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7/13/2020

More than half of shoppers say their biggest worry once the pandemic recedes is being able to find the products they want at their local stores, a new survey from Acosta shows. The poll found 53% of people cited the continuing prospect of empty shelves as a chief concern, while 45% said finding low prices once the pandemic passes would be a top priority.

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Grocery Dive
7/13/2020

MilkRun, which works to help farmers and shoppers by delivering locally produced food direct to the doors of customers, has expanded to Seattle and says it plans to launch service in other cities by the end of 2020. The Portland, Ore., company said it has hired 28 people from the restaurant industry and added new food distributors to help fuel its expansion.

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GeekWire
7/13/2020

Amazon is rescheduling its planned New World game unveiling from Aug. 25 to spring 2021, without committing to a definite date. Designers say the extended time will allow them to add more content and features, though the change may reflect the broader challenges the company is facing as it enters the gaming industry, writes tech columnist Jay Peters.

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The Verge
7/13/2020

Tech expert Ori Mor explores how integrating wireless power into newer homes is advantageous to both homebuilders and buyers by offering long-range charging capabilities, as well as by bringing power to areas in homes where wires are otherwise impractical. Builders can highlight the efficiency of these smart homes as a selling point, while buyers can customize their home setups and direct wireless power to personal tech, such as mobile phones and gaming devices.

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Forbes
7/13/2020

Libbey is in talks with union members about possibly closing its glassware manufacturing facility in Shreveport, La. The company says falling glassware sales as well as the economic shutdown have created less demand.

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HFN
7/13/2020

Touting the only solid 3-millimeter-thick aluminum housing, Jura has launched an ENA 8 Massive Aluminum Signature Line. The one-cup brewer can produce 10 different coffees and has smartphone connectivity.

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HomeWorld Business
7/13/2020

Manufacturers can become more agile rethinking processes and adopting the right software to streamline new solutions, say 3D Systems' Phil Schultz and Radhika Krishnan. Additive manufacturing is an important component of agility, especially as part of viewing the shop floor "as a complete end-to-end workflow that includes both additive and subtractive technologies," says Krishnan.

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Machine Design
7/13/2020

During the first half of 2020, Chewy's shares rose over 54%, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, due to pet owners' continued need for pet supplies while stores were shut down. Investors are betting the online pet food company's new customers are here to stay as coronavirus doesn't appear to be going away and Chewy is opening new fulfillment centers.

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The Motley Fool
7/13/2020

UK-based Project Blu is an eco-friendly pet product brand that turns ocean-bound plastic, recycled clothing and recycled leather into beds, collars and leads, with a goal of offering a full range of sustainable pet products that can compete in price, placement and style on a global scale. "Project Blu was born from a desire to drive positive change within the pet industry and tackle these harmful issues. It is our mission to prove that brands can be sustainable, stylish and profitable," said founder Geryn Evans.

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Forbes
7/13/2020

Dogs may become exceedingly reliant during the coronavirus pandemic, so owners should start preparing pets for workdays once offices reopen, writes Arianne Cohen. To start readjusting your dog, begin spending an hour in different rooms at least twice a day, buy some toys to keep them busy and start reacquainting them to loud sounds like traffic.