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Costco Q4 Comp Sales Flat / +3.0% (excluding gas & f/x) “Net sales for the fourth quarter were $35.73 billion, an increase of two percent from $34.99 billion in fiscal 2015. Net sales for the fiscal year were $116.07 billion, an increase of two percent from $113.67 billion last year.” Press release


Fox Business: Costco Wins on Lower Fees to Visa “The lower payments helped offset falling prices of grocery and fresh food in the quarter, Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said on a post-earnings call.” Read more


Target sets up website to invite pitches from startups by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “ – The company wants to use this portal to find new technology platforms to enhance the customer experience in its stores and through its digital channels. It is not intended to be the place to go to plug products that companies want Target to sell on its shelves or online.” Read more


Home Depot & Coca-Cola CEOs join business panel at Georgia Tech by Maria Saporta at Saporta Report. “Asked about Amazon as competition, (Craig) Menear said he believed it was better for Home Depot to develop its internal digital platform. “Personally I don’t believe it will shift entirely to the digital world,” Menear said. “The millennials tell us that bricks and mortar are still hugely important.” Read more


Walmart Selects Haworth For $900 Million U.S. Media Account by Steve McClellan at MediaPost. “The two firms had been in talks since April, shortly after the agency relinquished the Target account, which was taken over by GroupM (which acquired a 49% stake in Haworth two years ago). In June, GroupM announced the formation of a Target-dedicated agency called Team Arrow Partners to handle the Target business out of Minneapolis.” Read more


Retailers Can Now Request That Uber Drop Off Customers Right in Front of Their Stores by Lauren Johnson at Adweek. “We’re closing the loop so that businesses can provide a great experience all the way from search results to checkout, which includes actually getting to the location,” Marc Ferrentino, evp of strategy and product at Yext, said in a statement.” Read more


Report: Supervalu decision on Save-A-Lot could come within weeks by Mark Reilly at Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal. “Supervalu is considering a sale to Onex or a spinoff and could make a decision within the next two weeks.” Read more


Big Y takes a big step into Eastern Mass. by Adam Vaccaro at Boston Globe. “The new Big Y stores are north and south of Boston, in communities such as Quincy, Milford, and Saugus, and boost the company’s total near the city to 10, up from two. The total number of stores is now up to 69, split between Massachusetts and Connecticut.” Read more


Report: Cabela’s to receive two acquisition bids by the end of the week by Paige Yowell at Omaha World-Herald. “Bass Pro Shops has partnered with Capital One Financial Corp. to make a bid for the whole company, which includes its retail stores as well as World’s Foremost Bank, operator of the Cabela’s Club Visa card. Private equity firm Sycamore Partners also has teamed up with Synchrony Financial to make an offer, the sources said.” Read more


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Dawn Robertson resigns after another short-lived CEO stint by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “Stein Mart…said Thursday that Robertson has resigned her CEO post after just seven months on the job…and the family-run chain took the unusual tack of throwing dirt on her reputation as she left — saying Robertson’s merchandising strategies were implemented too rapidly.” Read more


Ex-Home Depot Exec Bob Baird Teams Up With BrandSource by Valerie Villarreal at RTO. “AVB/BrandSource recently hired venerable retail expert Bob Baird as a consultant to advise and assist its independent dealers in the race with their box store competitors…” Read more


Analyst: Kroger is facing the toughest price environment in 56 years, stock isn’t likely to return to previous highs for some time by Steve Watkins at Cincinnati Business Courier. Read more


Dick’s Sporting Goods renews its partnership with Team USA through the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea by Paul J. Gough at Pittsburgh Business Times. Read more


Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play by Shannon Prather at Star Tribune. “(Target) has committed $40 million to new playgrounds, community gardens, outdoor classrooms and other projects that promote a healthy lifestyle. For the 266 students at Northeast College Prep Charter School in Minneapolis, that means a new playground built with the largesse from Target and the nonprofit KaBOOM! It’s one of 175 new play spaces they are building across the country for about 430,000 children.” Read more


Yes, Amazon is behind that drive-up grocery store coming to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “Hours of operation are expected to be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. At peak time, there will be approximately 15 employees working on site, and three to five people will be dedicated to bringing orders out to parked cars. About a quarter of all trips are expected to occur between 5 and 7:30 p.m. The average wait time is expected to be about five minutes.” See the pics & site plan


Best Buy is opening a bunch of stores at midnight for the PlayStation VR launch by Brian Heater at TechCrunch. “(Best Buy) will be opening extra early on October 13 to offer up the gaming peripheral as early as humanly possible. The store will open 350 of its US locations at 12:01AM ET that night – that’s 10:01PM and 9:01PM on the 12th, out on the West Coast.” Read more


American Eagle Outfitters names Ralph Lauren vet as CFO by Paul J. Gough at Pittsburgh Business Times. “Bob Madore will take over as executive vice president and CFO on Oct. 28 and report to CEO Jay Schottenstein.” Read more


P&G designs smallest Pampers diaper ever – small enough for a 1 pound baby by Barrett Brunsman at Cincinatti Business Courier. “P&G said Pampers is the first major brand to offer a diaper designed for babies that small. The new size means nurses will no longer need to cut or fold larger diapers to find the right fit for the smallest babies.” Read more


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Pier 1 Q2 Comp Sales -4.3% “Alex W. Smith, President and CEO, stated, “Our top-line results reflect soft store traffic levels throughout the second quarter, most notably in July…we remain cautious regarding our sales outlook given that it’s early in the quarter and our biggest selling season is still ahead of us.” Press release


Academy CEO: ‘Golf will continue to be a part of our business’ by Jack Witthaus at Houston Business Journal. “Overall, fitness is on fire. Running continues to grow, soccer is very strong,” Symancyk said. “Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.” Read more


With a new Costco partnership, Ticketmaster’s developer outreach hits the right notes by Arik Hesseldahl at TechCrunch. “This week Ticketmaster teamed up with the discount giant Costco on The site offers Ticketmaster’s huge inventory of event tickets — sports, concerts and theater — to Costco’s 83 million members.” Read more


Reese Witherspoon opens store in Dallas by Shardae Neal at CW33. “My grandmother was a southern lady, and she didn’t have a lot of money,” Reese explained. “When she put a dress on, she always made sure she looked her best and had her bag and shoes matching.” Read more /See the video


CHICAGOLAND – In Englewood, Whole Foods opens to cheers, high hopes by Greg Trotter at Chicago Tribune. “After community meetings with residents, Whole Foods identified about 30 staple items for a typical Englewood shopping cart that would be sold at a much lower price than at other Whole Foods — and even lower than some competitors.” Read more / See the video


Wal-Mart exec takes Navy post by Hunter Field at Arkansas Online. “For the next four years, (Luke) McCollum, the former vice president of logistics services at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will wear solely the uniform to work as he takes a leave of absence from the retailer to be the Navy Reserve’s highest-ranking officer and work full time at the Pentagon.” Read more


b8ta, a physical store for tech gadgets, raises $7 million Series A round by Megan Rose Dickey at TechCrunch. “b8ta launched its first store in Palo Alto last December…b8ta plans to use the new funding to expand its reach and open up additional stores in Santa Monica, Calif. and Seattle by the end of this year.” Read more


AdAge: Target Senior VP-Marketing Kristi Argyilan on When to Stop Selling “Target’s bull’s-eye indicates accuracy, and like other retailers, it’s using data effectively to reach consumers. But an ad can follow them foo far. Target Senior VP-Marketing Kristi Argyilan says there’s a point where you just need to stop selling.” See the 1:03 video


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Amazon’s annual revenue is expected to surpass Costco’s for the first time this year by Steven Russolillo at Wall Street Journal. “By comparison, Amazon had less than half of Costco’s annual revenue six years ago.” Read more (subs.)


Sprouts announces 8 new stores in 2017 Q1, 36 new stores total next year by Steven Totten at Phoenix Business Journal. Read more


Mexico’s giveaway of 10.5 million flat-screen TV’s to the country’s poor spawns questions by Santiago Perez at Wall Street Journal. “A person with direct knowledge of the auctions says there was another reason why international firms fared poorly: They wouldn’t pay kickbacks. This person said kickbacks were requested ranging from $12 to $18 a unit in U.S. dollars…” Read more (subs.)


Supervalu slapped with FDA warning over violations at seafood facility by Kristen Leigh Painter at Star Tribune. “This severe of a warning letter is rarely issued to large corporations like Supervalu because they usually have strict protocol for following regulations. “That’s why this surprises me,” he said.” Read more


Wave of store closures isn’t making it easier for retailers to find temporary space by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “The guys that are closing [stores], I think that news is overshadowing where the growth is occurring,” Brown said. Overall shopping center vacancies in the U.S. stood at 7.6 percent at the end of the second quarter, down from 8.1 percent a year prior, according to Cushman’s data.” Read more


Costco expected to detail impact of switch to Visa from Amex and cost of wage hike Thursday by Coral Garnick at Puget Sound Business Journal. Read more


Sears hitches a ride with Uber to make rewards plan more attractive via CNBC. “Riders who link their Uber account to Sears’ loyalty plan will receive up to $2 in loyalty points for every trip. The program, Rider Rewards, is currently available in Chicago and New York City, and will be rolled out nationally soon, the companies said.” Read more


CEO of Redbox and Coinstar maker Outerwall out as businesses split into separate enterprises following acquisition by Nat Levy at GeekWire. Read more


Google’s delivery service expands to NYC, Long Island by James Covert at NY Post. Read more


Parent Company of LaCroix Seltzer Is Crashing After Short-Seller’s Report by Tom Redmond at Bloomberg. “National Beverage “has become a faddish stock-market darling du jour,” Glaucus said in the report. “We believe that government regulatory and enforcement agencies should launch a full investigation of the company, its accounting and its practices, creating a reasonable probability of further downside.” Read more


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Amazon has scared Target into a management shake-up, just like it did to Walmart by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “What the shake-up really comes down to, though, is simple: A panicked decision driven consciously or unconsciously by the realization that nothing Target has done has slowed Amazon from eating up more and more market share in North America.” Read more


Firms are passing up chance to buy 650 Walgreens amid merger by Josh Kosman at NY Post. “The PE firms feel the stores, sprinkled across the country, are not of a high-enough quality or quantity to support a profitable operation, sources said.” Read more


What I Learned Being Mentored by Brian Cornell, CEO of Target by Jacqueline Ross at Techstars. “So I asked him pretty much point blank, “What does it take?” His answer caught me off guard and still makes me smile. In essence, Brian told me that a CEO needs to be very self-contained: calm in the midst of chaos…” Read more


Walmart & Flipkart may gang up on Amazon in India at The Economic Times. Read more


CHICAGO WHOLE FOODS – Rahm Emanuel will cut the ribbon Wednesday on his highest-profile project to combat Chicago’s food deserts by Bill Ruthhart at Chicago Tribune. “At a time when he’s working to rebuild support among African-American voters, Emanuel can point to having lured a high-end grocer to one of the city’s most violent and economically challenged neighborhoods.” Read more


55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “Over the same time, the percentage of shoppers who start product searches on search engines like Google dropped from 34 percent to 28 percent. The number of online shoppers who check out a retailer’s website (other than Amazon) first also shrunk, from 21 percent to 16 percent. Read more


Wal-Mart explores offering fulfillment services to its marketplace sellers by Katie Evans at Internet Retailer. “The retailer’s marketplace arm sells more than 10 million SKUs and is adding 1 million SKUs a month, Tri Huynh, director of business development for Marketplace tells Internet Retailer at” Read more


DIGGING THROUGH THE TRASH – Angry Target pharmacy customers want their red pill bottles back via Twin Cities. “Vivian Ruth Sawyer went fishing through her trash to rescue the old Target bottles…She has since poured refills of her thyroid medicine into the old Target bottles, even though they don’t have the right expiration dates. It’s worth it, she said, because those bottles make it easier to tell her prescriptions apart when she looks in her drawer for them. “This is really inconvenient and irritating,” the Louisville, Ky., resident said.” Read more


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Millennial shoppers driving growth at JC Penney by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “The recovering department store on Tuesday detailed plans for its fall men’s apparel lineup, which “caters to millennial guys.” Read more


Nordstrom pill-themed clothing and accessories cause controversy at KSDK 5 St. Louis. See the video


Amazon’s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx by Greg Bensinger & Laura Stevens at Wall Street Journal. “Some executives refer to the initiative as “Consume the City,” a nod to the company’s plans to build a massive delivery network that could eventually compete with such partners as UPS, according to people familiar the matter.” Read more (subscription)


Brad Weston to become Petco’s CEO, as Jim Myers announces plans to retire after 26 years with the company Press release


Amazon could be working on in-home package deliveries by Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch. “The news comes from a report at The Information, which highlights two companies working with retailers on technology that would allow delivery people temporary access when they’re making deliveries. The companies are August, which makes connected locks that you can control from your smartphone, and Garageio, a startup that builds connected garage door openers.” Read more


China’s COSCO Shipping may consider buying Hanjin Shipping’s port assets at Reuters. Read more


Lowe’s Launches Media Agency Review After More Than 10 Years With OMD by Patrick Coffee at Adweek. “Lowe’s has issued an RFI ahead of its first media agency review since 2005. The review comes roughly 10 months after the Mooresville, N.C., chain promoted former vp of advertising Marci Grebstein to the role of chief marketing officer.” Read more Launches Free Same-Day Delivery for Prime Members Shipping to Toronto and Vancouver, including Saturday and Sunday Press release


Sears Canada tries a new store format by Francine Kopun at Toronto Star. “The Promenade Sears in Thornhill is half the size it used to be, unfurling across one polished concrete floor instead of two storeys. All the carpets have been removed, and the shelves and space dividers are on wheels, making it easier to create and collapse departments depending on what’s selling and what’s not.” Read more


Pier 1 Imports adopts a poison-pill measure at MarketWatch. Read more | Press release


Nike Beats Wall Street Estimates But Gives Disappointing Forecast by Shreya Agarwal at Forbes. “Future orders – an indicator of brand’s demand over the coming months – totaled $12.3 billion, up 5% (from the prior year period) but much lower than 8% growth estimated by analysts surveyed by Consensus Metrix.” Read more


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Gamestop Will Be Just Fine…Until It Isn’t by Timothy Green at Fox Business. Read more


Amazon launching new bus service in the Seattle region for employees, and their dogs, too by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “Amazon plans to debut its own pilot commuter service Monday, joining the ranks of major tech companies that offer private shuttles as a perk to employees and a way to counteract the headaches caused by traffic congestion, GeekWire has learned.” Read more


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Neiman Marcus Q4 Comp Sales -4.1% “The impairment charges highlight the erosion in Neiman Marcus’s value over the past year, Neil Saunders, CEO of research firm Conlumino, said.” Read more | Press release


…Neiman Marcus Blames Fashion Bloggers for Its Sales Woes by Phil Wahba at Fortune. “Today, fashion shows are now blogged and broadcast all over the world via social media,” said Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus Group CEO on a conference call with investors on Monday. “By the time the merchandise ships many months later, the newness and excitement had worn off and in many cases, the customer has moved on.” Read more


50% of U.S. households could be Prime members by end of 2016 — or has it already happened? by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. “Blackledge estimates there are 49 million existing Amazon Prime members, comprising 44 percent of homes nationwide. He predicts about 12 million new subscribers will sign up in 2016, bringing U.S. households represented to just over 50 percent.” Read more


…In the same time span, households that only use either Costco (from 14.9% to 9.8%) and Sam’s Club (from 16.9% to 9.7%) dropped noticeably at Business Insider. Read more


Old Navy Names Chief Marketing Officer by Adrianne Pasquarelli at Ad Age. “Old Navy has tapped Jamie Gersch, most recently CMO at fast-fashion chain Charlotte Russe, as senior VP-chief marketing officer. She starts at the end of October.” Read more


Home Depot Pulls ‘Scary Peeper Creeper’ Halloween Decor From Stores by Joy D’Souza at HuffPo. “Shopper Breanne Hunt-Wells of Markham, Ont. spotted the disturbing window decoration in a Home Depot store and complained to CBC News about it. The teacher said it is “inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society.” See the pic / Read more


Why Sam’s Club and First Data are using each other to find customers by Ari Leevy at CNBC. “You’re getting very warm leads from another brand,” said Shirazi, who started Radius in 2009 and last year raised a $50 million financing round with funding from Salesforce Ventures. “Companies can work together to drive business for each other.” Read more


West Elm Will Open Hotels as Malls Lose Allure for Retailers by Lindsey Rupp at Bloomberg. “The new hotels will be furnished with pieces that reflect the chain’s modern aesthetic, as well as local decor from the region. The first locations are slated for Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit; Indianapolis; Minneapolis; and Savannah, Georgia.” Read more


Walmart VP of OTC and five members of her buying team speak at forum at Drug Store News. “(Annie) Walker and five members of her buying team — including Jamie Grace, Staci Cochran, Bill Spradlin, Charles Greathouse and Lori McNitt Price — spoke to the leadership forum for over two hours on the characteristics of optimal retailer/supplier engagements…” Read more


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Charles Walgreen III, pharmacy scion, dies at 80 by Brigid Sweeney at Chicago Crain’s. “According to information provided by Walgreens, he liked to tell the story of how he took over from his father, Charles Walgreen Jr.: The elder Walgreen called his son into his office and said, “Here’s your desk. Here are the keys. I’m going fishing.” Read more


Eight-Cent Eggs: Grocery Prices Are Plunging by Craig Giammona at Bloomberg. “The severity of what we’re seeing is completely unprecedented,” said Scott Mushkin, an analyst at Wolfe Research who has studied grocery prices around the country for more than ten years. “We’ve never seen deflation this sharp.” Read more


Schnucks employees vote to reject contract by Kristen Taketa at St. Louis Post Dispatch. “Of the 2,194 Schnuck Markets employees who are members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 and voted, 1,934, or 89 percent, rejected Schnucks’ proposed contract. More than 4,500 Schnucks employees are in the union….The union wants to use the strike vote to continue bargaining with Schnucks…” Read more


American Express can stop merchants from steering clients to other cards by Rachel Abrams at NY Times. Read more


‘Bra war’ heats up, but Victoria’s Secret shoppers are still the most valuable by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “Shoppers at the (Victoria’s Secret) make more frequent purchases than the average intimates consumer, according to Checkout Tracking, a service of The NPD Group. They also spend more. Victoria’s Secret customers shell out an average $40 to $60 more than the average intimate apparel shopper.” Read more


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Staples appoints interim CEO Shira Goodman to permanent spot by Greg Ryan at Boston Business Journal. Read more


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Houston: Active shooter taken down by police via ABC 13. “Multiple people were injured and a shooting suspect was taken down by police after he opened fire at a strip center in southwest Houston…”We received a call at 6:29 that we had a shooting at the Petco store…the first units were directed to the parking lot where the shooting was still active,” HFD’s Jay Evans says.” Read more


Best Buy will highlight products by start-ups in section of store, website by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “The initiative is reminiscent of Amazon’s move last year to create Launchpad, a dedicated space on its website to highlight products from start-ups. It also aims to streamline the process of getting loaded on its site. “We’ve been working with start-ups for years,” said Carly Charlson, a Best Buy spokeswoman. “We want to make it easier and faster for our customers to get their hands on the products.” Read more


Boy on scooter sets fire to Walmart merchandise and causes $1 million in damage by Veronica Rocha at LA Times. “With the flick of a lighter, a 12-year-old boy riding a push scooter set fire to the crafts section of a Barstow Walmart this week, causing at least $1 million worth of damage, police said. The boy rode off after setting fire to the merchandise around 2 p.m. Wednesday, police said.” Read more chief departs company by Nick Halter at Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal. “CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement that (Jason) Goldberger’s duties will be split between Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara and Chief Merchandising Officer Mark Tritton. McNamara, a former Tesco executive, will take over Tritton, who came by way of Nordstrom, will take over pricing and promotions.” Read more


Kohl’s to open smaller-format stores this fall by Melanie Lawder at Milwaukee Business Journal. “Here’s the list of the smaller-format Kohl’s locations slated to open later this month: Marshfield, WI..Marinette,WI…Aberdeen, SD…Bemidji, MN…Galesburg, IL…Greenfield, IN” Read more


HHGregg has a plan to fix its bland stores by James Briggs at Indy Star. “Retail executives aren’t supposed to say this…HHGregg CEO Robert Riesbeck is saying it anyway. He’s standing in the 96th Street store, looking across thousands of square feet of high-end appliances, when he offers a brief, yet brutal, evaluation of his company.” I would say we’re not unique in retail,” Riesbeck said…” Read more


Macy’s Shooter – ‘So creepy, rude and obnoxious that I kept a Taser by front door’ at Daily Mail. “Arcan Cetin, 20, an immigrant originally from Adana, Turkey, was arrested near his Oak Harbor home on Saturday after he allegedly killed five people in Macy’s Burlington’s Cascade Mall. He has been charged with five counts of murder.” Read more


Amazon parents from near and far visit Seattle to get wowed by where their kids work by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “On Friday, with hallways, sidewalks and restaurants crowded with a recognizably older generation of folks, it looked like “Bring Your Parents to Work Day” at Amazon — and that’s exactly what it was. The first-time event at the tech giant welcomed some 5,000 parents from as nearby as Seattle and as far away as China and India.” Read more


Queens-based FreshDirect to expand one-hour grocery delivery service by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “FreshDirect, the 14 year-old online grocer that has been growing its market share for years, is expected to ramp up its expansion plans — as well as rev up its one-hour delivery service, called FoodKick — with the help of a $189 million investment from JP Morgan Asset Management, and others, to announced on Monday.” Read more


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Jet Raided Local Pet Stores When Distributors Wouldn’t Play Fetch by Ruth Reader at Fast Company. “The Amazon competitor also looked into buying a physical pet store in order to foster a relationship with niche pet food distributors and manufacturers, one well-placed source claims. More often, Jet tried to get mom-and-pop pet shops to act as distributors for its big online marketplace, the source says.” Read more


Party City set for the year’s biggest holiday: Halloween by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “With the spooky holiday accounting for 25 percent of its business, Party City has opened 275 pop-up shops, hired 35,000 temporary employees and expanded the seasonal section in its permanent stores by an average of two aisles…some 40% of the season’s roughly $575 million in sales occurs in the last week, Harrison said.” Read more


Australia: Supermarket suppliers remain ‘under pressure’ as Woolies, Coles cull product range by Madeleine Heffernan at Sydney Morning Herald. “Coles is understood to have been reducing its range for years and is set to slash its range by as much as 15 per cent in coming years. Grocery wholesaler Metcash, which supplies almost 1700 supermarkets across Australia such as FoodWorks and Foodland, said it aimed to reduce the product range it offered to independent retailers.” Read more


Yeti: How a $67 Million Investment Became a $3.3 Billion Windfall by Matt Jarzemsky at Wall Street Journal. “If all goes as hoped, Cortec Group, with just 20 employees in Midtown Manhattan, could make a profit on paper of about $3.3 billion in the coming initial public offering of Yeti Holdings Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.” Read more (subscription)


MIT’s flea market specializes in rare, obscure electronics via Boston Herald. “Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique radio equipment, some of it a century old. Visitors can buy a telescope that’s the size of a cannon. One man has hauled in a NASA space capsule he owns…” Read more


Amazon Building Huge New Wind Farm in Texas by David Z. Morris at Fortune. “Amazon has announced that it will develop its largest wind farm yet: a 100 turbine, 253 Megawatt facility in Texas. It is slated to open in late 2017.” Read more


Logo dispute between HealthPartners, Wal-Mart lands in court by Christopher Snowbeck at Star Tribune. “Both groups have logos that feature overlapping tilted squares. Earlier this month, HealthPartners asked a federal court to rule that its use of the symbol does not constitute unfair competition or a trademark infringement.” Read more


Canadian Tire is trying to stop consumers from comparing its products’ prices with those at Amazon by Marina Strauss at Globe & Mail. “HBC intends to double its sales of private and exclusive brands, he said. Along with private labels, the retailer collaborates with suppliers, designers and others to produce HBC-only items, he said. For instance, only Hudson’s Bay runs Topshop boutiques in Canada.” Read more


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Shelley and Doug McMillon give $50,000 in effort to end child abuse in Benton County by Nancy Peevy at The City Wire. “It’s dear to my heart because it touches so many children in Benton County. One out of 4 girls, and 1 out 6 boys are abused, probably by somebody they know” (Shelley) McMillon said.” Read more


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Tipsheet: Target removes ‘nightmare’ kids’ carts | CVS halts curbside launch | Coaching tips from H.Depot Exec | Patagonia co-founder Q&A


Target removes kids’ shopping carts after kids went wild with them by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “(Target) pulled the plug on the test earlier this week, just a few weeks into it, after receiving an earful of complaints as customers vented on social media about bruised ankles and shins and the difficulty of managing their children who often got carried away with the carts. They described shopping cart collisions and meltdowns that resulted from parents not wanting to buy all of the items they put in the carts.” Read more


MALFUNCTIONS – CVS pushes curbside pick-up service launch date by Megan Woolhouse at Boston Globe. “(CVS) shut down the service entirely around 2 p.m. Wednesday. “We’re trying to figure out what’s going on,” Pensa said. “What we were expecting versus what we’re seeing has us worried…We really felt like we wanted it to be great when people try it.” Read more


Amazon quietly raises free shipping minimum to $35 in Canada by Josh McConnell at Financial Post. Read more


Wal-Mart to face class-action litigation from investors over FCPA probe by Kim Souza at The City Wire. “Wal-Mart had previously argued for dismissal of the pension fund’s claims citing there was no related financial loss for the investor. “This was a procedural ruling that has nothing to do with the merits of the case. We continue to believe the claims here are not appropriate for class certification. We’re considering our options, including seeking an appeal,” according to a statement provided by Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove.” Read more


NRF: Americans to spend 12% more on Halloween by Charisse Jones at USA Today. “The new poll from the National Retail Federation projects that Halloween revelers will spend $8.4 billion preparing for and celebrating the fall holiday. That breaks down to an average of $82.93 per shopper, vs. the $74.34 spent last Halloween.” Read more


Macy’s teams up with grooming services provider in beauty push at Reuters. “Macy’s will partner with beauty services provider beGlammed to provide at-home grooming and makeup services…The service will be launched in 22 U.S. cities that beGlammed operates in, including Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas.” Read more


FedEx CIO talks Amazon, drones and innovation by Michael Sheffield at Memphis Business Journal. “Dogs and children love drones. The last thing you want is a dog’s nose combining with those fast spinning blades” he said.” Read more


Home Depot’s Ann-Marie Campbell’s Coaching Tips by Ellen McGirt at Fortune. “I recently spent the better part of a day with Ann-Marie Campbell, the new head of stores for Home Depot…I was able to observe her during an hour-long coaching session that came together during my interview.” Read more


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Walmart Is Being Sued for Allegedly Bribing the Mexican Government via Fortune. Read more


UPS launches U.S. drone test flights for urgent medical deliveries by Nick Carey at Reuters. “The drone delivered a small package from Beverly, located about 25 miles northeast of Boston, to Children’s Island, a summer camp for children three miles off the Atlantic coast. The drone, painted brown and with a UPS logo on the front, made the journey in about 8 minutes.” Read more


Kohl’s shoppers will soon be able to leave their credit card at home by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “(Kohl’s) is rolling out a new capability that allows holders of its store-branded charge card to check out directly from its mobile app.” Read more


Fortune’s 2016 40 Under 40 See the list


REI’s Alex Thompson: Embrace activism only for right reasons by Diana Bradley at PR Week. “Persuading the chief executive of every company to be an “activist” has enormous risks, such as potentially hurting a company’s value, layoffs, or even driving employees away, Alex Thompson, VP of public affairs at REI, said at the PR Council’s Critical Issues Forum.” Read more


Warby Parker co-founder raises $156M for his Boston-based fund by Sara Castellanos at Boston Business Journal. “Elephant is a venture capital firm focused on consumer Internet, mobile and software.” Read more


Robots will hit the streets to deliver your groceries this fall in Washington, D.C. by April Glaser at Recode. “After a pitstop in San Francisco this week, however, the Department of Public Works decided the city is not ready to fully open its corridors to unmanned machines, opting to charge Starship $66 per side of a city block for a permit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.” Read more


Instacart raises guaranteed delivery payout rates, removing tipping option by Matthew Linley at TechCrunch. “In lieu of tipping, but still looking to continue rewarding the company’s best shoppers, the top 20% of the highest-rated shoppers will be receiving a $100 bonus at the end of the week.” Read more


Patagonia Co-founder Yvon Chouinard on How To Live Smarter by Donna Bulseco at Wall Street Journal. “One thing I wish I’d invented is: WD-40. [It’s] a perfect product. It’s like duct tape—something everyone has, and has never changed.” Read the Q&A (subscription)


Nike Chairman Mark Parker offers unexpected words for co-founder Phil Knight by Matthew Kish at Portland Business Journal. “Knight thanked Parker for the remarks, but jokingly chided him for making them. “Thank you, Mark. You said you weren’t going to do that. But thank you.” Read more


Target employee describes allegedly being bitten by woman accused of stealing by Carmen Chau at News 10 ABC. “…he says his arm became bruised and swollen to the point he could not go to work for three days…“She dropped her bag, which the sad part is, it was baby formula and kids DVDs, like Toy Story, so I mean, it wasn’t anything like high-end electronics,” DiNardi said.” See the video / Read more


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Tipsheet: Famed Target Cashier Poached | Nordstrom Mgmt Shuffle | Wmart Exec to Yum | R.Aid -2.5%


Rite Aid Q2 Comp Sales -2.5% “…consisting of a 3.6 percent decrease in pharmacy sales, partially offset by a 0.1 percent increase in front-end sales.” Press release


…Fox Business: Rite Aid Same-Store Sales Pressured by Generics  Read more


Bed, Bath & Beyond Q2 Comp Sales -1.2% Press release gets new president; company leaders shuffle assignments by Janet I. Tu at Seattle Times. “Ken Worzel, who has been serving as the company’s executive vice president of strategy and development since 2010, was named president of…The company also shuffled the responsibilities of two of its triumvirate of co-presidents to better align them with the two brands: Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.” See the changes



…NASCAR Hall of Fame among sites hit by vandals in Charlotte’s overnight rioting by Mark Price at Charlotte Observer. “On Thursday morning, a street sign hung from the front window of the hall’s news center, after vandals tried prying out the front window. Adjacent restaurants and hotels were also damaged, with doors and windows broken out.” Read more


…Hornets team store looted by Charlotte protesters by Joe Rodgers at Sporting News. Pics


Amazon Swats at Shutterfly With Photo-Printing Service by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg. “Amazon’s news in advance of the fourth quarter, when Shutterfly makes about half of its revenue from customers printing holiday cards and calendars, “couldn’t come at a worse time” for Shutterfly, said Victor Anthony, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management who follows both companies.” Read more


Former Wal-Mart executive named to Pizza Hut’s newly-created chief customer officer role by Korri Kezar at Dallas Business Journal. “Helen Vaid joins the Yum Brands subsidiary after serving as vice president of digital store operations and experience for Wal-Mart.” Read more


J.C.Penney Adds Arby’s CEO to Board of Directors by Korri Kezar at Dallas Business Journal. Read more


AutoZone Q4 Comp Sales Increase 1.0% Press release


Yahoo is expected to confirm massive data breach by Kara Swisher at Recode. “Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service, according to several sources close to the situation, hacking that has exposed several hundred million user accounts.” Read more


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CVS to offer curbside pickup by Lauren Zumbach at Chicago Tribune. “CVS Health will begin letting customers order online and have purchases delivered to their vehicles at more than 4,000 of CVS’ 9,600 retail pharmacies on Thursday.” Read more


Dick’s web traffic +73% via Seeking Alpha. Read more


Damages trial begins over Costco’s sale of counterfeit Tiffany rings by Andrew Chung at Reuters. “Costco Wholesale Corp told a federal jury on Tuesday that the company owes Tiffany & Co no more than $781,000 for counterfeit versions of the high-end jeweler’s diamond engagement rings in its warehouse stores.” Read more


Famed Target Cashier Poached by Medical Care Company by Lisa Capretto at HuffPo. “That woman gave Gilbert her card and asked him to call her. When he did, the two talked about an open position working with patients at the dialysis center, and Gilbert agreed to go in for an interview…The 20-year-old father now works at Fresenius Medical Care as a patient care technician and is working toward becoming a certified hemodialysis technician.” Read more


Meijer’s new home delivery service needs 200 more drivers in metro Detroit by Adrienne Roberts at Crain’s Detroit. Read more


CVS laying off close to 100 in Tampa by Pam Huff at Tampa Bay Business Journal. “The company said it’s in the process of consolidating four Coram Infusion Patient service centers into the Phoenix center.” Read more


Former McDonald’s Executive David Hoffmann Moves to Dunkin’ Donuts by Julie Jargon at Wall Street Journal. Read more (subscription)


NYC WILLIAMS-SONOMA – Hundreds line up to meet Ayesha Curry by Darren Rovell at ESPN. “It was a familiar scene, a huge line to see a person with the last name Curry, except this time it wasn’t Steph, but his wife, Ayesha, for whom the crowd was clamoring. On Tuesday, at the Williams-Sonoma flagship store inside New York City’s Time Warner Center, hundreds lined up to get Ayesha Curry’s book, “The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well” Read more


You’re not alone: 51 percent of Amazon Echo owners have it in the kitchen by Jason Del Rey at Recode. Read more


Ex-Hudson’s Bay SVP Rejoins Agency by Larissa Faw at MediaPost. Read more 


Retailers can’t wait until the election is over by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “…if history is any indication, retailers could see a double-digit sales lift in November and December, as shoppers focus on the holidays and release pent-up demand.” Read more


Most of Puerto Rico Plunged Into Darkness by Substation Fire at Bloomberg. Read more


San Fran: Sneak peek inside AT&T’s new and largest retail store in the country by Harry McCracken at Fast Company. “Did I mention that the ceiling is incredible?” Pics / Read more


A third of online shoppers will click away if they have to wait more than five seconds for a page to load by Nicholas Wells at CNBC. Read more


Bill Murray debuts line of ‘funner’ golf clothes by Matt Townsend at Bloomberg. “The golf industry needs to be more fun and exciting,” said Joel Murray, the youngest of the brothers and chief executive officer of Murray Brothers LLC. “Nicklaus and Palmer were wearing funner stuff in the ’70s than golfers are wearing now.” Read more


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Tipsheet: Wmart #1 in Trust | Target’s Techstars Hatching | Menard Shakes Ex-Finance | Publix #1 in Emotion


Target’s first tech incubator with Techstars already hatching tangible results by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “Target Corp.’s first experiment in sponsoring a tech incubator has already produced tangible results, including at least six partnerships with the retailer among the 11 start-ups that took part…Those were some of the highlights revealed Tuesday at Demo Day, the pinnacle of the 3-month-long boot camp in which the early-stage companies were given access to hordes of mentors to help finesse their business plans.” Read more


Wal-Mart pays quarterly bonuses to more store employees at Reuters. “Wal-Mart said it paid more than $201 million in second-quarter bonuses to hourly store staff as 99 percent of its stores met targets for cleanliness, faster checkout and better service.” Read more


Amazon isn’t showing you the best prices unless you are a Prime member or placing a large order by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “The report, published on Tuesday morning, found problems with Amazon’s price-comparison pages, which are supposed to allow customers to find the lowest price on a given product. But the tool seems to rank products in a way that favors items sold by Amazon, or merchants who pay Amazon to ship products on their behalf.” Read more


…AMAZON FIRES BACK by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. “With Prime and Super Saver Shipping (which requires no membership and ships orders above $49 for free), the vast majority of our items – 9 out of 10 – can ship for free,” said Craig Berman, Amazon vice president of communications, in a statement to GeekWire today. “The sorting algorithms the article refers to are designed for that 90 percent of items, where shipping costs do not apply.” Read more


Deloitte: Retail sales seen increasing roughly 3 to 4 percent this holiday by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “That’s roughly in line with last year’s results, when sales excluding motor vehicles, gasoline and restaurants rose 3.6 percent.” Read more


PICS – Amazon’s offices in Austin at American-Statesman 15 pics


Target to buy back $5 billion shares at Reuters. Read more


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Amazon Lockers Arrive at Denver 7-Eleven Stores by Emilie Rusch at Denver Post. “All three locations are open 24 hours a day, according to a search of the website: 3177 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 650 E. 64th Ave., Denver, 7295 E. Seventh Ave., Denver.” Read more


Reader’s Digest Announces 2016’s Trusted Brands (Mass Merchant – Walmart, National Pharmacy – CVS) See the full list


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CAUTIOUS HIRING – Macy’s joins Kohl’s, Target in hiring cautiously for holiday season at Reuters. “Macy’s said on Tuesday it would hire 83,000 temporary workers for the holiday quarter, a 2 percent decline from last year.” Read more


COURT: Menards founder doesn’t owe ex-fiancee ownership share via AP. “She claimed that during her relationship with Menard she performed a range of tasks for both him and the company, serving as Menard’s social companion, advising him on acquiring airplanes and their design and decor and suggesting new ideas for his stores, according to court documents.” Read more


Stage Stores Names Ex-Kohl’s SVP as Chief Merchandising Officer Press release


EPA FINE – Whole Foods, EPA reach deal in $3.5 million fine by Claudia Grisales at American-Statesman. “The EPA said it fined the organic foods giant $3.5 million after finding about a year ago that it wasn’t properly documenting and disposing of returned items of hand sanitizer, vitamins and other products in several states.” Read more


Bed Bath & Beyond: Today’s Q2 results expected to continue difficult times by Steven Russolillo at Wall Street Journal. “It deserves kudos for not overbuilding like some of its competitors, but fewer locations might help. While its stores are still profitable, they are becoming increasingly less so.” Read more (subscription)


Doug Meijer: A billionaire’s battle with depression by Leon Hendrix at Wood TV 8. “The old saying ‘money can’t buy happiness,’ it’s true,” Meijer said. The West Michigan grocery store executive spoke about his struggle with depression for the first time in a television interview with 24 Hour News 8.” See the video / Read more


EXTREME & RECKLESS – Retailers File Suit to Block Career-Killing New Overtime Rule “NRF’s David French: ‘This is a massive government overreach of executive authority, and the courts need to put a stop to it.’” Press release


21 States Sue Over Obama Administration’s New Overtime Rule via Fortune. “The rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, will require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers earning less than $47,500 a year, double the current threshold of $23,660.” Read more


Lowe’s Top Two Execs Receive Stock Options Press release


Cage-Free Debate Held in Boston by David Scharfenberg at Boston Globe. “These animals are individuals, they have likes, they have dislikes, they have personalities,” he said. “And when you force them to live in cages that are so cramped that they can barely move an inch their entire lives, they suffer tremendously…” Read more


Calvin Harris Insists His New Song Is About Safeway – Not Taylor Swift via Yahoo News. “I was trying to go on and make music for a living but I couldn’t because I didn’t have any money. I was like ‘Damn this grocery store! If I could break out of this I could have enough time to work on music and get good.” Read more


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