Specialty Retail
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1/23/2018

Tops Markets is converting its bulk departments to offer several possible portion sizes to health-conscious customers instead of standard bins with scoops. The change lets the store offer packages with specific nutrition data and also takes up less floor space.

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Progressive Grocer
1/23/2018

Woodman's Market in Madison, Wis., is testing handsets that allow shoppers to ring up their purchases as they go, then use a special self-checkout stand to pay. "This will really help you beat the line on a busy weekend," said Matthew Alba, a Woodman's IT technician.

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1/23/2018

Susan Morris will take over as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Albertsons as Wayne Denningham prepares to leave his post as COO. Morris has held multiple positions with the company, including vice president of bakery and operations and leader of West Region Operations.

1/23/2018

L'Oreal Professionnel has teamed with ModiFace to create an augmented reality app dubbed Style My Hair. Users can virtually try different hair colors before making the commitment to dye.

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Drug Store News
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1/23/2018

Unilever-owned Schmidt's Naturals has released a new line called Tooth + Mouth Paste that will include five flavors. The products are free from artificial sweeteners, dyes and flavors.

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Drug Store News
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1/23/2018

Barneys New York will start selling a Micro-Filler Mask Pack from Starskin next month, with more retailers to follow. The product imitates the effects of professional micro-needling services at a fraction of the cost, said Starskin co-founder Nicole Arnoldussen.

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Barneys New York
1/23/2018

Golf retailer PGA Tour Superstore is owned by Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, and it's finding success with a business model that resembles the home improvement chain's strategy. "We've revolutionized, just as Home Depot revolutionized the home improvement business, and it's more than just selling products," President and CEO Dick Sullivan said.

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Forbes
1/23/2018

ToBox.com, an online household goods retailer, has debuted with a collection of around 30 items sourced directly from factories such as an air fryer. The company is also aiming to expand its housewares offerings, said marketing executive Diandrah Lamarche.

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HFN
1/23/2018

Kat Nouri, founder and chief executive of Stasher, showed off her company's reusable silicone bags on ABC's "Shark Tank," attracting a $400,000 investment from Mark Cuban. The dishwasher-safe bags can be used for sous vide cooking and storing food.

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The Spoon
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1/23/2018

This article reviews three use cases in which additive manufacturing is used to replicate, adapt or optimize a product. Optimization is a distinct use case because additive's influence starts in the design process, Timothy Simpson writes.

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