eBay survey: 63% of car shoppers likely to buy online

A new eBay Advertising survey found that 63 percent of respondents are either “extremely likely” or “likely” to purchase a vehicle online in the future.

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Timberland walks the extra mile to end plastic waste

Footwear manufacturer Timberland is walking a mile in the shoes of people whose lives are affected by trash pollution — at least, the “first mile” — through its partnership with B Corporation, Thread International.

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Amazon’s Annual Report Reveals a Lot About How Its Business Is Evolving

In addition to a much-discussed subscription revenue disclosure, Amazon’s report included valuable numbers related to its marketplace business, ad sales and much else.

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Imports to Grow in First Half of 2017 as Economy Improves, Researchers Say

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to increase 4.6 percent during the first half of 2017 over the same period last year as the nation’s economy improves and retail sales continue to grow, according to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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Analysis: Will Amazon Revolutionize Shipping?

For consumers, Amazon’s made shipping easy: Just choose the desired delivery date for your goodies and click.

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PepsiCo profit beats on demand for healthy snacks, drinks

PepsiCo reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as the company benefited from its cost-cutting programs and higher demand for its healthier beverages and snacks in North America.

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Retail Sales in U.S. Climb More Than Forecast in Broad Advance

U.S. retail sales rose more than forecast last month in a broad-based advance that indicates the consumer is well-positioned to propel the economy in early 2017.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods does combo store

Dick’s Sporting Goods is putting two of its formats under one roof in the Austin, Texas, market.

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Mobile Apps Aim to Address National Truck Parking Shortage

There are more than 3 million truckers hauling about $725-billion worth of freight in the U.S. annually, and amid myriad on-the-job challenges drivers face – including health problems and time spent away from loved ones – finding a place to park their rigs at night remains a giant hurdle.

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Charta Global launches new biodegradable cup

Charta Global (chartaglobal.com), provider of office and graphical papers, food grade and packaging boards for North and South America and strategic partner to Asia Pulp & Paper, has announced the expansion of its Foopak offering to include Foopak Bio Natura Cup stock and Foopak Baking Papers. These two product additions round out the Foopak offering, providing companies within the food service and restaurant industry with a single, comprehensive family of paper solutions for all their food and beverage needs.

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New colorful look for LemiShine household products

Lemi Shine, a family-owned nontoxic household cleaning brand made from 100%natural citric extracts, continues to remain on the forefront of innovation, performance and design in the CPG cleaning space with its latest brand development – a new look.

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The culture of food

Today’s food culture is made of up of many materials, but most geared toward delivering better for you, and easier to use and consume options. Our hurried lifestyles are not dying down and time-saving tips are appreciated by consumers in every aspect of life – at work, at the gym and in the kitchen.

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How Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Volumes Stands up to Peers

Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 5.6% in the week ended February 4, 2017. Volumes reached nearly 80,000 containers and trailers, as compared to over 75,000 in the week ended February 6, 2016.

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Suppliers see opportunity as auto industry shifts to mobility

The automotive industry landscape is changing via rapid advancements in technology. So much so, that suppliers are joining their manufacturing customers in a whole new industry — mobility.

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Sustainable Procurement Driving Revenue, Report Says

Fortune 500 firms are not only investing heavily to ensure sustainability and CSR are ingrained across procurement and the supply chain but are also seeing major returns on this spend, according to a report.

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CrowleyFresh Spreads the Love this Valentine’s Day

CrowleyFresh, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s cold storage warehouse and logistics services company in Miami, is doing its part to play Cupid this Valentine’s Day by ensuring more than 42,500 floral arrangements are carefully stored and accurately prepared for shipment at peak freshness for e-commerce and retail deliveries.

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CTA to build new rail station near Chicago’s United Center

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval Carter Jr. late last week announced plans for a new Green Line rail station near the city’s United Center sports arena.

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These three retailers are tops in corporate reputation

Another corporate ranking, another first place finish by Amazon.

The online giant came out on top in Harris Poll’s annual corporate reputation rankings report. The poll measures the reputations of the 100 most visible companies in the United States as perceived by the general public.

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Whole Foods uses customer data to improve category management

Whole Foods Market, which is known for its premier shopping experience and customer service, wants to up the ante — especially among loyal shoppers.

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Starbucks’ social gifting feature launches in China

Starbucks has extended its social gifting promotions into China, where it has launched a major expansion program to double its stores within the next five years.

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And the 10 most innovative companies in retail are…

A cloud computing/e-commerce giant heads up Fast Company’s annual ranking of the 10 most innovative companies in retail.

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True colors shining through: The rise of natural hues in food

Today’s consumers tend to want their food to be more natural — meaning fewer chemicals and more ingredients with names they can pronounce and understand.

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Supply Chain 4.0: Adidas and Amazon re-write the rules on supply chain management

In an amazing twist, technology is rendering the old fundamentals of supply chain management obsolete. In Russia, Adidas increased sales in Moscow by double digits in 24 hours, thanks to a supply chain initiative. At the same time Amazon is now looking at using drones to deliver products, a very expensive move, but one the company says will increase sales.

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2017 Retail Sales Should Increase, Says NRF

2017 retail sales could be looking at a decent year should estimates issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) stay to form in the coming months.

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Apple Supply Chain Shifting iPhone 8 Production

A new supply chain report from Digitimes claims Apple is shifting iPhone 8 production up earlier than usual for the company.

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Chicago: City of the Big Fenders

Fashions come and go. But if this year’s crop of fresh vehicle models is any indicator, big-boned, garage-challenged SUVs do not.

Last week’s Chicago Auto Show was a reminder that the U.S. love affair with oversized light trucks never really went away and is now stirring with renewed interest.

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Autonomous Vehicles to Run on Data

The financial arm of computing firm Intel is investing $250 million in autonomous vehicle technology, targeting three areas that the company’s leader believes will place Intel at the forefront of an approaching wave of change in transportation.

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Domino’s Pizza launches wedding registry

Dinnerware service for eight. A gourmet coffee press. A set of thick towels.

Now, add pizza to your list of desired wedding gifts.

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Is personalization better appreciated online or in stores?

A new survey from Episerver, a digital content software provider, shows that consumers are more open to personalization techniques when provided by computer algorithms online than by associates in-store.

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Will in-home consults give Amazon the keys to the smart home market?

Amazon.com has rolled out a new service on the West Coast, which offers free in-home consultations for customers interested in smart home technology.

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Hershey set to build on 2016 innovation successes in 2017

Innovation is moving the needle in the confectionery category, and executives with the Hershey Co. are confident the company’s new product pipeline will contribute to the company’s growth in 2017.

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U.S. solar industry clamors for workers as jobs climb by 25 percent

U.S. solar-industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power swelled.

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Rail finance and leasing execs expect a more business-friendly environment, and a better year, in 2017 — survey


How is 2017 likely to shape up, business wise, for the rail finance and leasing set? Will it be better than 2016?

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U.S. Freight Railroads to Spend $22Bn on Infrastructure in 2017

U.S. freight railroads are projected to spend an estimated $22bn to maintain and upgrade the nation’s private rail network in 2017, according to the rail industry’s trade group, the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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Don’t Overlook These 6 Incredible Amazon.com Numbers

Shares of Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) fell more than 3% on Feb. 3 after the tech giant posted mixed fourth quarter earnings andsoft guidance for the first quarter. Revenue rose 22% annually to $43.7 billion, but thatmissed expectations by $980 million. The company was hit hard by currency headwinds, which reduced its top line by about $558 million. Amazon’s closely watched AWS (Amazon Web Services) revenue rose 47% annually to $3.54 billion, but that also missed expectations of $3.6 billion and represented a slowdown from 55% growth in the third quarter.

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Target opening second new Lakeview store this fall

The Lakeview neighborhood is getting a second new Target store this year.

Target plans to open a 31,000-square-foot store at 3300 N. Ashland Ave. in October, the retailer said Tuesday. Target previously had announced plans for a store at 3200 N. Clark St., set to open in July.

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As Amazon Looks to Deliver Its Own Packages, Charlotte’s Airport Is Part of the Strategy

As Amazon.com increasingly looks to deliver its own packages, the online retailer is using Charlotte as one of the building blocks for its “Prime Air” cargo service.

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When will sustainable fashion go mainstream?

H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive Collection is unique — a line of formal wear for women, men and kids made from plastic bottles and grocery bags that have washed up on the shore.

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As truck sales keep rolling, small cars hang on

Sales of sedans and other cars fell to the lowest level in six years last month, while light trucks set a January record.

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ELD compliance: it’s all about the data

By December, 2017, motor carriers must have their vehicles and drivers outfitted with devices that meet the standards of the electronic logging device (ELD) rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Online sales, sustainability bring changes to consumer packaging

Today’s packaging just won’t cut it in the future, an official at a well-known spice and food company believes.

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Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.

That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below.

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What will lower Valentine’s Day sales mean for retail?

Consumers in the U.S. are expected to spend less on Valentine’s Day this year, according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

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Will automated scheduling ease retail’s staffing problems?

While training shapes an employee’s ability to work effectively, scheduling directly affects job satisfaction. But the question remains for many retailers: Should we give associates the ability to assign their own schedules? If so, how do we accomplish this effectively?

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One of Amazon’s delivery drones showed up in a Super Bowl ad

One of Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones made an unexpected stop during last night’s Super Bowl LI ads.

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Weekly spot freight update: Reefer, van volumes still strong compared to 2016

The normal seasonal slow-down has been leading to lower demand and lower rates, but van volumes continue to look solid compared to 2016 in the spot market. In fact, notes Ken Harper, the only early-year period in recent memory with greater volumes was the extraordinary 2014 “Snowpocalypse” that kicked that good year for owner-operators.

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The soup business has grown cold. Inside Campbell’s plan to turn up the heat.

In the research and development kitchen at Campbell Soup, chef Todd Lyons spent much of the past 18 months fine-tuning a batch of new recipes.

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DriverTech Offers ELD With Video Capture

Onboard technology supplier DriverTech has launched a new mobile communications device that includes electronic logging capabilities and a forward-facing dash camera.

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Snoqualmie Winery gets greener with new eco-capsules

Snoqualmie Winery has partnered with Rivercap (rivercap.com) to add more greeen to their wine lines. The capsule company, located in Benicia, CA, and the winery in Paterson, WA, have joined forces to produce a sustainable wine package with the release of Absolute Green Line (AGL) eco-designed wine capsules.

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Report: Faster deliveries open the market for tech startups to reshape the logistics industry

If you live in a city, chances are you’ve had packages delivered hours after you ordered them online. Same-day or next-day shipping is popular for obvious reasons and Amazon’s estimated 65 million Prime customers are proof of that.

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New DC supporting Sprouts’ Southeast expansion

A newly reopened temperature-controlled warehouse near Atlanta is supporting Sprouts Farmers Market as it expands through the Southeast, its operator said this week.

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Toyota, Suzuki outline plans to deepen collaboration

Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. announced Monday that they have agreed to start concrete talks about collaborating in environmentally friendly technologies, safety systems, information technology and the mutual supply of products and components.

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10 Ways Machine Learning Impacts Customer Experience

In the past human work was preferred over a machine’s work because a human was more accurate than a machine. After all a human could look at all angles and make an informed decision, and a machine could not. But enter machine learning today, and a machine might be more useful than a human in shaping customer experiences.

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What Retailers Need To Give Consumers When They’re Shopping In Stores

With online and mobile offering such compelling alternatives to traditional shopping, retailers with physical stores need to offer consumers exactly what they want in order to compete. A recent report by the Interactions subsidiary of Daymon Worldwide reveals some very interesting insights into what shoppers are looking for when they’re in stores.

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Keepin’ it simple keeps working for Costco

Costco is continuing to reap the rewards of its unique business model, as the club retailer reported a 5% increase in same store sales in January.

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Delphi says automated work may come to U.S. from Mexico

Delphi Automotive said that if it brings any manufacturing to the U.S. from Mexico, it is likely to be automated work, which has fewer jobs attached to it.

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Retailers increasing private-label food and beverage offerings

The private-label food and beverage market in the U.S. is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.95% through 2020, according to the report “Private-label Food and Beverages Market in the US 2016-2020” by Research and Markets (researchandmarkets.com)

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Mother’s Market Reveals Energy Savings

Six Mother’s Market & Kitchen stores have received enhancements from energy efficiency investment group LCTA Group LLC (The Leading Center for Technology Advancement), achieving, over the course of five months, an initial energy savings of 115,520 kilowatt-hours per month, the equivalent, according to EPA, of 206 passenger vehicles driven for a year.

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Fareway Stores Increases Basket Size with Digital Coupons

Fareway Stores, a leading full-service grocery chain with locations in the Midwest, has rolled out an innovative digital coupon system to its 117 stores. The new program, powered by LOC Software and Invisipon, allows consumers to create an online profile by product type for coupons they wish to receive.

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Apple defies Wall Street with strong revival in iPhone sales

Apple Inc reclaimed the throne as the world’s top smartphone seller for the first time in five years on Tuesday, beating out rival Samsung in units shipped for the holiday quarter and boosting revenues with a strong showing for its new, top-of-the-line iPhone 7 Plus.

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January auto sales declined — but that’s actually good news

The automakers reported January sales on Wednesday, and most notched declines compared with the same month last year.

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Tesla Motors is officially changing its name

Tesla Motors is changing its name to Tesla Inc.

The change has been in the works for a while. In February 2016, CEO Elon Musk tweeted about acquiring the domain. And in July the company shortened its website from teslamotors.com to just tesla.com.

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How will online shopping transform the grocery business?

A new report from the Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen projects that consumer spending for online grocery shopping could reach as much as $100 billion or 20 percent of total dollar grocery purchases made by consumers by 2025. Those figures, the parties report, are the equivalent of 3,000 grocery stores based on volume.

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Amazon Establishes Air Cargo Hub in Kentucky

Online retailer Amazon.com is building a new centralized air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to support the company’s growing fleet of cargo planes.

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Will feel and touch tech transform mobile marketing and commerce?

While much of advertising appeals to sight and sound, haptic feedback is arriving to add feeling and texture to mobile devices. The technology basically adds forms of physical feedback to a mobile video.

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Auto trends 2017 – Factors shaping the auto industry this year

When it comes to setting the latest tech trends, automobiles aren’t far behind your iPhones and Androids. From plain seats and a steering wheel some 20 years back, current models are now mobile offices that respond to voice commands and may even, in the near future, do all the driving for you. We round up the tech trends that will shape your future cars.

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See inside: Dollar General goes after millennials with DGX

Dollar General has a new demographic in mind with its smaller-format store concept DGX: millennials.

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Ford’s Super Bowl ad is about a lot more than car sales

Ford Motor Co. for months has been touting itself as a mobility provider whose business extends beyond selling vehicles and into services such as ride-sharing and bike-sharing. But the automaker has mostly confined the marketing of this new vision to digital and public relations efforts — until now.

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How Amazon Changed Shopper Expectations

PowerReviews, a leading provider of ratings, reviews and question-and-answer technology to more than 1,000 global brands and retailers, today released a new research paper detailing Amazon’s rise and how the retailer’s dominance has changed shopper expectations. The paper is based on a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers aged 18 and over. It explores behavior and contributing factors to Amazon’s dominance, plus steps that brands and retailers can take to compete.

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Under Armour debuts ‘made in the U.S.’ gear — and tests what we think we know about manufacturing in America

The black sports bra and matching leggings that Under Armour began selling Monday don’t look particularly distinctive from the rest of the workout attire on its website.

But, in fact, the garments are different in a key way: They were made in the United States, marking a key milestone in the company’s ambitious bid to significantly rethink its manufacturing strategy.

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Kroger Transitions All Its C-store Business to McLane

The Kroger Co. and McLane Co. Inc. have inked a service agreement for all of Kroger’s 787 convenience stores across 18 states.

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Ford updates technology on older vehicles

Ford Motor Co. will offer a plug-in device to add new technology to older vehicles.

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NS facilitated industrial development worth $4 billion in 2016

Norfolk Southern Corp. assisted 71 businesses in locating or expanding facilities along the Class I’s rail lines last year.

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Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant that takes your order via messaging or voice

Starbucks is embracing the trend towards voice-based computing with the launch of a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista, which allows customers to order and pay for their food and drinks just by speaking. This includes being able to modify their drink order, as if they were speaking with a barista in real life. Additionally, the company is launching a skill for the Amazon Alexa platform, which lets customers re-order their favorite items by speaking to their Echo speaker or other Alexa-powered device.

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Online grocery sales set surge, grabbing 20 percent of market by 2025

Online grocery shopping could grow five-fold over the next decade, with American consumers spending upwards of $100 billion on food-at-home items by 2025, according to a report released Monday.

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