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8/6/2020

Google has confirmed that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are sold out in its US store and will be discontinued, closing out that flagship less than a year after it was launched. The phones will continue to receive software and security updates through October 2022.

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9to5Google, The Verge
8/6/2020

Dollar General plans to open three new DG Fresh cold storage sites in Kentucky, Oklahoma and California as it works to increase its capacity to self-distribute frozen and refrigerated products. The company also just opened a new DG Fresh site in Montgomery, Ala., and said that location has created 65 new jobs and will serve 1,500 Dollar General stores, with the same impact being projected for the newly announced sites.

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Progressive Grocer
8/6/2020

With the usual back-to-school jitters compounded this year by the ongoing pandemic, Kroger wants to help by giving an additional 10% discount to teachers, parents and school administrators each Wednesday through Sept. 9. The special "Extra Credit Wednesdays" promotion will apply to purchases of school and craft supplies, sporting goods, electronics and other general merchandise.

8/6/2020

After a successful pilot program in July, Weis Markets will continue to offer free online cooking classes to help people whip up fun and easy meals for children and adults. Each 30-minute class is taught by a registered dietitian and comes with an ingredient list, with sessions covering topics such as "Elementary Kids Cooking Camp," "Intro to Intuitive Eating" and "No Cook Meals."

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Weis Markets
8/6/2020

In a bid to grow market share in the highly competitive online delivery arena, DoorDash has debuted a new digital convenience store called DashMart, which features more than 2,000 selected products and restaurant specialty items that can be delivered in 30 minutes. The new store opened in eight cities Wednesday, including Minneapolis, Chicago and Dallas, and DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said the concept was "a bit like the express lane inside of a store, whether that store is a grocery store or whether that store is a convenience store, or a pharmacy."

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CNBC, Grocery Dive
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Tony Xu
8/6/2020

The Safe Home Hackathon event, held this past May in Israel, brought together 1,800 innovative tech designers to create solutions to fight domestic violence. The workers were divided into 54 groups, and they tackled challenges in three areas: preventive tech that could detect patterns of abuse by analyzing records in the health care and educational systems; alert systems that users could deploy in dangerous situations; and technology that could recognize a change in smartphone use that possibly signals tampering by a potential abuser.

8/6/2020

Automakers need more women in the workforce, which starts with girls pursuing STEM subjects, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Wednesday. Barra described her path to engineering with the support of her father, a Pontiac diemaker.

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Detroit Free Press
8/6/2020

Sales in center store categories have grown dramatically during the pandemic, and that's created some new opportunities for grocers that will likely continue once the outbreak eases, said IRI's Sally Lyons Watt. In this podcast, she discusses the center-store impacts of changing shopping behaviors and the increased focus on healthy products, among other topics.

8/6/2020

For the third consecutive year, Wegmans has been ranked No. 1 among brick-and-mortar supermarket pharmacies, followed this year by Publix and Winn-Dixie, respectively. The 2020 J.D. Power US Pharmacy Study examined satisfaction with brick-and-mortar and mail-order pharmacy services, with rankings based on responses from more than 13,000 customers polled between September 2019 and May.

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Wegmans, Publix
8/6/2020

Google Home is adding a feature that will allow users to easily import Wi-Fi networks from the Google Wifi app, enabling users to perform speed tests and assess what devices are connected, all from one spot. The feature will be available in the coming days.

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9to5Google

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