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Walmart announced its plans to acquire TV company Vizio, as well as its SmartCast Operating System, for over $2 billion. 

The move pushes Walmart forward in the battle with competitors like Amazon, especially where ads are concerned. While Walmart has always been a major seller of Vizio’s TVs, the acquisition also gives the retailer more opportunities for ad placements. 

“The acquisition of Vizio and its SmartCast Operating System would enable Walmart to connect with and serve its customers in new ways, including innovative television and in-home entertainment and media experiences,” the company said in a statement. “It would also create new opportunities to help advertisers connect with customers, empowering brands with differentiated and compelling opportunities to engage at scale and to realize greater impact from their advertising spend with Walmart.” 

What does this mean for the future?

With the acquisition, Walmart is setting up to expand its media company, Walmart Connect. Through Connect, Walmart is able to work with advertisers to get their products in front of shoppers, whether that’s in stores, online, or through sponsored media content. 

“Our media business, Walmart Connect, is helping brands create meaningful connections with the millions of customers who shop with us each week,” said Seth Dallaire, Walmart’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “We believe the combination of these two businesses would be impactful as we redefine the intersection of retail and entertainment.” 

In working with Vizio, Walmart will be able to grow that reach even further. Vizio’s SmartCast Operating System currently has over 18 million active accounts, and the company has over 500 advertising partnerships. 

Every Vizio TV comes loaded with SmartCast, which gives Walmart the chance to place ads in these systems. 

A new streaming service? 

Looking to the future, experts predict that Walmart could use this partnership to develop a streaming network, much in the same way Amazon did with Prime. 

“Longer term, Walmart can use the Vizio platform to develop more of its own entertainment content – something it might link with the Walmart+ membership scheme,” Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData, told CBS News. 

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Ford Motor Company is recalling 16,543 model year 2021-2022 E-350s and E-450s with dual rear wheels.

An inadequate connection between the power steering pressure line and the brake hydroboost unit may result in a sudden loss of power steering fluid.

A sudden loss of power steering fluid can result in a loss of power steering and power brake assist, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Dealers will replace the power steering pressure line and the hydroboost jumper line free of charge.

Vehicles that were recalled in early 2022 will need to have the new remedy completed even if their vehicle was remedied under a previous recall.

Letters to owners notifying them of this recall are expected to be mailed March 25, 2024.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 24S07.

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If you’ve been holding off on having a big fat steak because of what it might do to your health, you may want to let that cow back in the kitchen.  New discoveries about fat in meat and dairy suggest that, regardless of how they affect your heart, they might help fight cancer.  

Researchers have found a natural fat called trans-vaccenic acid (TVA), found in beef, dairy, and even breast milk can boost your immune response against cancer.

The scoop is simple: People with higher TVA levels responded better to a specific cancer treatment (immunotherapy), suggesting TVA might enhance its effectiveness. 

Studies have also shown that TVA activates CD8+ T cells, the supercharged and crucial soldiers in your immune system that hunt down and destroy cancer cells.

Still skeptical? Ok, consider this: Mice fed with extra TVA had smaller and slower-growing tumors, especially for melanoma and colon cancer. 

And this isn’t something crazy that a hippie cattle rancher in Northern California came up with, either. There is solid, real-world evidence that cancer patients with higher TVA levels responded better to CAR-T therapy, and TVA made a cancer drug more effective in lab tests. Jing Chen, PhD at the University of Chicago, who led the study, had this to say:

“There are many studies trying to decipher the link between diet and human health, and it’s very difficult to understand the underlying mechanisms because of the wide variety of foods people eat. But if we focus on just the nutrients and metabolites derived from food, we begin to see how they influence physiology and pathology,” Chen said. 

“By focusing on nutrients that can activate T cell responses, we found one that actually enhances anti-tumor immunity by activating an important immune pathway.”

Don't run for the burgers just yet 

Breaking it down to you and me at the dinner table, Dirt to Dinner explains that balance is key and that means a well-rounded diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. TVA is just one piece of the puzzle.


The quality of the meat you buy matters, too, so choose lean meat and low-fat dairy products to avoid health risks associated with overconsumption.

The last thing is that you should talk to your doctor about this – “Especially those with specific health concerns, such as high cholesterol or heart disease,” said Dirt to Dinner’s Hailey Phillip. 

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Solitaire is a game app company that designs short-attention-span type games like its Spider and FreeCell solitaire games. The company’s apps get a lot of use in the grocery store checkout lines and when the company designed a supermarket quality survey, many of its users took part.

The study found that Trader Joe’s (TJ), Costco, and Wegmans are America’s favorite major grocery chains. But the study also ranked individual stores across the U.S.

In doing so, it identified the Giant Eagle Supermarket on Cedar Ave. in Pittsburgh as the worst overall. At the same time, Central Market on West Freeway. in Fort Worth, Tex., ranked as the third-best store in America, coming close to the satisfaction levels achieved by Trader Joe’s.

“Trader Joe's dominates this list with 45 locations, exemplifying its success in delivering a high-quality customer experience,” the researchers said, emphasizing that the reason may be that smaller gives the chain a better chance to achieve remarkable levels of customer satisfaction.

We have our reasons

So, what’s driving these consumer responses? The reasons shoppers love to hate the store they shop at the most are long tines, poor customer service, sub-par produce and high prices. 

Notably, Kroger appears six times in the long line list, with King Soopers and Whole Foods also frequently mentioned. Long lines also appear to be a common issue across a range of stores, from high-end giants such as Whole Foods to budget options like Food 4 Less.

Interestingly, shoppers don’t have pricing complaints with the larger grocery stores, but rather the niche boutique and ethnic ones.

On the customer service side, a good number of Kroger stores also appear in the breakdown of individual locations, but the company only landed one individual store in the overall Top 10, while Walmart placed six on that breakdown.


Kroger and Walmart are plopping down big bucks to fix their issues

Kroger is pulling out all the stops to complete its merger with Albertsons and 56% of Walmart’s net sales are from the grocery category. Both chains may be using this research to bolster their positions.

On the customer service side, Walmart may think that paying managers more could go a long way. To do that, it’s getting very competitive, too – so competitive that today’s youth might want to rethink spending a quarter-million dollars and eight years of their lives becoming a pediatrician when they can make $230,000 as a Walmart manager and never have to crack a college textbook. 

However, in all fairness, a manager at a local Walmart has essentially two stores under their belt – the grocery store and the retail store – so they’re paid accordingly. 

At Kroger,  the company says it’s expanding its selection of fresh, affordable food with a lot of emphasis on expanding its in-store experiences – like its sampling program – to boost sales. 

The company is also offering more affordable choices and a wider selection of products. It’s committed to investing $500 million to create these "affordable choices" for customers, which is expected to result in significant decreases in merchandise prices.

The real upgrade though is investing heavily in delivery so customers will never have to gripe about long lines or bad customer service again. But they are doing it in different ways.

Drone delivery

Walmart recently partnered with Alphabet's Wing to expand its drone delivery service in the Dallas metro area, aiming to dominate the last-mile delivery market. This service allows for faster delivery without emissions and has already completed over 20,000 drone deliveries in the last two years. 

Despite facing customer service challenges, such as reports of canceled orders and service mishaps, Walmart is optimistic about the potential of drone delivery to revolutionize retail convenience.

Kroger, on the other hand, is enhancing its delivery services by using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve third-party product listings on its seller marketplace. The main focus is to provide clearer, more informative product listings and offer better insights into product performance for sellers.

And to get customers to try delivery instead of living in a checkout line, Kroger has rolled out a new fleet of refrigerated trucks to keep frozen and dairy items cold, and is giving delivery customers the option of scheduling a 1-hour time slot to get all of their groceries next day or later in the week with no hidden fees or markups. 

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The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed new car prices were flat – not going up or down. But the price you pay all depends on the kind of car you are buying.

Dealers are more flexible on some models than others. Right now, they are ready to make a deal on an electric vehicle.

While industry data show that the average new car is still selling for about 7.2% above the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), some electric vehicles and hybrids are selling well below the sticker price.

For example, For instance, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are selling at discounts of 1.9% and 2.5% lower than their MSRPs on average, according to The Hyundai Kona Electric is also being sold at a significant discount, with prices 4.6% below MSRP.

However, if you’re looking as a gasoline-powered vehicle, don’t expect much of a discount. Some models like the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid and Ford Maverick pickup are selling at nearly 20% over MSRP, according to Torque News.

There may be no better time to buy

The sight of EVs running out of juice while waiting at charging stations in January's subfreezing temperatures in Chicago may have caused some car shoppers to have second thoughts about EVs. However, consumers inclined to purchase an EV may not find a better time than now to do so.

That said, market conditions are dynamic and prices can fluctuate due to factors such as eligibility for federal tax credits, changes in regulations, and the costs of batteries and raw materials. But EV prices may continue to slide as the average price of used cars, both EVs and gasoline-powered, continue to fall.

Cox Automotive reports wholesale used-vehicle prices fell 0.9% from January in the first 15 days of February. The midmonth Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index dropped to 202.1, which was down 13.8% from the full month of February 2023. 

As for retail used car prices, the January CPI shows prices plunged 3.4% from December and were down 3.5% year-over-year.

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Capital One is acquiring Discover Financial Services, in a deal that would expand the footprint of both credit card companies.

While a smaller player among credit card customers, Discover has its own payment network, which could be one reason Capital One pursued the deal. In the announcement of the deal, Capital One said it would move some of its credit cards to the Discover network.

Capital One founder and CEO Richard Fairbank believes the acquisition will provide a successful synergy.

“Our acquisition of Discover is a singular opportunity to bring together two very successful companies with complementary capabilities and franchises, and to build a payments network that can compete with the largest payments networks and payments companies," Fairbank said. "Through this combination, we're creating a company that is exceptionally well-positioned to create significant value for consumers, small businesses, merchants, and shareholders as technology continues to transform the payments and banking marketplace."

Different terms

Capital One and Discover credit cards have different terms and the announcement did not say whether Discover’s terms will stay intact. Maggie, of Winona, Minn., is one Discover cardholder who hopes Discover stays pretty much the same.

“I often find myself feeling unsatisfied with a lot of customer service experiences from companies…but every time I’ve contacted Discover I’ve had an amazing experience, always so helpful and nice I love it,” Maggie wrote in a ConsumerAffairs review. “I always feel understood and valued everytime I call and they seem like they genuinely care about their customers rather than just being there to solve your problem and hang up.”

Capital One said it plans to keep the Discover brand for current Discover accounts. Although it’s the smallest credit card company, Discover has a global payments network with 70 million merchant acceptance points in more than 200 countries and territories. 

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