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7/23/2021

Home Depot is turning to Bluetooth technology to stop shoplifters from taking power tools without affecting the shopping experience for customers. The technology, which was tested at a few stores and will now be rolled out to all Home Depot stores in the US, will keep the tools from working until they are activated at the point of sale.

7/23/2021

Gap is seeing a resurgence in its popularity among young consumers, through its collaboration with Kanye West's Yeezy brand, Generation Z influencers featuring the brand in social media content and the growing number of posts using the #GapHoodie hashtag on TikTok, which led to a rise in site visits and online sales of its logo hoodies. To capitalize on the attention, Gap released limited-issue brown logo hoodies this summer -- $59.95 sweatshirts that are going for more than $200 on resale sites -- and joined with TikTok to let users help pick which color of the logo hoodie should be released next.

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7/23/2021

Instacart and Fabric have joined to provide US and Canadian food retailers with microfulfillment centers. The facilities will use both robotic software and front-end e-commerce technology to accelerate and facilitate online grocery orders placed through the Instacart Marketplace or through a retailer's branded Instacart e-commerce site.

7/23/2021

Snack consumption is changing in the US, with shoppers now prioritizing nutritious, healthy products. Major confectionery and CPG companies are making moves to cater to the trend, with Hershey's Kristen Riggs saying, "Expanding our expertise, building new capabilities and delivering more choices in better-for-you confection is the next big category opportunity for us to lead."

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Progressive Grocer
7/23/2021

A Reddit poster has leaked preliminary pricing details for products expected to debut at the Samsung Unpacked event on Aug. 11. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 are among the products that will reportedly be unveiled.

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7/23/2021

The Armani Group said it plans to decrease some greenhouse gas emissions levels by half before 2030 to adhere to the Paris Agreement for climate change. "Fighting climate change is a very complex undertaking that requires great dedication and must cover the entire production process. Therefore, I am particularly proud of this important step," Giorgio Armani said.

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FashionUnited
7/23/2021

Meals somehow taste better when served atop a placemat -- and Leah Goggins writes that this holds especially true for a lunch at a work desk. Goggins rounds up a variety of easy-to-clean placemats and cloth napkins from Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Target and Etsy that feature florals, foxes, filigree and more.

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Eating Well
7/23/2021

Amazon salespeople are pitching building managers, landlords and locksmiths around the country on Key for Business, the company's keyless entry service that enables drivers to drop off packages inside building lobbies using a mobile device. Amazon introduced the service in 2018 but has not disclosed the number of sign-ups.

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7/23/2021

The Fresh Market's initial public offering filing and Nestle Toll House's fall lineup of cookie dough and baking mixes attracted SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week. ALDI's small-format design and new CPG products from Kellogg and Pringles also ranked high with readers.

7/23/2021

Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Mark Tritton says the way consumers view the home has changed, and he is incorporating that into his plans for the retailer. "Discretionary spending on the home is here to stay, because it is where people feel safe and comfortable, and they want to express themselves," Tritton says.

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