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• The Washington Post reports that Walmart is delaying its plans to open six stores in the Washington, DC, market, and now won’t open its first store there until the end of next year - 12 months later than originally planned.

“While construction time lines are fluid and driven mostly by the developer, we’re using the extra time to further engage with the neighborhoods that surround our stores and build even more support for Wal- Mart,” said company spokesman Steven Restivo.

Read this as meaning that Walmart has met with more resistance and regulatory issues than originally expected, and it is going to need more time to get its construction ducks in a row.

• The Economic Times reports that Walmart “has launched a training and education programme that will benefit about 60,000 women working in its factories in India, Bangladesh and China.”

According to the company, “The 'Women in Factories' programme is a five-year initiative that will be implemented in collaboration with local NGOs and teach "critical life skills" related to communication, hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety and gender sensitivity.”

• Walmart has announced the 10 finalists in its “Get on the Shelf” contest, which it said was entered by more than “4,000 inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses,” with voting by more than one million consumers casting judgment on which ones should be carried by Walmart.

The 10 finalists:

• “Bios Clinical Acne System is an acne system that uses topical probiotics to treat adolescent and adult acne.”

• “Humankind Water gives 100 percent of its net profits to provide clean drinking water for some of the one billion people in this world dying without it.”

• “Mr. Spritz Mysterious Shirts are entertaining t-shirts containing hidden images that appear when the garment gets wet and disappear when dry.”

• “Plate Topper transforms dinner plates into airtight food storage containers to save meals, leftovers and snacks. They are dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe and 100 percent BPA-free.”

• “Sola-Bag Forever Carry Refrigerator is a lunch bag that stays cold forever by generating energy from solar power and indoor lighting.”

• “Soleeze Spring Loaded Insoles are spring-loaded insoles and shock absorbers that fit into any shoe or boot and last for years.”

• “SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit is an easy way to fix your sunglasses or eyeglasses in 30 seconds.”

• “SUSIE Magazine is a bimonthly Christian print magazine and online sisterhood for teen girls promoting healthy relationships, good role models and positive self-image.”

• “Veterans Farm Datil Pepper Salt is a datil-infused kosher salt created at a Veterans Farm, where disabled combat veterans are taught farm skills to help them overcome physical and mental barriers and get jobs.”

• “We the People Bracelet features silver sterling beads with ingrained detailed descriptions of the Amendments to the Bill of Rights.”

Walmart said that the three winning products will have the opportunity to be sold on and the Grand Prize winner will get the chance to be carried in select U.S. Walmart stores after the final round of voting is completed at the end of the month.
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