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10/15/2018

Samsung Electronics marketing executive Rebecca Hirst anticipates that smart home technology and voice interaction will go mainstream, which could be a "game changer for loyalty." Hirst notes that adoption has been slow to start, as there's a psychological hurdle to establishing these devices in the home, but she adds that once they're over that, consumers will be able to see the opportunity.

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10/15/2018

Giant Food is hoping its partnership with Peapod will help it compete in greater Philadelphia's growing market for grocery delivery. Giant By Peapod currently is third for delivery market share in the city, ranked behind Instacart and Walmart Online Grocery.

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10/15/2018

Malicious PlayStation Network messages on PlayStation 4s are causing devices to crash and making them unable to reboot. To reduce this risk, users should set message rules to friends-only or off.

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Engadget
10/15/2018

Chinese CPG brands are forging strong consumer connections by optimizing their digital capabilities in ways that US firms might consider emulating. By employing such strategies as advertising within popular social media apps, navigating across sales channels and innovating based on digital interactions, companies can reach consumers more efficiently.

10/15/2018

Thrive Market has found success by bringing healthier food to the US middle class via delivery, offering an annual membership for $60 and wholesale pricing for natural and organic items. "It came down to really listening to the customer of what is the problem for someone who is middle class, middle America wanting to get healthy today," CEO Nick Green said.

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10/15/2018

About nine in 10 US shoppers visit discount or outlet retailers to save money as part of their shopping, according to a poll by the National Retail Federation. In the survey, 43% of shoppers said they visit discount grocers once per week, and 58% said they visit an outlet store at least once per month.

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10/15/2018

An initiative dubbed DRIVE -- Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments -- is focused on improving medical treatments for children using technology. Part of the project uses virtual reality to immerse children in a dinosaur-themed environment to keep them occupied as they're being treated.

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Digital Trends
10/15/2018

Increased consumer confidence, low unemployment and a wide range of new products have led many consumer electronics distributors to be optimistic for the holiday season. Despite this, some report concerns that Chinese tariffs could cause an increase in prices.

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TWICE
10/15/2018

US municipalities are debating what to do with recyclables, which have become less economical for processors because of China's restrictions on the quality of waste that can be exported there. "Smaller recycling companies aren't able to stay in business and are shutting down," said Richard Coupland, vice president of municipal sales at Republic Services.

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10/15/2018

Resellers of clothing including thredUP and Yerdle Recommerce are beginning to partner with apparel brands to sell unsold stock. The secondary retail apparel market represents about $20 billion annually and is growing, according to a thredUP report.

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GreenBiz