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12/7/2018

International brands that have established online retail sales in India are now making plans for brick-and-mortar stores in the country. Italian jeans brand Replay and Netherlands-based Scotch & Soda have teamed with Reliance Brands to open shops in India.

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Reliance Brands
12/7/2018

NRF's STORES magazine has rounded up the top articles readers clicked on in 2018. From the rebirth of private labels to the traits that make members of Generation Z extraordinary consumers, these stories that readers found compelling cover the breadth of STORES' in-depth reporting. Read more.

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NRF
12/7/2018

UK's Royal Mail is introducing a service that will allow customers to print free return labels at branches using a QR code sent by email. Customers will also be able to track their replacement item or refund.

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eSellerCafe
12/7/2018

Superpedestrian will create an electric scooter that can self-diagnose mechanical problems and perform repairs. If the scooter is unable to fix the problem, it will notify a mechanic and turn off to prevent people from riding it.

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Superpedestrian
12/7/2018

Nearly 100 congressional representatives signed a letter seeking an investigation into XPO Logistics over accusations of mistreatment of pregnant employees. "We take seriously recent allegations concerning one of our warehouses and have launched an independent investigation," said XPO Logistics spokeswoman Molly Morse.

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XPO Logistics
12/7/2018

The Philips Soup Maker can make a variety of soups in just 12 minutes. The device features presets for cold soup and smoothies, chunky, milk-based and compotes as well as pureed, which can also be used to puree vegetables.

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Brit + Co
12/7/2018

Pantone's color of the year for next year is Living Coral. "With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord," the Pantone Color Institute's Leatrice Eiseman said of the color's selection.

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CNN
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Pantone, Pantone
12/7/2018

The Chameleon water bottle comes in three thermally reactive colors that change to white when the bottle is filled with a warm liquid. The original color returns as the liquid level drops or when the bottle is filled with a cold drink.

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Yanko Design
12/7/2018

Walmart is acquiring online retailer Art.com for an undisclosed amount to ramp up home decor offerings and further grow the retailer's e-commerce division. The retailer has been in acquisition mode and could eventually own more than 40 digital brands, e-commerce chief Marc Lore said.

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CNBC, Reuters
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Walmart, Marc Lore
12/7/2018

More than half of US retailers have launched branded digital wallets or plan to, according to a recent survey, as part of an ongoing effort to move shoppers away from high-fee credit cards. Some, including Kohl's, Starbucks and Walmart are finding success with mobile payment apps built into their digital loyalty programs.

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NRF, Starbucks, Walmart, Kohl