Tipsheet: N.Face Wiki Apology | Salesforce Gun Battle | Costco +5.6%


Costco Q3 adjusted comp sales +5.6%: U.S. +5.5% / Canada +5.1% / Other Int’l +6.9% / Ecom +19.5% “Net sales for the quarter increased 7.4 percent, to $33.96 billion, from $31.62 billion last year. Net sales for the first thirty-six weeks increased 8.3 percent, to $102.90 billion, from $95.02 billion last year.” Press release


…Fox Business: Costco says trade war will make ‘prices will go up on things’ “We want to be the last to raise them. And when prices are going down, we want to be the first to lower them,” (Galanti) continued. “We’re not afraid to use some of those monies to again drive business.” Read more


Gap Inc. Q1 comp sales: Gap Global -10% / Old Navy Global -1.0% / Banana Republic Global -3.0% Press release


…CNBC: Gap CEO calls quarter ‘extremely challenging’ “Peck partially blamed one of the “coldest, wettest quarters in memory” for the poor results, which he said influenced more shoppers to stay inside. He said business was “extremely slow” in February.” Read more


Williams-Sonoma Inc. Q1 comp sales +3.5%. By concept: Pottery Barn +1.5% / West Elm +11.8% / Williams-Sonoma -1.6% / Pottery Barns Kids and Teen +1.2% Press release


Ulta Beauty Q1 comp sales +7.0% “The 7.0% comparable sales increase was driven by 4.3% transaction growth and 2.7% growth in average ticket…For fiscal 2019, the Company plans to open approximately 80 new stores.” Press release


Salesforce says it won’t work with retailers that sell semi-automatic weapons by Jay Greene at Washington Post. “These types of rules are “corporate-policy virtue signaling” and discriminate against gun owners, whose rights are protected by the Second Amendment, said Mark Oliva, public affairs director of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade group.” Tiered subs.


Big Lots Q1 comp sales +1.5% Press release


Longtime CFO at GameStop leaving as new CEO George Sherman puts his team together by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. “James Bell, 51, succeeds Lloyd as chief financial officer…Chris Homeister, 50, fills the newly created job of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. He was president and CEO of The Tile Shop. Earlier, he was at Best Buy…” Tiered subs.


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Amazon reportedly wants to buy Boost Mobile from T-Mobile and Sprint at Reuters. “Amazon is considering buying Boost – currently one of Sprint’s prepaid brands – mainly because the deal would allow it to use the new T-Mobile’s wireless network for at least six years, one of the sources said.” Read more


Walmart sues poultry industry for price collusion, omits Tyson Foods by Kim Souza at Talk Business. Read more


Spray cheese, beef jerky and stuffed olives to be counted as staples under Trump administration food stamp proposal by Tim Carman at Washington Post. “The real beneficiaries of the new rules, (CSPI’s) Wootan said, are not food stamp recipients but convenience stores, dollar stores, liquor shops and other retail outlets that could start accepting SNAP benefits. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) had lobbied for the changes, she added.” Tiered subs.


Trump vows rapid, high tariffs on Mexico unless illegal immigration ends at Reuters. Read more


Someone Bought a $400,000 Diamond Ring at Costco by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “Look out, Tiffany — Costco is coming for you.Quarterly sales at the U.S. warehouse-club retailer got a boost from a customer who made a “significant diamond ring purchase, in the $400,000 range,” Costco Wholesale Corp. Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told analysts Thursday on a conference call.” Tiered subs.


Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rip Eddie Lampert at CNBC. Read more


North Face apologizes after openly gloating about gaming Wikipedia for free advertising by Nick Statt at The Verge. “North Face even gloated about its success with a short, two-minute video detailing how shots of famous locales were swapped for similar-seeming photos featuring North Face product placement, inorganically juicing North Face visibility in Google results.” Read more


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Tipsheet: D.Gen.+3.8% | D.Tree +2.2% | WM #1 Deliv Quality


Dollar General Q1 comp sales +3.8% “Same-store sales in the first quarter of 2019 included growth in the consumables, seasonal, and home categories, partially offset by declines in the apparel category.” Press release


Dollar Tree Q1 comp sales: Enterprise +2.2% / Dollar Tree +2.5% / Family Dollar +1.9% “In fiscal 2019, as previously announced, we expect to close as many as 390 stores…plans to re-banner approximately 200 Family Dollar stores to the Dollar Tree brand in fiscal 2019…plans to add adult beverage product in approximately 1,000 Family Dollar stores…” Press release


Burlington Q1 comp sales +0.1% “Q2 guidance: Total sales to increase in the range of 8% to 9%; Comparable store sales to increase 1% to 2%.” Press release


Walmart Canada Unveils New, State-of-the-Art, “Urban Supercentre Concept” via Yahoo Finance. “At the Stockyards Walmart, licensee partnerships include Freshii, the Party Shop, The UPS store, MINISO, Naoki Sushi and a newly renovated McDonald’s…has a dedicated section, where customers can see and shop for extended aisle products…This area will also be used to host pop-up shops for online vendors.” Read more


…Walmart Canada debuts a new checkout system called “fast lane” that lets customers avoid cashiers and registers by Hayley Peterson at Business Insider. “My Walmart users scan items with their phones as they shop. Once a user is finished shopping, they click “checkout” to receive a barcode. Next, the customer scans the order barcode at one of four scanning stations in the fast lane.” Read more


J.Jill Q1 comp sales -3.3% Press release


‘Merch by Amazon’ t-shirt business increasing orders from Disney to Dr. Seuss by Melissa Fares & Sonya Dowsett at Reuters. “The trend is up-ending the traditional licensing model where brands worked with apparel wholesalers to produce garments and get them into stores. The ‘Merch by Amazon’ on-demand printing service, in its third full year of operation, works by printing t-shirts once an order comes in, meaning content creators like video game makers and pay TV channels do not have to commit to a large merchandise inventory upfront.” Read more


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Express Q1 comp sales -7.0% Press release


Walmart is catching up to Amazon in the online grocery wars: Citi by Heidi Chung at Yahoo Finance. “Though Walmart is still losing to Amazon in terms of market share, it is the winner when it comes to quality of delivery, according to Citi’s research. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said that Walmart had the best delivery, while 25% selected Amazon.” Read more


Retail’s Top Achievers Recognized at Retail Council of Canada’s 2019 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala Press release


Abercrombie & Fitch CEO says smaller stores are the future by Lauren Thomas at CNBC. “Abercrombie will do 85 store redesigns in 2019, including some for its Hollister brand, after doing 70 in 2018. This entails the apparel retailer either closing a bigger store in a mall and opening a smaller one nearby, chopping up a bigger store to take up less square footage, or opening up a small-format location in an entirely new market.” Read more


Amazon dumps controversial security firm at Seattle HQ in favor of union-backed contractor by James Thorne at GeekWire. “It’s a huge win,” said Greg Ramirez, director of organizing at SEIU6. “We’re hoping it’s a step in the right direction for Amazon.” The labor organization currently represents around 600 union janitors at Amazon.” Read more


PVH Q1 revenue +2.0%. Comp sales: Tommy Hilfiger North America -4.0% / Calvin Klein North America -5.0% / Heritage Brands -6.0% Press release


Wegmans says bye to free baby-sitting by Stephen T. Watson at Buffalo News. “…the service, offered for decades, isn’t as popular as it used to be, so the chain will put the former Wkids space in its stores to other uses. Further, they said, Wegmans will encourage families to shop together and focus on programs that parents can do with their kids, such as in-store yoga, cooking classes and movie nights.” Read more


Go inside Galaxy’s Edge — the most immersive ‘land’ in Disney park history by Pam Kragen at The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Even veteran “Star Wars” composer John Williams created an original score that’s piped through hidden speakers throughout the land, which is called Black Spire Outpost, a thousand-year-old village on the planet Batuu at the edge of a distant galaxy.” Tiered subs.


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Tipsheet: Dick’s Earnings Beat | WM New CTO | Amazon Seaport Office


Dick’s Sporting Goods Q1 comp sales flat “The Company expects to deliver positive consolidated same store sales beginning in the second quarter…expects to open seven new Dick’s Sporting Goods stores…in 2019.” Press release


…CNBC: Dick’s Sporting Goods shares soar on earnings beat “The sporting goods retailer’s stock was up as much as 6.2% in premarket trading on the news, having climbed about 18% over the past 12 months.” Read more


Abercrombie & Fitch Q1 comp sales +1.0% (Hollister +2.0% / Abercrombie +1.0%) Press release


…Reuters: Abercrombie & Fitch misses quarterly same-store sales estimates, shares fall Read more


Walmart poaches ex-Google, Amazon exec Suresh Kumar for new CTO role by Lauren Thomas at CNBC. “…Kumar will now sit directly on McMillon’s leadership team. Kumar will also oversee technology at Sam’s Club and internationally, and will lead Walmart’s Global Business Services division.” Read more


Amazon breaks ground for Seaport Boston office by Jonathan Ng at Boston Herald. “…will house 2,000 new jobs in machine learning, cloud computing and robotics engineering…will occupy 430,000 square feet of new office space at 111 Harbor Way — a 17-story tower built off Congress Street — by 2021.” Tiered subs


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The Shockingly Large Business Behind the Iconic Smiley Face by Jacob Gallagher at Wall Street Journal. “We have now globally close to 300 licensees and the value of the smiley products selling globally is over $400 million,” per year said Mr. Loufrani, adding that clothing generates 60% of its revenue.” WSJ subs.


Bed Bath & Beyond to add four new directors in settlement with activist trio by Thomas Franck at CNBC. “It also agreed to form a committee that will explore the potential sale or spin-off of underperforming businesses, a source familiar with the situation tells CNBC.” Read more


Amazon shoots down reports of reduction in bulk orders from small wholesale suppliers by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “(Amazon) issued the following statement: “We informed Bloomberg prior to publication of their article that their story and sources are wrong. We review our selling partner relationships on an individual basis as part of our normal course of business and any speculation of a large scale reduction of vendors is incorrect.” Read more


J.C. Penney shareholders refrain from asking hard questions of CEO Jill Soltau by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. “About 21% of Penney’s merchandise comes from China, which is low for a company that sells apparel, shoes, soft home goods and toys, and that is a testament “to a great sourcing team” she inherited, Soltau said.” Tiered subs.


DHL brings Africa eShop to 20 African countries by Jake Bright at TechCrunch. “There’s a competitive e-commerce scenario brewing between (DHL and Jumia)…DHL Africa e-Shop touts itself as “Africa’s Largest Online Shopping Platform.” Jumia said “We believe that our platform is the largest e-commerce marketplace in Africa,” in its SEC S1 filing.” Read more


MacKenzie Bezos promises to give away half her fortune by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. “MacKenzie Bezos has signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment that hundreds of wealthy people have made to donate more than half of their money to philanthropic causes.” Read more


Eddie Lampert trying to back out of an agreement to pay up to $43M for the severance of the retailer’s laid-off employees at USA Today. Read more


De Blasio says NYC is ‘very jaded’ about Amazon by Julia Marsh at NY Post. “Mayor Bill de Blasio is giving Amazon the cold shoulder, saying the e-tailing giant won’t get any help from the city if they close on plans to move to Manhattan’s West Side.” Read more


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Tipsheet: Target Acquire Ad Firm? | Lowe’s Tech Hub Dallas or Charlotte | WM 200B Cyber Events


BJ’s Q1 comp sales +1.9% (ex-fuel) Press release


Hibbett Sports Q1 comp sales +5.1% Press release


Target Looks to Acquire WPP’s Retail Ad Firm Triad by Alexandra Bruell at Wall Street Journal. “Triad sells ad space on retail websites and other digital properties. It also helps brands create digital ad campaigns. The talks are preliminary and could break down, according to the people. WPP’s digital ad-buying group Xaxis acquired Triad from private-equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC in 2016 for roughly $300 million, in an effort to capitalize on retailers’ growing ad businesses.” WSJ subs.


Ross Stores Q1 comp sales +2.0% Press release


The Buckle Q1 comp sales -1.3% Press release


Forbes: The World’s Most Valuable Brands 2019 (Amazon #4, Walmart #26, Home Depot #32, CVS #45) Top 100 list


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Cato Q1 comp sales -1.0% Press release


Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis: American flag won’t come down under any circumstance at Fox Business. “The city of Statesville filed a lawsuit against Gander RV and its parent company, Camping World, for violating a city ordinance by flying a 3,200-square-foot American flag.” Read more/Video


Lowe’s considers Charlotte & Dallas for new 2,000-employee tech hub by Katherine Peralta at Charlotte Observer. “We are building up a base of 2,000 software engineers, infrastructure engineers and data analysts to support our focus on improving technology capabilities and solutions across our business. The bulk of our hiring for these roles will begin once the location for our tech center has been determined,” Godbole said.” Tiered subs.


Rapper Ice-T gets Amazon’s attention after saying he ‘almost shot’ a delivery driver by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “Ice T: ‘Message To Amazon: Now that you have regular people making your home deliveries.. Maybe they should wear a Vest with AMAZON DELIVERY on it….. I almost shot a MF creeping up to my crib last night…. Just sayin.'” Read more


Walmart cybersecurity team handles over 200 billion events annually by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “Walmart recently held its third annual Sp4rkCon (pronounced “Spark Con”) Information Security conference in Bentonville at the David Glass Technology Center. About 1,000 people attended the full-day conference, the majority of whom did not work for the retail giant.” Read more


Best Buy Q1 comp sales +1.1% Press release


Amazon real estate chief: ‘I want to change the way that people work within the four walls’ by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. Read more


Jeff Bezos, can you take my return? Inside one of the most unusual Amazon annual meetings ever by Todd Bishop at GeekWire. “We’ll get that return taken care of,” Bezos vowed, asking her to stick around to the end of the meeting. “…We’ll also look into the root cause of why that happened. Anybody else have anything they need to return?” Read more


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Amazon is reportedly building a wellness device that senses emotions in your voice at TechCrunch. Read more


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Tipsheet: Target +4.8% | Lowe’s +4.2% | WM Pitches Ad Buyers


Target Q1 comp sales +4.8% “…traffic growth of 4.3 percent…comp digital channel sales grew 42%, on top of 28% last year. Comp digital sales contributed 2.1 percentage points to Target’s overall comparable sales growth. Same-day fulfillment services (Order Pick Up, Drive Up and Shipt) drove well over half of the Company’s digital sales growth.” Press release


…AP: Target’s online game is on target “The retailer exceeded first quarter expectations on just about every level…” Read more


Lowe’s Q1 U.S. comp sales +4.2% Press release


…CNBC: Lowe’s reports mixed fiscal first-quarter earnings “Earnings per share: $1.22 adjusted, vs. $1.33 estimated. Revenue: $17.74 billion, vs. $17.66 billion estimated. Comp sales: up 3.5%, vs. up 3.2% estimated.” Read more


…“This is the first quarter in a while that Lowe’s clearly out comped Home Depot,” Oppenheimer’s Brian Nagel told CNBC’s Squawk Box.


Nordstrom Q1 net sales: Full-Price business -5.1% / Off-Price business -0.6% / Digital +7.0% Press release


Urban Outfitters Q1 comp sales +1.0%: +2% at Free People / +1% at the Anthropologie Group / flat at Urban Outfitters Press release


Walmart to make first direct pitch to big corporate ad buyers at New York event by Nandita Bose at Reuters. “Walmart Inc will meet large consumer goods companies and advertising firms for the first time in New York next week to pitch its advertising business…It is likely to be attended by hundreds of companies ranging from Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Coca Cola to Mattel, Glaxosmithkline and NBC Universal…” Read more


Stein Mart Q1 comp sales -1.7% Press release


…Stein Mart will install Amazon Hub lockers in nearly 200 stores as soon as next month by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “Stein Mart shares jumped 45% after the Amazon deal was announced.” Read more


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Jeff Bezos shows enthusiasm for auto industry at all-hands meeting by James Thorne at GeekWire. “If you think about the auto industry right now, there’s so many things going on with Uber-ization, electrification, the connected car — so it’s a fascinating industry,” Bezos said according to a recording of the meeting CNBC has heard. “It’s going to be something very interesting to watch and participate in, and I’m very excited about that whole industry.” Read more


Ex-Macy’s Chief Merchandising Officer Named Express CEO “(Timothy) Baxter was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Delta Galil Premium Brands…Prior to that, he spent 26 years with Macy’s, Inc. and the former May Department Stores in various roles…” Press release


Kohl’s cutting prices and increasing promotions to preserve market share by Rick Rommel at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA Today. “We know our customers are driven by value, and so we’re going to make the necessary changes to pricing and promotion to help drive that,” Bruce Besanko, Kohl’s chief financial officer, told analysts on a conference call. “We’re not going to lose out, as a consequence of pricing, to competitors.” Read more


Brazil’s Natura and Avon confirm deal talks at Reuters. “In the discussions, that have been ongoing for some months, Natura would buy Avon’s now private North American business, in addition to the London-headquartered publicly traded Avon, the source added.” Read more


Dillard’s CEO at last weekends annual company meeting: “Our job is to be open next year. We’re going to be one of the leaders and still get to play tomorrow.” Read more


Home Depot Is Betting That America’s Miserable Movers Will Make Good Customers by Robert Klara at Adweek. “Home Depot has set up a mover’s landing page,and select stores have scheduled live workshops to teach attendees how to change those locks (and patch those walls, and apply til, and put down new flooring, etc.). The retailer has also dispatched some of its popular influencers to the workshops to bring the smarts to a broader audience.” Tiered subs.


…Home Depot is doubling down on tool rentals in a bid to win over pro builders by Aine Cain at Business Insider. “…several years ago, only about one out of 10 pros rented from us,” Home Depot CEO Craig Minear told investors…”Today, that number has improved to one out of four, yet there remains opportunity for further growth as we continue to invest in our tool rental experience.” Read more


…Home Depot Q1 2019 Earnings Call Transcript via Seeking Alpha. Transcript


PVH Corp. Names Stefan Larsson to Newly Created Role of President “Mr. Larsson was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren Corp.” Press release


Costco Will Reportedly Stop Selling Roundup by Eric Todisco at People. “…according to Zen Honeycutt, the founder of Moms Across America who created a petition for the big box store to stop selling Roundup…“I called the headquarters, and after two days of messages and calls, I did finally confirm with three people that Costco was not ordering Roundup or any glyphosate-based herbicides for the incoming spring shipments,” she wrote.” Read more


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Tipsheet: Bernie @ WM Mtg | Costco #1 Hot Dog | TJX +5%


Home Depot Q1 U.S. comp sales +3.0% Press release


…Home Depot same-store sales misses on wet weather, lumber prices at Reuters. “Home Depot Inc reported its slowest growth in quarterly same-store sales in at least three years on Tuesday, missing Wall Street estimates, as the home improvement chain was hurt by wet weather in February and a steep fall in lumber prices.” Read more


TJX Companies Q1 comp sales +5.0%  Press release


Kohl’s Q1 comp sales -3.4% (vs. expected -0.2%) Press release


…Kohl’s, JC Penney earnings disappoint, sparking selloff of department store shares at CNBC. “Shares of Kohl’s and Penney were both down more than 10% in premarket trading.” Read more


Bernie Sanders will attend Walmart’s annual meeting to push for higher pay and other labor reforms at CNBC. “If hourly workers at Walmart were well represented on its board, I doubt you would see the CEO of Walmart making over a thousand times more than its average worker,” Sanders told The Washington Post, which first reported the news.” Read more


AutoZone Q3 comp sales +3.9% “During the quarter…AutoZone opened 35 new stores in the U.S…(total worldwide store) count of 6,287.” Press release


JCPenney Q1 comp sales -5.5% Press release


…JCPenney Announces Shawn Gensch as Chief Customer Officer “Gensch joins JCPenney from Sprouts Farmers Market where he served as chief customer officer.” Press release


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Urban Outfitters to Start Renting Its Clothes by Khadeeja Safdar at Wall Street Journal. “…launching an $88 monthly service in the summer that allows shoppers to borrow six items…The new business, called Nuuly, will be run as a separate entity by David Hayne, chief digital officer at Urban Outfitters and son of the company’s co-founder and CEO.” WSJ subs.


U.S. Postal Service Starts Testing Self-Driving Trucks at TechCrunch. “TuSimple announced Tuesday that it was awarded a contract to complete five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles between the postal service’s Phoenix and Dallas distribution centers. A safety engineer and driver will be on board throughout the pilot.” Read more


Nordstrom’s massive department store for women set to open this October in New York at CNBC. “The grand opening will be Oct. 24 for the more than 300,000-square-foot space, a spokeswoman told CNBC. Nordstrom opened its first full-price store for men in Manhattan, on West 57th Street, in April 2018. The women’s space is now under construction right next door.” Read more


Dressbarn plans to shut all 650 stores at CNBC. “…(Ascena will) focus on its more profitable brands. Ascena, which also owns apparel chains Ann Taylor and Loft, said the decision wasn’t an easy one…” Read more


SpartanNash Q1 retail comp sales -0.3% Press release


Flipkart founder: How I sold my business to Walmart for $16 billion at CNBC. “When we started Flipkart, we were really focusing on books, just one category and focusing on getting the customer experience right for our books,” said Bansal…That differed from the dominant approach in 2007, when the company started and several other businesses were trying to cash in on India’s growing appetite for e-commerce.” Read more


Amazon Prime Boss Named CEO of Google-Backed Quantum Computing Startup by Robert Hackett at Fortune. Read more


Watchdog group sues Walmart for selling “nonsense” homeopathic remedies by Rina Raphael at Fast Company. “The reason we are bringing these lawsuits is because the two bodies that regulate the drug industry–the FDA and the FTC –simply aren’t doing enough [in regard to homeopathy],” says Little. “If Tylenol, for example, put on its packaging, ‘will help regrow limbs after amputation,’ it would get closed down by the FDA.” Read more


McConnell introduces bill making the legal smoking age 21 by Andrew Siddons at Roll Call. “I recognize that I might seem like an unusual candidate to lead this charge,” he said. But he argued that Kentucky farmers had the same interest as anyone else in making sure their children don’t become addicted to nicotine. “Youth vaping is a public health crisis,” he said.” Read more


Walmart, Target, Bed Bath must face lawsuit over fake ‘Egyptian’ cotton at Reuters. “According to the complaint, the retailers sold Welspun’s “Egyptian” cotton well into 2016 even though Target and Bed Bath & Beyond had known for several months, and Walmart had known as early as 2008, that the cotton was mislabeled.” Read more


Postmates workers want minimum delivery guarantees and at least $15 per hour at TechCrunch. “Up until this past weekend, Postmates  guaranteed its delivery workers at least $4 per job. Postmates has since gotten rid of that minimum job guarantee and changed the base rate per job, as well as changed the per-mile rate in some markets.” Read more


Amazon a winner as Supreme Court sides with Post Office on package delivery prices at Fox Business. Read more


Coca-Cola is bringing back New Coke in honor of ‘Stranger Things’ at CNN Money. “The third season of the show takes place during the summer of 1985 — when Coca-Cola debuted a new recipe…Bringing New Coke back is a way for Coca-Cola to “not take ourselves too seriously,” Stuart Kronauge, president of Coke’s sparkling business unit and SVP of marketing for Coca-Cola North America, told CNN Business.” Read more


What’s the best hot dog in America? Costco’s by Maura Judkis at Washington Post via Seattle Times. “They were universally loved by our tasters for their “solid salt and garlic balance,” “a very beefy hot dog with a lot of seasoning” and “good size, pretty good snap and well-balanced taste.” Top 15/Read more


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Tipsheet: WM New HQ | Lowe’s Acquires | Lidl +25 E. Coast


Kohl’s lands deal with Fanatics to sell its licensed sports gear online at CNBC. “The partnership will make Fanatics the exclusive distributor of all licensed sports apparel and accessories — for men, women and kids — for Kohl’s.” Read more


Walmart unveils plans for its sprawling new home office in Bentonville by Lauren Thomas at CNBC. “Walmart is one step closer to moving into a new home office for more than 14,000 people, which will be outfitted with fitness centers for employees and their families, a child-care facility, more diverse dining options like food trucks, trails for hiking and biking, and tons of windows — yes, more windows. Walmart’s current home office is notorious for lacking natural light.” Pics/Read more


…(Dan) Bartlett did not disclose a construction cost Friday. One real estate executive in Benton County has previously estimated Walmart’s investment could be close to $1 billion. by Kim Souza at Talk Business.  Read more


Amazon Bets on Kohl’s as Its Own Brick-and-Mortar Efforts Falter by Spencer Soper & Jordyn Holman at Bloomberg. “One Chicago-area Kohl’s store accepts more than 1,000 Amazon returns a day, according to an employee who works there. Most of the shoppers are handed a coupon offering 25% off of any product from Kohl’s.” Tiered subs.


Lowe’s acquires retail analytics platform from Boomerang Commerce “The platform provides a retail analytics solution that processes product and pricing data sets to convert them to insights and actions. The acquisition is designed to assist in modernizing and digitizing Lowe’s approach to pricing.” Press release


Sears’ Seven Decades of Self-Destruction by Geoff Colvin & Phil Wahba at Fortune. “After closing more than 3,500 stores over the past 14 years and filing for bankruptcy last fall, Sears could use some genuine good news. A Sears spokesman says the post-bankruptcy business “has many assets and advantages that position the company for success.” Read more


Amazon leads $575M funding round for Uber Eats competitor Deliveroo by Nat Levy at GeekWire. Read more


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Ikea invests in Livspace, a one-stop platform for interior design based in India by Jon Russell at TechCrunch. “Livspace…is aimed at taking the hassle out of interior design. The company’s platform connects homeowners with designers and the supply chain to go through ideas, chose a plan and implement it.” Read more


CVS boosts beauty sales by discouraging airbrushing by Laura Entis at PR Week. PR Week subs. 


‘Playing Catch-Up in the Game of Life.’ Millennials Approach Middle Age in Crisis by Janet Adamy & Paul Overberg at Wall Street Journal. “…millennial households had an average net worth of about $92,000 in 2016, nearly 40% less than Gen X households in 2001, adjusted for inflation…Gen X men working full time and who were heads of households earned 18% more than their millennial counterparts, and baby boomer men earned 27% more, when adjusting for inflation, age and other socioeconomic variables.” WSJ subs.


Lidl to open 25 new stores across the East Coast by Spring 2020 Press release/Location list


America’s Busiest Port Gets Ready for Robots at Bloomberg via Yahoo Finance. “The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents dockworkers across the West Coast, has gathered support from local, state and federal politicians for its effort to prevent the municipal board running the port from letting the company proceed with its plans.” Read more


Morgan Stanley upgrades ‘retail survivor’ Target at CNBC. “The firm upgraded the stock to equal-weight from underweight and reiterated its $67 price target.” Read more


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Walmart Q1 U.S. comp sales +3.4% (vs. +3.3% expected) at CNBC. “Walmart earnings for the first quarter top analysts’ estimates…Walmart’s e-commerce revenues during the quarter grew 37%.” Read more


Walmart says higher tariffs on China goods will increase prices for U.S. shoppers at Reuters. “Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs told Reuters that…(Walmart) will seek to ease the pain, in part by trying to obtain products from different countries and by working with suppliers’ “costs structures to manage higher tariffs.” Read more


Sam’s Club Q1 comp sales +0.3% (ex. fuel) Press release


Dillard’s Q1 comp sales flat Press release


SoftBank Doubles Down on Indian Grocery Venture by Newley Purnell at Wall Street Journal. “Grofers India Pvt. said Wednesday that it received just over $200 million in a funding round led by the Vision Fund, which SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son is using to invest in cutting-edge technologies.” WSJ subs.


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Instacart and Whole Foods officially part ways at CNBC. “Whole Foods was also once Instacart’s largest partner, but a person close to the company tells CNBC that today it accounts for less than five percent of total revenue.” Read more


Macy’s Q1 comp sales +0.6% owned / +0.7% owned + licensed Press release


Kohl’s explores acquisition of At Home Group at Reuters. “Kohl’s recently started conversations with At Home Group to explore a deal, the sources said. At Home Group has been exploring a sale for the last three months, and is already in advanced deal negotiations with private equity firms, including Hellman & Friedman LLC, the sources added.” Read more


100 Best Corporate Citizens (Gap #9, CVS #28, Best Buy #67) at CR Magazine. List


Boxed Partners With Lidl by Chloe Sorvino at Forbes. “(Boxed) now offers delivery to Lidl customers in parts of both New York and Georgia…Boxed customers in those areas will now also have access to fresh meat and produce delivery for the first time…“This is just the first test,” says Chieh Huang, CEO and cofounder of Boxed. “But as the partnership gets deeper, we can bring a lot more to the table.” Read more


The world’s 20 fastest growing retailers (Wayfair #2, Duluth Trading #8) at USA Today. Read more


Online Luggage Retailer Away Lands $1.4 Billion Valuation as It Plots Expansion by Katie Roof at Wall Street Journal. “Away, which said its 2018 sales totaled $150 million, is planning to use some of the new capital to expand into apparel, wellness and lifestyle accessories. Co-founders Jen Rubio and Steph Korey, both previously with Warby Parker, said they are considering adding businesses like skin care, supplements and comfortable yet fashionable clothes for wearing on a plane.” WSJ subs.


Petco offering a free upgrade to artificial-free pet food by Kelly Tyko at USA Today. “This weekend, bring in any can or bag of dog or cat food with artificial ingredients to one of the retailer’s 1,500-plus locations and get a free artificial-free upgrade…(Petco) stopped selling dog and cat food with artificial ingredients on May 1.” Read more


Jeff Bezos moves some earth to break ground on new $1.5B Amazon Prime Air hub near Cincinnati by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “…new 3-million-square-foot air cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The $1.5 billion project, which is scheduled to open in 2021, will reportedly create 2,000 jobs.” Read more


Alibaba invests about $635M in Red Star Macalline, one of China’s largest furniture sellers by Catherine Shu at TechCrunch. Read more


What do Google Chrome’s new privacy customization options mean for retailers? by Katie Evans at Bloomberg via Internet Retailer. “Leon Rbibo, president of online jewelry retailer, says he is taking a wait and see approach. “Initially it was shocking to hear the news from Google, especially as we do quite a bit of display advertising and this could potentially impact who gets served ads and when.” Read more


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