July 22, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/29/2013

› Apps are the new salespeople in U.S. stores
Some retailers in the United States are starting to communicate with shoppers via a smartphone app called Swirl that uses in-store sensors to track their location in the shop to send them personalized offers and recommendations. It's just one of the ways that brick-and-mortar shops are using apps to appeal to younger, more tech-savvy consumers.

› Medina's Grocery, hub for Orlando's Cuban community, closes after 43 years
Medina's Grocery Store & Restaurant at 2405 E Washington St. in Orlando has closed because owners Rafael and Luisa Medina are retiring. The market was a hub for the Latino community in Central Florida for 43 years.

› TECO Energy acquires New Mexico natural gas company
The acquisition of New Mexico Gas Co., expands TECO's customer base outside of Florida for the first time and enlarges an operation that now stands as the Sunshine State's third largest investor owned utility.

› Five questions for...Beverly Raphael
Beverly Raphael, head of a Deerfield Beach general contracting firm, has been named the first female recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Wharton Club of South Florida.

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