. The grill comes with plates for making waffles, grilling and serving as a griddle, and a Digital Cookbook app offers recipe suggestions.

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Digital Trends
4/20/2018

Strategic partnerships help Keurig advance its sustainability agenda, says Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender. Keurig was one of the first firms to join the Closed Loop Fund, which aims to improve recycling and create end uses for recycled materials.

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Sustainable Brands
4/20/2018

One hundred percent of US households make a purchase from the bakery category at least once a year, and growth is expected to increase if bakery firms work to drive it, said Todd Hale, principal of Todd Hale Associates. He suggests several growth strategies, such as new techniques to jazz up center-store sales and digitizing marketing programs to attract more baked-goods shoppers.

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Baking Business
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4/20/2018

Ordinary users will be able to add skills to their Alexa voice devices using Amazon's newly introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints. The Alexa Blueprints website provides 20 skill Blueprints as starting points for creating personalized skills.

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VentureBeat, Forbes
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4/20/2018

Walmart and Amazon in recent weeks have separately initiated negotiations to acquire controlling stakes in India-based e-commerce company Flipkart. Flipkart is seen as a key piece to gaining control of India's e-commerce market, as Indian consumers regard it as a highly trustworthy brand, Itika Punit writes.

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Quartz