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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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Target
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

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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Amazon, Alexa, Bloomberg
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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H.E. Butt Grocery, H-E-B
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
5/23/2019

GE Aviation Digital and Microsoft Azure are developing a parts tracking system using blockchain. "Our vision is being able to trace parts as they are manufactured and the engine when it's shipped. Then how that engine performs in the field, when to repair it and then re-enter it into the field," said GE Aviation Digital's David Havera.

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MRO Network
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GE, Microsoft
5/23/2019

Bath & Body Works will renovate 175 stores, open 46 new ones and shutter 24 locations this year, parent L Brands said during its earnings report. The retailer booked a 13% jump in first-quarter same-store sales, which includes digital channels.

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Body Works, L Brands
5/23/2019

Bose has unveiled the Home Speaker 300, a 2-pound smart speaker with 360-degree sound and powerful bass but lacking the album artwork the Home Speaker 500 displays while music is playing, writes Jessica Guyon. The Home Speaker 300 can connect to Bose's other smart speakers and sound bars, as well as Google Assistant.

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Bose, Google
5/23/2019

LG's 2019 TVs in North America will be updated this month to include built-in Alexa voice commands for the first time. Previously, an external Alexa smart speaker was needed to control a TV using Amazon's virtual assistant.

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The Verge
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Alexa, LG, Amazon