This Small Gadget Safely Stores a Face Mask in Your Car

Elroy Mariano

We live difficult times, there’s no doubt about it, and in the last six months or so, each and every one of us just had to adapt to a completely different lifestyle that changed pretty much everything we do.

Including our relationship with cars, that is, as for some reason, face masks have become the new car air freshener because way too many drivers believe just hanging them to the mirror is okay.

As a side note, it really isn’t, especially because face masks should be stored in safe places where they can’t be exposed to any kinds of contaminants or even worse, where they can spread any potential virus that’s already attached to its filters.

This is a problem that a new device called Car Case4Mask wants to resolve, as it proposes a new approach to safely store a mask inside a car.

More specifically, this is a case

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TikTok, WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores this Sunday

Elroy Mariano

The Department of Commerce has announced that TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the U.S. from Sunday, September 20, amid national security concerns.


In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: ‘In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.


The following transactions will be prohibited:

  1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates
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Hudson’s Bay Enhances Customer Health and Safety with Innovative Technology in Stores

Elroy Mariano

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Hudson’s Bay continues to evolve the Canadian shopping experience, the company is excited to introduce a revolutionary tool to extend its enhanced health and safety measures in its stores. With customer and associate well-being top of mind, select Hudson’s Bay locations across the country will now feature CleanSlate UV Sanitizers, an innovative technology that uses medical-grade UV rays to sanitize objects like cell phones, wallets, keys, and bank cards, in only 20 seconds. Located at key entry and exit points, this best-in-class service is provided to customers free of charge beginning September 2.

“The health and safety of our customers and associates is at the forefront of everything we do, and we are continually looking at ways to enhance the in-store experience and build trust with our loyal customer base,” said Kerry Mader, Chief Customer Officer, Hudson’s Bay. “With the introduction of Canada’s fastest, most effective

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DashMart, Standard Cognition, Amazon Go, & Wawa Pickup Stores All Signal That Convenience Stores Will Never Be The Same

Elroy Mariano

Across the first two weeks of August alone, the convenience store industry has seen a rash of announcements that would make even the most stalwart retail innovation curmudgeons stand up and say, “Ok, something is definitely going on here.” 

First, the timeline:

Next, that sound you hear? 

It’s the sound of the convenience store industry’s version of Paul Revere riding cross-country, amid a pandemic, to let everyone know that a heck of a lot of change is underfoot. Only this time it isn’t the redcoats who are coming. 

It’s tech.

And, the only real question that remains is just how disruptive all the change could eventually be.


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Stores of the Future 2020: How to Drive Footfall During and Post COVID-19

Elroy Mariano


The “Store of the Future 2020: How to Drive Footfall During and Post COVID-19” report has been added to’s offering.

COVID-19 has changed everything and it is fair to say that the tech industry has stepped up to the plate by and large when it comes to retail. On the other hand, a lot of the solutions described in this report have been around for some time – and now represent old wine in new bottles.

In the publisher’s view, the only real novelty and real innovation remain Amazon Go and its just walk out technology. That said, now many of the solutions are appearing in a new light due to changed circumstances brought upon by the outbreak of COVID-19. Whereas, for example, a self check out a solution with computer vision capabilities to add up the prices in real-time was mainly about eliminating costs,

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Cashierless stores are popping up at gas stations, stadiums and even Dunkin’

Elroy Mariano

Pretty soon you might find Amazon Go-like concepts just about everywhere.

a room with a wood floor: An illustration of a cashierless stadium concession developed by Mastercard and Delaware North. Mastercard

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An illustration of a cashierless stadium concession developed by Mastercard and Delaware North. Mastercard

Mastercard on Friday said it’s joining the effort to create more of these kinds of cashierless stores, unveiling a platform it calls Shop Anywhere. It teamed up with retail tech company Accel Robotics to create a handful of new test concepts that let customers check into a store, grab what they want and walk out.


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For instance, the team created a new self-service Dunkin’ store that allows people to check in at a kiosk, get doughnuts and coffee, and leave without stopping at a cashier. The store will be staffed with workers to restock items and provide customer service, but there won’t be a register.

Similar small-scale pilots were created with Delaware North, which runs stadiums, and Circle K,

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As shoppers stay away, small stores seek refuge online

Elroy Mariano

NEW YORK (AP) — For small retailers across the country, the coronavirus outbreak has turned an already challenging business environment into never-ending uncertainty.

Amy Witt might have 20 customers on a good day in her Dallas women’s clothing store, and then none the next.

“It’s a rollercoaster we ride every day,” says Witt, whose store, Velvet Window, reopened May 1 after being closed since March. “We’re doing everything we can to cover expenses and keep the store stocked with inventory.”

Many of Witt’s older customers are still shy about going into stores, especially since the virus has resurged in Texas. As she reopened the store in May, Witt told The Associated Pressshe planned to use services like private shopping hours to encourage reluctant customers to come in. The strategy has helped but sales remain well below Witt’s expectations. She hopes to boost sales by selling at an outdoor market where

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