Retail Roundup—Amazon explores new food technology; Lidl debuts fashion line

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Amazon may soon sell nonrefrigerated meals using technology first developed for the U.S. military.

Amazon developing ready-to-eat meals for delivery

Amazon is exploring ways to make and deliver prepared meals that do not need to be refrigerated, using a technology first developed for the U.S. military. This would give Amazon another foothold in the grocery industry. Amazon has discussed releasing the food line as early as next year, according to a startup involved in marketing the technology. (Reuters)

Lidl to launch fashion line with Heidi Klum

Recent U.S. newcomer Lidl has launched a fashion line with supermodel and designer Heidi Klum. Called #LETSWOW, the collection will be available in the German chain's international supermarkets beginning Sept. 18. (Retail Gazette)

Anthem looks to retail for data analytics

Anthem has turned to experts in the retail industry to staff its data science department. The experts are helping Anthem to harness machine learning, artificial intelligence and even natural language processing as it strives for frictionless member experiences like those in retail. (FierceHealthcare)

Costco launches wedding registry

Costco has announced the launch of an all-occasion gift registry, with an emphasis on weddings and babies. While a regular Costco membership comes with a monthly fee, the registry service is completely free for couples and their guests. Couples can also use the service to book honeymoon travel. (Brides)