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4/24/2018

Schnucks will add PharmaSmart International kiosks to its store locations with pharmacies, allowing better management of such diseases as hypertension and high blood pressure, the company said. Health screening data will be connected to customers' pharmacy profiles, allowing adjustments as needed.

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Schnucks
4/24/2018

Electric car makers are working with retailers including Walmart and Target to add hundreds of vehicle charging stations at their stores. Target has 18 stations at stores in five states and it expects to grow to 100 over the next two years to give more customers a chance to charge their cars while they shop, spokesman Lee Henderson said.

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Walmart, Target
4/24/2018

Google's routines for its Google Assistant enables users to string together commands. Though it does not have as many customizable choices as Amazon, Google Assistant does have six customizable routines, which allow users to connect and control smart devices around the house.

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Engadget
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Google, Amazon
4/24/2018

Razer owns 34.9% of MOL Global's shares, and it announced on Monday that it plans to buy the remaining shares of the virtual credits and e-payment company for $61 million, creating one of the world's biggest virtual credits platforms. Razer hopes to build off MOL's presence in Southeast Asia, which is the fastest-growing region for esports.

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CNET
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MOL Global, Razer
4/24/2018

An OpenSignal report states that consumers are relying less on Wi-Fi as more cell phone carriers are offering unlimited data. Data show that time spent on Wi-Fi dropped from 54% to 51% for Verizon customers, from 43% to 41% for T-Mobile users and from 52% to 49% for AT&T customers.

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VentureBeat
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T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T
4/24/2018

Amazon announced today that it is partnering with Volvo and General Motors to deliver packages to the trunk of your car. The service will be available in 37 cities to Amazon Prime users who own Volvo or GM cars made after 2015.

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The Verge
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Volvo, Amazon, General Motors
4/24/2018

Macy's and creative agency BBDO have created a series of videos designed to showcase the department store's extensive collection of beauty products and services. The retailer's Deeper Beauty campaign uses the tagline "find your beautiful, inside and out."

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Macy, BBDO
4/24/2018

Coty has debuted a Magic Mirror that uses augmented reality to let shoppers see how a lipstick shade looks on them just by touching the product. The mirror debuted at the Bourjois boutique in Paris.

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Drug Store News
4/24/2018

Hasbro was affected in the first quarter as Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy and made plans to liquidate, but the toy maker expects the worst to be over, CEO Brian Goldner said. Retailers including Target and Walmart are likely to expand their toy offerings in the wake of Toys R Us closures, he said.

4/24/2018

The new "Max" Instant Pot, slated to hit stores in June, features a canning component, allowing home cooks to make jams, pickled fruits and vegetables. Max can generate up to 15 pounds of pressure per square inch, meaning the appliance cooks food quicker than previous versions.

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Country Living