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Today’s Top Stories

1. Amazon to expand Fresh to new markets

2. Regional grocers hop on delivery platform

3. Toys R Us adds technology officer

4. Whole Foods 365 officially open

5. True Value, Amazon and O’Reilly Auto are tops for customer service

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1. Amazon to expand Fresh to new markets

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | By Laura Heller

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to expand its Fresh grocery delivery service to new markets including Boston and the U.K., according to Recode.

Fresh lets shoppers order a complete range of groceries including fresh produce and other perishables. It’s available to members of Prime for $299 which includes the features offered with the $99 annual fee, such as streaming video and two-day shipping.

Rollout and adoption of Fresh has gone in fits and starts. The program launched in 2007 and nine years later is available in just five states: parts of Washington, California, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia.

New markets haven’t been added in more than a year, but that could be about to change as the new markets come online.

The addition of Boston expands Amazon’s Fresh reach into one new U.S. market, where online grocery is new to most shoppers.

Online sales represent just 5 percent of all the groceries purchased annually in the United States, but it’s growing fast. Everyone from e-commerce pure plays to traditional markets are developing programs, partnering with or investing in third-party delivery services.

There’s a lot at stake as retailers vie for their share of the growth expected as consumer adoption ramps up.

For more:
– see this Recode story

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Textile Producers Face Major Duty Increase on Key Input

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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. producers of textiles, leather, flame retardant materials and other goods could face an enormous increase in import tariffs on a key input if a new antidumping and countervailing duty petition is successful. The petitioner is alleging dumping margins of 273.33 percent to 474.94 percent for ammonium sulfate from China, which is also used as a fertilizer on a variety of crops, turf, and fruit and nut trees as well as in the production of food and feed additives, biotechnology products, wall board, and pulp and paper products.

The petition covers ammonium sulfate in all physical forms, with or without additives such as anti-caking agents. The scope includes ammonium sulfate that is combined with other products, such as by blending (e.g., mixing granules of ammonium sulfate with granules of one or more other products), compounding (e.g., compacting ammonium sulfate with one or more other products under high pressure) or granulating (e.g., incorporating multiple products into granules through a slurry process), regardless of whether the combining occurs in third countries. For combined products, only the ammonium sulfate component is covered by the scope. However, ammonium sulfate that is otherwise subject to this investigation is not excluded when commingled with ammonium sulfate from sources other than China. Ammonium sulfate is currently classifiable under HTSUS subheading 3102.21.0000.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.

For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.

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eMarketer Daily May 25, 2016

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The US financial services industry will spend $8.37 billion on digital advertising in 2016, a 14.5% gain from 2015. As a result, this sector will be responsible for 12.2% of total US digital ad spending for the year.
US Financial Services Advertisers Continue to Expand Digital Spending

The US financial services industry will spend $8.37 billion on digital advertising in 2016, a 14.5% gain from 2015. As a result, this sector will be responsible for 12.2% of total US digital ad spending for the year. Read Article


8 online retail strategies to implement before Q4In 2016 e-commerce is expected to bring in $392 billion. Despite that, many retailers are not adapting fast enough and are still courting new buyers with old best practices. We’ve identified 8 innovative online strategies to help retailers develop programs that resonate with digital consumers.

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Tools, Technology Are Musts to Advance B2B Account-Based Marketing

Business-to-business (B2B) marketers worldwide who have account-based marketing in place are looking for ways to scale their programs and extend their efficiency. According to research, more than three-quarters are developing resources to further continued usability and best practice sharing. Read Article


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Mobile Drives Growth in Time Spent with Media in Canada

eMarketer estimates that adults in Canada will spend an average of 9 hours 41 minutes a day using media in 2016, nearly 2.5 fewer hours per day than the average US adult, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on time spent with media. Mobile is driving the gains in Canada, but the growth rate is slowing. Read Article


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Smartphone Users in Thailand Drawn to Samsung, Apple Devices

The growth in smartphone usage is slowing in Thailand. Among those that do have a device, however, Samsung and Apple are the preferred brands. Both benefit from high levels of awareness among consumers. Plus, the recent auction of 4G spectrum by the government will help speed mobile internet, and competition among mobile service providers will likely result in a price war benefiting consumers.


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Global Social Platforms 2016: A Country-by-Country Review of Social Network Usage

A country-by-country overview of the top social platforms, who is using them and what devices they use to access them.


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Cordura introduces the Fabric Science of Tomorrow

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Today’s Mobile Commerce Headlines

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Today’s headlines

Pizza Hut pilots smartphone-to-robot proximity payments via MasterPass
Pizza Hut in Asia plans to begin piloting a new in-store experience later this year that links a humanoid robot to MasterCard’s MasterPass digital wallet via a smartphone, enabling customers to place and pay for orders.Entire article
Announcing Mobile Insights Summit 2016 New York June 23
Register now for Luxury Daily’s Mobile Insights Summit 2016, the nation’s only data-led executive conference discussing how evolving mobile consumer behavior is affecting brands and retailers’ marketing, retail, media and digital efforts. Analyst speakers from Deloitte, Strategy Analytics, GfK, BIA/Kelsey, McCann Truth Central, Shullman Research Center and Boston Retail Partners.Entire article
Wells Fargo joins mobile wallet bandwagon as bank offerings take off
Wells Fargo will soon enable Android users to take advantage of an in-application wallet integration for making NFC payments from their smartphones, highlighting the thickening competition among financial institutions in the payments sector.Entire article
Bank of America pulls ahead of competition in mobile banking: report
While the five largest banks in the United States continue to race forward in mobile banking, including all offering pre-login account balance information, Bank of America has pulled far ahead in product research and cross-selling on mobile, according to a new report from Forrester Research.Entire article
Mobile Minutes: Facebook adjusts Trending Topics; EBay buys Ticketbis; Snapchat and startups; Twitter provides more space
Today in mobile marketing – Facebook changes policies on Trending Topics after criticism; EBay expanding StubHub internationally with Ticketbis acquisition; These 5 startups used Snapchat to boost their brand (and so can you); Here’s how Twitter will give users just a bit more space.Entire article
Kraft Heinz ups commitment to mobile shopper marketing following initial success – Mobile Marketer
Mobile Marketer today – Kraft Heinz ups commitment to mobile shopper marketing following initial success; PetSmart unleashes round-the-clock veterinary support via pet wellness app.Entire article
Swarovski, Karlie Kloss team for search-boosting UGC effort – Luxury Daily
Luxury Daily today – Swarovski, Karlie Kloss team for search-boosting UGC effort; Capital assists fight to retain artisan skills, says Investindustrial founder.Entire article
Debate over short-form vs. long-form content irrelevant
What began as a reasonable discussion about the merits of newer, digital-native forms of content and what effect, if any, those were having on the vaunted long-form article has devolved into an all-out war-of-words amongst aficionados of both camps.Entire article
Beginner’s guide to altered reality
While the term may sound like something you would hear in a futuristic sci-fi film, the idea of altered reality is no longer limited to just fiction. Increasingly, it is becoming an integrated part of our world and an avenue for brands to explore.Entire article




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