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8/29/2016

Offering deals leading up to the Labor Day holiday and featuring a variety of trusted brands are two ways food retailers can capitalize on the Labor Day shopping surge, according to Curtis Tingle, chief marketing officer of marketing firm Valassis. To make the most of the holiday, grocers should also implement social outreach, coupons and in-store marketing, Tingle said.

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Progressive Grocer
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8/29/2016

Kukuo Ibe, maker of the G-Shock rugged watch, released his first tough timepiece 35 years ago. Today, the Japanese watch creator said his company will evolve to make its watches work with smartphones but not replace them, though each additional sensor and feature will always have to be shock-resistant.

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Bloomberg
8/29/2016

Microsoft is experiencing "overwhelming, unprecedented demand" for its recently launched Xbox One S 2TB console in the US and Europe, Xbox Games Marketing Chief Aaron Greenberg said. Moving ahead, the company will release a 500GB and 1TB model with "Fifa 17," bring 4K gaming to the console market with Project Scorpio and continue to push PC gaming and eSports, among other efforts, Greenberg said.

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Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft
8/29/2016

Southeast Asian online grocery HappyFresh has closed its operations in the Philippines and Taiwan, and it will focus on growing its core markets in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. The 18-month-old company, modeled after US-based Instacart, said it raised $12 million in its last funding round.

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Reuters, TechCrunch
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Instacart
8/29/2016

The growing number of internet-connected devices opens organizations up to more cybervulnerabilities. A number of reports show what the risks are, how well companies are prepared to guard against those risks and how much cybercrime could cost businesses over the next few years.

8/29/2016

Google is updating its Wallet app with an option that allows users to make automatic transfers to their bank accounts without first being required to cash out money from their Wallet balances. After choosing a bank account or debit card for transfers, money will be instantly available.

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TechCrunch
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Google, bank accounts
8/29/2016

Family-owned grocer Geissler's in East Windsor, Conn., competes with large national chains by keeping up with customer demands and providing services like grocery delivery, which the company has offered since 1923. The retailer has grown to include seven locations, and it will look to beef up its grocery delivery and pickup services, Geissler's President Jim Nilsson said.

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other services
8/26/2016

About 16% of Americans purchased fresh produce online in the last six months, a similar percentage to the number of consumers who purchased dry packaged goods online over the same period, according to a Harris Poll. The results indicate a promising future for grocery e-commerce because it disputes the industry's long-held belief that shoppers don't want to buy produce online because they can't see and touch it first.

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FoodNavigator
8/26/2016

Google has launched "The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks," a project that uses virtual reality to transport people to national parks around the country. Users can experience a park in 360-degree images while a ranger leads them through a guided tour.

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TechCrunch
8/26/2016

Ahold Delhaize reported strong results for the combined company in the second quarter, with CEO Dick Boer saying the merged retailer is seeing "good momentum." "We look forward to continuing to shape Ahold Delhaize, with a strong commitment to delivering great food, value and innovations for customers across our 11 markets, both in stores and online," he said.

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Ahold Delhaize, CEO Dick Boer