By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From upcoming price hikes to new Amazon Go competitors, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Electrolux Cites Sears & Trump Tariffs For Price Hikes | Alan Wolf:  Due to some uncertainty in the economic climate (especially Sears’ chapter 11 filing, and ongoing tariffs on Chinese imports), Electrolux is one of the first major appliance manufacturers who hasannounced that they’ll be raising prices in 2019.

Walmart’s test store for new technology, Sam’s Club Now, opens next week in Dallas | Sarah Perez: Amazon Go stores may have some new competition in the United States. Walmart is testing out the cashier-free store format with a new “Sam’s Club Now”, which will use a combination of technologies to help Sam’s Club members shop without visiting a register.

Google wants to improve your smart home with iRobot’s room maps| James Vincent: Google wants consumers to have more granular control over their smart homes. One of the novel ways they’re hoping to achieve that goal is by partnering with iRobot, whose newer models of Roomba vacuums can create maps of users’ homes. Having a clear map of a user’s smart home would allow for more fine control of the connected products in each part of the house.

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