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9/17/2021

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are investing $3.3 million in four programs dedicated to criminal justice reform and violence prevention, according to Marvin Carr, director of the Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity. The money will support the work of the People's Commissions on Criminal Justice Reform, the Prison Fellowship Opportunity Youth Network, the Criminal Justice Reform Prevention Research Network and the National Offices of Violence Prevention Network.

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9/17/2021

Elon Musk has tweeted that SpaceX's Starlink will be exiting beta next month, suggesting the service has worked out potential issues and is ready for a broader launch, writes Michael Kan. The move could also mean faster speeds are on the horizon, Kan notes.

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9/17/2021

GoPro's Hero10 Black sports a faster GP2 processor that is said to boost frame rates for an array of resolutions. The updated processor also facilitates HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization, 3D noise reduction and video algorithms with tone mapping.

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Digital Camera World
9/17/2021

The CNN Underscored team tested 13 Dutch ovens that all cooked well but featured different heat distribution, weight, lids and handles. The Lodge enameled 6-quart cast-iron model was rated best overall, Le Creuset owned the "splurge" category and Camp Chef took the title for best Dutch oven for camping.

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9/17/2021

The ongoing pandemic fueled a 50% increase in demand for groceries in 2020 and pushed up comparable sales by 15.8% for retailers with more than 100 stores, according to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2021 report from FMI. "Food retailers experienced significantly higher sales and transaction sizes during 2020, but expenses have also surged and impacted financial performance," said FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin. "And that situation continues in 2021."

9/17/2021

After three events designed to expand and enhance its product offerings, Hy-Vee is now accepting submissions for its fourth quarterly "Best of Local Brands" summit. The grocer is working with RangeMe and ECRM to vet and qualify the submissions for the event in November.

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9/17/2021

The pandemic has driven online alcohol sales growth, with an 80% rise in 2020, positioning the category for continued growth, according to Amber Roberts of DRINKS. Although online alcohol sales can be complex, Roberts writes that "there are also proven methods for launching successful, vibrant alcohol e-commerce programs that will resonate with consumers across the country, satisfy new-found demand and capture market share of an enormous product category."

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9/17/2021

New checkout terminals from AppCard, designed to enhance the shopping experience and gather data, have successfully finished a trial at three Foodtown supermarkets in New Jersey and New York. The tests showed the new platforms help give "a more fully painted picture of our customers and what drives their purchases so we can plan accordingly to meet their needs," said Jack Shakoor, owner of a Super Foodtown in New Jersey.

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9/17/2021

Vallarta Supermarkets has given out $250,000 in scholarships to its employees and their dependents to help cover the costs of their continuing education. The awards for the 2021-2022 academic year were made in conjunction with The Gonzalez Family Foundation, which was formed by Vallarta's founders.

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Progressive Grocer
9/17/2021

Nabu Casa has launched the Home Assistant Amber, the Raspberry Pi-powered home automation hub without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity that opts instead for the stability of an Ethernet connection. The system foregrounds security and privacy, while also letting users operate smart home devices when their internet connection is unavailable.

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The Verge