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Target making fresher, locally sourced products a priority over packaged foods

DSW planning to pilot new technology to increase in-store access to assortment; will open 35 to 40 stores

SkyMall returns just months after declaring bankruptcy

Amazon hiring 6,000 new employees to work in more than 50 US distribution centers

Apple named most valuable retail brand; Alibaba tops Amazon

And finally... One year after Ikea hired lawyers to shut down a fan-made hack website, the furniture retailer announced a plan to release its own hack kit instead. Why beat 'em when you can join 'em? Story

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