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1/17/2019

UK retailer Marks & Spencer will begin testing a greengrocer concept that will feature upwards of 90 produce varieties served in compostable punnets with zero plastic packaging. The test will launch in a single store and employees will be on hand to help customers weigh fruits and vegetables and share tips for preventing food waste.

1/17/2019

Neiman Marcus has introduced soaps and skin care products made with CBD oil to its online lineup and stores in Boston and Denver, as well as San Francisco, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach in California. The products will also be stocked at the luxury retailer's newest store, set to open in New York City in March.

1/17/2019

US celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess will start selling her hair and scalp care and styling line in Australia, Canada, Mexico and the UK this month. Kristin Ess Hair, which launched in an exclusive deal with Target two years ago, will be available in several retail outlets including Priceline, Liverpool and Sephora Mexico.

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1/17/2019

Henri Bendel will close its last store, the New York City flagship, on Saturday, a move that comes on the heels of Lord & Taylor's closure of its Fifth Avenue store. Fashion critic Vanessa Friedman reflects on the ever-changing nature of the department store and its role in New York City retail.

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1/17/2019

Lesley Jones curates this list of 10 chopping boards that cater to home chefs' diverse needs. The Joseph Joseph Index Bamboo Chopping Board is for style home cooks, while the Lakeland Beech Chopping Block is for tidy cooks.

1/17/2019

Pier 1 Imports in Whitehall Township, Pa., which recently sold its property, is set to close soon. The home furnishings chain announced last spring that it will be shuttering up to 25 stores due to declining net sales.

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1/17/2019

The NASA Apollo 11 Meal Canister is a stack of three 20-ounce bowls styled to look like old-fashioned film canisters. The metal item features an Apollo 11 patch with timestamps, with one representing when man first arrived on the moon.

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1/17/2019

A Toyota plant in Indiana will start using Levitate Technologies' exoskeletons next week after a successful pilot in Ontario, Canada. "We identified risks of working overhead as a primary factor and contributor to injuries, so we tried to find ways to eliminate those risks, and the exoskeleton fit the bill quite well," says Marc Duplessis, health and safety manager at the Ontario plant.

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1/17/2019

Investments in artificial intelligence should be decided upon by a team of executives across functions, says McKinsey partner Matthias Kasser. Spending on AI by automakers and other discrete manufacturers in 2018 was surpassed only by retail and banking.

1/17/2019

Industry standards AS5553 and AS6081 and in-house quality-assurance programs can help suppliers identify and stop the flow of counterfeit electronic components, writes Megan Nichols. "It will take a concerted effort across every impacted industry to finally put an end to these fake and potentially dangerous components," Nichols writes.

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