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Walmart and Teradata renew analytics partnership

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Dayton, Ohio — Data warehousing and analytics company Teradata Corp. said Wednesday it has broadened its partnership with Walmart.

The agreement includes an upgrade and expansion of Walmart’s data warehouse environment to provide next-generation capabilities. Taradata said its technology will offer an expected 50% reduction in floor space required and a 40% reduction in energy consumption.
The planned expansion includes a data warehouse technology refresh program, which will keep Walmart’s data warehouse on the leading edge of technology adoption. The agreement also includes a research and development relationship to strengthen the company’s competitive retail advantage.

"As this partnership is expanded, we will be able to leverage scalability, processing power, and storage capacity, along with software enhancements," said Jose Hernandez, Walmart’s chief technology officer and senior VP infrastructure. "Consistent with our sustainability initiatives, this expansion will result in a significant reduction in our data center power and cooling footprint."

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Beech-Nut and Disney’s toddler line features Winnie the Pooh characters

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GLENDALE, Calif., and AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Beech-Nut and Disney Consumer Products have teamed up to unite nutritious foods with characters that toddlers love.

Beech-Nut’s new line of products feature Winnie the Pooh characters, including the namesake bear and his pals Piglet and Tigger.

The Beech-Nut toddler food is fortified with vitamins and minerals and contains valuable nutrients, fiber, whole grains, real fruit, real yogurt, real vegetables and protein. The line features meals, sides, snacks and juices including:

Steamies: These complete meals feature a home-style taste and texture and cook via a unique steam-cooking process. They are available in 10 different varieties;

Goodies: Made with Chiquita bananas and whole grains, Goodies Banana Bites offer a more nutritious choice for snack time. Goodies Mixed Fruit Nibbles come in two flavors and are made with real fruit. One serving offers 100%of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C; and

Juicies: These 100% juice beverages come in such flavor combinations as white grape and peach, pear blueberry and apple pomegranate; offer the benefits of antioxidant superfruits; and contain 100% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C.

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Deloitte Spending Index down as housing market remains weak

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NEW YORK – The Deloitte Spending Index, comprising four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — fell to 4.29%, from an upwardly revised gain of 4.71% a month ago. According to Deloitte the decline wasprimarily due to sustainedweakness in the housing market despite incremental gains in other areas.

"Real consumer spending has accelerated in recent months, and consumers presently retain their spending potential following a period of increased savings, debt reduction and a rise in personal income in the U.S.," said Carl Steidtmann, Deloitte’s chief economist and author of the monthly Index. "While this momentum may continue, it could peak in the months ahead given the continued drag on the Index from the housing market that is offsetting an uptick in real wages."

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