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9/17/2019

Home goods retailer Crate & Barrel will expand its in-store restaurant concept, The Table at Crate, to as many as 15 locations after the first proved popular in Chicago. The concept, created in partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, shows off the retailer's kitchen and dining products, nearly all of which are for sale.

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Fortune
9/17/2019

Martha Stewart will oversee the grand opening of the first Stew Leonard's store in New Jersey this month. The opening marks the grocer's seventh location, with the last store opening on Long Island, N.Y., in August 2017.

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Progressive Grocer
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9/17/2019

Consumers will be able to tap into internet speeds as much as 1,000% faster once the new Wi-Fi 6 standard becomes widely supported by home networks and consumer devices. The Wi-Fi Alliance said Monday that it would begin offering certifications for the standard, which will also lead to better downloads in crowded venues such as stadiums.

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Mashable
9/17/2019

Walmart has obtained the rights to Scoop NYC, a fashion brand popularized on "Sex and the City," and will revive the label with new styles to be sold online and in select Walmart stores. The brand, which shuttered all 16 of its New York City stores three years ago amid rising rents, will return with around 100 pieces made with materials including vegan leather and faux fur.

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9/17/2019

One Brands is debuting One Plant, a line of plant-based protein bars, next month in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and banana nut bread. "The industry has been experiencing significant demand for plant-based alternatives from consumers," said One Brands CEO Peter Burns.

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FoodBev
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Peter Burns
9/17/2019

Garth Blumenthal, co-owner of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Temecula, Calif., focuses on training for a five-star customer experience. "It takes the whole team, from the person who greets you to every contact point that is intended to make guests realize they are in a special place," he says, adding that he tries to match customers with staff, based on demographics.

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WardsAuto
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Mercedes-Benz
9/17/2019

The average luxury car has more than 100 million lines of code -- twice as many as Windows Vista -- and a study last year by the Ponemon Institute found most respondents saying they test less than half of their automotive technology for vulnerabilities. Doing the job wouldn't be hard: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who hacked into a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, say that securing a car is similar to securing "a very small enterprise network, or more precisely, a small industrial control network."

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VentureBeat
9/17/2019

Advanced manufacturing technology could give a much-needed jolt to manufacturing labor productivity, which hasn't grown in the past five years, analysts from Deloitte write. A recent study found that smart technology provides business value to factories in various situations.

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Deloitte Insights
9/17/2019

Idaho has welcomed its first zero-waste grocer, Roots Zero Waste Market, which includes a plant-based apothecary. Produce is sold loose, minimal paper packaging is used for items like toilet paper and soap, and cleaning products come in glass spray jars.

9/17/2019

IKEA has released a simple black button-esque remote for its SYMFONISK speaker collection that can control play, skip and volume. The remote will also be able to control Sonos speakers if users have the IKEA Home Smart app and a specific gateway.

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Dealerscope
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