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1/17/2018

The amount of time consumers spent in apps did not grow as much in 2017 as it did in 2016, per Flurry's "State of Mobile 2017" report, indicating that the category is starting to mature. Mobile shopping app use was up 54% in 2017 from 2016, while use of lifestyle apps was down 40%, the report states.

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TechCrunch
1/17/2018

Amazon joined Trader Joe's and Costco atop a survey of consumer grocery preferences released this week by Dunnhumby, with H.E. Butt Grocery, Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Sam's Club, Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top 10. The Dunnhumby list combined financial performance with data from consumers' shopping habits.

1/17/2018

Publix pharmacies are now offering some generic prescriptions at a price of $7.50 for a 90-day supply, covering 29 different medications. "We believe this low price will help encourage customers to follow their doctor's orders, so they can experience better health outcomes," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix.

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1/17/2018

The bustling 100,000-square-foot Kmart store on the island of Guam is a one-stop shop for residents and a draw for crowds of Asian tourists, making it the busiest store for the retail chain. The 20-year-old store does more than $100 million in annual sales, according to a former executive, compared to about $9 million for the average Kmart store.

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1/17/2018

The peer-to-peer beauty selling model is experiencing a revival through digitally focused companies like Beautycounter, Younique, Glossier, Ever Skin, Rodan & Fields and Juara Skincare. The growth of social media and e-commerce is fueling the resurgence, and peer-to-peer sales jobs are gaining popularity in the gig economy, industry experts said.

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Digiday
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1/17/2018

Walmart has named Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna as its new international president and CEO, to succeed David Cheesewright on Feb. 1, the company said. The retailer generates about 25% of total sales from its 6,300 stores outside the US, and previous holders of the post including Doug McMillon have gone on to be named CEO of the entire company.

1/17/2018

Dr Pepper's 26-year association with college football has been strengthened by the fact that sports are still viewed live, which boosts viewership, said Chief Commercial Officer Jim Trebilcock. The company aims to take its sponsorship beyond the field as it brings "football tailgating experiences to life at retail," Trebilcock said.

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1/17/2018

Kroger announced that it will soon introduce its Kroger Edge technology, which will replace paper price tags with digital displays that include nutritional information and pricing. The new displays are set to launch in 200 stores by the end of the year, and will also include coupons and video ads.

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Business Insider
1/17/2018

Bankruptcy filings and liquidation sales don't necessarily mean a retailer will be closing all of its stores -- sometimes the moves allow for such steps as lease renegotiations that let chains keep some stores open. Retailers including Charming Charlie, Gymboree, rue21 and Payless ShoeSource kept many stores open after slimming down during bankruptcy proceedings.

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1/17/2018

Amazon on Tuesday announced the UK release of the Echo Spot, a smaller version of the Echo Show. The Spot has both a camera and a microphone for making video calls, and it uses Alexa for voice control.