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7/22/2019

Bulgari's new store at the Istanbul Airport is its largest airport store in Europe. It is the jewellery brand's first airport store to include a VIP private salon area for high-spending shoppers.

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7/22/2019

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna will debut in South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau in September, according to the company's Instagram feed. The brand achieved $500 million in sales in 2018

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7/22/2019

Smartphone maker Oppo will debut its own e-commerce store in India later this year. The Chinese company aims to make its products more available to customers who favor online shopping.

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7/22/2019

A smart trash can system at IKEA stores in the UK and Ireland allows chefs to measure wasted food and adjust future use accordingly. The system has helped IKEA reduce food waste by almost 40%.

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7/22/2019

Like many organisations, e-commerce website Etsy is concerned about the company's impact on the environment. Since most items ship directly from sellers to buyers, it is nearly impossible for the retailer to reduce its carbon footprint. Instead, it has launched other initiatives, including a carbon offset program that supports a wind farm and solar developments in India and tree conservation in Minnesota. Read more from NRF's STORES magazine.

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stores.org
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7/22/2019

FedEx named Amazon among its logistics competitors in its annual report, noting that the company is one of the high-volume package shippers "developing and implementing in-house delivery capabilities and utilizing independent contractors for deliveries." This is the first time FedEx has mentioned Amazon as a competitor in the report, and FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith had previously dismissed the idea of FedEx being disrupted by Amazon's logistics efforts as "fantastical."

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Multichannel Merchant
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7/22/2019

Distributors can prepare for the future by prioritizing initiatives that enable other important changes and being willing to pursue complex projects with large potential impacts, according to MileZero founder Robyn Bolton. While distributors should avoid overwhelming employees with too many changes at once, completing a project early on can help combat skepticism and show employees the positive effects of change, Bolton said.

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TED Magazine
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7/22/2019

This round-up of products features the Simple Spreading stainless-steel butter spreader knife, with a series of miniature holes along one edge to make teeny threads of butter when your stick is too cold. It also highlights the Hoople stainless-steel soap bar, which gets rid of garlic odors on your hands; the Axe Sickle silicone heat-insulation silicone oven gloves, which slip right on your oven door handle and don't require a second hand to remove; and many more.

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Refinery29
7/22/2019

A handy spoon rest is just one more thing to clean, whereas Trudeau's removable flex pot clip attaches to any pot or pan and has a place at the top that holds utensils of any kind, including regular silverware, thanks to a tiny notch. Its silicone grip keeps it cool.

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Mental Floss
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7/22/2019

Money-draining, 117-year-old department store J.C. Penney is seeking help before its $4 billion in debt must be paid back in the next few years. Advisers will help the company look for options for restructuring that debt -- and buy it time to make a turnaround.

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Reuters
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