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News roundup: Staples brings 3-D printing services to retail locations

In this news roundup, learn about Staples' 3-D printing services, Sage's new Payment Processing option and Tesla's plans for its Gigafactory.

Staples launches 3-D printing services

Office supplies retail giant Staples made a big move into the 3-D printing market this week with the launch of in-store 3-D printing services at locations in Los Angeles and New York. If the pilot program is a success, Staples plans to expand the number of stores offering 3-D printing to customers.

The in-store services provide access to seven printer models and six printer materials, such as products from printer maker Cube, one of the brands sold in Staples stores. Larger print jobs will be outsourced to printer company 3D Systems. Official pricing has not yet been announced for all Staples in-store 3-D printing services.

Payment Processing available for Sage 300 ERP customers

Sage customers in Australia and New Zealand will now have the option of Payment Processing on Sage 300 ERP. The new service allows for Sage 300 ERP users to accept and process credit card payment from within the system, according to the press release. This change is designed to eliminate manual entries and in doing so, reduce payment processing errors.

"Payment Processing will have several critical benefits for Sage customers, including improved cash flow management and a boost to productivity through time saving features," said Mike Lorge, managing director at Sage Business Solutions. "Receipt entries are automatically recorded in the ERP system, thereby reducing manual reconciliation, eliminating errors and avoiding duplication."

Tesla's new battery factory to source only from North America

In an effort to reduce costs and environmental impact, electric car manufacturer Tesla announced plans to use only raw materials from North America in its new battery factory. Known as the "Gigafactory," the facility will be used to manufacture the large lithium-ion batteries that power Tesla automobiles.

Currently, Tesla sources most of its raw materials -- graphite, cobalt and other metals -- from Europe and Asia. By committing to sourcing from North American mines, Tesla hopes to lower the costs associated with transporting materials thousands of miles. The company also hopes to reduce its environmental footprint by not contributing to mine-related air pollution in countries like China and not risking the use of "conflict minerals" sourced from war-torn regions.

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