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Salesforce to Acquire Communications Platform Slack

TECHNOLOGY

Salesforce, the prominent customer-relationship-management platform, announced Dec. 1 that it had acquired Slack Technologies Inc.

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Chef Ben Ford Unveils Doorstep Market

RETAIL

Star chef Ben Ford recently unveiled e-market Doorstep Market.

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Scanatic 360 Body Scanner Unveiled in Stockholm and Chicago Area

3D BODY SCANNING

The Scanatic 360 Body Scanner device recently made a debut that spanned the globe.

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Tony Hsieh, Former Zappos CEO, 46

OBITUARY

Tony Hsieh, the celebrated entrepreneur who built the online shoe retailer Zappos.com into a $1 billion footwear-and-clothing company and spearheaded a revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, died Nov. 27.

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Faherty to Abbot Kinney

RETAIL

Faherty, a beach lifestyle brand, recently opened a shop at 1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Will the COVID Surge Affect Black Friday?

Holiday 2020

COVID-19 cases have surged in Los Angeles County, putting the area’s residents and businesses on edge just before Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday-shopping season.

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Holiday Sales Forecast Strong, According to NRF

RETAIL

Holiday retail sales will increase between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent, to between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion compared to the 2019 holiday season, according to a forecast released Nov. 23 by the National Retail Federation trade group.

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Google Unveils Plex Digital Banking Service

TECHNOLOGY

Technology company Google recently announced a digital banking service called Plex, which it will officially introduce in 2021.

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Rodeo Drive Starts Its Holidays With 'Visions of Holiday Glamour'

RETAIL

Rodeo Drive kicked off its winter holiday season Nov. 21 when the installation “Visions of Holiday Glamour” was unveiled on the luxe street.

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Planet Blue to Close Its Bricks-and-Mortar

Retail

Since 1995, Planet Blue has sold swimwear and contemporary, beach-inspired styles with a bohemian edge for women at its bricks-and-mortar stores and on its digital channel, shopplanetblue.com. Earlier this month, the shop announced through email and its social-media channels that it would be closing its 12 physical shops while maintaining an e-commerce presence.

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