Walmart Inc will add small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its stores to help fill orders for pickup and delivery, the company said on Wednesday, as Americans shift their spending online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The world's largest retailer, which operates nearly 5,000 stores nationwide, did not say how many stores will have the new centers but said it was "planning dozens of locations, with many more to come." Contactless services like curbside pickup and home delivery have boomed as virus wary shoppers have opted to stay home and make purchases online.
Don Alexander announces publication of ‘That Rock Don’t Roll’ SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following a cheerleader’s murder, investigative sports reporter Blake Brennon is called to assist on the case, but things get personal with a beautiful deputy sheriff as events take a dangerous turn in “That Rock Don’t Roll” (published by Archway Publishing) by Don Alexander. When he’s asked to help, Blake is happy to as he has always felt protective of cheerleaders and he figures he can get the inside scoop about what happened. As he works alongside Petula, the beautiful deputy sheriff, he begins to wonder if she is interested in him or if she is using him. Rife with danger and death, the case’s conclusion can’t come too soon for Blake. Alexander wants his readers to consider that “there is a lot more to your sports teams than what you see and hear. A lot more.” “That Rock Don’t Roll” is available for purchase online at the Archway link above, at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/That-Rock-Dont-Roll-Alexander/dp/1480894931. “That Rock Don’t Roll” By Don Alexander Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781480894938 Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781480894945 E-Book | 306 pages | ISBN 9781480894921 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Don Alexander was a sportswriter for 27 years and had his own TV show for eight. He interviewed professional, college, and high school athletes, as well as support personnel, both male and female. He also taught communications at Golden West College for nine years, all while living in Orange County, California. Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit www.archwaypublishing.com or call 844-669-3957. Attachment 51S+0Gvt8aL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_ CONTACT: Marketing Services Archway Publishing 844-669-3957 email@example.com
New collection of classic and modern poetry captures the human experience and endeavor SCHÖNINGEN, Germany, Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With his 2015 debut publication, “Conversations with My Muse,” Gary Bateman showcased his passion for literature through a collection of multi-thematic poetry that reflects mankind’s very soul. This year, as he releases his second book, Bateman invites readers to witness the power of poetry as it translates words into human experience. “Reflections in the Mirror” (published by AuthorHouse UK) is a literary collection of selected poetry spanning the years 2014 to 2019. In this volume, the author presents a very interesting and an eclectic selection of poetry that will bring readers into an intellectual world of interpretative poetry and contemplative thought and reasoning. Each poetic verse carries rich and timeless themes that take on controversial and difficult subjects. A book of both classical and modern poetry forms, “Reflections in the Mirror” is designed to highlight the importance and relevance of poetry in today’s world. It seeks to capture the imagination, emotions and passions of the reader as he or she enters into a reflective state of thought. “Readers who are attracted to and interested in poetry should find this particular book of poetry to be a fascinating read,” Bateman asserts. Visit https://www.authorhouse.com/en-gb/bookstore/bookdetails/763973-reflections-in-the-mirror to purchase a copy. “Reflections in the Mirror” By Gary Bateman Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 618 pages | ISBN 9781665582223 Softcover | 6 x 9in | 618 pages | ISBN 9781665582216 E-Book | 618 pages | ISBN 9781665582209 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Gary Bateman is a published poet, author, linguist and professional writer. He hails from Wichita, Kansas, in the United States and has already completed two major careers with the U.S. government, as a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, and later as a U.S. Department of Defense Civilian in Germany where he specialized in the field of International Security Cooperation. Bateman holds multiple academic degrees with advanced graduate studies, and originally studied history, political science, and literature as primary fields of interest during his undergraduate college years. As a trained linguist, he has a multilingual proficiency in five languages, including his facility as a native English speaker. Bateman has lived in Europe for many years and presently resides with his family in Germany. AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrates over 23 years of service to authors. For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.co.uk or call 0-800-014-8641. Attachment Cover_l CONTACT: Marketing Services AuthorHouseUK 0-800-014-8641 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashraf Elghandour announces publication of his first book LAFAYETTE, N.J., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- “Tip of the Needle” (published by Archway Publishing) by Ashraf Elghandour is a religious novel that tells a modern-day Adam and Eve tale spurred by the apple called technology where the balance that sustained humanity for so long is finally tipped. Nader and Addis are rising stars in their respective fields in the United States. Their paths cross again when they’re brought together by the love and ambition of Sacha Zimmerman, the whip-smart daughter of a wealthy tech mogul Zack Zimmerman. As each grapples with their feelings for Sacha, they’re drawn into opposing sides of Zimmerman’s plans to change the world. The book’s central theme is the confluence of religion, politics, and unbridled ambition aided by technological changes, thus tipping the balance between good and evil. “Guard your freedom and free will because it’s what separate us from being a tool to be used by others to further their misguided ambitions.” “Tip of the Needle” is available for purchase online at the Archway link above, at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Tip-Needle-Ashraf-Elghandour/dp/1480898295. “Tip of the Needle” By Ashraf Elghandour Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 284 pages | ISBN 9781480898295 Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 284 pages | ISBN 9781480898318 E-Book | 284 pages | ISBN 9781480898301 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Ashraf Elghandour was born in Cairo, Egypt, and immigrated to the United States at 14 with his family. He earned a Master of Business Administration and spent most of his career in the financial industry. Although he loved finance and being an entrepreneur, he has diverse interests in creative endeavors. Elghandour enjoys working with his hands and inventing unique equipment, especially in the health and fitness industry. He lives in Northern New Jersey and has two adult children “Tip of the Needle” is Elghandour’s first book. Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit www.archwaypublishing.com or call 844-669-3957. Attachment Cover_l CONTACT: Marketing Services Archway Publishing 844-669-3957 email@example.com
Colin Ruthven discusses his experience in ‘Enders’ MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Author Colin Ruthven, who served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, recalls growing up in Canada, moving to America, and a life filled with adventure in his new memoir “Enders: Growing up in the West End of Vancouver in the 1940s.” (published by Archway Publishing). Ruthven shares his experience of 19 years of life in Canada during the ’40s and early ’50s. It sets the background, both psychological and emotional, that determined decisions the author made that eventually led to him having to leave Canada. “Enders” is a portrait of the West End of Vancouver during that time and how a growing boy related to the economic and cultural challenges that he confronted. The author would like the reader to understand the time, mainly the people and how they reacted to events of the forties. He wants the reader to know the City and the West End of Vancouver at that time, a more innocent period of our history. More intimately the reader will understand the dramatic events that led up to the author leaving Canada “Enders” is available for purchase online at the Archway link above, at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Enders-Growing-West-Vancouver-1940s/dp/1480897574. “Enders” By Colin Ruthven Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 612 pages | ISBN 9781480897571 Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 612 pages | ISBN 9781480897588 E-Book | 612 pages | ISBN 9781480897595 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Colin Ruthven was born in Sweetgrass, Montana, in 1934 to Canadian parents who crossed the border back into Canada after his birth. Being born American but raised in Canada afforded Colin dual citizenship, which would go on to play a major part in his life. In 1954, he left Canada and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, where he became a fighter pilot and served two tours in Vietnam. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in Memphis, Tennessee, after 21 years of service. In Memphis, he went on to enjoy a long career as an illustrator, winning the Scripps Howard Illustrator of the Year Award three years in a row thus garnering him a place in the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Memphis with his wife, Alice, where he both writes and paints. Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit www.archwaypublishing.com or call 844-669-3957. Attachment Cover_l CONTACT: Marketing Services Archway Publishing 844-669-3957 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks fluctuated Wednesday after their biggest slide in two months as investors mulled a slew of earnings reports and awaited the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s first policy meeting of the year. Nasdaq futures climbed.Stocks pared earlier gains across much of the region, edging higher in Japan and Hong Kong and falling back in South Korea. Australian shares underperformed as they reopened after a holiday. Nasdaq 100 contracts jumped following a strong earnings report from Microsoft Corp. S&P 500 futures were little changed after the benchmark ended an up-and-down session slightly lower.Elsewhere, Treasury yields were steady and the dollar edged up. Oil advanced higher and gold slipped. Bitcoin dipped below the $32,000 level.Global stocks are mostly treading water near record highs as U.S. corporate earnings season gears up this week. New coronavirus variants that sparked fresh lockdowns and other restrictions are weighing on the so-called reflation trade that bets on an end to curbs.Investors are also seeking more clarity on the timeline for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan and awaiting the Federal Reserve monetary policy decision later Wednesday.“For the reopening trade to really have persistence it is going to need to show a much broader participation across the market,” Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Northern Trust, said on Bloomberg TV. “The virus vaccine rollout is the most important development to help give confidence in the shape of the recovery.”Data showed global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million. The U.K. became the first nation in Europe with 100,000 deaths. The Biden administration intends to order 100 million more doses each of Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc.’s coronavirus vaccines and at least temporarily speed up shipments to states.These are some key events coming up in the week ahead:Apple Inc., Tesla Inc., Facebook Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are among companies reporting results.The Federal Open Market Committee monetary policy decision and briefing by Chair Jerome Powell are scheduled for Wednesday.Fourth-quarter GDP, initial jobless claims and new home sales are among U.S. data releases Thursday.U.S. personal income, spending and pending home sales come Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures fell 0.1% as of 1:51 p.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 Index fell 0.2%.Topix index rose 0.4%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.7%.Kospi index fell 0.5%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.2%.Shanghai Composite Index was flat.Euro Stoxx 50 futures fell 0.2%.CurrenciesThe yen traded at 103.73 per dollar, down 0.1%.The offshore yuan was at 6.4710 per dollar.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.1%.The euro traded at $1.2156.The British pound was at $1.3730.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries was at 1.04%.Australia’s 10-year bond yield fell two basis points to 1.09%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.4% to $52.81 per barrel.Gold dipped 0.2% to $1,846.96 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- 7-Eleven Inc. is marketing a potential $10.95 billion bond offering, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be the largest corporate dollar debt sale globally so far this year.Proceeds would help finance Tokyo-based parent Seven & i Holdings Co.’s $21 billion acquisition of Speedway gas stations in the U.S. from Marathon Petroleum Corp., according to a company spokesman.A $10.95 billion issuance would be the largest in the corporate dollar bond market globally since a $12 billion sale from Verizon Communications Inc. in November, data compiled by Bloomberg show. It would also add to the 350 billion yen ($3.4 billion) that the convenience-store operator raised in a Japanese debt offering for the Speedway deal two months ago.The new eight-part deal includes a 30-year tranche which is being marketed at about 135 basis points over Treasuries.To read more about initial price talk on each tranche of the new 7-Eleven dealThe proposed investment-grade notes were rated Baa2 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA- by S&P Global Ratings. Moody’s this month downgraded 7-Eleven’s issuer rating to Baa2 from Baa1, citing a potential increase in debt after the Speedway purchase. S&P said it’s likely to lower 7-Eleven’s, as well as parent Seven & i’s credit ratings by as many as two notches because of added debt due to the acquisition.Credit Suisse Group AG, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., BofA Securities, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are managing the bond sale.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Wednesday after lawmakers from his ruling coalition visited night clubs despite his government's call for people to avoid unnecessary outings to curb the spread of COVID-19. The news is another headache for Suga whose approval rating has tumbled due to dissatisfaction with his handling of the pandemic, which critics have called too slow and inconsistent. "I'm terribly sorry that this happened when we are asking people not to eat out after 8 p.m. and to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings," Suga told parliament.
Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party chief and the architect of the country's anti-corruption campaign, has been nominated to serve a rare third term, a Party official said on Wednesday, according to state media. On Monday, over 1,600 party delegates began nine days of meetings, mostly behind closed doors, at a five-yearly congress. The meetings will pick a new leadership team, aiming to bolster Vietnam's ongoing economic success - and the legitimacy of the Party's rule.
The first Tokyo Olympics test event of 2021 will be postponed due to travel restrictions under Japan's coronavirus state of emergency, media reported Wednesday.
The Australian Red Cross has handed out almost 6000 grants and helped another 21,000 people affected by the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires.
* Powell expected to reiterate it's too soon for taper talk * Sterling touches highest since May 2018 amid dollar weakness * Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E By Kevin Buckland TOKYO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The dollar was stuck on the back foot against major peers on Wednesday as markets wait on comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who is likely to renew a commitment to ultra-easy policy. The greenback held declines against riskier currencies, with pandemic recovery hopes getting a boost as the International Monetary Fund upgraded its forecast for 2021 global growth. Treasury yields, whose rise had supported the dollar at the start of this year, declined overnight amid caution about the eventual size of and potential delays to President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan.
South Australian Labor MP Jon Gee is to retire from politics at the next election in March next year after more than seven years in parliament.
Marnus Labuschagne is rated as one of the best batsmen in world cricket, but it's his efforts with the ball that has caught the attention of late.
The world needs to prepare for the "historic investment opportunity" around the corner.
South Australian police say a man killed in a '"vicious" assault was targeted.
Former NAB executive Rosemary Rogers who defrauded the bank of millions of dollars has been jailed by a NSW judge for at least four years and nine months.
Ash Barty's long-time coach says fans can expect to see an improved version of the world No.1 when Australia's tennis superstar returns to action on Friday.
A real estate agent got quite the fright this week while walking through and filming a potential home for his client.