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CNBC reports that “Chinese online grocery delivery company Dada-JD Daojia said on Thursday it has raised $500 million from U.S. retailer Walmart and in its latest round of financing … JD Daojia delivers goods from local supermarkets and other partners via a location-based smartphone app and has about 20 million monthly active users.”

The story notes that earlier this year Walmart “opened its first small high-tech supermarket in China where customers use smartphones to pay for items that are available on Walmart's virtual store on JD Daojia's platform.”

• The Seattle Times reports on this week’ “graduation ceremonies” at Amazon for five former members of the US Armed Forces, the first graduates “of a program designed to shepherd veterans into careers in in-demand technology jobs.”

While the five people “won’t make a dent in the company’s roughly 17,000 job openings,” the story suggests that the graduation represents “the lengths the Seattle giant will go to satisfy its insatiable appetite for workers … Amazon says about 175 veterans are currently pursuing apprenticeships at Amazon offices around the country.”
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