Google has confirmed that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are sold out in its US store and will be discontinued, closing out that flagship less than a year after it was launched. The phones will continue to receive software and security updates through October 2022.
Seasonal retailer Spirit Halloween is preparing to open its 1,400 stores, some as early as this weekend, despite the ongoing pandemic that is likely to cause cancellations of holiday events. The retailer said it will implement safety measures inside its stores, and shoppers can also make purchases online.
Lenders leading J.C. Penney's bankruptcy proceedings are asking potential buyers for higher bids for the department store chain, sources said, in an effort to reach a selling price closer to about $2.2 billion, which is the amount of debt the lenders hold. Current bids from mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners, private equity firm Sycamore Partners and Hudson's Bay Co. total about $1.8 billion, the sources said.
Outdoor retailers have seen sales of bikes, kayaks, running shoes, camping gear and other equipment surge as the pandemic has carried on through the summer, and some are feeling the pinch in their supply chains. "For us, it's been a bit of a mirror of the human condition," said Paul Calandrella, a merchandising manager at REI, which was caught off guard by the sales rush on freeze-dried backpacking food.
Dollar General plans to open three new DG Fresh cold storage sites in Kentucky, Oklahoma and California as it works to increase its capacity to self-distribute frozen and refrigerated products. The company also just opened a new DG Fresh site in Montgomery, Ala., and said that location has created 65 new jobs and will serve 1,500 Dollar General stores, with the same impact being projected for the newly announced sites.
With the usual back-to-school jitters compounded this year by the ongoing pandemic, Kroger wants to help by giving an additional 10% discount to teachers, parents and school administrators each Wednesday through Sept. 9. The special "Extra Credit Wednesdays" promotion will apply to purchases of school and craft supplies, sporting goods, electronics and other general merchandise.
After a successful pilot program in July, Weis Markets will continue to offer free online cooking classes to help people whip up fun and easy meals for children and adults. Each 30-minute class is taught by a registered dietitian and comes with an ingredient list, with sessions covering topics such as "Elementary Kids Cooking Camp," "Intro to Intuitive Eating" and "No Cook Meals."
In a bid to grow market share in the highly competitive online delivery arena, DoorDash has debuted a new digital convenience store called DashMart, which features more than 2,000 selected products and restaurant specialty items that can be delivered in 30 minutes. The new store opened in eight cities Wednesday, including Minneapolis, Chicago and Dallas, and DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said the concept was "a bit like the express lane inside of a store, whether that store is a grocery store or whether that store is a convenience store, or a pharmacy."
The Safe Home Hackathon event, held this past May in Israel, brought together 1,800 innovative tech designers to create solutions to fight domestic violence. The workers were divided into 54 groups, and they tackled challenges in three areas: preventive tech that could detect patterns of abuse by analyzing records in the health care and educational systems; alert systems that users could deploy in dangerous situations; and technology that could recognize a change in smartphone use that possibly signals tampering by a potential abuser.
Automakers need more women in the workforce, which starts with girls pursuing STEM subjects, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Wednesday. Barra described her path to engineering with the support of her father, a Pontiac diemaker.