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1/21/2022

Walmart has chosen Olive Branch, Miss., just across the state line from Memphis, Tenn., as the site for another e-commerce fulfillment center -- a 1 million-square-foot space that will open in spring and employ 250 people. The project marks the third time in a month Walmart has announced plans to build a new fulfillment center, with the other two located in Lebanon, Tenn., and Salt Lake City.

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1/21/2022

L'Oreal is partnering with Verily, a health research and technology subsidiary of Alphabet, to develop new products that improve skin health. The collaboration also aims to enable L'Oreal to conduct artificial intelligence-driven assessments of individual skin health remotely to provide "every person around the world the most inclusive, personalized, powerful and precise programs for their skin at each stage of their lives," said Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO of L'Oreal Group.

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1/21/2022

Saks Off Fifth is debuting the Jill & Ally housewares capsule collection from "Real Housewives of New York" star Jill Zarin and her daughter, Ally Shapiro. Colorful, gift-worthy products include tableware, cocktail gear, an enormous crystal wine glass and a charcuterie board.

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1/21/2022

Cool, ocean-hued housewares, such as a hurricane vase in a sea-glass color and decorative ceramics, are part of a new collection by designer and TV host Ty Pennington. The products are created in collaboration with At Home stores.

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1/21/2022

Walmart has named Tom Ward, currently a senior vice president focusing on last-mile delivery and in-home service, to become the head of e-commerce operations. Ward will replace e-commerce chief Casey Carl, who joined Walmart in fall 2020 and will depart at the end of February, according to published reports.

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1/21/2022

FMI's signature Midwinter Executive Conference is back on and scheduled for March 28-31 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said the conference was rescheduled because of concerns about the Omicron variant and ongoing supply and labor issues, saying "[w]hile we paused our Midwinter event plans with purpose and patience, our members have urged us to hit 'play' for our first in-person gathering in more than two years."

1/21/2022

In the latest episode of Loss Prevention Magazine's Take 10 podcast, FMI's Doug Baker discusses how the organization is helping the food industry cope with the pandemic and its fallout, including initiatives to help front-line employees de-escalate conflicts and efforts to help grocers meet new supply chain and labor challenges. Although many obstacles remain, Baker said "we're adapting quickly because we have really good open communication and we're talking with members very frequently."

1/21/2022

After a successful test of the Flashfood app, Stop & Shop will offer shoppers the digital option at its stores in Providence, R.I., and nearby Pawtucket. The app allows customers to get discounts on products that are nearing their expiration dates, and Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid said the grocer has "already seen how the program helps families significantly save money on their grocery bills, while also helping our environment."

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1/21/2022

Google is reportedly working on furthering its vision for augmented reality with its confidential Project Iris, the codename for its ski goggle-esque AR headset, which will rely on cloud computing instead of traditional hardware. The Verge looks at what Google's AR moves could mean in terms of competition with Meta and Apple in the space.

1/21/2022

Success with people- and planet-friendly initiatives has earned McCormick & Co. and Campbell Soup spots on the Corporate Knights Global 100 Sustainability Index. The index studies more than 6,900 businesses worldwide, ranking them on carbon reduction, leadership diversity, employee safety and several other performance indicators.