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12/14/2018

Takeoff Technologies is looking to bring fulfillment that uses artificial intelligence and robotics to grocery stores in an effort to make assembling customer orders more efficient than having staff members do the work. The tech startup has deployed its system at Sedano's Supermarket in Miami and is working to roll it out with grocers including Albertsons and Ahold Delhaize.

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Digital Trends
12/14/2018

FMI and other industry groups welcomed congressional passage of the Farm Bill, saying it allows the industry to continue serving customers' needs efficiently using the latest technology. "It drives modernization in the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems, while protecting retailers from unfair and predatory interchange and processing fees," said Hannah Walker, FMI's senior director, technology and nutrition policy.

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12/14/2018

A BodyBlock AI survey suggests 50% of respondents expect to return clothing purchases or gifts from the holiday season. A separate report from B-Stock predicted that "women's trendy apparel" would be the category with the most returns.

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Retail Dive
12/14/2018

Amazon Renewed will require sellers of refurbished products to receive authorization before they can list their goods as "renewed." Certified sellers will have their goods backed by a 90-day warranty, while other sellers will be able to list products as "used."

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12/14/2018

Deliv, a company that uses contract drivers to deliver online orders from brick-and-mortar retailers including Macy's and Walmart, has teamed with 20 new US retail partners. The service will now offer same-day delivery in 1,400 cities for retailers including Nike and Bed Bath & Beyond.

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12/14/2018

Beauty retailer Lush Cosmetics has teamed with augmented operations app Zipline to create daily communication blasts to keep managers and store staffers in the loop. "We wanted to understand how communication to our stores could be streamlined and up efficiency on the retail floor," said Lindsay Nelson, retail communications program manager for the UK-based retailer.

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12/14/2018

Writer Jessica Booth loves her Cuisinart Rice Cooker because it's simple to use: Just add rice, pour in water and turn it on. The easy-to-clean cooker produces tasty rice and includes a steamer piece for vegetables and meats.

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The Daily Beast
12/14/2018

The glasses in Riedel's new Performance line are made using a unique glass-blowing process that adds ridges in the bowl, which gives the glasses a luminous shine and improves the flavor of wine. The collection includes seven different glasses designed for several types of wine.

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12/14/2018

MAYU is an attractive device that swirls water to improve its taste and overall quality in about nine minutes. The swirling motion aerates the drinking water and gently removes contaminants that affect its flavor.

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Yanko Design
12/14/2018

Condition-based maintenance is a form of predictive maintenance that uses sensors to show when equipment performance is deteriorating or approaching failure, writes Limble CMMS CEO Bryan Christiansen. Implementation can be expensive and time-consuming, but can improve productivity and reduce maintenance costs.

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