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How Digital Fulfillment Is Changing Manufacturing

“Recent advances in digital manufacturing such as 3-D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) provide ample opportunity to experiment with new manufacturing setups” reports hbr.org. We call this integration of fulfillment channels digital fulfillment.For manufacturers, integrating retail and manufacturing through digital fulfillment surfaces novel opportunities for demand management and optimizing the use of production capacity. In turn, digital fulfillment will become the expectation in manufacturing, rather than the exception. Source: hbr.org

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Amazon’s stock now rated buy by all 45 analysts included in FactSet survey

“Amazon’s stock has surged 5.9% over the past three months through Thursday while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.33% has gained 8.0%” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. He joined the bandwagon, saying Amazon now appears to be working to improve retail margins, which could drive mid-term earnings above current Wall Street expectations.Yruma raised his rating to overweight, after being at sector weight since April 2017, and set a $2,100 stock price target.AMZN, +0.91% jumped 1.4% in premarket trade Friday, after analyst Edward Yruma at KeyBanc Capital turned bullish on the e-commerce…

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FCA May Impose Exit Fee Ban on Retail Investment Platforms

“According to the FCA, investment platforms had approximately $250 billion assets under management in 2013” writes David Kimberley for financemagnates.com. More specifically, the British regulator was looking at the problems retail investors face when using investment platforms.Similarly, the number of retail investment accounts in the UK grew by 2.2 million between 2013 to 2017.Amidst a wave of Brexit angst, the Financial Conduct Authority quietly released a report on Thursday detailing developments in the UK’s retail investment market.If there is going to be regulatory intervention by the FCA, it will be…

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China’s disappointing data dump weighs on Asia stocks

“Retail sales growth of 8.2% was in line with December but continues to hover at 15-year lows” writes Theron Mohamed for businessinsider.com. Chinese industrial output rose 5.3% in the first two months of 2019, its slowest rate of growth in 17 years, according to Reuters.Asian stocks slid on Thursday after China released a raft of uninspiring industrial, employment and retail data.Fixed-asset investment grew by 6.1% in the first two months of the year, up from 5.9% in the same period of 2018.There were a few bright spots in the data…

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FDA proposes stricter compliance policy for e-cigarettes

“(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing stricter compliance policy for e-cigarette products and prioritizing regulation aimed at curbing their sale to minors, it said in draft guidelines announced Wednesday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The FDA had said in November it plans to restrict the sale of all other flavors, excluding tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarettes, at traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores.”We’re hopeful manufacturers and retailers will begin taking voluntary steps to further curb youth access to and appeal of these products,”…

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Innogy swings to loss on wind levels, U.K. retail

“Innogy SE (IGY.XE) said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in 2018, dragged down by low wind levels across Europe and poor results from its unprofitable U.K. retail business” writes Nathan Allen for marketwatch.com. Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes should be around EUR2.3 billion compared with EUR2.63 billion in 2018, the company said.The company expects adjusted net profit of around EUR850 million compared with around EUR1.03 billion in 2018.The German utility company reported a net loss of 653 million euros ($736.2 million) for the year compared with a…

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Treasury yields come off session highs after retail sales

“The 10-year Treasury note yield TMUBMUSD10Y, +0.31% picked up 1.6 basis points to 2.643%, after coming off a session high of 2.659%” writes Sunny Oh for marketwatch.com. The 2-year note yield TMUBMUSD02Y, +0.49% was also up 1.6 basis points to 2.479%.The 30-year bond yield TMUBMUSD30Y, +0.47% added 2.2 basis points to 3.033%, Tradeweb data show.Meanwhile, the German 10-year government bond yield TMBMKDE-10Y, +1.69% remains at 0.066%.Retail sales for January, delayed due to the government shutdown, showed an 0.2% increase, slightly higher than the 0.1% growth expected from economists polled by…

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the retail sales report for January

“The January retail sales report was delayed by a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government that ended on Jan. 25” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. February’s retail sales report, which was scheduled for publication on Thursday, will be released on April 1.Data for December was revised down to show retail sales dropping 1.6 percent instead of tumbling 1.2 percent as previously reported.Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales rebounded 1.1 percent in January after a downwardly revised 2.3 percent plunge in December. Source: cnbc.com

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Dollar comes under pressure as sterling rallies ahead of Brexit vote

“Instead, traders focused on a buoyant British pound, which rallied as traders awaited a key Brexit vote” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. Last month, the U.S. demanded that China’s yuan be stabilized as part of a trade deal.The U.S. dollar on Monday slipped into negative territory, following a highly anticipated retail sales report that drew little reaction from the greenback.U.S. retail sales rose by 0.2% in January, while the December reading of negative 1.2% was revised to negative 1.6%. Source: marketwatch.com

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The Tipping Point: Kroger, Starbucks May Ignite Retail Crypto

“Right now, there are no firm signs that other retailers as big as Starbucks or Kroger will begin accepting crypto payments anytime soon” writes Simon Chandler for cointelegraph.com. However, given their size and clout, their movements into crypto payments are likely to put greater pressure on their rivals to act similarly.Aside from Kroger, there are signs that other big players are entertaining the idea of moving to the Lightning Network and crypto payments.Despite this early movement in the direction of crypto payments, there are still a number of significant obstacles…

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