Lowe’s is testing whether robots can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.
McDonald’s customers with Android phones will be able to pay at counters and drive-ups via Softcard. [The Next Web]
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available.
Amazon Inc. says it is looking at sites, including ones in the Chicago area, for future distribution facilities.
Matter, a 25,000-square-foot accelerator, aims to grow next-generation diagnostics, biopharma, health IT and medical device businesses.
Alta Bicycle Share, the parent of Divvy Bikes in Chicago and similar programs in other metro areas, has agreed to be acquired by a New York company.
United Airlines is launching four new Pacific routes this week, including Los Angeles-to-Melbourne service aboard Boeing 787-9 jets. [AirwayNews]
American Airlines and US Airways will combine frequent-flier programs early next year and, for now, continue to base free flights on miles flown.
Businessman Marcus Lemonis is renaming his two Rose’s Cafe & Bakery restaurants in honor of his mother.
Earnings gains and higher consumer confidence numbers sent U.S. stock indexes higher Tuesday.
The nation’s biggest car dealership chain says it won’t sell used cars being recalled for exploding air bags.
Google’s latest “moon shot” project: A pill that would test for cancer and other illnesses.
Taco Bell launched a new app Tuesday that lets customers place orders by smartphone from anywhere. [CNN Money]
Buffalo Wild Wings intends to increase prices by about 3 percent by the end of November. [CNN Money]
AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers about its unlimited data plans.
The companies say you can use the phone for two days without recharging it. [Mashable]
A unit of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare has agreed to manage Northwest Community Healthcare’s behavioral health services. [Crain’s]
Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings will close a total of 12 stores in Michigan over a six-month period.
McDonald’s plans to launch a new advertising campaign beginning early next year with the slogan “Lovin’ Beats Hatin’.” [Wall Street Journal]
General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan.
The Middle East will get the world’s first Macy’s department store outside the United States, and just for good measure, its second Bloomingdale’s.
Wal-Mart will get a jump on competitors when the latest installment of the “Call of Duty” video game goes on sale next week.
Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second straight month in September.