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9/25/2018

H&M has unveiled a new store concept that features a streamlined layout, espresso and special events to appeal to the upscale Stockholm neighborhood it serves. The retailer has also added to its Conscious Exclusive eco-friendly fashion line with fall/winter items made from recycled velvet and cashmere.

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9/25/2018

Grocers have opened 56 new stores in the Philadelphia market since 2015, bringing a range of options from Acme to Sprouts Farmers Market to Whole Foods Market. The growth mirrors a national trend of post-recession growth, and stores are more often serving both customers who come to shop and online shoppers picking up their orders, said Diana Sheehan of Kantar Consulting.

9/25/2018

Walmart's growing stable of e-commerce platforms has spurred an expansion in the retailer's fashion offerings, with about 1,100 new brands added since April, according to executive Denise Incandela. In addition to Walmart.com, the retailer's e-commerce sites include Jet.com, Shoes.com, Bonobos and Modcloth.

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9/25/2018

Companies can take a whole-system approach to uncovering vulnerabilities by using a process known as "red teaming". Red teams conduct adversary simulations to spot issues and usually feature team members with distinct skill sets, writes Kelly Sheridan.

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9/25/2018

Apple has completed its acquisition of music app Shazam and intends to make it ad-free for all users. The acquisition started in 2017 but was subject to a European regulatory review, which delayed the purchase.

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9/25/2018

Poundland will open new stores in as many as 20 spaces formerly occupied by Poundworld stores in the UK. The move will allow the retailer to feature its Pep&Co casual fashion line in eight of the stores.

9/25/2018

Jen Rubio and Steph Korey created hard-sided luggage brand Away less than three years ago, with a marketing message and midmarket price point that fueled growth from a staff of four to almost 200 employees. "Maintaining the culture we had in the early days can be challenging because the needs of our team, our business and our customers are always evolving," Korey said.

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Steph Korey, Jen Rubio
9/25/2018

Snapchat has teamed up with Amazon to enable some users to use the platform's camera feature to scan a bar code or physical item, which then displays information about the same product or similar ones available on Amazon. The visual search tool is being trialed with a small group of American users before wider rollout is considered.

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9/25/2018

Amazon's upcoming Echo Show will allow users to stream Hulu shows directly on the device, making it the first screen-based Alexa device that can support livestreaming. Company executives at an event highlighted the Echo Show's kitchen abilities; the device can offer cooking instructions from apps such as Allrecipes, Kitchen Stories and Epicurious.

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9/25/2018

Nordstrom has created a private-label line called Something Navy with social influencer Arielle Charnas, its first brand made by joining with an influencer. Charnas shared parts of the design process with her followers on social media to gather feedback, and the fashion line is available at 55 Nordstrom stores, online and through Trunk Club.

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Glossy