Lampert's $5.3B bid wins Sears bankruptcy auction | Bringg secures $25M for delivery logistics software | Used-car online marketplace raises Series A round
January 18, 2019
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US market for recycled aluminum is booming
US tariffs on aluminum imports and Chinese restrictions on scrap imports have created business for aluminum recyclers who can process scrap into new metal. Aluminum composed of recycled scrap had never been the majority of the US market until 2018, according to data analyzed by Harbor Aluminum Intelligence Unit.
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Lampert's $5.3B bid wins Sears bankruptcy auction
Lampert's $5.3B bid wins Sears bankruptcy auction
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Eddie Lampert won a bankruptcy auction for Sears Holdings by increasing his $4.4 billion bid for the retailer to roughly $5.3 billion, sources say. The rescue plan, which must go before a bankruptcy judge, would keep approximately 400 stores open.
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Bringg secures $25M for delivery logistics software
Startup Bringg has raised $25 million in Series C funding backed by numerous investors for its delivery logistics product. The software, called Delivery Logistics Management, streamlines fulfillment for retailers and restaurants and offers APIs for delivery quotes as well as reverse logistics tools.
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Used-car online marketplace raises Series A round
Used-car auction site BacklotCars has raised $8 million in its Series A funding round. The company buys its cars mostly from franchised car dealers and says it has over $100 million in annualized transaction volume.
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PepsiCo exec highlights 3 factors for successful sustainability
PepsiCo exec highlights 3 factors for successful sustainability
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PepsiCo focuses on infrastructure, materials and availability issues relevant to the circular economy when creating sustainable packaging, said Director of Recycling and Sustainability Kathleen Niesen. "[O]nce the consumer has finished the product, what can they, and what do they want to do with the package that is now empty and in their hand?" she said.
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Verizon's Digital CX service adds AI to boost enterprise use
Verizon is pairing artificial intelligence and human interaction with its Digital Customer Experience managed service, which is intended to improve customer service for enterprises. The four core components are the Virtual Agent, the Live Agent, Knowledge Assist and the Social Engagement tool.
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