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11/20/2017

Door to Door Organics shuttered its operations Friday, after 20 years in the grocery delivery business. The move came abruptly after recent comments from its CEO that indicated future funding and growth for the retailer.

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11/20/2017

Walmart will team with Deliv to add same-day grocery delivery service in the San Jose, Calif., market. The move will add to the companies' partnerships, which have included last-mile grocery delivery and in-home delivery of groceries and other packages.

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11/20/2017

Republic Wireless is working on a smart speaker that will offer a calls-first approach. The Anywhere HQ connected speaker will connect via an LTE network and will offer a built-in virtual assistant.

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11/20/2017

A Parks Associates report predicts that 55 million smart home devices will be purchased by US households in 2020. The report also notes that 42% of home security systems now include smart home components, while connected appliances and thermostats also remain popular options.

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11/20/2017

CPG manufacturers are increasingly turning to plant-based ingredients as solutions to consumer demand for healthy snacking, with vegetables, grains and pulses popping up in more snack products. Vegetable snacks accounted for 45% of the dollar sales in the alternative-ingredient salty snack category last year, while grain-based snacks generated 40% of the segment and pulse-based snacks accounted for 15% of sales, according to Packaged Facts.

11/20/2017

A digital streaming deal between Verizon and the NFL is on the horizon, sources say. Through the deal, Verizon subscribers will be able to watch NFL games on more devices, including TVs.

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11/20/2017

PupBox, a service that sends dog owners monthly packages of products suited to their dog's age, has been acquired by Petco. The company's first Holiday Box will be available this season.

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11/20/2017

The first Groomery by PetSmart opened in Oak Park, Ill., followed by a Manhattan, N.Y., location. The pet grooming salons are meant to serve areas far from a PetSmart store.

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11/20/2017

This article provides a guide and estimated price schedule of various end-of-life services for a pet. In addition, it lists symptoms that indicate an animal's quality of life is fading and resources to support those experiencing grief over the loss of a pet.

11/20/2017

Scientists at Texas-based Viagen Pets join skin cells from a customer's pet to a donor egg to create an embryo that is genetically identical to the original pet. Cloning a dog costs $50,000 and cloning a cat costs $25,000.