Tipsheet: Wegmans #2 w/Women | CVS Tests Membership | Container Store +1.3%


Albertsons is bringing in robots to pack its online grocery orders at CNBC. “It will initially launch Takeoff as a pilot before deciding whether to scale it more broadly.” Read more


75 Best Large Workplaces for Women (Wegmans #2, Publix #29, Sheetz #54) at Fortune. List


CVS is testing a membership program at CNBC. “CVS is piloting a program in Boston that includes free delivery on most prescriptions and online purchases, access to a pharmacist helpline, a 20 percent discount on all CVS-branded products and a monthly $10 coupon. Called CarePass, a membership costs either $48 annually or $5 monthly.” Read more


Container Store Q2 comp sales +1.3% Press release


Schnucks plans to expand Tally inventory robots to at least 15 of their St. Louis stores by Jacob Barker at St. Louis Post Dispatch. Read more


Barnes & Noble countersues ex-CEO it fired after alleged harassment at Reuters. “The largest U.S. bookstore chain said Demos Parneros breached his duties of loyalty and good faith by sexually harassing the female employee, bullying subordinates, and attempting to “sabotage” a potential sale of the New York-based company.” Read more


Coach Q1 global comp sales +4% / Kate Spade Q1 global comp sales +5% Press release


Under Armour shares jumped more than 20 percent on Tuesday – third-quarter sales increased 2 percent to $1.4 billion at Fox Business. Read more


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Here’s everything Apple announced at its hardware event in New York City by Nat Levy at GeekWire. Read more


eBay meets analysts’ revenue estimates – looks to advertising and payments for its future growth at TechCrunch. “The company has already processed $38 million in payments and through the partnership with Apple Pay has grown that payment method to 12 percent on the platform. Advertising on eBay has seen 400,000 sellers promote over 160 million listings.” Read more


Apple widens ‘Today at Apple’ in-store classes with 60 new programs at CNET. Read more


Hy-Vee makes a twist in its Twin Cities expansion, remodeling a former Cub store by John Ewoldt at Star Tribune. “The store will be the 10th and smallest Hy-Vee in the Twin Cities. It has 56,000 square feet of space while the nine others range from 86,000 to 101,000 square feet. “It’s a size that we haven’t done for a long time,” Randy Edeker, chief executive of West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee, said.” Tiered subs.


Lumber Liquidators Q3 comp sales +2.1% “Installation services…was up 39%…1.3% decline in merchandise sales…5.5% increase in average sale.” Press release


J.C. Penney names Michael Fung its interim finance chief at MarketWatch. “Fung, 67, previously held interim executive roles at Neiman Marcus and 99 Cents Only Stores. He was also finance chief of Wal-Mart Stores U.S., from which he retired in 2012.” Read more


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Tipsheet: Sam’s Club Now | Day of the Dead | Nordstrom “Early Bird” Pick Up


Sam’s Club Now is ditching cashiers at a new store in Dallas at CNBC. “At the Dallas location, shoppers will be introduced to a new “Sam’s Club Now” app that builds on its existing “Shop and Go” app…At 32,000 square feet, Sam’s Club said the new store will be about a quarter of the size of a traditional club, with a focus on food — produce, meat and alcohol.” Read more


…Pic of “Sam’s Club Now” at Techcrunch


Day of the Dead comes to life for American retailers by Cheryl V. Jackson at USA Today. “Celebrated in the U.S. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, the holiday tradition calls for the creation of altars to deceased loved ones, decorated with photos, meaningful objects and their favorite foods said to attract their souls.” Read more


Whirlpool doesn’t want Sears selling any of its appliances by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “Whirlpool fired off a letter to Sears, demanding that the retailer return all refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances that Whirlpool shipped to it in the 45 days leading up to Sears’s Oct. 15 bankruptcy filing.” Read more


Nordstrom shoppers can pick up gifts before doors open this holiday season by Charisse Jones at USA Today. “From Dec. 3 through Christmas Eve, Nordstrom is offering “early bird” pick up, enabling shoppers who check off their gift lists by clicking a button to get their presents starting at 8 am. Though the stores will still be closed, staffers will bring the items out to the curb.” Read more


Blue Apron Now Available on Jet “Beginning today, millions of households across most of New York City, as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, can access Blue Apron through same-day or next-day delivery via Jet’s City Grocery offering.” Press release


Users of Sites to Deliver Goods Between Countries Find Better Deals Without Duties by Andrea Fuller at Wall Street Journal. “The companies aim to make it easier for people overseas to buy and receive U.S. goods like electronics by connecting them with visitors to their countries willing to haul the items in their bags….Grabr—which says it has more than 500,000 world-wide registered users—offers a web platform allowing shoppers to request international deliveries.” WSJ subs.


Amazon Announces $100 Million Donated to Charities through AmazonSmile Press release


Walmart agrees to a $160 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “The case was originally filed in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville in 2012 by attorneys on behalf of the retirement fund claiming Walmart and its top executives hid a bribery scheme in its Mexican operations and withholding knowledge that should have been made public long before the New York Times reported the investigation in April 2012.” Read more


Quebec cannabis stores will only be open from Thursday to Sunday at Montreal Gazette. “…a lack of supply has forced it to reduce the operating hours of its 12 sales outlets to four days a week.” Read more


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Amazon’s booming ad business is both a blessing and a risk by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “Amazon’s ad business…does not come without significant risk: Namely, that an over-reliance on ads will ruin the Amazon shopping experience…“They will need to pull back or they are going to see shoppers recede,” said Guru Hariharan, CEO of Boomerang Commerce.” Read more


Minnesota CEOs open checkbook for political campaigns (but not Target CEO) by Jim Spencer at Star Tribune. Tiered subs.


Home improvement retailer HOBO files for bankruptcy – some customers left without refunds at CBS 2 Chicago. “HOBO has five stores in the Chicago area…Bell ordered custom-made kitchen cabinets from HOBO in August, took the money from his pension and wrote a check for $12,885. The cabinets were supposed to be delivered this month…HOBO hasn’t paid (manufacturer). So, his order is unable to ship.” Read more/Video


Canada Post strikes spread to Vancouver, two other regions at Vancouver Sun. Read more


A New Target in the Fight Against Plastic: Paper Cups by Saabira Chaudhuri at Wall Street Journal. “…paper cups are attracting new scrutiny, because they contain a tightly bonded plastic lining that needs to be separated before the paper can be recycled. The process requires specialist facilities, meaning most cups, even if put in the recycling bin, end up as trash.” WSJ subs.


Sears’ ‘tragic’ bankruptcy turns to opportunity as US mall owners court Nobu hotels, Life Time Fitness to fill empty stores at CNBC. “Let’s face it. If you are a tenant and you get put down a Sears wing of a Simon mall, you are not exactly thrilled,” Sandler O’Neill + Partners analyst Alexander Goldfarb told CNBC. “Now if they rip down the Sears and put in restaurants or a movie theater,” it’s a welcome change.” Read more


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Tipsheet: Amazon Outsizes Milwaukee | Costco New HQ Bldg | Publix #8 Private | WM #8 Biz Expense


Amazon plunges 10% on revenue and guidance miss at CNBC. “The company gave fourth-quarter revenue guidance in the range of $66.5 billion and $72.5 billion, well-below consensus of $73.79 billion.” Read more


…Amazon is on track to generate $10 billion a year from its advertising business at CNBC. “The company reported $2.5 billion in sales in its “Other” category in Q3. The number marks a 122 percent increase year over year and is an increase of $301 million from last quarter.” Read more


…Amazon tops 600K worldwide employees for the 1st time by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “To put Amazon’s growth in perspective, there are now more people working for the tech giant than people living in Baltimore (601,000) or Milwaukee (586,000).” Read more


JCPenney wants end to ‘Project Runway’ tie-up with Weinstein Co at Reuters. “JCPenney in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware said their licensing agreement “no longer makes economic sense for either party”” Read more


PriceSmart Q4 comp sales +0.2% / Begins search for new CEO Press release


America’s Largest Private Companies 2018 (Albertsons #3, Publix #8, C&S #10, HEB #12, Pilot #14) at Forbes. Ranked list


UPS launches cargo e-bike delivery in Seattle by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. “UPS will deliver packages in Pike Place Market and the surrounding neighborhood using the bikes. If the pilot is successful, UPS will expand its cargo e-bike delivery service to other parts of Seattle.” Pics/Read more


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Costco gets the go-ahead for expanded corporate HQ in Issaquah by Benjamin Romano at Seattle Times. “A new office building and parking garage at Costco’s Issaquah campus could make room for as many as 4,000 employees…received a final land-use approval from the city of Issaquah for a nine-story, 620,000-square-foot office building and adjacent parking garage with about 1,650 stalls, both to be built on existing parking lots south of the company’s current headquarters buildings.” Tiered subs.


Home Depot named exclusive home improvement retailer for its Stanley hand tools and storage product portfolio Press release


Best Buy is paying workers at three of its closed stores after Hurricane Florence by Jackie Crosby at Star Tribune. “Best Buy aims to get the North Carolina stores back online in time for the Black Friday day-after Thanksgiving sale. It’s too soon to know when the Panama City location will open.” Tiered subs.


At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks by Shalini Ramachandran & Joe Flint at Wall Street Journal. “To many Netflixers, the culture, at its worst, can also be ruthless, demoralizing and transparent to the point of dysfunctional. The Wall Street Journal talked to more than 70 current and former employees for this article.” WSJ subs.


Most common U.S. vendors for business expenses (Amazon #3, Walmart #8) by Rani Molla at Recode. Ranked list


Bankruptcy judge to OK Sears’ plans for store closing sales by Lauren Zumbach at Chicago Tribune. “A revised order filed with the bankruptcy court Thursday lets landlords negotiate individual agreements modifying closing sale plans.” Tiered subs.


Sears directors tap Evercore to examine former CEO Lampert’s deals: sources at Reuters. Read more


California’s gas tax repeal is in danger of losing – and it could could spell trouble for the GOP in the election at CNBC. “A new released this week finds that 41 percent of likely voters support Proposition 6, while 48 percent oppose it. House GOP leaders have been contributors to the repeal effort, hoping it will boost Republican voter turnout in tight congressional races.” Read more


For original ‘Halloween’ movie, Jamie Lee Curtis bought her wardrobe for $200 at JCPenney by Jessica Sager at NY Post. “I made $8,000 — I made $2,000 a week, which at the time was a fortune,” Curtis, 59, told People.” Read more


Retailer removes Caitlyn Jenner-inspired costume following backlash by Michael Bartiromo at Fox News. “The “I Am Cait” outfit from Costume Agent, which sold for $44.95 and included running shorts, a tank top reading “USA,” two fake gold medals and a red wig, is no longer for sale from via online retailers such as eBay and Amazon.” Pic/Read more


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Tipsheet: NY Probes CVS | WM/Synchrony Tussle | Amazon Apparel Weakness


Single ticket in South Carolina wins record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot at CNN. “The magic numbers drawn Tuesday night were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and the Mega Ball was 5. Mega Millions announced the historic win in a statement early Wednesday.” Read more


State regulators probe CVS drug price fluctuations by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “It’s like dealing with the mob,” D’Angelo told The Post, declining to give his pharmacy’s name for fear of retaliation. “I can leave my business and return the next day to learn that I’m being paid 70 percent less for the same drug I sold just 24 hours ago.” Read more


Amazon Branded Women’s Apparel Sales Languish, Report Finds by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg. “Women’s fashion, which makes up most of the company’s clothing brands, is struggling the most, with more than 4 of 5 Amazon women’s clothing brands selling fewer than 100 items per month, according to the report.” Tiered subs.


The $10 Billion Tussle over Walmart’s Credit Cards by AnnaMaria Andriotis at Wall Street Journal. “When Synchrony approached Walmart last fall to renew its contract, Walmart executives balked, according to people familiar with the matter. Synchrony revised its offer, but Walmart issued a formal request for other bids late last year, the people said. It was the first time Walmart had done so, they said.” WSJ subs.


UPS reports a 20% rise in quarterly profit at CNBC. Read more


Target’s two-day holiday shipping option beats Amazon, Walmart at Reuters. “(Target) will offer free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items from Nov. 1 to Dec. 22 with no order minimum or membership required…Target will also expand its Drive Up Service (including) nearly 1,000 stores by the end of October, ahead of schedule.” Read more


Amazon opens pop-up fashion shop in central London by Sarah Butler at The Guardian. “The Baker Street pop-up is the first of its kind in Europe. It will be open for a week, during which time it will host events including denim customisation by Pepe Jeans, beauty trend discussions with Vogue’s Jessica Diner, yoga sessions from Deliciously Ella founder Ella Mills and live music from singer-songwriters Tom Grennan and Nao.” Read more


Amazon adds new perks for its Business Prime program, headlined by a new credit card offered with American Express by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “The credit card has no annual fee and includes the choice of 5 percent back or 90-day interest free payments for Business Prime members on purchases from Amazon Business, Amazon Web Services, and Whole Foods stores.” Read more


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Amazon’s move off Oracle caused Prime Day outage in one of its biggest warehouses, internal report says at CNBC. Read more


BYOD – Walmart employees can now use their cell phones during work by Hayley Peterson at Business Insider. “Walmart will allow store employees to use their cell phones on the sales floor to clock in, check inventory and prices, scan products, review sales data, and perform other work-related tasks…Employees who participate in the new program, which Walmart is calling “bring your own device,” or BYOD, will get a discount on their cell phone bills, the company said.” Read more


FDA targets 465 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of opioid, oncology and antiviral prescription drugs Press release


Zappos wants the deaf and hard-of-hearing to listen to music — here is the technology for it at CNBC. “Zappos…invited a group of 150 deaf and hard of hearing people to the Life Is Beautiful music and arts festival in Las Vegas on September 21, then outfitted them with a product that allowed them to enjoy the music of American rock band Greta Van Fleet.” Read more


Amazon execs already donating for 2020 at CNBC. “Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, each wrote checks worth $5,400 to (Colorado Sen. Cory) Gardner’s campaign committee; that amount is the most an individual is allowed to give to those seeking public office. Bezos was joined by eight other Amazon representatives, including Jeffrey Wilkie.” Read more


@DelRey: Two interesting nuggets from press briefing with Target CEO today: 1. Target isn’t accelerating current timeline of hitting $15/hr base wage by 2020 despite Amazon’s recent move. 2. Target is accelerating store remodeling in areas where competitor chains are going bankrupt.


Record numbers of West Nile virus cases reported in parts of US by Oliver Milman at The Guardian. “Cases of West Nile virus have been reported in every US state except Hawaii so far this year, leading to deaths in Georgia, surging numbers of patients in Pennsylvania and record numbers of infections in Massachusetts. Texas is also set for an unusually large number of cases.” Read more


Post Malone is Postmates’ most dedicated customer … ordering nearly 3,000 items on more than 660 deliveries spanning 52 cities nationwide at TMZ. Read more


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Tipsheet: Joly Bests Bezos | ‘Husky’ Hurts | Fortnite ‘For Real’ Toys


Walmart is expanding two-day shipping and in-store returns to many items sold by third parties on its website next month at CNBC. Read more


NYC’s first Amazon Go cashierless store will open near the World Trade Center by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “Amazon plans to unveil the cashierless convenience store inside Brookfield Place, formerly known as the World Financial Center, in Manhattan’s Battery Park City neighborhood.” Read more


…Here are where the first Amazon Go stores in San Fran will be located by Lucas Matney at TechCrunch. List/Read more


The Best-Performing CEOs in the World 2018 (Joly #45, B. Nordstrom #62, Bezos #68) at Harvard Business Review. Top 100 list


Malls fear Sears bankruptcy signs will scare off shoppers by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “Some mall operators are worried that big banners and garish signs could spoil the holiday vibe at their shopping centers — and further tarnish the already-battered image of shopping malls.” Read more


HUSKY HURTS – Sears Mortifying ‘Husky’ Jeans Endure by Jacob Gallagher at Wall Street Journal. “Yet, strangely, a better, less provocative term than “husky” has not been found. Gap, JCPenney, Old Navy, the Children’s Place, Kohl’s, Levi’s, Target, Land’s End—all of these retailers still use the term, a fact that shocked most of the Husky vets that I spoke with. “It’s terrible. It sounds offensive,” said Mr. Stier.” WSJ subs.


Impact of a trade war on China’s luxury shoppers is ‘minimal’ for now at CNBC. Read more


TODAY – New Yorkers go all-in on $1.6B Mega Millions dream at NY Post. “A ticket carries a 1-in-302.6 million chance of winning and must match all six numbers. The winner — or winners — will choose between taking a yearly payment for the next 29 years, with each payment increasing from the previous one by 5 percent, or a $904,900,000 lump sum.” Read more


Walmart isn’t hiring a ton of seasonal employees for the holiday rush this year at Business Insider. “For the third year in a row, the retail giant plans to handle the holiday rush by offering its 1.5 million US-based employees extra hours in order to handle the holiday rush.” Read more


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Publix Announces Promotions “Kevin Murphy, SVP of Retail Operations, will be promoted to President…Bob Bechtel, Miami Division Vice President, will be promoted to Vice President of Customer Experience…Mike Lester, Director of Warehousing, will be promoted to Vice President of Distribution.” Press release


eBay launches a service to help users unload their old smartphones on its online marketplace by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “(eBay) says that standard programs tend to offer 40 to 50 percent off the average market selling price, but eBay will provide up to 40% higher than trade-in values, on average.” Read more


Fortnite-themed Monopoly is No. 1 new game for Hasbro so far in Q4 at CNBC. “Beyond Monopoly: Fortnite, “we have Nerf Overwatch coming [in the spring], where you get to play the game for real,” Goldner, also chairman of Hasbro, told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer in an interview. “That will follow with Nerf Fortnite.” Video/Read more


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Tipsheet: Bloomingdale Heiress Wedding | Teen Smoking Up | Lampert Seeks Partner


Sears chairman Lampert seeks partner for bankruptcy financing – sources at Reuters. “Lampert’s hedge fund, ESL Investments Inc, has held discussions with Cyrus Capital Partners LP, an investment firm that holds some of Sears’ existing debt, about sharing the burden of funding portions of the $300 million loan.” Read more


Speculators are raising funds to invest in real estate near the winning Amazon HQ2 site at Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Copley says with proprietary software he can pick the most underutilized properties in any city. It will take him five minutes to narrow down the best 500 multifamily investments once Amazon announces a winning city, he added.” WSJ subs.


Walmart’s Jody Pinson (VP of Merch – Beauty) on Her Customer-First Approach by Faye Brookman at WWD. WWD subs.


Uber Ambitiously Eyes 2021 for Food-Delivery Drones Launch at Wall Street Journal. “(Uber) is seeking an operations executive who can help make delivery drones functional as soon as next year and commercially operational in multiple markets by 2021, according to a job posting that appeared on Uber’s website.” WSJ subs.


Canada Nearly Runs Out of Weed After Legalization at Fortune. Read more


Hasbro’s revenue misses estimates as Toys ‘R’ Us blow lingers at Reuters. “Sales in Hasbro’s U.S. and Canada segment fell 7 percent to $924.2 million, due to the loss of Toys ‘R’ Us revenue and an inability to meet shipping demands of other retailers.” Read more


‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico’s west at AP News. Read more


North Korea bought at least $640 million in luxury goods from China in 2017 in defiance of U.N. sanctions, South Korea lawmaker says at Reuters. “Kim has bought lavish items from China and other places like a seaplane for not only his own family, and also expensive musical instruments, high-quality TVs, sedans, liquor, watches and fur as gifts for the elites who prop up his regime,” opposition lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun said in a statement.” Read more


Dallas Cowboys owner would carry Jeff Bezos ‘piggyback’ to get him to buy Seattle Seahawks at GeekWire. Read more


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Bloomingdale’s heiress marries in lavish California beach wedding at Daily Mail. “The heiress to the New York department store married her partner, lighting designer Dada Stileman, in a lavish ceremony in Santa Barbara, California over the weekend. The couple wed in a traditional church ceremony before a guest list of society’s elite before enjoying a reception at the Four Seasons hotel Biltmore where they partied into the night.” Pics/Read more


Zero-waste stores pop up in the US at CNBC. “In Europe zero-waste markets have succeeded, but in the U.S. the sustainable store-design concept faces an uncertain future, though bulk-store entrepreneurs are undeterred.” Read more


Kroger-Walgreens Pickup Through the Shopper’s Eyes at Field Agent. “All five participants said their order was correct the first time. All users said their produce was either “extremely” or “very fresh,” and all participants rated their cold items “just right” with respect to temperature.” Video/Read more


Crowds pack Amazon Spheres for a whiff and glimpse of ultra-rare blooming of corpse flower at GeekWire. “Amazon opened The Spheres to the public for viewing of the corpse flower bloom on Saturday, and folks were lined up out the door well into the night.” Pics/Read more


As vaping surges, teen cigarette smoking ticks up after decades of decline at CNBC. “Last year, 8.1 percent of high school students reported smoking cigarettes, up from 7.6 percent the previous year…Teen smoking rates have plummeted since peaking in 1997 when 36.4 percent of high school kids smoked cigarettes.” Read more


Pilot escapes injury after setting plane down in Dick’s Sporting Goods’ parking lot at Indy Star. Pics/Read more


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Tipsheet: E-Cig banned from C-stores? | David’s Bridal Bankruptcy Near?


Walmart’s grocery warehouse worker of the future will have a STEM background by Julia La Roche at Yahoo. “Walmart will soon break ground on a distribution center in Shafter, California, that will deploy Witron technology…“I think the secret sauce to grocery distribution is the quality of work you get out of the order filling group,” (Tim) Cooper said.” Read more


FDA regulators are considering prohibiting some e-cigarette sales in c-stores and confining them to vape shops at CNBC. Read more


Starbucks selling stores, closing office in Europe at AP/Yahoo. “…selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also provide services to 177 other Starbucks locations in those countries which are owned by franchisees.” Read more


David’s Bridal flirts with possible bankruptcy after skipping debt payment by Nathan Bomey at USA Today. “David’s Bridal still sells about one in three U.S. wedding dresses through its more than 300 stores and website, with estimated annual retail revenue of $791 million, according to market research firm IBISWorld.” Read more


Sam’s Club to offer same-day grocery delivery via Instacart at over half its stores by month end at TechCrunch. Read more


Trump’s latest China threat could crush the $8 billion Amazon competitor Wish by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “If this happened two or three years ago — maybe even last year — we would be in trouble,” Szulczewski said in an interview with Recode. “If drop shipping went away overnight, that’d be tough. But we’ve been preparing for this for a long time.” Read more


Amazon plans to open another UK office and add 1,000 high-skilled ‘Silicon Valley’ jobs at CNBC. Read more


Safeway Bakery Employee Wins $1.9 Million Lottery Jackpot at KPIX CBS 5. “I think I ran from the meat department all the way to the front lobby,” she said. “I believe I was screaming for joy. All of my employees started congregating around the customer service center to congratulate him.” Read more


CVS Assistant Manager kills CVS Store Manager at NBC 4 Washington. “Duse believed the victim had conspired with a CVS district manager to thwart Duse’s application to become a store manager, the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said.” Read more


Supervalu has been unable to find a buyer for its remaining 16 area Shop ‘n Save stores, and they will be closed in mid-November at St.Louis Post Dispatch. Read more


Nearly half of Americans who have held a store credit card have regretted their choice to get one at MarketWatch. Read more


Meijer pharmacist who denied miscarriage drug no longer in job at The Hill. Read more


CVS-Aetna Merger Still Not a Done Deal at Fortune. “At a public hearing in Manhattan on Thursday, Maria Vullo, superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services, said her agency might block CVS’s merger with Aetna’s New York unit. She called U.S. approval of the overall deal “myopic” and repeatedly asked CVS and Aetna representatives for written evidence that they would deliver on promises to lower prices.” Read more


Kroger will host an investor conference October 29-30, 2018 in Cincinnati Press release


Costco’s Kirkland Signature Line Almost Had a Very Different Name at Cooking Light. “Jim Sinegal first tried to brand Costco’s products as “Seattle Signature.” Costco wasn’t able to secure the rights to that name, so the second-best choice was “Kirkland Signature” named after their first flagship warehouse in the suburb of Kirkland, Washington.” Read more


Brandless wants to create the next great consumer packaged goods brand — but it hasn’t built customer loyalty yet by Rani Molla at Recode. “…people who do buy from Brandless don’t seem to be purchasing from them again at the same rate as some of its competitors, according to data from two third-party sources.” Read more


StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine at AP. Read more


UFO sighting was actually a police drone searching for two suspects who robbed a Home Depot by Julia Jacobo at ABC News. “People were calling into the News12 New Jersey newsroom to report the possible UFO sighting, the station tweeted.” Read more


SMART COOKIE – Girl scout sells out of cookies in front of Canadian cannabis store on first day at Montreal Gazette. “…they sold cookies going door to door in their neighbourhood last year, but people often weren’t home or there would be big dogs in the yards. “We thought, ’Where can we go to sell them?”’ he said. “It just so happens that legalization was coming up in a couple of days.” Read more


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Netflix braces for Wall Street Journal investigation into workplace culture

Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog: Outrageous Fantasy Gifts for 2018

Police officer accused of switching price tags at Walmart turns himself in

Jeff Bezos ranks No. 1 (by far) among S&P 500 CEOs in political spending

Minnesota tobacco store owner charged with evading $918,000 in sales tax

Entrepreneurs Create $750M Bra Business By Exposing Victoria’s Weakness

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BACK FOR MORE – Warren and Sanders question Amazon CEO over Whole Foods anti-union video by John Bowden at The Hill. “In a letter to Bezos, the two senators write that the video first reported by Gizmodo could have violated labor laws if employees were warned that stores could close as a result of unionization.” Read more


Nine West files amended bankruptcy plan at Reuters. “Nine West…said it will also receive a three-year purchase commitment from Belk Inc for an assortment of merchandise across the company’s businesses.” Read more


Man gets 40 years for plotting bombs in Target stores at Tampa Bay Times. Read more


No More Mail Privilege for China as U.S. to End Deep Discounts on Packages by Heidi Vogt at Wall Street Journal. “Subsidized postal rates for China cost the U.S. $300 million a year, with a discount ranging from 40% to 70% on an average shipment, according to the administration official.” WSJ subs.


Apple Store or pot shop? A look inside the first BC Cannabis Store by Andrew Weichel at CTV News. “Once inside, customers can use the touchscreen computers or speak with one of the 25 cannabis consultants about which of the 85-odd marijuana strains they want to purchase.” Pics/Read more


WITH A B – Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have raised more than $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over the past 30+ years Press release


Kroger Is Launching An Ugly Produce Program by Maya McDowell at Delish. “A Kroger spokesperson told Delish that Kroger is excited to introduce Pickuliar Picks (which is coming in 2019) “to transform the narrative around imperfect produce” as part of the grocery chain’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan.” Read more


Yeti Holdings sets terms for $400 million initial public offering at Nasdaq. “…offering 20 million shares (88% secondary) at a price range of $19 to $21…It is expected to price during the week of October 22, 2018.” Read more


EBay accuses Amazon of ‘unlawful’ merchant poaching at CNBC. Read more


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Baby Born After Michael Starts Life in Walmart Parking Lot at U.S. News. “I had no choice, (Luke) would have had a heatstroke. When he started acting like he was getting sick from the heat and wouldn’t eat, that’s when we went to Walmart,” Capps said. “There was kind of a breeze there, there was no bugs biting us. I said ‘We’re all right now.” Read more


Qurate to open a new fulfillment center to integrate the HSN and QVC fulfillment networks – Shuffles senior executives by Stephanie Crets at Internet Retailer. “Mary Campbell is now chief merchandising officer for Qurate, as well as chief commerce officer for QVC U.S.” Read more


Sears quietly paid rent on more than 200 shuttered stores by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “…(Sears is) looking to save 300 or so stores to operate beyond the holidays…Sears has handed over the keys and alarm codes to landlords for 217 already-shuttered properties on Monday.” Read more


Office Depot appoints BCW as PR AOR PR Week subs.


Here’s how the Trump team plans to fix the truck driver shortage at Fox Business. “(Secretary of Transportation Elaine) Chao said some 18-year-olds are experienced enough to fill the gap. “They are military personnel who drive these big hefty trucks in the military for all of us and yet they can’t drive across state lines commercially – that’s the point,” she said.” Video/Read more


Cabela’s told a judge Wednesday that a group of former employees should be enjoined from launching a competing website Law 360 subs.


Meet Nebraska’s new tourism slogan: ‘Nebraska: honestly, it’s not for everyone’ by Paul Hammel at Omaha-World Herald. “Lucky for you, there’s nothing to do here,” is the headline on one print advertisement that displays a smiling band of party-goers, floating down a Sand Hill stream in livestock tanks in the Nebraska-invented sport of “tanking.” Read more


Tipsheet Extra Stories

Fender Study Reveals 50% of New Guitar Players Are Women

Rolling Stone: The Millennial 100

U.S. sports leagues could see $4.2 billion annually from legal betting

Meijer pharmacist refuses medicine to woman having miscarriage

Ex-Microsoft sports director charged with stealing $1.5M

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