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• The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Amazon plans to open one of its physical bookstores in Walnut Creek, California, in Northern California.

According to the story, "Amazon would not say when the store will open or how big it will be, adding that the company is now hiring store managers and associates.

"The opening of an Amazon store in the Bay Area — a hub of independent bookstores — seemed inevitable, as there are stores in Seattle, Portland and San Diego. The company says others will open soon in Chicago, Greater Boston (two locations), New Jersey and New York City."


• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) said yesterday that it was one of 16 food and beverage trade and lobbying associations to sign a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "requesting that the agency extend the compliance dates for supplier verification under the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) and Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) final rules and align the compliance dates as part of the extension."

According to the letter, "Members need additional time and guidance from FDA to develop compliance programs for the supplier verification requirements. Furthermore, it makes practical sense to align the compliance dates for both rules as part of an extension. FMI and others are asking that the compliance dates be extended until May 28, 2018 for any current compliance deadline currently falling before that date."


• IGA yesterday announced four independent retailers from around the world that have been named 2017 IGA International Retailers of the Year.

The winning retailers are: Kurt Rodhe, Rodhe's IGA Marketplace, Millersburg, Ohio; Nick Chapley, Frewville Foodland IGA, Frewville, South Australia, Australia; Weilong Li, Xinglong Happy Family Business Group Co., Shen Yang, Liaoning 110180, China; and James Kelly, Taylor Rd IGA, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia.
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