Since launching six years ago, San Francisco-based dinner delivery service Munchery has streamlined its operation and centralized production to expand service to 12 states and the District of Columbia. The company devises sauces and other meal components that can be used in multiple recipes and plates dishes assembly line-style to maximize efficiency.
Starbucks opened a store yesterday on the South Side of Chicago as part of its push to open more locations in low-income areas. The company hopes to expand its efforts to at least 15 underserved communities in Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Long Beach, Calif.; Miami and Seattle by 2018.
Starbucks has released an "Upstanders" series on social media and its app. The show features people who go above and beyond to make a difference in society.
American Eagle Outfitters has hired former Polo Ralph Lauren executive Bob Madore as its new chief financial officer, replacing interim CFO Scott Hurd. Madore has worked in retail for more than 20 years and his resume includes stints at New York & Co. and Nine West Group.
Grocers will have to meet the needs of many different types of shoppers, from in-store browsers to online delivery customers, Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen told attendees at a conference this week. "[W]hat we're trying to do is to make sure that it's a completely seamless experience for the customer, regardless of where they go," he said.
The cyberattack on Yahoo that led to 500 million accounts being stolen was the result of a criminal effort and not a state-sponsored attack, InfoArmor says. Intel experts say that the focus should be on finding and catching criminals, rather than punishing the companies that fall victim to hacking attempts and data breaches.
Australian supermarket chain Coles may adopt scanner technology to reduce theft at its self-serve checkouts, sources said. The technology would be better able to identify specific fruits and vegetables, making it harder to pass off more expensive produce as lower-priced food.
Amazon's voice-activated assistant is appearing on more devices both in and outside of Amazon's branded device lineup. Alexa will be loaded on Jam Audio's forthcoming $70 smart speaker, which hits shelves Oct. 30 at Best Buy, and on Amazon's new $40 Fire TV stick, which will ship Oct. 20.
Fitbits are still the most popular wearable, data from a Raymond James survey indicate. Of 500 respondents, 14% owned a Fitbit and 16% planned to purchase one, though Apple is gaining in popularity, with only 2% ownership but 9% planning on purchasing an Apple Watch.
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