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4/18/2018


There now exists an opportunity to relate to shoppers' desires for holistic health and offer solutions that meet their wellness lifestyle through the professed "clean eating" trends. Take a look at the discussion and resources provided by the FMI Private Brands Council, including a comprehensive resource for The Clean Label. Download the white paper.

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fmi.org
4/18/2018

In the past year, 63% of thermostats purchased were smart, per data from Parks Associates. About 13% of US broadband households have a smart thermostat in their home, the data also indicate.

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Parks Associates
4/18/2018

Ossia, a company that develops technology for wireless charging at a distance, has partnered with Molex, an electronics provider, to speed up creation of its products. Ossia is specifically working on "trickle-charging" capability, which allows devices to charge from a distance and even through obstacles such as walls.

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Computerworld
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Molex, Ossia
4/18/2018

A survey by UPS showed that 75% of US online shoppers shipped returns to back to retailers. The survey of 18,000 global online shoppers revealed that Mexican consumers were least likely to return items.

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UPS
4/18/2018

A Norwegian repair-shop owner accused of possessing counterfeit Apple products fought a lawsuit filed by Apple and won. Apple only allows authorized users that pay a fee to purchase replacement parts.

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Motherboard
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Apple
4/18/2018

Automaker Tesla is sending damaged parts to machine shops for repair, according to CNBC reporting that cites employees and ex-employees.

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CNBC
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4/18/2018

Companies including manufacturers of phones and game consoles may be in violation of warranty laws if they warn product owners that they would be in violation for breaking a seal or using unauthorized parts or services. That's according to the Federal Trade Commission, which issued warnings to six companies.

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The Verge
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Federal Trade Commission
4/18/2018

Dick's Sporting Goods says it will destroy firearms pulled from store shelves after a February policy change. The company will follow federal guidelines and destroy the guns at its distribution centers while recycling anything possible.

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Sporting Goods, Dick
4/18/2018

Direct-to-consumer fragrance brand Skylar is breaking into the home category with a line of candles. The $38 candles come in the brand's four main fragrances and are a way for new shoppers to try out the fragrances at a lower price point.

4/18/2018

Broo will release Broo Moods Aromatherapy Lotions, made with essential oils, barley and shea butter. The new line is designed to support healthy sleep with the help of pleasing scents and an app that plays relaxing sounds that can be customized.

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