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9/20/2019

Roku will launch updated versions of its Express and Ultra devices in the coming weeks and is introducing a revamped operating system, Roku OS 9.2. The new operating system will curate search results in a feature called Roku Zones.

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9/20/2019

A recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission suggests that Microsoft's Surface Pen is being redesigned with wireless charging capabilities. Details are expected at the company's fall hardware event next month.

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The Verge
9/20/2019

JR Raphael shares some of his favorite efficiency-enhancing Gmail features, most of which are free. They include single-click forwards, delivery of starred Slack content and syncing with Evernote.

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Fast Company online
9/20/2019

This list of 55 smart kitchen organizing products includes under-shelf storage hooks from Alliebe for mugs or cooking utensils and the clear-pocketed over-the-door hanging organizer from SimpleHouseware, which can corral coffee pods, gravy packets and much more.

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PopSugar
9/20/2019

Retailers should start thinking of reverse logistics as a way to generate revenue and lessen the financial burden of the ever-rising number of returns, experts at the Association for Supply Chain Management conference said. Tony Sciarrotta, executive director of the Reverse Logistics Association, said the value of e-commerce returns will exceed that of returns to physical stores within two years, and he urged retailers to find ways to process and dispose of returned items the same day.

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Supply Chain Dive
9/20/2019

New Jersey would work to cut statewide food waste in half by 2030 and create a permanent council to address the issue under a draft plan by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The plan emphasizes consumer education, regulatory clarity and source reduction.

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Waste Dive
9/20/2019

Apple on Wednesday announced it will use recycled rare earth minerals to manufacture a part for iPhones. The elements will come from an outside supplier.

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9/20/2019

Walgreens has teamed with Google affiliate Wing Aviation to launch a drone delivery test in Christiansburg, Va. Starting next month, customers in the town will be able to order from a list of more than 100 snacks, packaged goods and over-the-counter medications and have their purchases delivered via drone within about 10 minutes.

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Walgreens, Wing Aviation, Google
9/20/2019

African Pride is releasing two new styling products as part of its Moisture Miracle collection. The additions are Flaxseed Oil & Shea Butter Curl Defining Gel n' Cream and a curl mousse made with rose water and argan oil.

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9/20/2019

Manufacturers using a subscription business model should consider themselves successful if 20% of business is profitably recurring, writes pricing consultant Stephan Liozu. Keep in mind how you plan to scale subscriptions, and study how B2C and SaaS markets work, he writes.

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IndustryWeek