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10/1/2020

Schnuck Markets will soon expand its robot workforce to additional stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, using the autonomous shelf-scanning machines to help with inventory control in more than half of its locations. Since the Tally robots were deployed in 2017, they have helped detect stockouts up to 14 times better than the standard manual method while also helping reduce out-of-stock items by 20%, Schnucks said.

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10/1/2020

As National Seafood Month begins, Albertsons is showcasing its ongoing partnership with FishWise to improve traceability and sustainability in its Responsible Seafood Program. Albertsons has focused this year on wild-caught shrimp from a family business in New Orleans, using digital and other supply chain documentation to trace the shrimp's journey from the sea to the store.

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Progressive Grocer
10/1/2020

More than 600 groups joined the FMI Foundation's celebration of National Family Meals Month in September, actively showcasing the benefits of families eating meals together, a message with particular resonance in 2020. Grocers nationwide, including Food City, Hannaford and Family Fare, collaborated in "shining a light on the emotional and physical benefits we continue to get from family meals -- especially in life's difficult moments," said David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation.

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Progressive Grocer
10/1/2020

Portability, multiroom system integration and the wireless range of a 4.0 versus a 5.0 version are some of the features to consider before purchasing a Bluetooth speaker. On the more technical side, buyers should also weigh the importance of aux-input for compatibility with other speakers and consider aptX HD for higher audio resolution.

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What Hi-Fi?
10/1/2020

Good Food Holdings, parent company of New Leaf Community Market, New Seasons Market and other specialty grocery banners, has named Neil Stern its new CEO. Stern led the food retail practice for the consulting firm McMillan Doolittle and takes the helm today to replace Matt Turnbull, who will help with the transition by remaining with the company until December.

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McMillan Doolittle
10/1/2020

ShopRite's deli app is getting a refresh, with the grocer changing the name from Deli & More to ShopRite Order Express and adding new ordering options. ShopRite said the new-look app will allow shoppers to order platters, catering, flowers and balloons, as well as custom-made cakes and other bakery items.

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ShopRite
10/1/2020

Building on a program initiated by parent company Albertsons, Safeway is rolling out at-home COVID-19 test kits at its pharmacies in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. The kits can be picked up or delivered once patients fill out a questionnaire, with their saliva samples sent to a New York lab and results expected in about 72 hours.

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Progressive Grocer
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Safeway
10/1/2020

Google unveiled several new products Wednesday, starting with the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones and the Nest Audio smart speaker, which supports music streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube Music. The company also revealed the new Chromecast with Google TV dongle and remote control, which will give users access to more than 6,500 apps, along with content recommendations.

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Spotify
10/1/2020

Microsoft has opened preorders for the budget-friendly touch-screen Surface Laptop Go and the updated Surface Pro X with SQ2. The company's earlier mantra of putting a PC in every home has evolved into ensuring the accessibility of "a PC for every single person," says chief engineer Panos Panay.

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VentureBeat
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Panos Panay
10/1/2020

HP has enhanced its Reverb 2 VR headset with the release of the Omnicept edition by adding eye-, heart- and face-tracking features to better assist with training and simulations. The company says it has prioritized privacy by not storing any data on the device.

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ZDNet