Happy Hour & School Spirit Day

Big week coming up to celebrate end-of-month / beginning of month. On Tuesday, to celebrate the return of college football, come in sporting the colors of your alma mater or favorite school. And on Wednesday, we'll be having a happy hour at Pour across from the office from 5-7 PM. Check your inboxes for invites! And here are three other things you should know: 1. Next up in shopping social media. TikTok has joined the fray in allowing users to buy directly from influencers and shops they follow. Shopify is partnering with TikTok to introduce product discovery and shopping tabs on the social media app. TikTok Shopping will let Shopify merchants integrate their online stores into their TikTok profiles, creating a storefront on their channel. Shopify merchants will now have more direct access to scale products and potentially reach TikTok’s hundreds of millions of active users. The pilot is available to merchants in the US and UK (with a TikTok For Business account); a group from Canada will be added in the coming weeks. Retail Brew 2. Sweetgreen's bringing in the robots. While Elon Musk is building robots and Amazon is trying to make in-store shopping as streamlined as possible, it might actually be a healthy dining company that brings robots to consumers en masse before either of them. Sweetgreen has acquired Spyce, a restaurant company with automated service. Salad chain Sweetgreen announced Tuesday that it has bought Spyce, a Boston restaurant company that made a name for itself with its automated kitchen. Since its founding in 2015, Spyce has raised $24.88 million from investors, including famed chef Daniel Boulud, according to Pitchbook. The company’s robotic kitchen and conveyor belts are able to cook and serve its warm bowls and salads without any human intervention. Spyce has two restaurant locations, both in Boston. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. Sweetgreen said it is determining where and how it will incorporate Spyce’s technology into its own restaurants. CNBC 3. Walmart delivery is coming this holiday season. With this upcoming shopping season expected to be absolutely massive, Walmart is offering delivery services for other merchants. The retail giant will be running "last-mile" delivery to help products arrive on time. Through its latest program, called Walmart GoLocal, Walmart will dispatch workers from its Spark delivery network to merchants' stores to pick up items and then deliver them to shoppers. Over the past year, the retailer has doubled Spark's coverage to more than 500 cities, Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said last week on an earnings call. "We were looking at different potential revenue streams, ways to commercialize the capabilities and scale that Walmart has - and so we'll think about what that means as this program unfolds," said Tom Ward, senior vice president of Walmart's U.S. last mile business. Reuters

Mind Edit The Calm App has recently published their September Mindfulness calendar with a topic or assignment for each day of the month - check it out here! Birthdays Kelly Cashin (Aug. 28)

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