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5/23/2019

H.E. Butt Grocery is investing in people to differentiate itself, with President Craig Boyan asserting that technology should be used to create jobs and improve the lives of both customers and employees. "We believe the main thing we need to do is invest in people -- and better people," Boyan said.

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5/23/2019

Kroger is teaming up with Growing America's Farmers to make college scholarships available through Future Farmers of America. A portion of sales of GR Farms' Vidalia onions in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina will go toward the scholarships.

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Kroger, FFA
5/23/2019

Ahold Delhaize's Netherlands banner Albert Heijn is piloting an artificial intelligence-powered platform that automatically adjusts chicken and fish prices to reduce waste. Prices go down as a product's sell-by date approaches and are affected by factors like location, weather conditions, in-store stock and historical sales performance.

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Albert Heijn, Ahold Delhaize
5/23/2019

Reliance Retail's more than 10,000 stores have the retailer well-positioned to compete with Amazon and Flipkart in India with its upcoming e-commerce launch, according to Forrester Research. Online retail in India is on track to hit $85 billion within four years, the research firm says.

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LiveMint (India)
5/23/2019

An effective product authentication system can significantly reduce the possibility of buying and selling fraudulent products and can lead to increased sales as customers become more confident about the authenticity of products. Entrupy's On Demand Authentication system relies on microscopic images and a cloud-based database to help retailers increase accuracy and sales and save time. Read more from NRF's STORES magazine.

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stores.org
5/23/2019

Advance Auto Parts increased net sales and net income during its fiscal first quarter ended April 20. Same-store sales were up 2.7% from the year-ago period.

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MarketWatch
5/23/2019

Today's distribution customers want self-service options that allow them to research and buy directly instead of relying on account manager-style sales, writes John Gunderson. Distributors should also focus on value-added services that can provide differentiation.

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John Gunderson
5/23/2019

Bowl meals are all the rage, and Presto's countertop Belgian Waffle Bowl Maker allows the vessel to be part of the meal. While using pancake batter or hash browns can yield an edible, bowl-shaped vessel in fewer than five minutes, consumers also can experiment with biscuit mix, cookie dough and more.

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Presto
5/23/2019

Finding efficient ways to sharpen knives at home can save time and money and make products last longer. The compact, customizable Work Sharp Culinary E5 electric knife sharpener has an integrated timer, can use belts of varying coarseness and offers an upgrade kit for more seasoned home cooks.

5/23/2019

Target reported its eighth straight quarter of same-store sales growth, fueled by private-label growth in categories including beauty, baby and essentials. The retailer has added about 40 new brands recently, including natural cleaning line Everspring and clean beauty brand Versed.

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