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September 22, 2017
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Whole Foods to shift away from local sellers
Whole Foods to shift away from local sellers
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Whole Foods Market will stop allowing brand representatives to promote their products in its stores or check on in-store displays starting in April. Under Amazon's ownership, the grocer will also phase out much of its local and regional product selection system in favor of centralized buying.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Are Chemicals in Everyday Products Safe?
Chemical ingredients are essential to thousands of consumer products. But questions about some chemicals have led to safety concerns. To separate fact from fiction, visit www.ChemicalSafetyFacts.org, your source for clear, concise, scientific information on the uses, benefits and safety of chemicals in everyday products.
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Innovation & Efficiency
Walmart, August to offer secure in-home delivery
Walmart will partner with August, a smart lock creator, to offer consumers the option of using their smart security systems to allow deliveries to be left in their homes. The company will test the service in select Silicon Valley households using delivery company Deliv.
TechCrunch (9/22) 
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Robots help companies sort returns packaging
Automotive manufacturers are attempting to reduce costs by shipping items in recyclable and returnable containers, but are struggling to sort the packaging. Surgere is one company using robots to identify RFID tags on containers, making the returns-packaging process easier.
Crain's Cleveland Business (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
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Leadership
Self-leadership can soften the impact of disruption
Leaders can teach their teams to better tackle disruption by helping them become self-leaders, writes Susan Fowler. They can do this by setting goals together, guiding employees to identify their skill levels and encouraging workers to ask for direction and feedback.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/21) 
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Be true to yourself when giving speeches
You can improve your public speaking by learning from the competition, being real instead of overly rehearsed and looking at speeches as conversations, writes Nick Morgan.
Public Words (9/21) 
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Regulations & Policy
Trade agreement between EU, Canada takes effect
A trade deal that removes customs duties on 98% of products that the EU and Canada sell to each other took effect Thursday. The EU hopes the document will become the model for agreements with Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)/Agence France-Presse/Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Reuters (9/21) 
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R.I. to begin installing gantry system in Dec.
In December, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin installing the first of 12 gantry systems to collect toll revenue from semitrucks entering the state. The agency wants to have the first system operating by the end of the year, but the Rhode Island Trucking Association is skeptical of that goal.
WPRI-TV (Providence, R.I.) (9/22) 
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Business Update
Target takes Restock program to more US cities
Target takes Restock program to more US cities
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Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Mercedes plans $1B expansion in Ala.
Mercedes plans $1B expansion in Ala.
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To compete with Tesla in the electric vehicle market, Mercedes-Benz will invest $1 billion to build a 1 million-square-foot battery factory in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area and expand its existing factory there. Construction will start in 2018.
USA Today (9/21) 
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Amazon continues to eye pharmacy business
Amazon appears to be in contact with middle-market pharmacy benefit managers and might launch a mail-order pharmacy focused on customers without insurance or with high-deductible plans, according to analysts at Leerink Partners.
Axios (9/20) 
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