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• Smart & Final announced the launch of a new and improved online shopping experience that it describes as a platform better able to serve both business and household customers.

According to the announcement, "Smart & Final customers now enjoy easy access to the retailer’s weekly digital flyers and coupons, shoppable recipes and meal planning, customized shopping lists, dietary preferences, payment and delivery options, all within the retailer’s branded web and mobile apps. Additionally, Smart & Final now offers delivery orders via … an integrated white-label, last-mile delivery solution that seamlessly connects Smart & Final household shoppers and business customers to a host of third-party delivery providers."

The new Smart & Final online offering is powered by Mercatus.

Full disclosure: Mercatus is a valued MNB sponsor.

• Amazon announced that it is sponsoring "a range of Amazon Small Business Academy programs to help small businesses harness the power of the internet to reach more customers, build their brand, and grow sales. The initiatives includes in-person seminars, community college courses, and webinars … The Amazon Small Business Academy program also includes a grant to the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to help fund curriculum development and instruction of digital business courses in community college classrooms around the country. The classes will cover the fundamentals of online business strategies, marketing, merchandising, inventory management, and more."

“Small businesses make up 99.9% of U.S. businesses, employ almost 60 million people, and are the backbone of our economy. We’ve heard from many of them that they want help and guidance to take advantage of the power of the internet and digital business, particularly in rural areas,” said Nicholas Denissen, Amazon Vice President of Small Business, in a prepared statement. “Amazon Small Business Academy is focused on accelerating small business’ digital capabilities, whether they are a brand new company or one that has been in business for generations.”
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