Michigan-based chains Domino's Pizza and Meijer made STORES magazine's annual list of the top 100 U.S.-based retailers, at 94th and 26th respectively. It's Domino's first time in the lineup, which ranked Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, Home Depot and Walgreen as the top five.
Lidl plans to spend $125 million to establish a U.S. headquarters and distribution facility in North Carolina, state officials announced Wednesday. The German grocer, which received $5.38 million in tax incentives, is expected to create 200 jobs in the next three years as it expands into an 850,000-square-foot facility in the N.C. Commerce Park.
FitLight Trainer, a wireless sensor device with sets of flashing LED lights that delivers data back to a tablet, is designed to help athletes improve coordination, speed, reaction time and agility. The lights respond to physical contact, and the reported data generates recommendations on how users can improve skills.
Sony has added three Bluetooth speakers to its SRS-X line that are bigger and pack more features than the SRS-X speakers released last month. The SRS-X77, X88 and X99 are priced at $300, $400 and $700, respectively, and they all feature Sony's ClearAudio+ technology.
TGI Friday's is handing out codes to burger buyers as part of a social media campaign aimed at wooing millennials. Post the codes to Twitter feeds, and the first friend to click gets a free burger. "We wanted to connect with younger guests to come and try Friday's and see that it's something different," said CEO Nick Shepherd.
Des Moines, Iowa, might be the first market to test a standalone grocery store that is a cross between "an ATM and a very large vending machine," using a robotic system called Oasis24Seven, reports Ashlee Kieler of Consumerist. Grocery stores are increasing using technology to monitor shopping as well as tackle in-store theft.
MasterCard will launch a test this fall of facial recognition technology that lets users pay by blinking into a mobile application. It's the credit-card company's latest move in an ongoing effort to eliminate passwords for online payments.
Apple's next iPhone, expected to debut this fall, will be powered by a Qualcomm Long-Term Evolution chip that will have double the download speed of the iPhone 6, sources say. The new phone could reach speeds of 300 megabits per second and boast a better battery life, a 9to5Mac report states.
Macy's has ended its relationship with Donald Trump following the presidential candidate's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. The store will no longer stock the Trump menswear line. Trump, in a tweet, called for a boycott of the store, which he said was "weak on border security [and] stopping illegal immigration."