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6/1/2020

Wegmans built its reputation on offering shopper perks from food bars to free samples, but the pandemic has prompted the 104-year-old grocer to shift its focus from pampering to protecting customers and employees. "We built our stores to be the most intimate supermarket shopping experience that we know of," said Bob Farr, senior vice president of store operations, adding, "We're finding new ways to be intimate."

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6/1/2020

Samsung's rotating Sero TV, which can swivel 90 degrees to display videos shot vertically on smartphones, is now on sale in the US. The 4K QLED TV comes with a 60-watt, 4.1-channel audio system.

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The Verge
6/1/2020

Sony's PlayStation 5 game reveal event will be livestreamed Thursday, giving gamers a glimpse into titles that will be available for the platform. Meanwhile, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said in a recent interview that with the PS5, Sony aims to provide "the best possible value proposition that we can," adding, "I don't necessarily mean lowest price."

6/1/2020

Impossible Foods has indicated on social media that it's planning to offer direct-to-consumer delivery, while also working to establish a footprint in Europe, Lana Bandoim writes. The company is testing home delivery of Impossible Burger patties in bulk via a partnership with Cheetah, a contact-free delivery service.

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Forbes
6/1/2020

Home-cooking trends have popped up during the coronavirus pandemic, including fried rice and sourdough bread, the former which can help use up leftover food items. Cookware sales have increased too, with industry representatives pointing to a surge in woks as an example that multiuse products aren't the only big sellers.

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6/1/2020

Swedish engineering company Sandvik has used Kathanl AF -- an iron-chromium-aluminum alloy -- in porcupine form to create a 1,652-degree environment with reflectors for what it says is the world's fastest pizza oven. While that product won't be going commercial, the technology can be used in toasters and ceramic hobs.

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6/1/2020

Consumers avoiding crowds in the age of social distancing have shifted more of their grocery shopping online, and that includes pet food, according to a Commercial Cafe survey. Online sales of pet food are up 9% from before the pandemic hit, according to research firm Acosta, and as many as 40% of online pet product shoppers have set up automatic reorders.

6/1/2020

E.l.f. Cosmetics "right-sized" its marketing budget amid the pandemic and shifted its focus to consumer-facing engagement via Zoom parties, Instagram Live sessions and its e.l.f. Cares content portal. In this interview, CMO Kory Marchisotto discusses the recent brand refresh, its "test and learn" TikTok strategy and its high-risk tolerance, noting "experimentation is our middle name."

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6/1/2020

For SpartanNash, higher e-commerce traffic and increasing private label sales are among the sea changes ushered in by the pandemic, and the Michigan-based grocer said its ability to pivot quickly has helped it meet many of the challenges it has faced since March. Going forward, company officials say they plan to address some of the increased costs related to the outbreak, such as buying equipment that will allow moving sanitation services in-house.

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6/1/2020

Publix will open a new 48,100-square-foot store in Liberty Park, Ala., on Wednesday, creating 135 new jobs at a location that will offer curbside pickup, grocery delivery via Instacart and pharmacy delivery. The grocer also announced plans for a new location in Moncks Corner, S.C., which will be about 48,000 square feet.

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