An expanded produce section including more organic and pre-cut choices and bright signage are among the features of a store redesign that Winn-Dixie is rolling out across Florida. The recently revamped location in Orlando also includes a chicken wing bar in the deli area and a section for dollar items.
Lucky's Market has signed four more leases in Florida as the natural grocer continues its push into the state, with each new location set to open within 18 to 24 months. Lucky's already had announced at least a dozen planned locations in major Florida markets such as Orlando and Fort Myers.
Unilever is using the lessons learned from its Dollar Shave Club unit to sell more of its premium products straight to the public, bypassing traditional retail outlets. "[W]ith our prestige businesses, we see more opportunities to go direct to consumers," said CEO Paul Polman.
Samsung may release a smart speaker powered by Bixby in August, per a report in The Wall Street Journal. The device may be released Aug. 9 in conjunction with the Samsung Unpacked event.
Best Buy has weathered multiple changes in retail and electronics technology since its founders launched their first store in 1966, when eight-track players were the hot new thing. Today, the retailer is fending off competition with in-home services featuring a fleet of 380 consultants who will work to form long-term customer relationships.
The closure of Chef'd highlights how grocers might be best-suited to offer meal kits rather than through subscription services, said David Bishop of retail consultancy Brick Meets Click. It's easier for grocers to market and distribute such kits than another company that must build infrastructure and name recognition, Bishop said.
An open source initiative dubbed the Data Transfer Project has been announced by four of the largest technology companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The project will make it easier for users to transfer data among the companies' services.
Four smart home leaders received equal marks in a recent study of consumer perception: Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung. Smart home hubs were among the most well-known devices, with 67% of survey respondents saying they were aware of the devices.
Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence project called the "Move Mirror," which matches users' poses with similar images. The project was created to make machine learning more accessible to coders, as well as to inspire the development of other applications.
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