Specialty Retail
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8/23/2016

Permits for a retail space in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle indicate Amazon may be opening a drive-up grocery store there under a plan called "Project X." The language in the documents matches a drive-up grocery store planned by the online retailer in San Francisco, and the facility would likely allow shoppers to order groceries online and then pick them up at parking stalls or inside a retail area, according to the documents.

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GeekWire
8/23/2016

Coupons and promotions are driving factors when getting different generational groups to engage with ads, with 19% of millennials, 17% of members of Generation X and 14% of baby boomers engaging with ads on their phones for that reason, according to data from Nielsen. The data also revealed that 44% of millennials and 42% of Generation Z don't mind ads on mobile devices if they can engage with them for free and they don't use too much data.

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Progressive Grocer
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baby boomers, mobile devices, Nielsen
8/23/2016

Hy-Vee is reevaluating its plans as part of a development in suburban Minneapolis after local residents began a drive to preserve a historic theater that was slated for demolition to make space for the 10-acre site. "When we enter a community, we want to be respectful of our neighbors' history, culture and all the things that matter to them," Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tara Deering-Hansen said.

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Hy-Vee
8/23/2016

Amazon may be working to add an Echo-only, ad-free music streaming service that would cost $5 per month and could launch as early as September, sources say. The company is also reportedly gearing up to release a $10 per month streaming service that would work across devices.

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VentureBeat, CNET
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Amazon, Echo
8/23/2016

Eric Favre, the Swiss inventor of the Nespresso brewer, got the inspiration for the single-serving coffee capsule after his Italian-born wife teased him about his country's lack of coffee-making skills. "I wanted to prove to my new wife that I have the capacity to make the best espresso," he said.

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Business Insider
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Nespresso
8/23/2016

Gliimpse, a 3-year-old startup that helps patients understand what their medical records mean, has been bought by Apple. The startup's revenues come from selling its software and services to software developers and health care providers.

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Fast Company online
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Apple, software developers
8/23/2016

Tops Markets will open five stores in New York and one store in Massachusetts this week. The stores, which formerly operated under the Stop & Shop and Hannaford Supermarkets banners, were acquired by Tops earlier this year during the Ahold-Delhaize merger.

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Progressive Grocer
8/23/2016

The November election results will affect food and other aspects of the waste industry not only based on who becomes the next president, but also based on the administration he or she chooses, experts said. "One of the big questions we have is not just who's going to win the presidential election, but what their Cabinet's going to look like. Because on the sustainability side that's going to play a huge role in how we move forward with policy," said Andrew Harig, FMI's senior director of government relations.

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Waste Dive
8/23/2016

Proxy aims to expand its Bluetooth-powered smartphone app, which opens office door locks without the user having to type a password or use a key card. The startup has raised $1.6 million in seed funding, and its goal is to streamline the sign-in process for all kinds of connected gadgets.

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TechCrunch
8/22/2016

Grocers have seen in-store dining and carry-out of prepared foods grow by nearly 30% since 2008, with millennial shoppers leading the trend, according to NPD Group. Publix offers to-go meal and snack options including rotisserie chickens, sushi, pizzas and doughnut ice cream sandwiches; Whole Foods offers pre-chopped vegetables and food bars featuring hot foods, soups and salads; and Lucky's Market offers shoppers craft beers and wines in addition to prepared foods like chicken tenders and meatloaf.

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Whole Foods, NPD Group, Publix