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9/29/2020

Amazon has debuted the Amazon One palm recognition payment system, which allows retail store customers to scan their hands to pay for items. The biometric technology, which links palm prints to individual credit cards, is being rolled out in two of Seattle's Amazon Go stores.

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9/29/2020

Target and Walmart have announced online sales events for the same week in October in which Amazon is holding its annual Prime Day. Target's Deal Days event will be Oct. 13 and 14, the same two days as Amazon's event, and Walmart will offer its Big Save deals Oct. 11 to 15.

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9/29/2020

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market has resulted in a "happy marriage" and helped to spark innovation and growth, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said. In an interview to discuss his book, "Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business," Mackey reflects on the lessons he's learned as head of the grocer, the benefits of the Amazon partnership and how and why he stays connected with his team members.

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9/29/2020

Wegmans will add two new compressed natural gas trucks to its fleet, with one using a special system that gives it the power to pull tandem trailers. The grocer has been using CNG trucks to help cut back on its use of diesel, and new partnerships have allowed the retailer "to completely rethink the makeup of our fleet, how we run it, and shows the rest of the industry what's truly possible with the right combination of technologies," said Matt Harris, fleet maintenance manager.

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9/29/2020

Kroger has chosen Romulus, Mich., near Detroit, for the site of a new automated warehouse that will support its online operations in Michigan, as well as in Indiana and northern Ohio. The 135,000-square-foot location, smaller than the other proposed fulfillment centers the grocer announced in June, will be located next to a current Kroger distribution center, powered by technology from Ocado and should be running within about 18 months.

9/29/2020

Anthony Hucker, CEO of Winn-Dixie parent Southeastern Grocers, is about halfway through his five-year plan to revitalize the company after it emerged from bankruptcy in 2018. Hucker discusses the transition, how the grocer has been growing through the pandemic and what's in store for the future, including the planned dissolution of the BI-LO banner.

9/29/2020

Although the FMI Foundation's celebration of National Family Meals Month is drawing to a close, it's important to remember the vast benefits realized when families share meals, especially the positive impact the gatherings can have on children all year-round, Bernie Mason writes. In this column, she also offers several recipes aimed at drawing families to the dinner table.

9/29/2020

The Giant Company will use its new virtual platform to host a series of interactive online cooking events for children, with nutritionists showing them how to make Halloween treats. The free events, which require registration in advance, will be on Mondays and Wednesdays and feature separate classes for kids under age 6 and ages 7-18.

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9/29/2020

Sales of meat and poultry between mid-March and July were up by 34.6%, and beef products helped set the pace, according to FMI's midyear "Power of Meat" study. Nearly half of shoppers in the report, which was prepared by 210 Analytics, said they bought more meat in the first half of 2020 because they were preparing additional meals at home during the pandemic.

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9/29/2020

Yale is prepping for the holidays with the Smart Delivery Box, a secure container for delivery drop-offs that is integrated with the Yale Access and August Home apps. The company is also rolling out the Smart Cabinet Lock -- ideal for a home's medicine cabinets.

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