“Walmart Will Buy Media for Suppliers” by Jack Neff at Ad Age. “We’re going to bring a lot more tools that our vendors can use with Walmart that will make their digital marketing a lot more effective,” Mr. Quinn said in an interview. “If you think of a P&G and Samsung, it lets them see that their marketing is actually having an impact at Walmart, and we’re able to speed up reporting in real time. It’s pretty much a holy grail for us as marketers.” Read more
“Amazon Tosses Jumble Of Household Staples In Massive Box, Hopes For The Best” by Laura Northrup at The Consumerist. “We get that Amazon has a lot of boxes to ship on a daily basis, but she did sort of expect her giant order of household staples like kibble and granola bars to arrive not arrive loose in a large box, crushing some items. If Amazon wants us to go along with this whole Prime Pantry thing, they need to sent out fewer boxes like these.” See the pic / Read more
“Walmart Uses Smart Coding to Make its Mobile Web Site Load Faster” by Abby Callard at Internet Retailer. “Wal-Mart’s mobile home page loads in 10.03 seconds, down from 10.57 seconds the previous week. Sears, which has held the No. 1 spot for several weeks, only uses six page elements on its mobile home page, which loads in just 2.24 seconds. The average load time for the 30 retailers on the index is 11.74 seconds.” Read more
“Obama: Pay Suppliers Faster (Walgreens is 1 of 26 companies on board)” at Star-Tribune. “Under the program, 26 companies have committed to pay small businesses they contract with for parts and services faster, or to help them access capital at lower costs, the White House said.” Read more
“J.D. Power Ranks Appliance Retailer Customer Satisfaction (Lowe’s bests Home Depot)” “On average, customers make two to three visits to the same retailer before purchasing an appliance, and 38 percent indicate they only shop one retailer and don’t consider others.” Read the release
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“Amazon Drones Could Become a Reality Around Seattle” at CNBC. “Amazon is seeking permission to test drones in outdoor areas near Seattle, where one of its research and development labs is working on the technology, according to a letter posted on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website on Thursday.”Read more
“Family Dollar Execs Avoid Talking About Icahn on Earnings Call” by Jennifer Thomas at Charlotte Bus. Journal. ““We will not comment on ongoing rumors or speculation that may exist in the marketplace,” said Kiley Rawlins, vice president for investor relations and communications, when she opened the conference call.” Read more
“Family Dollar’s new tactic for fighting off Icahn: Booze” by Phil Wahba at Fortune. “Family Dollar has been testing the sale of beer and wine at 200 of its 8,100 stores for the last two years…Levine said that beer sales over July 4th weekend were the biggest yet since the test began…On average, a beer and wine purchase by a Family Dollar customers yields 2.3 times more in sales than the average checkout.” Read more
“How (Not) to Copy Apple’s Iconic Store Design” by Venessa Wong at Businessweek. “Apple can now apply to trademark its retail store design in Germany. The European Union’s top court said on Thursday that the iPhone maker can register an image of its store layout as a trademark with the German Patent and Trademark Office.” Read more
“Massachusetts: Market Basket Store Openings Delayed by Feuding Family Members” by Erin Ailworth at Boston Globe. “Two sides of the Demoulas family have fought for control of Market Basket’s parent company, Demoulas Super Markets Inc., for more than 20 years. The imbroglio led to the ouster last month of Market Basket head Arthur T. Demoulas and other top executives by Demoulas’s rival and cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.” Read more
“Generations line up outside Nordstrom for anniversary sale” by Patti Payne at Puget Sound Bus. Journal. “You’d think this was a line for marijuana sales,” joked one patron who did not want to be identified. “Our drug of choice is this sale.” Read more
“Cabela’s: Opened First Ontario Store (Yesterday)” at Outdoor Canada. “We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the opening of Cabela’s first Ontario location,” says Rick Hunter, the store’s general manager.” Read more
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