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8/13/2018

Walmart wins over more customers from pet-owning homes than other national retailers, according to a report from Packaged Facts. Walmart's perceived advantages in pricing along with convenience and available brands helped it win over pet owners, according to the report.

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8/13/2018

Macy's will unveil an off-price Backstage shop in its store at Minnesota's Mall of America on Saturday. The 11,600-square-foot in-store shop will open on the department store's third floor, near a Nordstrom Rack store.

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The decision by "Fortnite"-maker Epic Games to bypass the Google Play store in rolling out an Android version of the game could cost Google an estimated $50 million in 2018, a report states. The Android version of the game is available exclusively through Epic Games' website, which has prompted concerns that bypassing Google Play could leave security holes in the download.

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TechCrunch
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8/13/2018

Nintendo Switch Online will launch in mid-September, a company news release states. Switch users will be able to access several new features, including saving game data online via the Save Data Cloud backup, while subscribers will gain access to several classic Nintendo Entertainment System titles, including "Balloon Fight" and "Donkey Kong."

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Variety
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8/13/2018

H.E. Butt Grocery will close one of its smaller Houston-area locations and convert the space into a fulfillment center for online and pickup orders, the company announced. The 28,000-square-foot location could not offer all that customers want from a modern store and couldn't compete with other local retailers, said President Scott McClelland.

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Kraft Heinz has adjusted the recipes for products such as Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft Mac & Cheese to meet the needs of shoppers who increasingly seek healthier options, said CEO Bernardo Hees. "So even with consumers telling me great things about Capri Sun -- you all grew up with good memories about the brand -- you wouldn't choose it anymore," he said.

8/13/2018

Marketing food to women is not about creating different products, but understanding how women share and discover items, according to Lisa Mabe-Konstantopoulos, CEO of Green Purse PR. Brands need to understand how products fit into women's busy lives and how they shop in order to reach them successfully, she said.

8/13/2018

Samsung has unveiled a new whole-home solution for Wi-Fi coverage; it uses artificial intelligence and mesh networking to act as a smart home hub. The SmartThings Wi-Fi router teams Plume's AI-based Wi-Fi mesh networking with Samsung's SmartThings Hub to offer an all-in-one solution for smart home Wi-Fi management.

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Digital Trends
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8/13/2018

Sweden's Ericsson will be relying on a Florida-based manufacturing services company to begin producing mobile network gear in the US this year. But the company will also consider whether to launch its own production in the US, thus avoiding any possibility of Washington-imposed trade barriers.

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8/13/2018

Arris will roll out a new router that has been certified for use with the EasyMesh standard created by the Wi-Fi Alliance this year. This is the first device to receive the new certification, though Arris has not announced a release date.

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The Verge
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