The third state to allow delivery robots is….

Wisconsin has become the third state to legalize the use of the automated robots. Virginia and Idaho passed similar legislation earlier this year.

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Sears debuts new store concept

Sears has opened a freestanding store concept dedicated to two of its strongest categories.

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Amazon’s drone future looks sci-fi

Drone deliveries by Amazon could one day originate from an unusual-looking starting point.

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Downtowns Reinvented Themselves. So Can Malls.

Once upon a time, the center of most American cities was devoted to manufacturing. Decades ago this industry moved to the fringes, and then offshore. And the downtown identity crisis began. What is at a city’s heart if not manufacturing? What are we going to do with all these huge empty buildings downtown? Well. Cue the lofts and bistros and redevelopment.

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No big deal: Food and beverage transactions during May were small in size

There were 59 mergers and acquisitions globally across the food and drink industry recorded by bevblog.net in May, according to FoodBev Media. Eleven transactions occurred on May 24 alone.

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Tesla in talks with labels for music-streaming service, report says

Tesla Inc. is in talks with record labels about creating its own music-streaming service, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

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Networking: A Critical Skill for Supply-Chain Professionals

Forget about the old style of business networking. “Social” networking has brought a whole new meaning to the term.

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To Survive Amazon, Supermarkets Need to Get to Know You

Walk into a grocery store 10 years from now, and you’ll see more prepared meals, personalized recommendations and perhaps even an in-house restaurant.

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What will a Nike/Amazon deal mean for the brand and other retailers?

Nike is hoping a new direct deal with Amazon.com will help the brand boost sales while curtailing the counterfeiting activity that has affected its top and bottom line performance for years.

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Short takes: What the Amazon-Whole-Foods merger means for grocery supply chains

Amazon’s shocking purchase of Whole Foods Market last week was just a drop in the bucket — or shopping cart — for the disruption that’s to come for grocery supply chains.

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Tech Spotlight: Seattle startup FlyBuy aims to make any restaurant a ‘mobile’ drive-thru

Tech Spotlight: FlyBuy’s app lets consumers order and pay for coffee or food from local restaurants and notifies them when it’s ready. They then drive to the restaurant for a pickup from a waiting restaurant employee at curbside.

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Tesla near deal for first factory in China, report says

Tesla Inc. is close to an agreement to produce vehicles in China for the first time, giving the electric-car maker better access to the world’s largest auto market, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Delivery robots to invade this country

Sidewalk delivery robots are revving their engines for their July 1 debut in Virginia and Idaho, but there is an even bigger launch planned.

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Target extends its investment in online retail disruptor

Fast-growing mattress retailer Casper has closed on a new round of funding — with help from Target Corp.

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Tech Bytes: Three tips to make the grade this back-to-school season

It may only be mid-June, but retailers nationwide are already eyeing their share of almost $800 billion in estimated back-to-school sales.

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Indicators: ‘Trucking Conditions’ positive for carriers; spot market activity soars

Conditions for carriers gain momentum: Market conditions for carriers, as measured by FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index, bounced upward in April, climbing more than 4 points from March. Such a shift signals conditions could put upward pressure on rates.

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Rules For Growing Digital In Consumer Products

Most consumer goods companies are making investments in time, energy and money to massively grow their digital agendas. Yet for many, top-line growth remains elusive and profits are under pressure.

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Fashion brands are increasing digital spending

Fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci are shifting marketing dollars from print ads to digital channels such as social media and online advertising, per The Wall Street Journal.

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Toyota goes full-on fairy tale mode to market its C-HR model

Toyota and its agency partners including Saatchi & Saatchi, Conill, Burrell and interTrend are tapping traditional fairy tale messaging in its latest TV spots promoting the C-HR vehicle, per MediaPost. The campaign — titled “A New Story Begins” — draws from well-known fairy tales such as Cinderella, the Gingerbread Man, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Truel (a three-way duel).

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Ikea sets up shop on Amazon

A slew of products from Ikea, including lamps, furniture and home goods, are now available for sale on Amazon, with many if not most products available to Prime members with free two-day shipping.

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Nestlé exploring options for US candy business

Nestlé is exploring strategic options for its U.S. confectionery business, including a potential sale, the company said in a statement. A decision is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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Walmart to Buy Bonobos, Men’s Wear Company, for $310 Million

Walmart has agreed to acquire the men’s clothing company Bonobos for $310 million.

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Amazon Buying Whole Foods May Create A Whole New Way To Buy Groceries

The retail sector in general, and food retailing in particular, experienced an earthquake-sized shock on June 16 when Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.

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3 trends shaping the future of sustainable retail

The retail industry is undergoing an evolution in the way sustainability is integrated into daily operations.

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Industry 4.0: How Supply Chain Leaders Are Adapting

From boardrooms and shareholder meetings to conferences and collaboration circles, it seems everyone is talking about the fourth Industrial Revolution (i4.0).

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Amazon is now bribing Prime members to avoid credit card fees

Amazon will give Prime members a bit more spending power if they’re willing to ditch their credit cards. The company introduced a new program today called Prime Reload, which offers Prime members a small bonus of Amazon credit if they’re willing to pay using their debit card instead.

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The Wegmans grocery chain is introducing delivery in partnership with Instacart

Instacart, the grocery delivery startup that works with grocers like Whole Foods and Publix, has years of experience trying to prove out its model in dense, urban areas. Its latest partnership will be another litmus test on whether it can make it work long-term in the suburbs, too.

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Can Digital Solutions Eliminate Waste in Food Supply Chains?

The cost of global food waste and loss is estimated to be $940bn a year. For businesses, this represents a significant proportion of shrinkage in retail supply chains, and it has a direct impact on companies’ triple bottom lines. Does digital hold the solution?

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Samsung and LG consumer products could soon become interoperable

How would you feel if most Samsung and LG appliances (or devices) became completely compatible and interoperable with each another? Don’t think it will be a reality some day? Well, that time is almost upon us and fresh reports suggest that we will witness the compatibility of Samsung and LG devices before the end of this very year.

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Flagship sedan to gain remote self-parking feature

The next-generation Audi A8 has been teased once again. This time, however, it’s revealed in a short video that the car has a new feature enabling owners to use the remote key to command the car to park itself.

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The first back-to-school spending forecast is out

There is good news for retailers in a just-released 2017 back-to-school spending forecast.

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BMW gears up for electric buses with Proterra investment

Electric bus upstart Proterra shifted into a higher gear Tuesday with another substantial funding round: a $55 million infusion led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management and the corporate venture arm of German automaker BMW.

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Diesel prices hit 2017 low

A 4-cent decline in diesel fuel prices during the week ending June 12 pushed fuel prices to their lowest point in 2017, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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Expanding the logistics network

Fast and free shipping has retailers rushing to fulfill orders, but to do so, they must first invest in expanding their logistics networks.

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Container lines’ improved capacity management skills lay groundwork for recovery

The scrapping of slightly older vessels, combined with the stabling of excess others, has significantly contributed to the industry’s recovery, according to a new report from Drewry. The Loadstar reported that delaying deliveries of pre-ordered ships is also part of a successful recovery strategy.

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Retail corporate silos hamper supply chain efficiency

Too little attention is paid to space management within the retail sphere, which has a negative impact on the supply chain, Retail Leader reported recently.

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Union Pacific reports sustainability progress in 2016

Union Pacific Corp. yesterday published its 2016 “Building America Report,” which details the Class I’s safety, social, economic and environmental progress.

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Audi Will Become First Company to Test Autonomous Cars in New York

Audi will become the first company to test autonomous vehicles in New York when its demonstration car hits the streets of Albany in mid-June.

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2017 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Volume stable, business steady

While the overall economic outlook may be best described as “inconsistent,” the railroad and intermodal market sectors have both witnessed consistent growth for the most part—especially over the last decade. In fact, in terms of volumes, these two vital freight transportation markets are ahead of where they were just a year ago at this time.

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2017 Top 50 3PLs: Investment and Consolidation Maintain Traction

Leading industry analysts maintain that the “mega-deals” witnessed over the past two years in the third-party logistics provider (3PL) sector have abated, but that certainly doesn’t mean that mergers and acquisitions (M&A) will fall out of the picture.

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Improving America’s Infrastructure with the Most Advanced and Cleanest Equipment

Hundreds of organizations honored the accomplishments and focused on the future growth of America’s national infrastructure during Infrastructure Week last month. With diesel equipment serving as the overwhelming power source for past and future infrastructure growth, Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer noted the importance of new diesel engines and equipment in construction and that off-road equipment is now cleaner and more efficient than ever before.

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Some of Amazon’s own brands are becoming super popular online

Amazon laid the groundwork for a massive line of in-house brands when it launched the AmazonBasics private label in 2009. Seven-plus years later, that launch is paying dividends.

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Instacart expands in D-FW, offers southern shoppers access to H-E-B FILED UNDER

Instacart, the San Francisco-based grocery delivery service that’s in a slugfest to win the hearts and grocery carts of North Texas shoppers, is expanding its local service to cover more than 80 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth and is waiving the $99 annual fee for one year.

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Just One Driverless Car Could Ease Traffic Jam

New data suggests that the days of using variable speed limits to manage traffic could be over.

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Dead Mall Space Could Spur Warehouse, E-Commerce Deals

More shopping center and mall space could be repurposed for industrial distribution as e-commerce continues to take market share from brick-and-mortar retailers, Fitch Ratings analysts said in a report Tuesday.

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Faster, Fresher, Cheaper: The Grocery Shopping Revolution

Supermarkets are improving quality and convenience. CR shows you how to save money and still make healthy choices.

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5 key e-commerce & retail trends from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report

Kleiner Perkins venture partner Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends report on Wednesday. In total, the report comprises 355 PowerPoint slides and covers online trends in sectors ranging from media and healthcare to China and India. Here we look at key trends in retail and e-commerce.

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Online giant granted patent for parachute-dropping drone

Amazon’s newest win aims to further improve how it delivers packages.

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Texas legislature OK’s autonomous vehicles, including those unmanned

The Texas legislature last week passed a bill to establish a basic regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle operation in the state, including allowing vehicles without humans present in the vehicle to operate on the state’s roadways.

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Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week’s update shows spot market rates up in most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) on DAT Load Boards. Lookin’ good, lookin’ good,” noted DAT’s Ken Harper attendant to this week’s load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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UP to spend $85 million on Illinois infrastructure

Union Pacific Railroad will pursue $85 million worth of infrastructure projects in Illinois this year.

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Valuing entrepreneurship and uniqueness, Generation Z is shaping the future of shopping

Retail and generational experts alike might chuckle at the idea. But attempting to deliver the things they value — face-to-face communication, personalization, mutual respect between associate and customer — could impact retail in decidedly positive ways.

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Supply Chain Sustainability: Five Steps You Can Steal

ADM says it also reduced energy intensity and emissions by 25 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The company shared step-by-step details on how it conducted the report.

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It’s a tenants’ market at retail centers

Despite the rash of recent store closings, leasing activity is strong at malls and shopping centers as retailers take advantage of favorable terms.

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Click to trunk in 15 minutes? Testing Amazon’s new ridiculously fast order fulfillment

AmazonFresh Pickup is the tech giant’s new experiment in brick-and-mortar retail, but it’s also a new frontier for the rapid fulfillment of online orders.

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Missing in action: ELDs’ impact on rates

Barton Logistics analysts Diane McHaney and Criss Wilson predicted a year ago that rates would increase dramatically prior to December 2017 as more carriers came into compliance with the electronic logging device mandate.

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E-commerce continues to grow

If retailers haven’t yet made the leap to online, they are no longer just late to the party: The party has all but passed them by. The 2016 Future of Retail study from PR firm Walker Sands shows that one-third of consumers now shop online at least once a week. And their expectations are high, with 69 percent of shoppers saying one-day shipping is an incentive to purchase.

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