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8/22/2017

Fujitsu will reportedly put its mobile operations on the block, with bidding to take place as early as September. The company would end the development and manufacturing of phones, but would still maintain the brand.

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Fujitsu
8/22/2017

Kroger is teaming with vendor The Grocery Runners to test a home delivery service for grocery shoppers in its home market of Cincinnati. The service, which includes a fee for users, is among several delivery tests the retailer has participated in as Kroger works to find its best fit for a grocery delivery model.

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8/22/2017

Meijer will streamline and reorganize its information technology services team in a bid to better position the retailer in the competitive retail market and increase efficiencies, Senior Director of Communications Frank Guglielmi said. The move comes as Meijer works to increase its efforts in grocery e-commerce and adjust to changing shopper preferences.

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MiBiz (Michigan)
8/22/2017

After three years of strong growth, Kroger faces growing grocery competition from Amazon, Walmart, ALDI and Lidl. CEO Rodney McMullen, who began his Kroger career as a stock clerk, talks about the current challenges, industry changes and how his company is taking on the competition.

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Kroger, Rodney McMullen, Aldi, Walmart, Amazon
8/22/2017

Organic foods are now mainstream in the US market, as about 82% of shoppers purchase organic foods on a regular basis, and the focus in the organic market has shifted to lower prices, bulk buying and convenience, according to data from Ekowarehouse.

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FoodNavigator
8/22/2017

New York-based perfumery Le Labo is releasing its city-exclusive fragrances worldwide for the month of September, bringing scents like Paris' Vanille 44 and London's Poivre 23 to customers around the globe. The company will also reintroduce Aldehyde 44 to its collection this fall and add a fragrance called Mousse De Chene 30.

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Vogue online
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Le Labo, Le Labo
8/22/2017

Music streaming via Bluetooth for the Google Home is now available, and users are able to pair phones with the device to use the feature. The offering was quickly added and removed in June, so this is the permanent roll out of the option.

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Ubergizmo
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Google, Bluetooth
8/22/2017

AT&T's Primetime tablet will go on sale this Friday and will include preloaded apps for DIRECTV. It will be available at a cost of $200, or consumers will be able to get a discount when signing up for a two-year contract.

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Multichannel News
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DIRECTV, AT&T
8/22/2017

Beta 7 of Apple's iOS 11 is now available for developers paying $99 a year for access. Also, beta 6 is now available for the public and is reported to load quickly.

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TechCrunch, Forbes
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iOS, Apple, $99
8/22/2017

HTC dropped the price on its Vive virtual reality system by 25% to $600, likely owing to lower than expected demand. Cost has been seen as a major barrier to the widespread implementation of VR, and companies such as HTC and Facebook have consistently dropped prices to gain more sales.

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HTC, Virtual reality, Facebook