Aug 16, 2018

Airport passengers come face-to-face with new scanning tech

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(Markets Edition) Retail goliath Walmart enjoyed rising profits into the early part of summer, and it also reported a 40 percent boost in its online sales. But it’s also reporting rising costs, and Marketplace’s Dan Gorenstein lets us…

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Facial scan technology makes debut in airports

Aug 16, 2018
How does the technology work, and what does it offer beyond the old stand by — a set of human eyes?
Biometric boarding uses measurements of facial features to match passengers' images against passport photo data on file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Renata Sago/Marketplace

Prices may be headed up at Walmart and beyond

Aug 16, 2018
Retail giant Walmart is faced with the rising cost of raw materials, labor, trucking and the possibility of a trade war. All of that means consumers may soon see price hikes. If Walmart takes the leap, other retailers are likely…
A Wal-Mart store in Mexico City, Mexico. 
Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images

(Markets Edition) Retail goliath Walmart enjoyed rising profits into the early part of summer, and it also reported a 40 percent boost in its online sales. But it’s also reporting rising costs, and Marketplace’s Dan Gorenstein lets us know if that means the prices at Walmart are going to go up as well. Also, economist Diane Swonk lets us know if the possibly cresting housing market is a good thing, depending on where you live. Also, if you’re internationally flying in or out of Orlando, you’ll notice how Orlando International Airport is requiring facial scans of passengers to cut down on wait times and increase security. Renata Sago tells us more. Today’s show is sponsored by Battelle (Battelle.org/QI) and Indeed (Indeed.com/marketplace). (08/16/2018)

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