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5/22/2018

Hy-Vee will open 26 Wahlburgers restaurant locations in the eight states where it does business without putting the burger joints in its stores, but it will carry some of the chain's products. The grocer decided to join the burger business after receiving many social media requests when it featured Mark Wahlberg's sports nutrition products, CEO Randy Edeker said.

5/22/2018

Kroger's deal with high-tech British retailer Ocado could lead to orders for its ClickList service being fulfilled in warehouses instead of on store floors, company executives said. "Obviously, this is built as our online deliver-to-home solution in the US," said Kroger's John Schlotman of the Ocado technology.

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5/22/2018

Driven by growing consumer demand for transparency, Procter & Gamble is disclosing the ingredients used in the majority of its 3,500 products by employing SmartLabel. "[W]e are committed to making information more transparent for those who use our products," said Kathy Fish, P&G's chief research, development and innovation officer.

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5/22/2018

J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison has resigned in the midst of the department store's ongoing turnaround plan to take the top job at Lowe's, the home improvement retailer said Tuesday. Ellison took the reins at Penney's in 2014, and his resume includes stints at Home Depot and Target.

5/22/2018

Walmart's $500 billion in annual sales put it at the top of the Fortune 500 list for the sixth consecutive year, and Amazon made the top 10 on the list for the first time, coming in eighth with revenue of $178 billion. Apple and CVS Health also made the top 10, coming in at fourth and seventh respectively.

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5/22/2018

Sears is expanding its credit-card deal with Citi, which issues Mastercards branded with Sears' loyalty program, and the bank will pay the retailer $425 million as part of the deal. The enhanced Shop Your Way Mastercard will offer users more perks, including more points toward eligible purchases at Sears and Kmart.

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5/22/2018

Shipping companies face a shortage of truck drivers that's leading to delays in deliveries and is likely to drive up prices on consumer goods. The improving economy has boosted demand in a tight labor market, and companies like Brenny Transportation that have raised wages are finding it tough to recruit for jobs many fear will eventually be lost to driverless trucks.

5/22/2018

Apple is teasing updates to its Siri personal assistant that may include more advanced AI, mesh networking and a new voice, based on statements released by the company. The updates will be explained at a conference in San Jose in June.

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5/22/2018

Albertsons soon could run a pilot test that allows customers to grab certain items and walk out of the store without checking out, akin to the Amazon Go technology, according to a published report. The company also is ready for one-touch sales at gas pumps, which will be tested near its Boise, Idaho, headquarters.

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5/22/2018

Sales of organic food grew 6.4% last year, below 2016's 9% growth rate, but still outpacing overall food sales growth, according to the Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Industry Survey. Organic ice cream sales rose 9%, sales of organic cheese climbed nearly 8% and organic fresh juice sales skyrocketed by almost 25%, the report said.

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