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7/29/2016

Target is now stocking its baby section with an internet-connected, wearable smart button by MonBaby that can monitor a baby's breathing, detect when a baby rolls over and more. MonBaby's button is one of the latest additions to Target's growing internet of things lineup.

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TWICE
7/29/2016

Wal-Mart's "Fresh Angle" produce test has helped the retailer boost efficiency, cut down on food waste and elicit positive shopper feedback at the 180 participating stores, according to a company blog post. The "Fresh Angle" approach, which Wal-Mart hopes to roll out to 3,300 stores before the end of the year, includes placing loose produce in the front of the stores, lowering fixtures to improve department visibility and displaying fewer produce items to ensure freshness.

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Wal-Mart, food waste
7/29/2016

Weis Markets will close five former Mars Supermarkets in Baltimore County, Md., and reopen them Thursday under its namesake banner. Weis is also acquiring six Baltimore-area Food Lion locations as part of a bigger purchase of 38 Food Lion stores, a move that will triple Weis's Baltimore-area stores to 15.

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Weis, Weis Markets, Mars Supermarkets
7/29/2016

Whole Foods Market could enter the meal kit category in the near future, as the retailer announced that it's testing a meal kit service. "We've been tasting a lot of food and we're really excited about some of the stuff we're going to be bringing out," Operations Executive Ken Meyer said.

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Quartz
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Whole Foods Market, Whole Foods
7/29/2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Whole Foods Market's application to trademark the slogan "world's healthiest grocery store." Office officials said the slogan didn't receive approval because the claim cannot be proven.

7/29/2016

Nestle Waters North America has teamed with Salesforce to open a Consumer Engagement Center in New York City with the goal of enhancing Nestle's consumer connections using digital communications. The facility located in Salesforce's offices will feature Facebook and Twitter chat screens, brand email statistics, and digital maps highlighting the retailers selling its brands.

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Adweek, Digiday
7/29/2016

Prices on Ultra HD Blu-ray players by Samsung and Philips are dropping as much as $100 ahead of the forthcoming Xbox One S console release, which is slated for next month. The new console will double as an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and versions of it will sell for $399, $350 and $299.

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HD Guru
7/29/2016

Writer Ankita Shreeram discusses updating home living spaces, including the kitchen, where style and smart storage space are de rigueur. Built-in spaces for appliances and innovative technologies like touch-operated faucets and programmable appliances are smart options.

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The Times of India
7/28/2016

Google is adding family sharing to the Google Play store, letting up to six people share apps, videos, books and games across devices, but Google's Family Library does not include music sharing. The move comes two years after Apple rolled out a similar program.

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Google, Apple
7/28/2016

H-E-B's efforts to highlight local food items includes its H-E-B Primo Picks: Quest for Texas Best contest, which awards cash prizes and store shelf space to the top local items in Texas. This year, the contest saw nearly 500 applicants from more than 100 Texas cities, which the retailer has narrowed down to 25 finalists offering products including tea, healthy Mexican foods, protein-enhanced cookies, paleo muffins and healthy frozen treats.

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H-E-B, food items