Research: Amazon to take top spot among US apparel retailers | Food Lion tests robot at Tenn. store | Blockchain boosts visibility, accuracy in trucking
April 20, 2018
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Research: Amazon to take top spot among US apparel retailers
Amazon is on track to become the biggest apparel retailer in the US this year, as millennials shift more of their shopping online, according to research from Morgan Stanley. Amazon currently follows Walmart while Target, Kohl's and T.J. Maxx round out the top five.
CNBC (4/19) 
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Innovation & Efficiency
Food Lion tests robot at Tenn. store
Food Lion tests robot at Tenn. store
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Food Lion is trying out Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, Tenn., where Marty will help employees keep track of out-of-stock items, pricing and hazards in the aisles. Similar tests are also being conducted at some Giant and Martin's stores in Pennsylvania.
Progressive Grocer (4/19) 
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Blockchain boosts visibility, accuracy in trucking
Early trucking adopters of blockchain may see benefits, including increased visibility, more informed decision making and fewer errors in business transactions, Cristina Commendatore writes.
Fleet Owner (4/18) 
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Leadership
Change how you listen to discover opportunities
The best listeners appreciate the other person's perspective and realize new possibilities could result from each exchange, writes C. Otto Scharmer of the Presencing Institute. "You listen with openness to what is unknown and emerging," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/19) 
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Regulations & Policy
US tariffs could hurt US companies
US tariffs could hurt US companies
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US companies who import materials from China to manufacture goods in the US could be hit with most of the imposed tariffs proposed by the White House, analysts say. Ultimately, US consumers will see significant increases in prices.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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US NIST issues guidelines for digital supply chains
The National Institute of Standards and Technology revised its Cybersecurity Framework to provide improved resources and guidance in protecting the digital supply chain for US companies. These updated recommendations aim to reduce foreign espionage efforts.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Business Update
Target brings curbside delivery to Florida, Texas
Target brings curbside delivery to Florida, Texas
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Target is bringing curbside delivery to stores in Texas and Florida, a service already available near its Minneapolis headquarters and in six mostly Southern states. All store inventory items will be available for curbside pickup about two hours after being ordered.
Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/18) 
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Packaged foods boost Amazon's grocery sales
Packaged foods boost Amazon's grocery sales
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Amazon's sales of packaged foods grew 48% to $650 million in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to One Click Retail, which monitors online sales for around 10,000 brands. Newer products, including Bai beverages and Soylent meal replacements, are proving more popular than traditional brands on the platform, One Click Retail's Nathan Rigby said.
Bloomberg (free registration) (4/19) 
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Alibaba to increase spending in Thailand
Alibaba has signed an agreement to create a smart digital hub in Thailand, though founder Jack Ma says it's not aiming to occupy the country or take jobs. The hub aims to support Thailand's entrepreneurs and will focus on research and development as the competition between online retailers in the region continues to grow.
ABC News/The Associated Press (4/19),  South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (4/19) 
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Amazon, IBM and Nike! Oh, my!
One city. One stage. One panel. One event -- CSCMP EDGE 2018. This year, the opening general session of EDGE will feature a panel comprised of leaders from Amazon, IBM and Nike on one stage. Discover what the future holds with leaders from Amazon, IBM and Nike in a lively panel on how they are embedding their values -- and value -- into their supply chains. Understand how they're betting on IoT, AI and blockchain to create and seize opportunities.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event. Register for EDGE 2018 today!
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