Amazon will start selling Kindles, Echoes and other gadgets at in-store kiosks in 10 Kohl's stores in Chicago and Los Angeles today. The stores will also start accepting returns of online purchases by Amazon shoppers, as part of a partnership that began in the spring.
The annual Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the US has been released, and a record 169 people with a net worth more than $1 billion were not included. President Donald Trump ranks 248th with an estimated worth of $3.1 billion.
Senior students from various high schools recently collaborated with fifth-graders to design interactive "music walls" in the younger students' elementary school. The older students, who are studying Computer Aided Design engineering technology in the Excel TECC program, began working with their younger peers in February to create the walls for use with problem-solving.
Canada, Mexico and the US have agreed to drop a year-end deadline for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and to extend talks into the first quarter. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the goal of finishing renegotiation this year "was never a hard target."
Stop & Shop, Food Lion and Hannaford parent Ahold Delhaize will team with IRI to collect point-of-sale, supply chain and frequent shopper program data through IRI's Liquid Data platform. Through the deal, Ahold Delhaize will enhance its consumer insights and improve marketing and shopper targeting efforts.
The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, a bill that calls for a national standard for data-breach notification, was reintroduced last month by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. The bill, previously introduced in 2015 amid opposition from the National Association of Attorneys General, calls for companies to notify affected individuals within 30 days with assistance from the Federal Trade Commission and from local media outlets, should the breach affect 5,000 or more people within a state.
Terri & Sandy has led a rebranding campaign for Gerber, which includes new packaging design, more modern flavors and a new tagline, "Anything for Baby." The push is aimed at millennial parents, touting the brand's production of organic baby food since the 1990s, its relationship with local farmers and includes digital and TV advertising.
High-end fashion company Gucci aims to make "sustainability an intrinsic part of our business" and will discontinue using fur by the launch of its 2018 spring-summer line, CEO Marco Bizzarri said. Gucci will auction any leftover fur items and donate proceeds to the Humane Society and Italian animal rights charity LAV.
Reuters reports that five former Microsoft employees say the company experienced an intrusion into its secret internal bug-tracking database in 2013. The company did not advise the public of the extent of the breach, the former employees said, noting that Microsoft strengthened security and implemented two-factor authentication after the incident.
A federal judge invalidated four patents for Allergan's dry-eye drug Restasis, opening the door to possible generic competition, but no such drugs are approved yet, and the company said it will appeal. Allergan has been criticized for transferring patents for Restasis to a Native American tribe in an effort to protect itself from patent challenges.
Nielsen has announced a syndicated service that will allow studios and networks to compare their ratings to content on Netflix, including the streaming service's own original programming. Metrics similar to those used for traditional TV will be made available to subscribers, and the company plans to launch similar offerings for Hulu and Amazon Prime's over-the-top service next year.
Safety technology, cameras, monitors, harnesses and other equipment can help reduce falls on construction sites. However, company owners must be willing to invest in the tools, train workers to use them, enforce safety policies and increase supervision.
Fiji intends to issue a $50 million green bond to raise funds to combat the effects of climate change on its 300 islands. The World Bank says this is the first bond with this intended goal.
Body scanners are now in use at Lewiston-Nez Perce Regional County Airport in Lewiston, Idaho. The Transportation Security Administration has installed the scanners at multiple US airports over the past nine months.
Writer Bobby Tanzilo's heartstrings were touched by a new trend he experienced in experienced in three Chicago hotels: guitars in guest rooms. The ACME Hotel's Summer of Rock package featured an electric guitar to play and a vintage record player to take home, plus other goodies.