Specialty Retail
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9/22/2017

Roche Bros. will open its third small-format Brothers Marketplace store next spring, the retailer said. The move marks a significant investment in the 3-year-old Massachusetts-based banner, which focuses on everyday convenience and meal solutions.

9/22/2017

Supply chains that don't eliminate silos won't be able to keep up with customer expectations of rapid order fulfillment, Nick Foy of ModusLink writes. Three indicators of being stuck in a silo are geo-specific operations, failure to implement end-to-end solutions and lack of oversight of the entire operation.

9/22/2017

Toys R Us will move forward with plans to hire seasonal staffers for the holidays, despite its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week. The toy retailer has created the new position of toy demonstrator, and it expects to hire more than 12,500 part-time employees in its six largest markets.

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Toys R Us
9/22/2017

US consumers are expected to spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, and 179 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. About 47% of respondents will shop at discount stores for Halloween goodies, 38% will hit specialty shops and 22% will shop online, the survey found.

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CNBC, USA Today
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National Retail Federation
9/22/2017

Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.

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9/22/2017

Walmart will partner with August, a smart lock creator, to offer consumers the option of using their smart security systems to allow deliveries to be left in their homes. The company will test the service in select Silicon Valley households using delivery company Deliv.

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TechCrunch
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Walmart, Deliv
9/22/2017

PC gaming is buzzing again thanks in part to PlayerUnknown's popular game "Battlegrounds," which has seen more than 10 million downloads since March. Sports gaming also is driving interest, with Nvidia gaming executive Kazunori Takahashi reporting, "The abundance of titles and the popularity of e-sports is bringing a lot of excitement to PC gaming."

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Bloomberg
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Nvidia Corp, Kazunori Takahashi
9/22/2017

Luxury appliance brand Smeg has opened its first flagship store in London, creating a showcase where customers can get an up-close look at more than 300 of the Italy-based company's retro-style appliances. The store features many small appliances, including toasters, cookers and kettles.

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Which.co.uk (London)
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Smeg, Smeg
9/22/2017

Children learning to cook need devices that are kid safe and easy to use, promoting a sense of independence and competence. Erinne Magee lists 10 tools that fit the bill, including the Chefman Immersion Blender, StarPack Nylon 3-Pack Knife Set and KPKitchen Easy Pour Batter Dispenser.

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USA Today
9/22/2017

Using software to apply a predictive maintenance approach can prolong equipment life and reduce costs. One supplier, for example, avoided an unexpected line shutdown through sensors that warned of excessive vibration levels and prompted a pre-emptive repair.

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