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.
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.
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.
Construction will begin later this year on the $500 million mixed-use development site in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, where Wegmans Food Markets plans to open its first urban location. The 75,000-square-foot store is slated to open in 2018, and a 122,000-square-foot store in Westwood, Mass., will open in October.
The specialty gourmet category generates more than $18 billion in annual revenue from 1,000 stores, including Mariano's and The Fresh Market, says research firm SPINS. Natural and specialty foods drive nearly 70% of dollar sales growth in the category, and the channel has recorded 10% overall growth.
Crossmark has launched a new business model aimed at creating faster sales growth and greater efficiency for its consumer goods and services clients, including a focus on changing consumer trends, digital innovation and "a combination of differentiated disciplines," said CEO Steve Schuckenbrock. The model features five major growth drivers, Schuckenbrock explains, including "seamless integration of sales and marketing capabilities; dedicated client teams; dedicated retailer and channel teams; disciplined planning; and tailored execution."
Sam's Club will welcome members and non-members on July 11 for free health screenings at locations that feature in-store pharmacies, in an effort to help customers take "proactive health steps" to reduce healthcare costs and live healthy lives, says SVP of Health and Wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael. The screening includes tests for blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, risk ratio, glucose and body mass index.