Apple sold 3.6 million Apple Watches last quarter, IDC reports, ranking the company second in the market behind Fitbit, which shipped 4.4 million devices. "Consumers expect their wearables to do more than simply count steps, just as they expect to do more than just make phone calls with their handsets," Argus Insights CEO John Feland said.
Dollar General will roll out a new store prototype that offers quicker checkout and a larger focus on fresh foods and health and beauty, CEO Todd Vasos said Wednesday. Starting next year, the new format will be incorporated into new stores and remodels, he said.
Half of consumers are more concerned about food safety and quality now than they were five years ago, and less than a quarter of consumers believe that national brands are healthier than private labels, according to a study by Daymon Worldwide. This presents retailers with an opportunity to ease consumer fears about food safety by investing in their private brands, working with suppliers to offer cleaner ingredients and creating clear and concise marketing efforts, writes Janet Oak, Daymon's head of global advisory and custom shopper insights.
Intel announced an investment of more than $60 million in Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec. "At Intel, we believe in a smart and connected world. And one of the best ways to bring that smart and connected world to everyone and everywhere has been drones," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said.
Raley's Family of Fine Stores will unveil a new small-format store in the Sacramento, Calif., market in 2017 that focuses on health and wellness, the company announced Thursday. The 66,000-square-foot store is part of the retailer's push to create "a better food system" and will be designed with sustainability in mind, Raley's owner and CEO Michael Teel said.
Bashas' has invested in new technologies in its stores to improve the customer experience, including a smartphone application from Ibotta that gives shoppers the opportunity to earn coupons by answering surveys, "Like Machines" that encourage customer endorsements of certain products, and iPads for store directors to help improve the way associates serve customers, the company said Tuesday.
The Consumer Electronics Association has released a "voluntary compatibility guideline" outlining minimum standards for high dynamic range compatible displays. The group aims to "provide greater consistency and clarity while ensuring compatibility and interoperability across the full content development to display ecosystem," said Brian Markwalter of CEA.
The Microbot Push is a small robot designed to operate standard buttons and switches on electrical devices such as coffee machines, allowing users to integrate mechanical appliances into home automation systems. The device's two small boxes are installed next to existing switches, where they stand by for instructions sent via Bluetooth connection from a personal Prota server capable of "if this then that" logic.
Talib Choudhry describes colorful accessories that will brighten the home, including a line of printed cushions by Susi Bellamy, bright enamel trays hand-painted in Kashmir, Zoë Darlington's linen shades lined with vintage sari fabric and bespoke graphic dhurries by Amy Kent.
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