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Amazon hand recognition could be the future of payments

Amazon hand recognition could be the future of payments

Plastic cards tried to make paper cash a thing of the past and phones are now trying to return the favor. All of these payment systems, however, have one thing in common. They all require you to carry something with you, something you could potentially lose. Your hand, on the other hand, is always by your side (hopefully) which is why Amazon is reportedly looking into technology that will let people pay with just their palm.

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NYC history lives in new world’s-largest Harry Potter store

NYC history lives in new world’s-largest Harry Potter store

The first official Harry Potter flagship store was announced to be opening in New York City in 2020. This store will be three floors high, covering over 20,000 square feet of retail space. Inside, Warner Bros promises "a number of exciting retail experiences that evoke the magic of the Wizarding World."

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Trump and FDA raise US tobacco sale age from 18 to 21

Trump and FDA raise US tobacco sale age from 18 to 21

On December 20, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Part of this amendment package included raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco product from 18 to 21 years in the United States. Some states have raised the tobacco purchase age minimum to 21 as far back as January 1st, 2016 (that was Hawaii), and the last state to raise the age in 2019 was New York (effective as of November 13, 2019).

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Nike ditches Amazon after two years, but its products will remain

Nike ditches Amazon after two years, but its products will remain

Nike has decided to end its pilot program with Amazon, the company has announced, but its products will remain for sale on the platform through third-party sellers. Nike launched its pilot program in 2017; under it, the company sold some of its products directly to Amazon, a move that would potentially give it more control over its brand on the Internet retailer's platform.

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Toys R Us re-opens with the future of retail in play

Toys R Us re-opens with the future of retail in play

At less than a third of the size of previously standard Toys 'R' Us store, the new locations might feel unfamiliar. It won't feel particularly familiar to the original customers of the mega-massive toy store chain, anyway. But what the new, more compact locations lack in size will be more than made up for with a modern retail cool factor. That's the aim, now that Tru Kids Brands (owners of Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us brands) are partnered up with the group called b8ta.

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Amazon Prime Day is a dirty trick

Amazon Prime Day is a dirty trick

It's that time again, the "Amazon Prime Day" sale, the (two days) of the year when Amazon suggests it has its best deals of the year. Amazon will re-organize its front page to promote the products that companies agreed to push, and Amazon makes a boat-load of money. They'll use every trick in the book to make it seem like you're not only getting a deal, you're having fun at the same time!

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Amazon private label brands: Energy drinks are only the latest

Amazon private label brands: Energy drinks are only the latest

Today we're going to go over the current list of brands Amazon owns, showing you which products you might think you're buying from someone else. We'll begin with the brand "Solimo", the brand that sells the energy drinks that are making the rounds in the viral share-zone today. This is just one product in a collection of products sold by Amazon's various private label organizations.

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Walmart will deploy thousands of robots in stores across the US

Walmart will deploy thousands of robots in stores across the US

Walmart is gearing up to deploy thousands of robots in its stores across the US, the company has announced. The retailer already features some robotic equipment in select stores, but this will mark a huge expansion of the program, adding autonomous floor cleaners, shelf scanners, rapid uploaders, and pickup towers. The machines are designed to free up store associates for other tasks.

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Philadelphia bans cashless stores to protect ‘unbanked’ shoppers

Philadelphia bans cashless stores to protect ‘unbanked’ shoppers

Philadelphia has become the first city in the US to ban cashless stores following a City Council vote against the retail practice. Cities have faced growing criticism over the number of retail stores that have eliminated the option to pay with cash, instead requiring a mobile or card transaction. The new rule requiring stores to accept cash payments will start this summer.

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Shopping in AR: A look into retail’s future

Shopping in AR: A look into retail’s future

Visitors at Fitzrovia in London were surprised by a store that contained little more than a big Snapchat logo. Scan that logo however, and your phone launches Snapchat, which fills the seemingly empty store with 3D renders of LEGO Wear apparel using its AR technology. The app overlays the white walls of the room with LEGO Wear items and characters that usher you around the digital store. Visitors can tap on shelves and racks and browse through the new line of clothes and buy items right from their phones.

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Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung doesn't just have the Galaxy S10 making its big debut next week: the phone-maker will also open up three new stores in the US on the same day. The Galaxy S10 - indeed multiple versions of the phone - will be revealed on February 20, and at the same time Samsung will have new retail locations in three cities in the US for the first time.

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Amazon 4-star retail store opens near Denver, Colorado

Amazon 4-star retail store opens near Denver, Colorado

Last month, Amazon announced the opening of a new retail store called Amazon 4-star. Now, only a few weeks later, it has opened a second retail store and revealed the destination for its third upcoming opening. The new store is located in a small municipality near Denver, Colorado, and the third store will soon open in Berkley, California, according to the company.

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