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4/9/2021

Levi Strauss looks to open more stores this year to take advantage of vacant retail space and further its goal of expanding direct-to-consumer sales from 40% to 60% of total revenue, CEO Chip Bergh said. The fashion brand operates 40 full-line stores and 200 outlets in the US, and new locations will be smaller-format NextGen stores that will use machine learning tech to manage inventory, Bergh said.

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4/9/2021

Amazon has confirmed plans to open four brick-and-mortar grocery stores in Washington, D.C.; Franconia, Va.; Chevy Chase, Md.; and Warrington, Pa., which would be its first East Coast sites. Amazon would not confirm whether the new locations would fly the retailer's Fresh banner, but did say it is now hiring "hundreds" of full- and part-time workers.

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4/9/2021

Jean Batthany, who spent more than four years working to shape the marketing of Walt Disney parks, products and brands, has been named Walmart's first chief creative officer. In a LinkedIn post, Batthany said she will develop "breakthrough and innovative marketing at all consumer touch points" for the retailer, and added she was happy to join "such an impactful brand with huge scope, scale and heart."

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4/9/2021

Lidl has introduced a new product logo for its own brands of items, such as toothpaste and soap, designed to raise awareness of water use and encourage customers to do more to conserve water every day. The "Save Water" logo, released to mark Earth Day and Water Conservation Month, also will guide shoppers to an online site that offers tips to cut water use and details Lidl's global commitment to the effort.

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Progressive Grocer
4/9/2021

General Electric is developing sensors that could be embedded in consumer electronics to detect nanoparticles from viruses such as the flu or COVID-19. Researchers say the technology would be comparable to laboratory-grade instruments.

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Engadget
4/9/2021

PopSugar's editors dream in vivid color; thus, the items on their dream-worthy kitchen-item list for April include West Elm's Fantasia flatware set and Opalhouse's cotton oven mitt and pot holder set. Plenty of design-forward options, such as the Ooni Koda 16 gas outdoor pizza oven, are noted too.

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PopSugar
4/9/2021

A new list of "essential" kitchen products ideal for spring and summer includes a Cuisinart 1.5-quart frozen yogurt ice cream maker and an OXO Good Grips 2-in-1 citrus juicer. The Vacu Vin wine saver pump can help keep that chardonnay fresh.

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Food & Wine
4/9/2021

A bridge loan is a short-term financing tool, one designed to satisfy a business' needs until a longer-term loan is secured, writes Dock David Treece. Treece discusses different situations where a bridge loan might be suitable and offers a comparison of terms between bridge loans and conventional bank loans.

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Business
4/9/2021

Samsung's award-winning BESPOKE customizable refrigerators and their stunning designs have inspired consumers around the world. Now, the BESPOKE lineup is available to buy in the U.S. You can customize your fridge to match your home's style, whether you choose the all-new 4-Door FlexTM, the Flex Column, the Bottom Freezer, or a combination of the formats.

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4/9/2021

One year after Amazon moved Prime Day from July to October as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company is planning to hold its 2021 annual discount shopping event closer to its normal summertime slot.

Multiple internal and external sources told Recode that Amazon is currently targeting June to hold the 2021 Prime Day event. If Amazon moves ahead with this plan, the Prime Day multi-day sales event will most likely happen in the middle to latter part of the month, multiple sources said.

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