Invoxia has released the "Triby," the first non-Amazon-branded product with Amazon's voice-activated assistant, Alexa, built in. Triby is a message board that sticks to the front of the refrigerator and can make voice-over-IP calls, play music, set timers and control other connected-home devices.
J.C. Penney will add Sephora shops in 60 more of its department stores this spring and summer, 10 years after the retailers launched their partnership. About 600 of Penney's 1,000 stores have replaced their traditional cosmetics counters with 2,000-square-foot Sephora boutiques over the past decade.
US consumers will spend an average of $172.22 on flowers, gifts, meals out and other experiences for Mother's Day next month, according to an NRF survey by Prosper Insights and Analytics. Retailers including Target, Kmart and Macy's are gearing up for the holiday with themed fashion, fitness and gift collections.
Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw is retiring from the position this week and spent the end of his time as chief executive with employees who were working as volunteers on Publix Serves Day, when the retailer works to give back to its communities through food pantry donations and other services. "It's a great day to spend it with our associates because it's our associates that make this company so special and so unique," said Crenshaw, who started with Publix as a bagger and cart retriever in 1974 and will continue in the role of board chairman.
Whole Foods' store in San Jose, Calif., was the first to include a microbrewery and taproom, but that is not the only thing that sets the location apart from other food retailers. The store also features several investments in sustainability, including its pedestrian-friendly design incorporating salvaged and locally-sourced materials, heavy use of skylights and other natural light features, use of only natural refrigerants and its ability to operate almost completely off the grid through on-site heat and power plants that run a generator and an emphasis on cutting unnecessary power consumption.
Many parents in the US prioritize buying organic foods, with more than a third making "a great deal of effort" to make organic choices at the grocery store and nearly three-quarters making at least a minor effort, according to a new study by the Organic Trade Association. Produce came in at the top of parents' priorities, with 89% saying buying organic in the category is either "extremely" or "very important," followed by baby foods at 85% and kids' foods at 84%, the study found.
Hy-Vee dietitians at a store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, taught elementary school kids about exercising and healthy snacking during the retailer's KidsFit event this week. "[I]t's important that kids have a fun, healthy experience at being active so they want to be active their whole life," Hy-Vee KidsFit Director Daira Driftmier said.
Apple's sales in mainland China dipped 11% in the second quarter from the same period in 2015, said CEO Timothy Cook, as status-conscious consumers felt less of a need to own the newest iPhone. The country's young consumers are increasingly eager to try gadgets from less expensive rival brands, including Xiaomi, Huawei and Meizu, analysts said.
Evolution Digital has unveiled its QAM/IP hybrid eBOX, which uses TiVo software for supporting live TV, over-the-top, video on demand and apps. The company has a deployment deal with WideOpenWest, and trials are underway with tier 2 operators.
Amazon will now offer its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Prime members in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, where massive fulfillment centers in Lakeland and Ruskin make it possible, according to a company spokesperson. Amazon Prime members pay $99 a year or $10.99 a month for perks like deals on delivery and video streaming, and the Prime Now service is currently available in 25 US cities.
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