3 ways digitization is changing the future of grocery retail

As more consumers adapt to an increasingly digitized society, grocers and CPG companies have evolved swiftly to capture shoppers’ attention. Not only is it good business, but it’s essential, considering that digital content influenced 51% of grocery purchases in 2016, and 34% of grocery shoppers used their smartphones while in-store to help choose brands.

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Supply chain pain points: Automotive

6 speed bumps on the road to automotive supply chain success.

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Diesel Dips 1.6 Cents

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 1.6 cents to $2.786 a gallon as efforts to resupply fuel networks in areas struck by recent hurricanes continued, experts said.

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Business model: Most Costco members don’t shop at Costco all that much

Costco markets itself as a warehouse club where, in exchange for a membership fee, consumers get access to a variety of food, merchandise and services at discounted prices.

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Kohl’s to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores in Chicago, LA

Kohl’s, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

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How autonomous vehicles use simulations to prepare for the real world

Self-driving cars are using software simulations borne from real-world experiences to learn how to navigate difficult intersections and other adverse conditions, according to Recode.

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Cybersecurity: Tips for greater peace of mind

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association last year issued an advisory to carriers with in-truck systems connected to outside networks, whether the internet, the cellular network or satellite tracking. The bulletin noted “there are a number of steps to take to reduce the risk” of a security breach.

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Spot update shows high demand across the country — vans, flats in detail, disaster-relief opportunities, more

Another mega-storm has disrupted freight movements around the country, and with this spot market update let’s send a message of goodwill to the people whose lives have been affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, likewise the wildfires out West. If you’re a resident of one of the affected areas, our hearts are with you.

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Meal kits 2.0 are here, thanks to HelloFresh

HelloFresh is changing up the meal kit game by launching a 20-minute meal designed to appeal to busy consumers.

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Hurricane Irma’s wrath will mean grower losses, higher grocery bills

Hurricane Irma tore through Florida’s rich agricultural heartland, and now it’s going to shred consumers’ wallets at the supermarket.

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Narrow gains for U.S. carloads

Traffic on U.S. railroads totaled 486,474 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.8% compared with the same week in 2016.

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Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019

Honda said it will launch a full-electric city car in Europe in two years.

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ISM highlights 6 KPIs to watch after Hurricane Harvey

The repercussions of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma will be felt long after landfall. Some effects, such as gas prices or trucking capacity, are easily visible. Many of the business impacts are hidden behind emergency operating costs.

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Hub Group offers rail and truck tracking tool

Transportation management provider Hub Group has launched Hub Group Connect, a multimodal tracking tool designed to provide customers with shipment visibility and online tracking from any device, including desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

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Wal-Mart restructures U.S. operations to speed change

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) is restructuring its U.S. store operations and will consolidate its business divisions from six to four, the company said on Tuesday.

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Apple Unveils iPhone X and 8 Models as It Upgrades TV Set-Top Box

Apple unveiled iPhone X, its first premium-tier phone, at an event in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday. Here’s what else the company had to say.

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Target bumps up holiday hiring by 40 percent this year

Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.

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Boom or bust? Holiday predictions are a mixed bag

Online sales are expected to win again, but brick-and-mortar retailers are still struggling to find their niche.

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Wal-Mart pledges up to $30 million in hurricane relief efforts, Target raises commitment

Wal-Mart on Sunday promised another round of donations to help those people impacted by hurricanes in the U.S. so far this year.

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Drones Play Increasing Role in Hurricane Recovery Efforts

For drone users, Hurricane Harvey is likely to be the event that propelled unmanned aircraft to become integral parts of government and corporate disaster-recovery efforts.

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Recycling is changing: What business needs to know

The dynamics and demographics associated with recycling are changing as baby boomers age and millennials enter the workforce. Municipalities, retailers, manufacturers and stewardship organizations would benefit from understanding how these changing behaviors are likely to affect the recycling landscape going forward.

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August manufacturing output remains strong, reports ISM

August manufacturing activity remained solid, according to data issued in the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) monthly Manufacturing Report on Business, which was released earlier today.

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Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey

Trucking fleets, railroads and shipping lines are scrambling to reroute cargo and set up alternate supply lines as Tropical Storm Harvey promises to disrupt freight traffic across southeast Texas for days.

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Are new, exclusive toys key to Walmart’s Christmas success?

Back-to-school and Halloween displays are still up in stores, but it’s never too early to talk about Christmas as the season seemingly creeps up earlier every year. Yesterday, Walmart made the start of its season official with its annual release of 25 toys the company expects to be top sellers during the holidays.

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Retailers rush to restock supplies in preparation for Irma

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s fury in Texas, retailers are recalibrating and bracing for a second disaster as Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida.

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Harvey’s Toll on Energy Industry Shows Vulnerability

For years, much of the nation’s refinery capacity and chemical production have been concentrated along the swamps and narrow inlets of the Gulf of Mexico, risking devastation in a monster storm.

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High-profile homegrown Portland coffee company to be sold

A high-profile Portland coffee roaster has been swept up in the consolidation that has defined the industry for the past several years.

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NACCO Industries to spin off Hamilton Beach small appliances unit

NACCO Industries Inc. (NYSE: NC), a holding company with subsidiaries in the mining, small appliance and specialty retail industries, announced on Monday morning, Aug. 21, that it plans to spin off one of its units — Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co. — as an independent public company.

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Henry Schein Inc. Bottom Line Rises 3% In Q2

Henry Schein Inc. (HSIC) revealed a profit for its second quarter that rose compared to the same period last year.

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Overstock looking to gain advantage with potential 2-day delivery

Overstock.com is in advanced talks with a logistics company about outsourcing distribution and delivery — a move that would enable the e-tailer to provide two-day delivery on furniture and other bulky items, The Post has learned.

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