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9/20/2017

Kroger banner Harris Teeter has teamed with omnichannel platform provider Myxx to roll out a website that allows customers to look for recipes and populate shopping lists from the recipes they find. The new site also lets shoppers send the recipe-based grocery lists to Harris Teeter's ExpressLane e-commerce service and place orders for in-store pickup or delivery.

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9/20/2017

Kroger will launch an initiative to address hunger, which affects about 42 million Americans, and the approximately 72 billion pounds of food wasted in the US each year, the company said Tuesday. Through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger will set the goal of ending hunger in its communities and achieving zero food waste across the company by 2025, with the effort including a $10 million innovation fund, more food donations, better quality donations and advocacy for anti-hunger policies.

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9/20/2017

General Motors increased productivity tenfold by transitioning IT operations from 35 vendors to an in-house operation starting in 2012, according to Randy Mott, GM's global chief information officer. The changes mean GM has deep visibility into product profitability, is shipping more IT projects and is able to focus on innovation.

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9/20/2017

Target has historically avoided playing music in its stores, but a 2011 test at one store revealed customers and employees enjoyed the perk. The retailer has since added the feature at new urban stores and it will now incorporate music at existing locations as part of a massive remodeling project, spokeswoman Kristy Welker said.

9/20/2017

Apple's iOS 11 is now available for all compatible iPads and iPhones, and it includes updates to the App Store and to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Siri has been redesigned to allow for rapid translation and a more natural voice, while the App Store was reorganized to better differentiate between apps and games.

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9/20/2017

Walmart won't hire temporary staffers this season and instead will offer existing employees the chance to earn more during the busy holiday weeks, the retailer said. The company employs about 1.5 million people in the US, and beefed-up training programs have prepared them to meet holiday-season demands, said Judith McKenna, Walmart's US chief operating officer.

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9/20/2017

While LG and Samsung have strategies for using smart home awareness and adoption, the companies' plans are quite different. Samsung is using its Bixby interface for smart home control, but LG has no plans for a brand-based assistant and instead will enter partnerships with Google and Amazon.

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9/20/2017

Google's Pixel 2 will feature a two-tone appearance with a combination of glass and aluminum making up the body, per early specifications released on the device. The company will offer more details at a Pixel 2 event scheduled for Oct. 4.

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9/20/2017

China's major smartphone-maker, Xiaomi, has no plans to expand to the US and intends to focus on higher-growth markets, such as India, per managing partner Jenny Lee. She says of the strategy, "If you are Xiaomi you are looking at where is that big market. ... You're gonna be looking at markets like Indonesia, like India."

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9/20/2017

Bridgefy, a platform launched at Disrupt SF Battlefield, is designed to make it easier to develop mesh networks for mobile apps. The network allows users to continue using their apps without an internet connection, with Bluetooth providing connectivity.

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