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6/18/2021

Kroger has made the most of a first-quarter sales surge prompted by easing pandemic restrictions and has also built a list of impressive technological and operational accomplishments for the year. The grocer's milestones so far include starting a program to find and work more closely with local suppliers, introducing more than 250 new private label products and launching its first drone delivery service.

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Progressive Grocer
6/18/2021

After launching drone delivery last fall to get at-home COVID-19 test kits to customers around Las Vegas, Walmart has invested in Virginia-based DroneUp. Walmart has partnered with other drone service providers around the country and did not reveal the amount of its DroneUp investment, but US CEO John Furner said the retailer believes in drones as a last-mile solution and that "[c]onducting drone deliveries at scale is within reach."

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Walmart
6/18/2021

Amazon opened its much-anticipated Fresh store in the Factoria suburb of Bellevue, Wash., on Thursday, giving an eager crowd of shoppers a chance to try the "just walk out" technology the retailer is offering for the first time in a full-size store. Customers can choose the cashierless option and in-store cameras and sensors record purchases, which are then charged to their Amazon accounts.

6/18/2021

The Santoku knife, a favorite of professional and home chefs, is known for its ability to slice, dice and chop meat, fish and vegetables, says Sarah Morlock. As part of this roundup of top eight knives, Morlock explains that the Santoku is similar to a chef's knife but has a thinner, straight edge rather than the chef's curved blade and is lighter.

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Spy
6/18/2021

Josh.ai continues to grow its presence in the CI channel by partnering with sales rep firm Market Share. In the Pacific Northwest, Market Share represents the best in Consumer Electronics offerings. Their expertise and presence in the industry have established them as one of the region's leading marketing firms.

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TWICE
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6/18/2021

AHA Distributing is growing again due to dealer demand doubling their shopping space to 2,600 square feet packed with products for dealers to have an easier than ever, hands-on shopping experience. AHA has also added 900 square feet of training facility on the second floor of the building that is completely automated.

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TWICE
6/18/2021

Discussion Questions: How long do you see supply chain challenges lasting, and what impact do you expect them to have on the holiday selling season? What mitigation measures or contingency planning would you advise retailers to take to reduce the impact of supply chain disruptions?

6/18/2021

To know Len Tweten was to know he was part Forest Gump, part Warren Buffet, part Rockstar and all Len Tweten. He responded to every form of beauty innocently and without judgment. Most significantly, Len was that rarest of men: both wonderfully successful and relentlessly humble, generous and grateful for every opportunity given him. He never hesitated and he never rushed and never, never, never gave up…

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TWICE
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Warren Buffet
6/18/2021

With summer starting and the popularity of swimming pools skyrocketing, Vivint has released a new, free feature for the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro to help increase pool safety.

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TWICE
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Vivint, Swimming
6/18/2021

If you consider yourself a forgetful type, the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag might just be the godsend you've been waiting for. From wallets to keychains to finicky pets, we all lose stuff from time to time, and Samsung has your back with its smarter-than-average key finder, which uses a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chip to keep all your valuables under your thumb -- or at least nearby.

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