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• The Associated Press reports that FedEx is predicting that "shipments from Black Friday through Christmas Eve will rise 12.4 percent over last year to 317 million pieces," a prognostication that the story notes is even more bullish than that of the National Retail Federation (NRF), which predicts that "online sales in November and December will rise by between 6 percent and 8 percent over late 2014."

FedEx also says that "to handle the crush, it is hiring more than 55,000 seasonal workers and investing in automation and expansion."

European Supermarkets reports that "Ahold has partnered with start-up accelerator Startupbootcamp in a move to boost innovation in retail technology. As part of the three-year deal, Ahold will provide support to new start-ups on the Startupbootcamp eCommerce programme."

The story says that "ten retail start-ups have already been selected for the first phase of the programme companies selected for Startupbootcamp. Ahold will put forward mentors from Albert Heijn and to the companies, based in the Netherlands, the UK, the Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and Israel."
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