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12/7/2018

Epic Games launched a digital game store for Windows and Mac yesterday evening during the Game Awards in Los Angeles. The new store offers 14 titles, to include Gunfire Games' "Darksiders 3," A44's "Ashen," and Supergiant Games' "Hades."

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12/7/2018

Publix has opened its first store built on a college campus at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The 28,000-square-foot store caters to college students with an ample supply of prepared foods and a large school supplies aisle.

12/7/2018

Target has added a feature to its mobile shopping app that uses augmented reality to let shoppers see how artificial Christmas trees and other decorations would look in their homes. Trees are selling twice as fast since the launch, the company said.

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12/7/2018

Publix, Wegmans and Nugget Markets have placed among the nation's top 100 companies as Best Workplaces for Diversity from the Great Place to Work Institute. Results from employee surveys placed Publix at No. 3, Wegmans at No. 4 and Nugget Markets at No. 82 among US companies.

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Progressive Grocer
12/7/2018

Unilever's Keith Weed will retire from his position as chief marketing officer in May following 35 years with the company. Incoming CEO Alan Jope is expected to name Weed's successor in 2019.

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12/7/2018

Ulta Beauty opened 42 new stores in the third quarter, as part of a plan to add 100 locations in 2018, and the retailer's omnichannel strategy fueled a 16% jump in net sales over the same period last year. Ulta generates about 10% of its sales online and that's growing with a focus on digital-only beauty brands including Storybook Cosmetics and Too Cool For School.

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12/7/2018

Best Buy cut its employee turnover from 46% to 32% between 2014 and 2017, beating the national average of 60%, according to NRF data. Perks including in-store training on technology, tuition reimbursement and paid-leave for caregivers have helped the retailer keep staffers in a tight labor market.

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12/7/2018

C&S Wholesale Grocers is acquiring New York-based Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, with the deal expected to be complete early next year. Olean serves more than 270 independent grocers across New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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12/7/2018

Tracking of a shopper's eye movements can reveal much about their decision-making process that interviews miss or get wrong, writes Mike Bartels of Tobii Pro Insight. Eye tracking can provide clues about how much shoppers study nutritional information or how well store signage is informing them, he writes.

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Progressive Grocer
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12/7/2018

Canadian supermarket operator Loblaw has created a new loyalty program, PC Insiders, that's modeled after Amazon Prime. Members will pay $99 a year or $9.99 a month for perks including free click-and-collect service and free shipping on purchases from Loblaw-owned brands including Joe Fresh.

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