By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From Amazon’s continual push into physical retail to the number of robots we can make do chores, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Amazon Reportedly Exploring Purchase of BJ’s Wholesale | Ashlee Kieler: To further expand its empire in the physical world, Amazon is reportedly looking at purchasing BJ’s Wholesale. This isn’t the first physical store Amazon has investigating purchasing, either. They’ve also looked into acquiring Whole Foods. Purchasing BJ’s would help Amazon branch out beyond the grocery stores they’ve already announced.

Robot lawn mowers are a thing now | Megan Barber: Forget flying cars, I’m pretty excited about robotic lawn mowers! They’ve been a part of the European lawn & garden scene for a few years now, and they’re finally picking up traction in the United States. Letting a robot do my least favorite chore? Sign me up.

Most Consumers Plan To Buy A Smart-Home Device In The Next 2 Years: Study | TWICE Staff: The smart home is picking up steam. Recent reports indicate that more and more consumers are ready to start dipping their toes in the connected home scene. Being able to explain how consumers will benefit from connected products (especially interconnected products) will be key to getting them off the shelves and into homes.

24776672360_1130b9606e_bHow many household chores can you automate right now? |  David Priest: Building on that, it’s time to look at my new favorite thing: examining how many of my chores I can now get a robot to do for me. We’ve come a long, long way my friends. Maybe laundry isn’t fully automated yet, but the number of gadgets that cut down on the work we have to do is continually growing.

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