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7/22/2019

The Nanopresso portable espresso maker "strikes the best balance between ease of use, portability and taste," Scott Gilbertson writes in this collection of five options. Handpresso Wild Hybrid is a hand pump espresso, which he says is "more work than the Nanopresso, but produces a marginally deeper and richer espresso."

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7/22/2019

Internet of things devices can help reduce food waste by connecting businesses along the food supply chain and monitoring products for quality and safety. A Boston Consulting Group study found that using IOT would also benefit food retailers and producers financially.

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Progressive Grocer
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7/22/2019

Kraft Heinz's technology branch, Evolv Group, has developed a meal-planning app powered by artificial intelligence. Meal Hero creates personalized meal suggestions and interactive shopping lists that connect to Instacart.

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Grocery Dive
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Kraft Heinz, Kraft, Evolv Group
7/22/2019

Bulgari's new store at the Istanbul Airport is its largest airport store in Europe. It is the jewellery brand's first airport store to include a VIP private salon area for high-spending shoppers.

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DFNIOnline (UK)
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7/22/2019

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna will debut in South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau in September, according to the company's Instagram feed. The brand achieved $500 million in sales in 2018

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7/22/2019

Smartphone maker Oppo will debut its own e-commerce store in India later this year. The Chinese company aims to make its products more available to customers who favor online shopping.

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7/22/2019

A smart trash can system at IKEA stores in the UK and Ireland allows chefs to measure wasted food and adjust future use accordingly. The system has helped IKEA reduce food waste by almost 40%.

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IKEA
7/22/2019

Like many organisations, e-commerce website Etsy is concerned about the company's impact on the environment. Since most items ship directly from sellers to buyers, it is nearly impossible for the retailer to reduce its carbon footprint. Instead, it has launched other initiatives, including a carbon offset program that supports a wind farm and solar developments in India and tree conservation in Minnesota. Read more from NRF's STORES magazine.

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7/22/2019

FedEx named Amazon among its logistics competitors in its annual report, noting that the company is one of the high-volume package shippers "developing and implementing in-house delivery capabilities and utilizing independent contractors for deliveries." This is the first time FedEx has mentioned Amazon as a competitor in the report, and FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith had previously dismissed the idea of FedEx being disrupted by Amazon's logistics efforts as "fantastical."

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Multichannel Merchant
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7/22/2019

Distributors can prepare for the future by prioritizing initiatives that enable other important changes and being willing to pursue complex projects with large potential impacts, according to MileZero founder Robyn Bolton. While distributors should avoid overwhelming employees with too many changes at once, completing a project early on can help combat skepticism and show employees the positive effects of change, Bolton said.

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