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12/8/2016

Ahold Delhaize is merging some central operations as it looks for ways that the combined grocery company can live up to its "Better Together" strategy, company officials said Wednesday. The retailer needs to share best practices on both sides of the Atlantic, including strategies for handling competition from discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores, CEO Dick Boer said.

12/8/2016

Amazon Go stores, in which customers will skip the checkout and walk out with the items they want, will likely rely on intense computer calculations and an array of sensors, according to a patent the company holds. Shoppers will identify themselves via smartphones when they enter, and cameras will watch shoppers to see if they pick up items and should be charged for them.

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USA Today
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Amazon
12/8/2016

Everysight is putting the finishing touches on its new augmented reality Raptor glasses designed for cycling. Cyclists will be able to view data, including speed, heart rate and navigation, on the transparent lens display, as well as record their rides for later review.

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Engadget
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augmented reality, heart rate
12/8/2016

Store floral departments are moving toward full-service models and continue to be strong profit generators for stores, according to a report from the Produce Marketing Association and FMI. The report includes benchmarks on floral sales for comparison and a look at what trends will be changing the sector in the future.

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Progressive Grocer
12/8/2016

T-Mobile launched an option allowing customers to use multiple phone numbers on one phone. The DIGITS program works across a variety of devices, including smartphones and wearables.

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Mashable
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T-Mobile
12/8/2016

Southeastern Grocers rebannered five South Florida Winn-Dixie stores as Fresco Y Mas locations this week, expanding the Hispanic specialty grocery chain that launched last June. Among the stores' special features are a Latin butcher shop and cafe serving authentic Hispanic specialties.

12/8/2016

A Lucky's Market that opened this week in Jacksonville, Fla., will woo customers with lower prices on organics and a low-stress attitude that invites people to sip a beer or glass of wine while shopping, manager Matt Ambrosius said. Jacksonville has become a more competitive market in recent years with the growth of Publix, Trader Joe's, ALDI and Earth Fare, among others.

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Publix, Aldi, Trader Joe
12/8/2016

The newest version of wireless protocol Bluetooth 5, unveiled by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, is designed to benefit Bluetooth Low Energy devices, allowing these devices speeds of up to 2 Mbps and expanding their coverage. The update comes as internet of things devices gain in popularity.

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ZDNet, ITWorld.com
12/8/2016

Apple reportedly is pressuring Hollywood studios to allow early access to movies in an attempt to boost its iTunes business. Several studio executives are encouraging early home rentals, with 21st Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. all indicating they're interested in offering high-priced home rentals soon after a film debuts in theaters.

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Bloomberg
12/8/2016

SuperData expects revenue from consumer virtual reality software to reach $14 billion by 2020, up from $407 million this year.

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VentureBeat
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Virtual reality