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Survey: More than half of consumers have experienced in-device battery leakage

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — A recent survey spearheaded by Energizer suggests that a vast amount of consumers have experienced problems with in-device alkaline battery leakage.

The survey, conducted in April 2014, found that more than 50% of consumers had problems with battery leakage in a device, and 60% of those consumers said that the leakage actually damaged their device.

Other findings from the survey showed that:

  • Seventy percent of consumers reported that when a battery did leak, it was either in a flashlight or portable light;
  • Fifty-three percent reported battery leakage in a toy or game; and
  • Fifty percent of consumers say that reliability is a top priority when buying batteries.

"It is important for us to listen to, engage with and deliver products that are relevant for our consumers," said Michelle Atkinson, CMO at Energizer. "Our research revealed a shift in the consumer mindset. While they previously defined battery performance only as long-lasting, today consumers also want quality and reliability. This means batteries that will not leak in their devices after they are fully used."

 

 

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Samsung offers sneak peak at new wristband health tracker

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO – Samsung on Wednesday announced the pending launch of a wristband and software platform it hopes developers will use to create health trackers that “can’t even be imagined yet,” Young Sohn, Samsung’s chief strategy officer, said, according to published reports.

The wristband is called the Simband and runs open platform software so that other developers can create different modules. According to a report in USA Today, Sohn said Samsung partners are already working on modules that can track medical data, such as the oxygen content of the blood.

Samsung is working with researchers at the University of California San Francisco’s digital health innovation lab to validate the accuracy of the sensors, according to the report.

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Dollar General CEO shares secret to chain’s success at shareholder meeting

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — The secret to Dollar General’s success is keeping it simple, Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of the 75-year-old discounter, told shareholders Thursday morning. "Simple neighborhood stores, simple, frequently-needed items and everyday low prices," he said. "For 75 years, [Dollar General has focused] on helping low- and middle-income families save money and save time by offering quality, basic merchandise at affordable prices in convenient, small-box neighborhood stores." 

Dollar General is the largest discounter with more than 11,000 locations across 40 states, Dreiling said, and the company will add some 700 new stores in 2014. "We still have room to grow," Dreiling said. "We will continue to relocate, remodel and refresh our stores to build our brand and enhance our customer shopping experience."

In 2013, Dollar General’s net sales increased by 9.2% to $17.5 billion, Dreiling said. That represents $220 per square foot. Same-store sales grew 3.3%, marking the company’s 24th consecutive year of same-store sales growth.

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