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4/15/2021

Walmart is making more of its workforce full time and said 66% of its US store hourly jobs will be full time, up from 53% five years ago, by Jan. 31. The move is in response to improved worker retention as well as the lower need for staffing at odd hours due to higher at-home deliveries.

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4/15/2021

Kroger and UK-based Ocado have opened the first of up to 20 fully automated fulfillment centers, which use artificial intelligence, robots with totes and a proprietary control system to pick and pack deliveries. "This could not come at a better time and is really helping us accelerate the growth and capture all of that growing demand from our customers," said Kroger's Yael Cosset.

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4/15/2021

With a goal of opening 1,050 stores this year, Dollar General announced it will hire 20,000 workers during spring, including store clerks, warehouse workers and truck drivers. Dollar General plans to double its store count of more than 17,000 stores.

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4/15/2021

Tokyo-based Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd. (TSE:7744) (NKC) has agreed to acquire JLab for $370 million from its previous private equity owner and the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. NKC will provide JLab with additional resources to continue its forward progression, including product innovation and further retail expansion worldwide.

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TWICE
4/15/2021

Nationwide Marketing Group is proud to announce that it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year--Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for the 7th year in a row.

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4/15/2021

TCL is officially making OLED TVs, after the company announced a 2023 launch window for its own take on the premium television tech - and it could be great news for your wallet. OLED is an expensive technology compared to traditional LCD televisions, even though ramped-up manufacturing and wider adoption is seeing prices gradually drop. But TCL's preferred method of making OLED panels will, it tells us, be significantly cheaper, with those savings making much lower RRPs likely when the televisions launch.

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4/15/2021

Despite the iPhone 12 mini being the best small iPhone currently available, a new leak says that the iPhone 13 mini could be the last time Apple makes a small flagship smartphone.

According to a new research note seen by iMore, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple plans to ditch the small 5.4-inch iPhone in favor of two 6.1-inch models, alongside two larger 6.7-inch models, with a 'Pro' version of each next year.

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4/15/2021

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California handled 898,287 loaded container imports in March, a record for the month and a 97.1% increase from March 2020, and they have also reduced a ship logjam by roughly 50% from a peak of approximately 40 vessels waiting to dock in February, according to port officials. However, load times onto trains leaving Los Angeles remain an issue, lasting 11 days compared to the normal average of two days.

4/15/2021

Food Lion has received the 2021 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award from the EPA and Department of Energy, the only US company to earn the recognition for 20 consecutive years. The N.C.-based grocer uses LED lighting in half of its 900 stores, and two its stores are GreenChill-certified for reduced refrigerant emissions.

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4/15/2021

British Columbia-based alternative meat company Very Good Food is moving into US territory via grocery distributor Green Spoon. Very Good Food's products, such as jackfruit steaks and adzuki bean pepperoni sticks, are available in 150 stores in Canada but previously were only available online in the US.