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4/9/2020

Instacart, trying to stay ahead of increased demand, has debuted two new delivery options to help get groceries where they are needed more quickly and with less stress. "Fast & Flexible" is designed to match those who need orders delivered as soon as possible with the first available shoppers, while the new "Order Ahead" option will allow customers to place orders up to two weeks in advance.

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The Verge
4/9/2020

After paying $1.2 million to acquire two Ohio locations of bankrupt Lucky's Market, Dave's Market says it will retain the Lucky's name and the stores' workers. Dave's, which operates 13 grocers in northeastern Ohio, was among buyers bidding for Lucky's assets, a group that also included Publix, ALDI and Dollar General.

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Publix
4/9/2020

H.E. Butt Grocery and its delivery service Favor have added 75 new Texas markets in just a week as the grocer expands its response to the coronavirus outbreak with more deliveries from its stores and local restaurants. The added services are also aimed at helping seniors, who can now order from every H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V's store in the state, with H-E-B Chief Operating Officer Martin Otto citing the company's delivery of more than 67,000 grocery orders to seniors over three weeks.

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Progressive Grocer
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Joe V
4/9/2020

Kitchenware brand Get It Right, aka GIR, has put a silicone twist on protective face masks for the coronavirus, available to health workers and the public. They come with five removable filters and can be sterilized in the dishwasher.

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Nerdist
4/9/2020

Stylist Emily Henderson's blog readers picked the kitchen as the room that needs the most organizing, so she offers some inspirations. Nine different baskets (all but one are tiered) for veggies make for stylish storage, three slide-out spice racks help corral favorite flavors and six different products make pantries prettier.

4/9/2020

Google Cloud and Microsoft's Azure are both vying for a competitive advantage from 5G, writes Maribel Lopez. "The timing is right for cloud computing providers to offer telecom-specific services as wireless carriers launch full-scale efforts to deploy 5G and offer data centers closer to the edge," she writes.

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Forbes
4/9/2020

Samsung Electronics introduced six Galaxy A-series phones priced from $110 to $600, with two models -- the A51 and A71 -- supporting 5G. The high-end A71 features a Super AMOLED Plus 6.7-inch screen and a 64-megapixel rear camera.

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The Verge, VentureBeat
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Samsung Electronics, Samsung
4/9/2020

MIT researchers have developed technology called SprayableTech, which uses ink and connected sensors to transform everyday objects and surfaces, such as furniture and walls, into touchpads. The team hopes the technology can eventually be used for interactive home technology and smart city applications.

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Digital Trends
4/9/2020

The coronavirus pandemic prompted millions of people to start ordering groceries online, but the trend appeared to leave out many seniors, who represent a market projected to be worth $84 billion by 2030 but who don't yet feel comfortable with online grocery shopping. Grocers are exploring new ways to serve seniors better, both online and in-store, such as offering online buying guides and using personalized grocery shelves.

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Progressive Grocer
4/9/2020

Buehler's Fresh Foods, an Ohio-based independent grocer, is using a new feature on its website that allows customers to choose the best times to shop based on traffic at any one of the grocer's 13 stores. The color charts are based on sales from the previous week and projected in three-hour segments so shoppers can plan their trips at times when there are fewer customers, making it easier to practice social distancing.

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Progressive Grocer