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3/22/2019

Microsoft is offering a brief look at the company's new discless console, the Xbox One S All-Digital edition. The entirely digital console will offer a 1 terabyte hard disk drive and will come with three games: "Sea of Thieves," "Forza Horizon 3" and "Minecraft."

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3/22/2019

Three Whole Foods Market locations in California will join the state's energy demand management project, relying on Axiom Exergy's Refrigeration Battery to manage power use. In taking part, the stores will be eligible for financial incentives for reducing their consumption at peak times.

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3/22/2019

Amazon and Walmart were in a class by themselves among grocers when it comes to their understanding of grocery e-commerce, according to a study by Gartner L2. Marketing heft, social media and fulfillment capabilities helped put the two major merchants at "genius" level in the study.

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3/22/2019

Mondelez International has invested in Chicago-area food incubator The Hatchery to help boost innovation via its SnackFutures venture arm. "Working with The Hatchery, food entrepreneurs will help us push the boundaries of what is possible in snacking as we continue to build our ecosystem of partners while also giving back and offering guidance to new companies," says Mondelez's Tim Cofer.

3/22/2019

Comcast has added a smart light integration feature for consumers to use to set their lights to their favorite team colors during March Madness. When using Xfinity X1 voice remotes, users can issue the command "Xfinity Home, Go (…)" along with their team's name to access the colors of all 68 participating teams.

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3/22/2019

Microsoft teamed up with the University of Washington to develop a process for translating digital information into DNA and back again. The first project involved successfully converting "HELLO," in a process that took about 21 hours, though researchers believe they can reduce conversion time by 10 to 12 hours.

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Engadget
3/22/2019

About 70% of retailers believe that augmented reality adoption will become widespread in their companies in the next three years, one study has found. AR can improve the shopping experience by allowing consumers to interact with products using digital filters, notes Nikki Baird.

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3/22/2019

Associated Food Stores will use an artificial intelligence system from CB4 to avoid stocking problems in its stores that have been known to adversely affect sales. The system can point out individual items that are underselling and can also be checked for display issues.

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3/22/2019

Among the beverages showcased at the recent Natural Products Expo West were plant waters that featured bubbles. Sap! is rolling out a line of sparkling birch tree waters and Drink Simple is introducing its sparkling maple water line.

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3/22/2019

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear FMI's argument that SNAP data is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act on April 22. "FOIA was not intended to open the books to a store's confidential business information or impede the competitive landscape," says FMI's Jennifer Hatcher.

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