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8/16/2019

One of the three rear cameras on the Motorola One Action midrange phone offers GoPro-esque features for recording action shots. Additionally, the One Action includes a 12-megapixel front camera and a 6.3-inch full HD-plus display.

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8/16/2019

Associated Food Stores is extending curbside pickup to 33 stores through a partnership with e-commerce company Rosie. The grocery wholesaler operates 43 independent stores under the Fresh Market, Dan's, Lin's, Macey's and Dick's Market banners.

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Progressive Grocer
8/16/2019

Wine writer Dave McIntyre realized recently that his wine tool collection is almost as vast as his wine bottle collection, and he notes his favorite foil cutter provides a clean cut and is airport-security-friendly. The Durand wine opener is his favorite high-brow model, while the Vacu Vin is a great wine-saving tool for those who won't finish the bottle in a day or two.

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8/16/2019

Walmart raised its full-year sales guidance Thursday, after reporting a 2.8% second-quarter same-store sales increase and a 37% year-over-year rise in online sales in the US. "We're on track to exceed our original earnings expectations for the year," CEO Doug McMillon said.

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8/16/2019

Square has created a new suite of applications to help merchants track and manage digital and in-store purchases. The Orders API will help retailers consolidate order fulfillment into a single point-of-sale system and ease the way for new in-app payment services.

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8/16/2019

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on the move towards banning the export of recyclable waste, and he is committed to keeping waste out of the ocean by developing new approaches to recycling, writes Livia Albeck-Ripka. Strategies underway include making roads out of glass and plastic bags, building portable recycling factories, reusing street sweepings, turning disposable cups into other materials, and converting waste into energy.

8/16/2019

Knowing consumers are unwilling to give up their water bottles, All Market Inc has launched Ever & Ever, which is an aluminum canned water bottle and easily recyclable. "Aluminum is a very exciting alternative material for the single use beverage industry, because it is endlessly recyclable, unlike plastics which breakdown with each new iteration," says journalist, Ariel Knoebel.

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Forbes
8/16/2019

The United States Postal Service lost $69 billion dollars from 2007 to 2018 and for the first time in nine years, spring 2019 saw a decline in package volume. Consumers are ordering online products at a high rate, but FedEx and Amazon have taken delivery services out of the USPS network.

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Business Insider
8/16/2019

Reusable transport packaging has the potential to decrease costs while increasing efficiency and being a sustainable solution at the same time, says Mike Hachtman, president and CEO of Relogistics Services. He states, "Thankfully, transport packaging, including reusable containers, pallets and totes, functioning in a mindfully constructed closed loop, can produce efficiencies that transition away from the traditional cost center model."

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Multichannel Merchant
8/16/2019

After a documentary showed Amazon employees throwing out unsold items from independent sellers, the company announced it will donate the unwanted goods to charities such as Good360. Starting next month in the U.S. and the U.K., the discarded items will go to needy individuals.

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