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1/16/2018

Cromwell, a London-based subsidiary of W.W. Grainger, is introducing Zoro UK, a website providing industrial products to British customers. Grainger also has Zoro-branded offerings in Japan and the US.

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1/16/2018

Customer application reviews and field engineering are two on-site ways to detect and mitigate packaging issues, writes Megan Ray Nichols. Laboratory-based testing for climatic and mechanical faults provides the benefit of a static, predictable testing environment, she notes.

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1/16/2018

Four factors including misguided hiring practices based on candidate likability may underlie sluggish sales, Bill Blades writes. Make training a priority, shore up social skills and remember the role of humor, he recommends.

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1/15/2018

Several tech firms showed off digital health devices at CES, including InteraXon, a Canadian startup creating a neurofeedback headband, and Looxid Labs, a Korean company developing a headset for reading brain waves. Also, virtual reality is being considered as a health tool, and Brennan Spiegel, research director at the Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles, believes that its uses in pain management could help ease issues with opioid dependence.

1/15/2018

Walmart is planning to cut its corporate workforce by 1,000 positions by the beginning of 2019, according to reports. The retailer also plans to restructure management roles in stores, removing co-managers and adding assistant managers, according to Bloomberg.

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1/15/2018

BJ's Wholesale Club issued a statement in response to the news that Walmart plans to close 63 Sam's Club stores, letting Sam's Club employees know that BJ's is in hiring mode. After announcing the closures, Walmart also said that it is working to place as many of its affected staffers as possible at other nearby stores.

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1/15/2018

The industrial internet of things can help breweries be more efficient, trust their data is solid and respond to changes in consumer preference, writes Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies. Sensors, for example, can protect profitability by anticipating shortages and reducing downtime.

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1/15/2018

About 39 million people in the US own smart speakers, breaking down roughly to one smart speaker for every six people, per industry data. The popularity of these speakers has exploded recently, increasing by 128% since January 2017, states a report from NPR and Edison Research.

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1/15/2018

Japan's economy is heating up, but retailers face challenges when it comes to trying to raise prices after almost 20 years of deflation. Some including major retailer Aeon continue to cut prices to stay competitive and appeal to consumers who aren't seeing significant wage growth.

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1/15/2018

Amazon has added 6,500 temporary jobs at facilities in India in advance of this month's Great Indian Sale, which begins on Saturday. More than 5,500 of the seasonal hires will fill jobs at fulfillment centres and other facilities, while the others will serve in customer service positions, the company said.

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