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5/23/2019

Target's efforts to boost digital sales paid off with a 42% increase in the first quarter, fueled by in-store order fulfillment and Shipt same-day delivery. The retailer expects its digital sales to grow from $5 billion in 2018 to $6 billion this year.

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5/23/2019

DJI consumer drones that weigh roughly 9 ounces or more will have ADS-B sensors, which can track multiple aircraft at a range of more than 200 miles. The sensors are used in many aircraft and air traffic control towers and can help drone users see airplanes and helicopters on their controllers.

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Engadget
5/23/2019

Best Buy customers spent on appliances, tablets and wearable gadgets in the first quarter, fueling sales and earnings growth that beat forecasts. CEO Hubert Joly will step down next month and Chief Financial Officer Corie Barry ascends to the CEO post.

5/23/2019

During Amazon's shareholder meeting Wednesday, some of its shareholders and employees pushed for the company to provide more insight into its carbon footprint and to reduce use of fossil fuels. While Amazon does have some plans to reveal its carbon footprint, the group wants the company to take faster measures to protect the planet.

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5/23/2019

Amazon hardware unit Lab126 is collaborating with the Alexa voice software team to produce a wrist-worn, voice-activated device that can read human emotions, Bloomberg reports. By discerning emotions via the sound of a person's voice, the device could ultimately direct the wearer on how to communicate with others.

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5/23/2019

The entity running most of IKEA's retail operations, Ingka Group, has made a venture capital investment in India-based digital home design platform Livspace. Livspace users connect with designers and suppliers in a one-stop online shop for interior design.

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IKEA, Ingka Group, Livspace
5/23/2019

Land O'Lakes maintains data regarding aggregate farm output, which it then shares with farmers so they can use the insights to operate sustainably. The key to a thriving food economy in the future is "data, data, data," said CEO Beth Ford.

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CEO Beth Ford
5/23/2019

H.E. Butt Grocery is investing in people to differentiate itself, with President Craig Boyan asserting that technology should be used to create jobs and improve the lives of both customers and employees. "We believe the main thing we need to do is invest in people -- and better people," Boyan said.

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5/23/2019

Breaking a bad habit is easier if we identify something in life that is more valuable, such as giving up smoking because we love someone affected by it, writes Susan Fowler. "You can come out of the dark ages and choose to be motivated at a higher level by proactively creating the three nutriments for optimal (and sustainable) motivation: choice, connection and competence," she writes.

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Susan Fowler
5/23/2019

Alexander, an AI customer service system used by Unilever-owned Schmidt's Naturals, is able to mine data to learn about customers and give them personalized messages, Kristina Monllos writes. CEO Michael Cammarata said Alexander's work equates to that of "20 people."

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Kristina Monllos, Alexander, AI