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9/23/2019

Best Buy will expand its lease-to-own program to nine more states in the next several months. The program, which was designed with partner Progressive Leasing to help customers without credit cards pay off their purchases over time, is prohibited by law in Best Buy's home state of Minnesota.

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9/23/2019

Whole Foods Market has expanded its two-hour delivery service to Amazon's main website, which offers free delivery to Prime members. The service has entered nearly 30 cities after a successful pilot in select markets including Denver and Portland, Ore.

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9/23/2019

Ahold Delhaize USA is deepening its commitment to sustainability by cutting down on chemicals in products and packaging, and also requiring suppliers to verify that certain chemicals are removed from products entirely. The company will also continue selling items like cocoa, tea and coffee approved by Fair Trade and the Rainforest Alliance, and will join The Chemical Footprint Project in 2020.

9/23/2019

Walmart and Sam's Club stores will stop sales of e-cigarettes after several deaths tied to vaping have sparked changes to regulations regarding the products, the company said in a memo. Federal regulators are preparing to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes, and there's growing uncertainty around state and local law changes as well.

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9/23/2019

Google is addressing Assistant users' privacy concerns by storing less audio data for transcription purposes and by giving users a more obvious Voice & Audio Activity opt-out choice. The company will also be rolling out a new option for the "Hey Google" prompt that will reduce the chances of unintended audio being picked up.

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9/23/2019

Sega will salute the 1980s on Thursday with the launch of the mini-Genesis, which is about half the size of the original. Retro games such as "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition" also will be released.

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9/23/2019

Wegmans Food Markets and Publix Super Markets ranked second and 11th, respectively, on Fortune's latest Best Workplaces for Women list. Women filled 27% of Wegman's executive and manager positions and 22% of similar roles at Publix.

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Progressive Grocer
9/23/2019

A temporary store called Pop Up Grocer opened in New York City last week to expose shoppers and big retailers to trending products from new and emerging brands. Almost all of the brands are owned by women, 90% are vegetarian and more than 50% are vegan.

9/23/2019

The Honest Company has reworked 95% of its natural baby, cleaning and beauty products during the past few years, with a greater focus on research and development and quality control, Chief Financial Officer Muhammad Shahzad said. The brand is in global growth mode, with plans to launch in the UK this month.

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The Associated Press
9/23/2019

Amazon is expected to announce the rollout of new Alexa products at its fall event Wednesday, which may include premium speakers and wearables, such as wireless earbuds and glasses. Industry analysts also anticipate an enhancement of local voice control features and additional smart display privacy shutters.

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CNET
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