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• H-E-B announced that will build a new state-of-the-art technology center at its San Antonio, Texas, headquarters that will house some 1,000 employees focused on expanding the company’s digital capabilities. It will be the second such tech facility built by H-E-B; this past June it opened what is called its Eastside Tech Hub in Austin, Texas.


Internet Retailer reports that “1-800-Flowers.com Inc. will acquire Shari’s Berries, among other assets of FTD Companies Inc. gourmet food business, for $20.5 million,” giving it “more than 450 domain names, copyrights, trademarks, customer data, phone numbers and other intellectual property, related to FTD’s gourmet food business.”

The story notes that “in June, FTD filed for bankruptcy and announced it would sell off its business in pieces. FTD also owns ecommerce brands FTD.com, ProFlowers.com, PersonalCreations.com, ProPlants.com, Gifts.com and interflora.co.uk."
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