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Amazon's Empire

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Amazon is speeding up your next trip to the grocery store by taking away the checkout line.

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer is opening up a corner store where people can come in, pick up what they need and walk right back out again. Instead of waiting in line to pay their purchases will be automatically billed to their Amazon Prime account. As they shop tiny sensors will record what they pick up and take to tally up what they owe.

The first store is set to open in Seattle early next year and there is word that the company will expand that to 2,000 of the stores across the country. The store will be about 1,800 square feet and will feature most common food staples.  read more »

Window Shopping

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in store windows.

The concept of holiday store windows is said to have started back in the early 1870's with Macy's. Over the years many other major retailers such as Bloomingdale’s have jumped on board with designs of their own. Now the concept has become a sort of competition with stores trying to make their window displays bigger and better than those around them.  read more »

Bad Tasting Money

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Britain's new five pound note is leaving a bad taste in a few wallets.

The new note is made of plastic and is said to be cheaper to make and a lot more durable than the old money. They also have a lot more security features which officials say make them tough to counterfeit. However it contains one unlikely ingredient that has a lot of people demanding an instant halt to production; animal fat.

The Bank of England has confirmed that tallow; which contains animal fat and is used in candles and soap is also used to create the plastic note. And that news is not sitting well with the country's vegans and vegetarians. So an online petition is circulating which was signed by more than thirteen thousand people in less than 24 hours.  read more »

A Relaxing Ride

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Can't decide between adventure or relaxation for your next vacation? Why not both?

The city of Beppu, on the southern island of Japan is planning to launch the world's first day spa themed amusement park. The inspiration for the unusual attraction came from the city's abundant supply of natural hot springs.

In the promotional video people walked around wrapped in towels and slippers making their way around the various rides. Those included bubble bath roller coasters and steam room trolley rides. The video was posted on Facebook last week and the city's mayor said if it hit one million views he would move forward with development. Fast forward four days and the video had already been watched 1.8 million times.  read more »

Golden Beer Cans

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Want to win tickets to the Super Bowl for life? Better drink up.

Anheuser-Busch, the brewing company behind Budweiser beer has announced a new contest that has football lovers in a frenzy. Right now there are golden beer cans hidden in 18, 24 and 30 packs of Bud Light. If you're lucky enough to find one, take a picture of it and post it online with #sweeps or #SBtix4life.  read more »

Online Shopping Sales

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The biggest shopping weekend of the year has come and gone and records were broken at the swipe of a screen.

According to Adobe this past Cyber Monday was the biggest online sales day in history with sales totaling just over $3 billion. A 12.1% increase from last year. And Black Friday wasn't far behind but it wasn't the brick and mortar stores racking up the sales. Instead once again people took to their computers, phones or tablets and online shopped their way to $3.4 billion dollars in sales. About $2 billion more than was brought in on Thanksgiving. And of all those numbers most of the shopping was done on phones.  read more »

Alexa's Daily Deals

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Looking for some holiday shopping deals? Just ask Alexa.

Alexa is Amazon's voice controlled virtual assistant that runs on Amazon's echo speakers and fire TV products. She can handle a variety of your needs including traffic and weather updates, ordering replacement items and playing music. Now Amazon is using Alexa to roll out holiday deals.

The program began November 18th and allows Alexa owner to simply ask quote “Alexa what are your deals?” End quote. Then she will rattle off the daily special. If you're interested, simply tell her you want to purchase it and your Amazon account will be charged.  read more »

The Interview Process

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Job interviews can be tough; but not just for the potential employee.

Every company takes a different approach to the interview. Some leave you hanging, some grill you for hours and some make you want to cut and run before they've asked the final question. But then there are those that make you that much more excited to land a job there.

Recently Glassdoor analyzed feedback from U.S. based candidates that interviewed at companies with more than a 1,000 employees. Some of the companies that made Glassdoor's top fifty list include retailers such as Gap, American Eagle and Old Navy. Potential employees say the management team was friendly and personable and they mixed things up with ideas such as the group interview and challenges to see how people would perform.  read more »

Holiday Shopping Horror

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It's the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year, and if you're hating the long lines and crowds just remember things aren't so hot for the people on the other side of the counter either.

Black Friday, small business Saturday and cyber Monday are really just the beginning for the season. For the next month people will be frantically hitting the stores to snatch up the must have items for their loved ones. And while it can be a pain to deal with your fellow shoppers, think about the retail workers.  read more »

Pot Breathalyzer

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A California lab is creating a bit of a buzz thanks to a new product aimed at people dabbling in what is now a legal pastime.

Matt Francis, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley has spent the past 18 months developing what is being called a pot breathalyzer. Francis says THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high can linger in bodies for days and even a month. So if a police officer pulls someone over and suspects they are driving while high the current blood and urine tests are not conclusive. So while it's easier to make the arrest, getting the conviction is a harder battle to win.  read more »