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1/24/2020

Kroger and Ocado plan to build a new 350,000-square-foot Customer Fulfillment Center in Frederick, Md. The automated center will take about two years to complete, and will focus on markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

1/24/2020

Publix Super Markets is joining Instacart to launch a new service called Instacart Meals, which will allow shoppers to order prepared foods -- such as Publix's sub sandwiches -- for either delivery or in-store pickup. The service will be tested in Orlando, Fla., with plans to expand it to other stores later this year.

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1/24/2020

Legacy Sonos products will continue working beyond May, company CEO Patrick Spence said in response to concerns that arose after the company announced it would end software support for its oldest devices. He said Sonos plans to update devices and fix bugs when possible as the company explores ways to create a separate infrastructure for those devices.

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1/24/2020

New York City-based grocer Fairway Market filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, hours after saying it had no plans to liquidate the entire company in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Operator Village Super Market has made an initial bid of around $70 million for five Fairway stores and a distribution center.

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1/24/2020

Shoppable social media platforms will inspire impulse purchases that lead to more returns, according to Advanced Supply Chain Group research. "This is supercharged window shopping ... it's something retailers need to embrace," says Ben Balfour of Advanced Supply Chain Group.

1/24/2020

MIT has partnered with the Qatar Computing Research Institute on the development of RoadTagger, a GPS system that uses satellite imaging to detect and predict road infrastructure, such as highway lanes and obstructions. The goal is to provide more precise location-tracking, which could reduce the need for last-minute lane changes.

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Engadget
1/24/2020

Samsung is said to be working on its own version of AirDrop with Quick Share, which will allow Galaxy users to send files quickly to contacts with supporting devices. The feature is expected to be on the Galaxy S20, which will be unveiled next month.

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Android Central
1/24/2020

Foods that bring back childhood memories for consumers and continuing focus on wellness, healthy eating and sustainability are among the top food trends for this year, according to a Kroger survey that polled chefs, food experts and product developers. Kroger is also launching "Noshtalgia," a new podcast hosted by cookbook author Danielle Kartes and aimed at enhancing Kroger's "Fresh for Everyone" messaging.

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Progressive Grocer
1/24/2020

A new study says 23% more US consumers are making sustainable food choices a priority compared with a year ago, with many saying health benefits are the main driver. The report was compiled by food intelligence startup Tastewise, and went on to say that "although consumers are increasingly concerned about waste generally, they are still apathetic about the wastefulness of the animal agriculture industry -- a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, water contamination, deforestation and a host of other environmental calamities."

1/24/2020

Sharpening knives every one to three months will make food prep easier and safer. Food and Wine recommends eight different knife sharpeners, from the manual Chef's Choice by Edgecraft to the electric Work Sharp Culinary E5.

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