Retail: Benefit by combining stores, e-commerce

Retailers are combining their brick-and-mortar stores with e-commerce to generate greater sales. A study by Internet Retailer found that the companies most effective at using both stores and e-commerce are, in order, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, Nordstrom, Lowe's and J.C. Penney.

How to bring LGBTQIA+ history into class

Teachers can incorporate LGBTQIA+ history into lessons with the Four-Tiered Approach -- covering contributions, additive, transformation and social action, writes Meg Honey, an educator at Saint Mary's College of California. In this commentary, Honey outlines how the group's history can be depoliticized and used to foster well-being among students.

US seeks suspension of intellectual property row with China

The US has requested that a World Trade Organization investigation of complaints about China's intellectual property practices be suspended until Dec. 31. The US and China have agreed to suspend action on the dispute after China revised or repealed rules the US had complained about, a source says.

Walmart aims to woo customers with private-brand beef

Walmart is hoping to boost its credibility with shoppers by selling its own Angus beef. "This became a really important priority for the company," says Scott Neal, Walmart's senior vice president of meat, adding that meat is an important driver for customers.

Survey finds reasons behind physicians' reluctance to share data

Philips surveyed more than 3,100 health care professionals in 15 countries and found those who don't share patient data, both inside and outside their facilities, cite lack of access to data sharing systems, preference for traditional formats, concerns about privacy and security, and lack of interoperability.

Spotify launches podcast targeting tools

Marketers that want to test podcast targeting can now do so by using Spotify Free's tool that offers segmenting of the 123 million listeners of its free ad-supported service based on interests such as comedy, health, lifestyle, technology and business. 3M and Samsung are the first brands testing the service which is available to advertisers in the US, Canada, Mexico and other countries.

Walgreens bets bigger on private-label lines

Walgreens has been revamping its private-label brands for the past few years, and in May it created Complete Home, a new brand designed to help its home goods stand out. Other retailers including Target and Kroger have also been putting more emphasis on their private-label lines as a way to stand out from the competition.

Qualcomm, Intel seeking lift of Huawei sales ban

Qualcomm, Intel and other US chip manufacturers are reportedly lobbying the US government to lift restrictions that ban sales to the world's largest telecommunications equipment company, Huawei. The US prohibited sales to Huawei because of what it said were national security issues.

Lawsuit challenges drug price disclosure rule

A lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that would require pharmaceutical firms to disclose the list prices of their products in direct-to-consumer television ads starting next month has been filed by Merck, Amgen, Eli Lilly and Co., and the Association Of National Advertisers. Amgen said the rule raises concerns about free speech and "fails to account for differences among insurance, treatments and patients themselves, by requiring disclosure of list price."

AT&T's direct-to-consumer play hinges on volume

AT&T will compete for streaming video customers by dipping into its huge library of content to provide more programming choices to consumers, said John Stankey, the CEO of AT&T's WarnerMedia arm who is charged with consolidating the telecom's various media pieces. Toward that end, AT&T put WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in charge of Otter Media, the company's collection of digital services.

North American roofing market to approach $48B in 6 years, report says

By 2025, the roofing market in the US and Canada will be worth $47.5 billion, up from $29.9 billion in 2017, an Allied Market Research report finds. Roofing membrane will likely continue to be the largest segment of the market, although metal roofing will gain ground.

Musk: Solar tile production will ramp up slowly

Elon Musk on Wednesday said that Tesla's Solar Roof tiles will be manufactured at a slower rate to ensure they last as long as expected. Musk's comment came as his company reported a reduction in solar installations.

Boeing 737 Max problems result in more flight cancellations

Southwest Airlines is cancelling flights involving its 34 Boeing 737 Max planes for the rest of the summer travel season. The airline said it is eliminating the flights in advance to avoid last minute cancellations and passenger inconvenience.

Hospitality, retail can synergize to tap into "experience economy"

With the "experience economy" expected to hit $8 trillion by 2030, hospitality, retail, food and other industries may only be successful if they can create cross-category combinations, says brand strategist and sociology expert Ana Andjelic, who lays out the keys to making this work. Hospitality companies should consider integrating retail in a way that will make customers excited, inspired or interested in sharing or celebrating, such as the environmentally friendly Cote d'Azur Hotel Les Roches Rouges' partnership with a sustainable luxury fashion boutique.