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9/23/2016

IGA rolled out an online grocery shopping site called IGA GO this week that will give shoppers the option of picking up their orders or having them delivered. The retailer teamed with tech vendors Digital Foodie and Freshop to create the platform, which it calls "on par with the national chains."

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IGA, IGA GO
9/23/2016

Wal-Mart's $3.3 billion acquisition this week of Jet.com could make the retailer the dominant player in low-price online retail, said consultant Bill Bishop. Jet.com grew to about $1 billion in annual sales in a little more than a year with a dynamic pricing model.

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Wal-Mart
9/23/2016

Energous, WiTricity and Ossia are among the companies looking to debut chargers that will beam power to multiple smartphones and other wireless devices from a distance of 3 feet or more. Jim McGregor of Tirias Research predicts that the "majority of devices" will have wireless charging capabilities in the next five years.

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Bloomberg
9/23/2016

A virtual reality app from Time allows iOS and Android users to explore content in greater depth. The Life VR app can be used directly on a smartphone or in conjunction with a cardboard headset or VR gear for a 360-degree experience.

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Mobile Marketer
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iOS, Android
9/23/2016

StormAudio wants to bring 3D audio capabilities into home theaters in the US with the introduction of its power amplifiers and sound processors into the market. The systems can deliver sound in Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats.

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HD Guru
9/23/2016

Office Depot has revamped a Carson City, Nev., storefront to make it easier for shoppers to navigate the store and interact with products they may want to purchase. Dubbed the "Store of the Future," this location is the company's first newly designed store in Nevada.

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Office Depot
9/23/2016

Ronnie Frostig has spent 17 years as a Publix cashier in Atlanta, where he enjoys building relationships with his customers and getting to know the families who come through his line week after week. He shares his thoughts on customer service, dealing with disgruntled shoppers and the grocer's role in the community.

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The Atlantic online
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Publix
9/23/2016

Six-wheeled robots that can carry 40-pound loads will start delivering groceries and takeout orders in Washington, D.C., this fall. The robots are part of a pilot project from Starship Technologies, which is seeking other US cities to launch additional tests.

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Recode
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Starship Technologies
9/23/2016

Columnist Lindsey M. Roberts shares tips from experts on how to incorporate elegant black elements into home decor. Some ideas include using black to highlight architectural elements such as painting window trims black, adding black fixtures like a faucet and embracing trends, such as retro-looking appliances.

9/22/2016

Verizon Communications is said to be working toward buying video startup Vessel, the project of past Hulu CEO Jason Kilar that raised upward of $130 million and debuted in March 2015. Vessel has struggled to woo YouTube stars to convert to its platform, and sources say it has been working on a "Snapchat-like" product, veering from its original video plan.

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Recode