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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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IOT Journal
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

The rise of technology in retail has created commonalities in markets around the globe, offering solutions for shoppers on a mission to save time and money, said Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. "As we make investments in technology and learn how to put artificial intelligence in store [for example], we want our people to live through that and help contribute to that," he said.

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1/15/2018

Twenty percent of the more than 1.4 million claims filed in 2016 with pet insurance carrier Nationwide involved conditions related to obesity, totaling more than $62 million in veterinary care. Obesity-related claims included care for arthritis, diabetes, bladder and urinary tract disease, liver disease and chronic kidney disease.

1/15/2018

CVS Health has promised to stop digitally altering beauty images it creates for its marketing materials in stores, on its website and on social media starting in April. The retailer has also asked that partners including Johnson & Johnson, Revlon and L'Oreal do the same.

1/15/2018

Increasing interest in grocery e-commerce and delivery is prompting greater investment in warehouse and manufacturing locations. It's still unclear how much grocery delivery activity will move to warehouses and how much will stay at local stores, Paul Takahashi writes.

1/15/2018

Many new devices enabled for Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, were unveiled at CES 2018, including Abode's combined security camera and smart hub, iota, and Sony's A8F and X900F television lineups. Alexa-enabled devices were presented by several major companies, such as Whirlpool, TiVo, Toshiba and Qualcomm.

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