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9/19/2019

Avnet plans to buy Witekio, a French software developer and internet of things specialist, according to a company announcement. The acquisition will help Avnet develop IoT solutions.

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9/19/2019

FedEx's decision to end its relationship with Amazon illustrates the complex nature of working with a potential competitor, writes David Gordon, president of Channel Marketing Group. When deciding whether to work with Amazon Business, distributors must consider whether the business is worth the potential risks or whether it's better to develop in-house e-commerce solutions, Gordon writes.

9/19/2019

Tim Hortons will discontinue Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at all locations, except eateries in Ontario and British Columbia. However, the Beyond Burger will continue be available for a limited time across Canada, the company said.

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9/19/2019

Amazon's 1.8 million-square-foot complex in India is the company's only owned campus outside the US and it signals Amazon's commitment to being a driving force in India's e-commerce industry. "This new Amazon campus building is a tangible commitment to that long-term thinking and our plans for India," says Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India.

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9/18/2019

Parents will be able to supervise their children's online activity more easily and at no added cost as several tech companies enhance parental control settings for popular devices. Apple, Google and Amazon have features that allow parents to set parameters around screen time, contacts and websites visited.

9/18/2019

Meijer has rolled out Shop & Scan technology to all of its Midwest locations. Customers can scan and bag items as they shop through a free app and can complete the transaction by scanning their smartphone at a self-checkout kiosk to pay.

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9/18/2019

DHL has reached a memorandum of understanding with airline services company Sats to improve its logistics and food offerings. The deal includes reverse logistics operations and efforts to handle food waste.

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9/18/2019

J.C. Penney has been on a mission to win back its core customers since it turned many of them off when it took away coupons and made other changes in 2012 and the years that followed. Jill Soltau, the fourth CEO in nearly eight years, is focused on improving the in-store experience with changes including upgraded fitting rooms and full-time stylists, and she promises more changes to win over shoppers this holiday season.

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9/18/2019

Bluemercury founders Marla and Barry Beck will exit their roles at the upscale beauty retailer that Macy's acquired for $210 million four years ago. Bluemercury Chief Operating Officer Barry Beck will depart on Friday, and CEO Marla Beck will stay on during the transition as Macy's searches for her successor.

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9/18/2019

Facebook is expanding its Portal smart home lineup, which now include the Portal TV, Portal and Portal Mini. The company says data collected by the platform are not extracted beyond local use but that user video preferences are tracked for purposes of ad targeting.

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