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12/11/2019

Food safety officials have pointed to lettuce grown indoors as a safer alternative to farm-grown lettuces as the nation reels from the most recent romaine E. coli outbreak. Contaminated irrigation water is a major risk for lettuce grown outside, while indoor agriculture is more protected from weather, pests and contaminated water.

12/11/2019

Tech writer Mark Vena says the countertop June smart oven has "life-changing potential" and that his "experience with the product over the past 60 days has been nothing short of amazing." The seven-in-one appliance isn't too cumbersome; can air fry, dehydrate and more; and is surprisingly simple for even fumbling home cooks to master, he says.

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Forbes
12/11/2019

While Kickstarter is a great place to find intriguing kitchen products, people who invest can't always bank on the results of the inventions. Chris Albrecht says the GIR silicone straw set he plunked down money for has arrived ahead of schedule; his fingers are still crossed that the BRU tea maker he's invested in will come to fruition; but the ChopBox he backed -- a multifunction cutting board with built-in tier, knife sanitizer and scale -- has been delayed a few times and won't make it in time for Christmas.

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The Spoon
12/11/2019

As more people buy items through Instagram and other social media platforms, they are likely to return even more of their purchases, Mark Wilkinson writes. "Social media buyers are expected to account for a fifth of all online shoppers who make returns," he writes.

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Mark Wilkinson
12/11/2019

Free shipping offered by online retailers likely increases returns along with sales, according to experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Offering in-store returns can "significantly" lower costs, says marketing professor Barbara Kahn.

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Knowledge@Wharton
12/11/2019

The group Basel Action Network has conducted sting operations showing that companies that said they were safely recycling e-waste were actually sending it to foreign countries with dangerous conditions for workers taking apart electronics. "This equipment was never designed to be recycled, which is why we have such problems," says BAN founder and Executive Director Jim Puckett.

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The Verge
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Jim Puckett
12/11/2019

More than 80 CVS Pharmacy stores in California allegedly violated state law by not offering bottle and can redemption to customers, state officials said in their announcement of a potential $3.6 million penalty against the company. The stores are also accused of not paying a fee mandated for businesses that don't provide redemption.

12/11/2019

Existing tax laws, transportation costs and lack of infrastructure are all obstacles to Colorado adopting bottle deposits, experts say. A recent bottle redemption bill was pulled from consideration by the state Legislature, but its sponsor, state Sen. Dominick Moreno, says he is still open to the bill.

12/11/2019

Consumer goods company Unilever has introduced a liquidation website that runs on B-Stock's e-commerce technology. The site lets businesses bid on overstocks of personal care Unilever products such as Vaseline and Q-Tips.

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Digital Commerce 360
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Unilever
12/11/2019

Barber Surgeons Guild has expanded its men's grooming business to New York City with a new Soho location thanks in part to including a medical approach to the category. "It's really the juxtaposition with putting the clinical room in the same environment, which elevates the barber shop and retail experience, making it more scientific and medical," says CEO Ari Goldberg.

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Retail TouchPoints
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CEO Ari Goldberg