Google added a Night Sight feature to its Pixel phones, which allow users to take high-quality images in low visibility. The high-tech feature is more than a simple long-exposure system, instead segmenting exposure into multiple frames to capture the best images.
Ahold Delhaize is looking to add more properties to its grocery portfolio in the US, according to quotes from CEO Frans Muller in a Dutch newspaper. The company currently operates such banners as Stop & Shop and Giant Food in the US market.
Stop & Shop is highlighting the efficiency of its in-store fulfillment centers, which speed the compilation of orders. The centers can be added to existing stores in a few months, concentrating 90% of the items sold online together for easier fulfillments.
The number of shoppers buying grocery items online for Thanksgiving this year is expected to more than double, reaching 44% of consumers, according to Digital Grocery Survey: 2018 Holiday Edition from RichRelevence. The top reason for shopping online was convenience, cited by 73% of respondents.
Korea's CJ CheilJedang will acquire an 80% stake in Schwan's for $1.8 billion, and the Schwan family will retain the remaining 20%. The company's portfolio includes such brands as Freschetta, Red Baron, Mrs. Smith's and Edwards.
Coca-Cola's Chief Digital Officer David Godsman has outlined three ways the company is transforming itself to engage with consumers in a digital world. The firm aims to develop personalized experiences, digitize with its customers and use technology to make the company more efficient on a daily basis, he said.
Macy's raised its forecast for full-year earnings after reporting better-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Wednesday. The retailer is seeing results from efforts including redesigning some stores, closing underperforming locations, focusing on luxury goods and expanding the reach of its off-price Backstage concept.
US retail sales rose 0.8% in October from the previous month, topping economists' forecast for a more modest 0.5% to 0.6% rise, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Consumer confidence remained strong and household income grew in October, according to separate reports, spurring hopes for a strong holiday season.
Google Assistant will receive several updates, including one to the broadcast feature that allows users to send messages from their phones to their in-house smart displays and speakers. Recipients of these broadcast messages will now be able to reply directly from the same device.
Pandora is pursuing podcast fans with its Podcast Genome Project, allowing users to find podcasts they might like. The feature will draw on technology and human curation, much like Pandora's similar project for music.
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