Wendy’s announces responsibility, sustainability progress

The Wendy’s Co. said it has made significant strides toward the company’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability goals. The company released its 2016 update on key initiatives and announced plans for progress throughout 2017.

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Hershey serves up new Valentine’s Day candy

The Hershey Co. has unveiled its lineup of new candy and treats for Valentine’s Day, including offerings from the Hershey’s, Kit Kat, Reese’s and Cadbury brands.

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Yankee Candle modernizes front end

Yankee Candle is all about catering to its customers. A new point-of-sale will help associates further drive this experience.

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Amazon patented a highway network that controls self-driving cars and trucks

Amazon was awarded a patent for a network that manages a very specific aspect of the self-driving experience: How autonomous cars navigate reversible lanes.

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Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today

Starting today, residents and businesses in Redwood City, Calif., and Washington, D.C., can get food delivered right to their doors — via robot.

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Mass customization and the future of retail

More than ever, experience matters in retail. “There is no doubt we’ve seen a permanent shift in the way consumers shop and behave,” said Linda Kirkpatrick, executive vice president for U.S. market development with MasterCard, opening a keynote at Retail’s BIG Show. Consumers across all age groups are more willing to spend on experiences rather than things, and are more interested in retailers who offer personal, custom, digital and social experiences.

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J.C. Penney CEO: store closings coming, but stores still valuable to online business

J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison said at a Dallas real estate conference on Wednesday that the company is planning to close some of its 1,014 stores soon.

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5 Ecommerce Fulfillment Trends Impacting 2017 and Beyond

What does 2017 hold for retail, ecommerce fulfillment and shipping professionals? Given the speed of change and new innovation in the marketplace, it’s no longer enough to look just one year ahead. You would be much better advised to consider what supply chains and delivery operations will look like in 2020.

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Digital-Savvy Gen Z Consumers Cling To Physical Stores, Brand Experiences

The global study from IBM released Thursday found 67% of Generation Z shop in bricks-and-mortar stores most of the time, with another 31% shopping in-store sometimes, indicating 98% of Gen Z shop in store at some time or another.

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P&G Vows Zero Manufacturing Waste from All Production Sites by 2020

P&G announced on January 11 it will make additional investments in recycling and beneficial reuse that will eliminate all manufacturing waste from its global network of more than 100 production sites by 2020.

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5 sustainable packaging trends to watch in 2017

More and more companies are realizing the importance of sustainability when it comes to packaging, writes Kevin Hill in this guest article.

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Precious positioning at Hostess detailed

A reestablished leadership position in the sweet goods category leaves Hostess Brands, Inc. ideally situated for further success, top Hostess Brands, Inc. executives said in a Jan. 10 presentation.

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General Mills Focuses On Yogurt, Snack Bars In New Winter 2017 Lineup

General Mills unveiled dozens of new products on Tuesday, many of which highlight the Golden Valley-based food company’s shift toward healthy items free of artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

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Distribution Roundup: Secret Squirrel Expands Into Target

California cold brew company Secret Squirrel is branching out across the West Coast as it enters Washington, Oregon and Montana for the first time through Target stores. The five-year-old company, founded by husband and wife team Trevor and Rebecca Smith, expanded its distribution to 380 Target stores on January 1, and greatly grew its presence in California, Arizona, Idaho, and Utah.

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New York Port Will Use Truck Appointments to Battle Congestion

A container terminal in New York Harbor is preparing to accept reservations for trucks to pick up or drop off cargo, in an effort to reduce congestion in the East Coast’s busiest port complex.

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Container Cargo Imports Surged at End of 2016

Container cargo imports surged during the final weeks of 2016, as retailers reported strong holiday spending and stocked up on inventory heading into the new year.

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Get to Know The Future Consumption Beverage Shopper

New research by The Coca-Cola Co. Knowledge & Insights group identifies aspects of the future consumption beverage shopper, an important customer for convenience stores and any retailer with a significant packaged beverage section, according to the company.

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Intel thinks IoT will have a firm place in the stores of the future

Intel wants to level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar shops by introducing IoT technologies into physical stores. Currently, online retailers have access to information on what sorts of merchandise consumers look at, what they purchase, and what they don’t. And Intel argues physical stores should have the same information.

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GM plans to announce $1 billion in U.S. investments, creating 1,000 jobs

General Motors, days after being called out by President-elect Donald Trump for expanding operations in Mexico, plans to announce U.S. investments totaling at least $1 billion that would create more than 1,000 jobs, two people with knowledge of the plan said late Monday.

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Amazon Tests Product Listing Ads

It looks like Amazon is following Google’s lead and is quietly testing product listing ads.

While for years Google was the number-one online destination for shoppers searching for products across desktop, mobile and tablet, it has recently lost its top ranking as a product search starting place to Amazon.

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An unlikely group of stores is becoming a major threat to McDonald’s

Convenience stores are increasingly a threat to fast-food chains like McDonald’s.

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Ports Turn to Natural Gas in Quest for Cleaner Marine Fuel

The tightening of emissions limits for deep-water ships has some of North America’s busiest ports chasing a new opportunity.

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As department stores exit, mall makeovers begin

As big-name retailers prepare to close hundreds of stores this year, many traditional shopping malls and the communities where they reside face a disturbing dilemma: What to do with all that empty space?

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First-of-its-kind store for Bed, Bath & Beyond

Bed, Bath & Beyond is debuting a new store format — complete with a food hall — in Brooklyn, New York.
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Amazon’s robot hiring spree parallels logistics boom

From December 2015 to December 2016, Amazon increased its robot staff by 15,000 at approximately 20 fulfillment centers, marking a 50% increase in non-human workers, the Seattle Times reported last month.

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Amazon to add 100,000 full-time U.S. jobs in next 18 months, growing domestic workforce 55 percent

Amazon just made a big statement about its continued growth aspirations, announcing that it plans to add another 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months, an increase of more than 55 percent in its domestic workforce.

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Tesla unveils pricing structure for supercharging stations

Tesla Motors Inc. said it will charge new customers fees to use its Supercharging stations if they exceed an annual limit, detailing its price structure to help pay for the expansion of its network of stations.

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Two retail standouts are shaking up a tired piece of the industry

As sales at furniture and home furnishings stores outperform the broader retail industry, many of the category’s legacy brands have struggled to keep pace. That’s created an opportunity for Wayfair and At Home, two up-and-coming retailers that are going after a market they say has been underserved.

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5 ways Chipotle plans to win back your business

The worst of Chipotle’s woes may be behind it — but the burrito chain still has plenty of work ahead to persuade diners to come back to its stores.

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How will Walgreens benefit from its FedEx drop-off/pickup deal?

Walgreens and Fedex have announced a “long-term” agreement to have the drugstore chain’s locations serve as package drop-off and pickup destinations for FedEx. The deal calls for the two companies to begin a “small-scale rollout” this spring with expectations that the service will be available at thousands of the chain’s stores by the end of the year. The two companies are looking for the service to be available at all of the nearly 8,000 Walgreens by the fall of next year.

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Nissan highlights safety features with ‘Star Wars’ campaign

In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Nissan takes inspiration from a galaxy far, far away.

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Costco Knows Its Perfect Customer

Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has a perfect member who spends more money while adding increased profit to the chain’s bottom line. The company’s CFO, Richard Galanti, laid out exactly what makes up the warehouse club’s ideal customer in its Q1 2017 earnings call. He explained how different types of members spend at the chain, and he detailed the payment method used by consumers who generally spend more.

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Will 2017 be the year we get serious about sustainable food?

Americans love to eat. Each person devours, on average, 1,996 lbs – or nearly a ton – of food per year. The enormous effort to satisfy that big appetite creates significant environmental impacts, from fertilizers leaching into our water supplies and overfishing to massive die-offs of bees from pesticides and habitat loss.

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Toyota to invest $10 billion in U.S. over five years

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) will invest $10 billion in the United States over the next five years, the same as in the previous five years, North America Chief Executive Jim Lentz said on Monday, to meet demand and upgrade plants to build more fuel-efficient models.

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2017 Retail Predictions

As the new year gets underway, it’s time to look forward to the changes and trends 2017 will bring. For retailers, that includes some new consumer behaviors in addition to the always-expected technological advances.

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La Colombe Prepares Nationwide Distribution, New Cafes For 2017

La Colombe ended 2016 by launching a can into space. In 2017, it plans to launch just about everywhere else.

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Burt’s Bees enters protein shake arena

Burt’s Bees on Monday extended its personal care powerhouse brand to the nutrition aisle with the introduction of three protein formulas with Burt’s Bees Plant-Based Protein Shakes, marking the company’s first foray into the functional food arena.

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More consumer interest in sustainability could jolt the food industry

Some are predicting that 2017 will be the beginning of a sustainable food movement that will increase through the years.

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Walmart’s journey to sustainability

Packaging Strategies spoke with Laura Phillips, SVP of sustainability for Walmart, regarding the company’s recent sustainability changes. See what is changing.

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Fresh Thyme will add two more stores in Omaha next month

Fresh Thyme grocery stores will triple their footprints in Omaha with the Feb. 22 opening of two new stores focused on natural and organic foods.

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Tech Bytes: Top three tech predictions

As the retail industry settles into 2017, CIOs industry-wide are dusting off their To-Do lists, and creating a game-plan on how to implement this year’s top priorities.

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Study: Gift card spending hits $46 billion

Despite being criticized as being impersonal gift options, gift cards continue to rise in popularity.

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Walmart’s Jet.com acquires Zappos competitor

A new acquisition gives Walmart an even stronger foothold in the world of e-commerce.

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How AI is Transforming Retail for the Better

At this point, most of us interact with artificial intelligence on a daily basis. Sure, we might not realize it consciously, but every time we search Google or see what our friends are up to on Facebook, we’re interfacing with AI. Better computing power, ballooning data stores, and research momentum point to the fact that AI isn’t just having a moment; it’s here to stay.

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Rise in Container Volumes Boosts Union Pacific’s Intermodal Volumes

In the week ended December 31, 2016, Union Pacific’s (UNP) overall intermodal traffic rose 3.7% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis. The company hauled ~55,000 containers and trailers that week, compared to ~53,000 units in the comparable week in 2015. However, the trailer traffic fell 6.3%, while container volumes rose 4.2%.

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Automakers, suppliers team up to share costs of self-driving cars

Automotive suppliers and automakers are expanding alliances to develop self-driving car technology that can serve multiple automakers, as the race to put such vehicles on the road separates companies that can go it alone from those that need help sharing the financial and technical burdens.

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U.S. durable goods orders remain stable in November, investment may quicken in 2017

U.S. durable goods orders and shipments remained stable in November. Durable goods orders dropped 4.6 percent in the month as aircraft orders dropped 73.5 percent. Core capital goods orders came in consistent with projections, growing strongly by 0.9 percent in sequential terms. Core capital goods shipments also rose, growing 0.2 percent month-on-month. Core capital goods orders and shipments are a significant input to the BEA’s estimate of equipment investment in GDP, noted Barclays in a research report.

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Does This Spot Make You Smile? Kaleidoscope of Ingredients for Campbell’s Well Yes

Campbell Soup Co. is set to air its first Golden Globes and Grammys soup commercials to introduce Well Yes, a line cooked up by employees that features ingredients such as farro, kale, quinoa and sweet potatoes.

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Factory Goods Orders Fall, But Trend Points to Recovery

New orders for U.S.-made goods fell in November, weighed down by a plunge in the volatile civilian aircraft category, but the underlying trend suggested manufacturing is gradually firming.

 

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Logistically Minded: Despite holiday shortfalls, hopes are high for real estate and output in 2017

Supply chains are constantly changing as new rules, technologies, resources and market trends transform operations. Here’s a skim of the week’s indexes, technology announcements, expansions and M&As from around the web.

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The newest shopping channel: automobiles?

The annual consumer electronics trade show (CES) is considered a launch pad for new innovations and technology. One concept garnering attention at this year’s show: in-vehicle digital shopping.

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What do Millennials want in store design?

Tidy and fun are among the features Millennials are looking for in store design, according to a study from researchers at the University of Florida.

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Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie Still ‘Down’ With Price Campaign

Refreshed store signage informs Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie customers that it’s been a year since the debut of the banners’ Down Down initiative, which promises not only to lower prices, but to keep them down for a minimum of six months.

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Service Industries Expand at Faster Pace Than Forecast

America’s service providers expanded more than forecast last month, spurred by an upturn in orders that coincided with stepped-up demand at the nation’s factories.

 

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The Competitive Threat in Retail Isn’t Just Other Retailers

At the new Lou & Grey apparel store in New York’s Flatiron District, a truck is at times spotted nearby serving anything from free pretzels to hot chocolate. If you should post a picture of your freebie and tag Lou & Grey’s Instagram account, you get a discount when shopping in the store.

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CES: Skip the Dressing Room, Use App to Try Gap Clothes

Gap is testing a smartphone app that will let customers try on clothes without stepping foot in a dressing room.

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UPS’ ‘National Returns Day’ Expected to Break Records

UPS expects to deliver 1.3 million returned packages to retailers on Jan. 5, which the company has dubbed “National Returns Day,” according to a press release from the company.

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SUBARU: U.S. sales top 600,000 for 8th-straight record

Subaru of America set its eighth consecutive U.S. sales record in 2016 while topping 600,000 deliveries for the first time.

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New, natural products could help extend shelf life of produce without chemicals

More than 1.3 billion tons of edible food go to waste each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization for the United Nations. A host of new washes and packaging solutions that use natural, chemical-free methods to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables could cut down on spoilage in the fields, during shipping and on the shelf — resulting in less wasted food.

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Here’s what happens to all those unwanted Christmas presents

Every year roughly $260 billion worth of stuff bought at retail is returned, 25 percent of which is returned after Christmas, according to industry estimates — everything from ugly sweaters and ill-fitting pants to that thoughtless hot plate and pingpong table that just won’t fit in the basement.

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Retail “smart stores” will feature robots, interactive shelves

Tomorrow’s retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology — everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors.

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How Under Armour Could Sprint Past Its Footwear Sales Goals

Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) (NYSE:UA) announced new connected shoes in December, thereby doubling down on connected footwear. These shoes follow an array of new shoes announced in 2016 across multiple categories, all of which are helping Under Armour to gain more footing in this market. With new styles making headway into new markets, Under Armour’s expanding footwear opportunity could blow right past the sales forecasts management set last year.

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Pinnacle Foods is updating its playbook

Pinnacle Foods, Inc. is updating its go-to-market playbook, shifting its focus to improving economies of scale, running the recently integrated Boulder Brands business, and improving its product mix and pricing. The effort comes at a time when the company is striving to bring its gross margins more in line with the peer companies in its categories.

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Why cold brew coffee and tea could be the dominant drinks of 2017

The influx of cold brew choices has many manufacturers fighting for refrigerated shelf space. Retailers may still be somewhat wary of devoting too much space to the ready-to-drink coffee and tea drinks, which take away from timelessly popular juice and fruit drinks.

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Mazda’s Bio-Plastic for Cars Doesn’t Need Painting

Everyone enjoys that new car smell, but it’s also great having a car without any damage to the exterior. Scratches soon start appearing on the paintwork through normal wear and tear, and polishing them out gets tedious quickly. So, Mazda came up with a solution that also turns out to be better for the environment.

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Expect more store closings despite big holiday sales

In a sign of how dramatically the landscape is changing when it comes to shopping, experts say don’t expect any let up in store closings in 2017 just because retailers just had biggest growth in holiday sales in five years.

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Online retailer bringing more than 600 jobs to Hanover Township

Chewy.com, an online retailer of pet food and other pet-related products, will open a massive fulfillment center in Hanover Township and create more than 600 jobs, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

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The Home Depot’s Michelle Livingstone on why orange is the new green

Freight means a lot to The Home Depot. So does sustainability. Transportation accounts for 65 to 70 percent of its supply chain cost. And like other big shippers, the home improvement chain is aware that transport generates about one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

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Ex-Apple engineers are making incredible tech for your car — here’s their first product

A trio of ex-Apple engineers launched a new company out of stealth mode in June. It’s called Pearl, and it makes tech for your car.

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60 Percent of U.S. Drivers Are Unfamiliar with EVS, Survey Says

A recent survey suggests we still have a long way to go when it comes to educating the public about plug-in vehicles. Sixty percent of U.S. drivers said they were unaware about electric cars, and 80 percent have never ridden in or driven one, according to data from Altman Vilandrie & Company.

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The top trends in trading to watch in 2017

2016 will go down as the Year of the Unexpected, as Brexit, Trump and the Chicago Cubs upended “likely outcomes.”

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How can retailers make online reviews more useful?

Beyond making sure they’re credible, many websites are improving sorting capabilities, providing more information on reviewers and taking other steps to help consumers quickly benefit from online reviews.

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Uber and Lyft Carpooling Services Could Replace 75% of Vehicles

It’s not a shocker that carpooling apps could reduce traffic congestion. But now MIT researchers estimate that successful use of ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft could reduce the number of vehicles on the road by a whopping 75% without slowing down travel.

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Amazon considers floating warehouses

In what ranks as perhaps its most farfetched sci-fi exploration yet, Amazon has been awarded a patent for an “airborne fulfillment center (AFC)” that combines with drones to reduce fuel consumption and delivery wait times.

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Sustainable retail trends to watch in 2017

The year 2016 brought more disruption than ever in every industry. The pace of change in how we work, live, shop and have fun is accelerating. New technologies and customer preferences have challenged the way that all companies — in all sectors — approach every aspect of their business.

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