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4/12/2021

Electric bicycles designed to pull containers that can hold up to 800 pounds of groceries are being rolled out in New York City and Pasadena, Calif., by URB-E, one of the latest companies to pursue cheaper and more environmentally sustainable delivery methods. CEO Charles Jolley would not say which grocers URB-E was working with, but indicated they were companies that have delivery services but want alternatives to gas or diesel vehicles.

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Grocery Dive
4/12/2021

HelloFresh is donating meal kits to help more than 1,000 students at culinary schools in New York City practice their meal preparation skills online or in a blended class setting. The debut of @TheTable is a partnership between HelloFresh, the Food Education Fund and the Fund for Public Schools and is "designed to enrich culinary education and support our future culinary leaders during this very challenging school year," said Uwe Voss, CEO of HelloFresh US.

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Progressive Grocer
4/12/2021

Logitech has announced that it will no longer manufacture its popular line of Harmony remote controls. The company says it plans to continue offering software updates, warranty support and customer service.

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9to5Mac
4/12/2021

As more consumers get COVID-19 vaccines and people return to shopping in stores, retailers and industry watchers are focusing on how the next phase of consumer spending will look. Ongoing anxiety over health and finances is expected to influence some shoppers' behavior, with many likely to stick with online grocery shopping, many continuing to prefer contactless features and Gen Z leading the return to shopping.

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CNBC
4/12/2021

Clean beauty brand PYT Beauty is rolling out at 460 Target locations, expanding its retail presence beyond existing partners including Macy's and Ulta Beauty. The brand has reformulated some of its 20 existing products, added new items and moved toward more recyclable plastic packaging.

4/12/2021

Newness and Supergreat are two of the livestreaming apps offering beauty product reviews that are becoming popular with consumers and brands. Tatcha's Daniel Martin says livestreaming on Newness fostered a feeling of connection with viewers, while Cocokind CEO Priscilla Tsai praises the "creativity and authenticity" of Supergreat reviews.

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Tatcha
4/12/2021

The meditative nature of baking has become a salvation for Brenda Janowitz during the pandemic, and she's discovered it's a way of showing that she loves herself. In this opinion piece, she notes that even if her son is always not fond of the results, he understands that her baking also signals how much she loves him.

4/12/2021

Machine tool orders were up 34% in February, the fourth month in a row with year-over-year gains and "likely the beginning of a sustained recovery following the 2020 recession," said Douglas Woods, president of The Association for Manufacturing Technology.

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SME
4/12/2021

February storms in Texas shut down chemical plants, which in turn have caused delays in making propylene oxide, a component in the foam that's used in recreational vehicles. Some RV manufacturers have moved forward with production but have pushed furniture installation to the end of the process.

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Reuters
4/12/2021

Purell maker GOJO Industries has added manufacturing and distribution sites while hiring extra workers to handle 24-hour-a-day production during the pandemic. The company stepped up safety efforts with surveys, moving employees to remote work when possible, using multiple modes of communication and adjusting onboarding for onsite and offsite new employees.

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EHS Today