Google is adding family sharing to the Google Play store, letting up to six people share apps, videos, books and games across devices, but Google's Family Library does not include music sharing. The move comes two years after Apple rolled out a similar program.
Accessory retailer Claire's Stores is gearing up for back-to-school shopping, the chain's second-biggest season and a chance for the company to avoid having to enter bankruptcy, sources said. Claire's, which operates nearly 3,000 stores, currently has about $2.4 billion in debt.
Kmart has redirected merchandise deliveries from the storeroom to store shelves as part of an effort to allow employees to have more time with customers and cut down wait times. The move will also make stores appear fuller since the retailer began purchasing fewer products from vendors.
Apple surpassed 1 billion iPhone sales last week, nine years after releasing the device, CEO Tim Cook said. The announcement comes amid two consecutive quarters of declining iPhone sales, which had never seen a reverse.
H-E-B's efforts to highlight local food items includes its H-E-B Primo Picks: Quest for Texas Best contest, which awards cash prizes and store shelf space to the top local items in Texas. This year, the contest saw nearly 500 applicants from more than 100 Texas cities, which the retailer has narrowed down to 25 finalists offering products including tea, healthy Mexican foods, protein-enhanced cookies, paleo muffins and healthy frozen treats.
Winn-Dixie has been doing business in Louisiana for 60 years, and the retailer is marking the occasion through several events including a talent program in partnership with a local youth organization, in-store birthday cake and celebrity appearances. Winn-Dixie began operating in Louisiana when the company bought several H.G. Hill stores, and today the retailer is the state's oldest grocer, with 47 stores and nearly 4,400 employees.
Dollar General has acquired 41 Walmart Express stores, after Wal-Mart decided to end a 2011 experiment to compete with dollar and convenience stores with its own small-format concept. The move is part of Dollar General's strategy to add fresh produce and meat sales at the new stores, which are larger than the company's traditional stores.
Wal-Mart has debuted its retail app in Canada, with the goal of getting new users to buy items and assisting buyers with in-store shopping. The app alerts consumers when preferred items are on rollback, scans bar codes for product reviews and provides weekly deals.
UK consumers can now wave a wand to have food products delivered to their homes. The wand is the Amazon Dash device, which is equipped with an LED scanner and microphone that can be used to scan bar codes or take verbal orders for home delivery through the AmazonFresh service.
Apple is on pace to top last year's research and development spending after investing $7.5 billion on R&D so far this year amid slower iPhone sales. The total includes "quite a bit of investment in there for products and services that are not currently shifting or derivations of what is currently shipping," Apple CEO Tim Cook said.
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