Wegmans #22 Women | Lowe’s #1 Radio | BJ’s 20th State


Pharmacy staff from CVS, Walgreens stores in US start three-day walkout at Reuters. “The walkout, which has been dubbed “Pharmageddon” on social media platforms such as Meta’s Facebook where it was largely planned, started on Monday and led to the closing of some stores in New York City, two organizers told Reuters.” Read more


100 Best Large Workplaces for Women at Fortune

  • Wegmans #22
  • Publix #69


Walmart Celebrates Re-Grand Opening of 117 Remodeled Stores Across U.S Press release


Home Improvement Retailers Amp Up Radio Presence at Inside Radio. “Lowe’s leaps 13 positions up the weekly spot count tally to reach No. 1 for the first time this year. Lowe’s doubled its spot load to 52,166 occurrences for the week of Oct. 23-29. That’s 17,000 more than the Home Depot ran, even as it advances 8-6.” Read more/Top 10 list


60 entrepreneurs get ‘golden ticket’ to do business with Walmart at Talk Business. “Walmart and Sam’s Club merchant teams handed out 60 golden tickets for a deal by 5 p.m. from almost 1,000 meetings held between two corporate locations and virtually. A few companies got two golden tickets for separate products they pitched.” Read more


Eyedrops from CVS, Rite Aid and others carry possible infection risk, FDA says at Boston Globe/AP. Read more


Ahold Delhaize Makes Major Grocery Acquisition in Europe at Progressive Grocer. “Ahold Delhaize has agreed to acquire 100% of Romanian grocery retailer Profi Rom Food SRL from MidEuropa for an enterprise value of approximately €1.3 billion (almost USD $1.4 billion).” Read more


BJ’s Wholesale Club to give free Thanksgiving turkeys to members at Supermarket News. “From Nov. 1 through Nov. 9, BJ’s members will be eligible to receive a digital coupon for a free fresh or frozen whole turkey when they spend $150 in the same transaction, in-club or online.” Read more


…BJ’s enters its 20th state as it continues to expand in the Southeast at Progressive Grocer. “…will open its first club location in Alabama on Nov. 10. The new club, located at 165 Graphics Drive in Madison, is part of the mixed-use development called Town Madison and just minutes from Toyota Field.” Read more


Zulily moves into new Seattle office following ownership change and more layoffs at GeekWire. “The e-commerce retailer recently moved into a new space at the 95 Jackson building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. GeekWire visited the new office last week. The space had office furniture and desks, but there were only a handful of employees.” Read more


Sprouts Farmers Market Reports Q3 2023 Results – Comparable store sales growth of 3.9% Press release


Jury convicts man in arson attack on Target headquarters after false rumor of a police killing at Star Tribune. “That same night, Edwards and Jackson stole designer purses and other items from Saks Off Fifth on Nicollet Mall, and Edwards texted acquaintances telling them about the purses. When one of the acquaintances asked why he was downtown, Edwards replied, “Lootin.” Read more


Americans are still putting way too much food into landfills at AP. “More than one-third of the food produced in the U.S. is never eaten…That’s why more than 50 local officials signed onto a letter Tuesday calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to help municipal governments cut food waste in their communities.” Read more


Amazon tests letting warehouse workers listen to music and other audio via Bluetooth earplugs at GeekWire. Read more


There’s an easy way cities can lure in more holiday shoppers: Get rid of street parking at Business Insider. “The study notes that shop owners often oppose removing street parking around them because they’re “afraid of deteriorated accessibility, declining pedestrian frequencies, and lower revenue.” But the researchers, who looked at rent for retail spaces in the city center of Aachen, Germany between 2015 and 2022, found that those fears are largely unfounded.” Read more


Goodwill evacuated after live ‘cluster bomblet’ found among donations at NY Post. “Employees of the thrift store in the city of Janesville outside Madison made the startling discovery Friday morning while inventorying donated items, prompting the evacuation of an entire city block for more than two and a half hours while authorities investigated, police said.” Read more

USA Today Rips Pharmacies | Top 200 Inventions ’23 | T.Supply -0.4%


U.S. GDP grew at a 4.9% annual pace in the third quarter, better than expected at CNBC. “The chain-weighted price index, which takes into accounts changes in consumer shopping patterns to gauge inflation, rose 3.5% for the quarter, up from 1.7% in Q2 and higher than the Dow Jones estimate for 2.5%.” Read more


Tractor Supply Q3: Net sales increase of 4.3% / Comp store sales decline 0.4% Press release


UPS to Acquire Happy Returns, a Leader in Reverse Logistics Press release


Time: The 200 Best Inventions of 2023 Read more/List


America’s broken pharmacy system in revolt over burnout and errors at USA Today. “USA TODAY interviewed four dozen current and former retail pharmacists from different chains across the nation and spoke with industry leaders, patient advocates and patients harmed by pharmacy errors…also reviewed more than 100 emails from chain pharmacists sharing their concerns; inspected internal emails, text messages, metric score sheets and coaching notes; and listened to more than five hours of recorded conference calls.” Read more


NRF: Retail theft is the worst in these 10 US cities at The Hill

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oakland/San Francisco, California
  • Houston, Texas
  • New York City, New York
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sacramento, California and Chicago, Illinois (tied)
  • Denver, Colorado; Miami, Florida; and Albuquerque, New Mexico


Retailers, Prosecutors Unite to Fight Retail Crime “Since its debut in September, National Store Walk Month has paired retailers with district attorneys’ offices for 80 store walks to discuss shared challenges and solutions to tackling retail crime and violence.” Press release


Amazon’s focus on speed, surveillance drives higher warehouse worker injuries, study finds at CNBC. “Nearly 70% of Amazon employees who participated in the survey said they’ve had to take unpaid time off due to pain or exhaustion suffered on the job in the past month, while 34% have had to do so three or more times.” Read more


Lululemon’s Founder Is Racing to Cure the Rare Disease Destroying His Muscles at Bloomberg. “For decades, Chip Wilson has been facing a form of muscular dystrophy. Now the notoriously unfiltered billionaire is spending $100 million to cure it.” Bloomberg subs. 


Amazon’s new generative AI tool lets advertisers enhance product images at TechCrunch. Read more


Mike Rowe, infant catheter to relieve gas, part of Walmart Open Call at Talk Business. “Walmart hosted more than 600 potential suppliers at its 10th annual Open Call event on Tuesday (Oct. 24) at its corporate offices in Bentonville. Included were several suppliers like Proud Source Water and Beyond Green compostable cutlery, who landed previous deals.” Read more


Long Misunderstood, Baked Beans Are Busting Loose at WSJ. “Kraft Heinz began selling frozen pizza topped with baked beans in the U.K. last year…The pizza, says Heinz, is part of its Beanz Liberation campaign to free beans from the can. Other efforts include stuffing baked beans into frozen hash brown potatoes and combining baked beans with parsnips, carrot and spices to form curry-flavored nuggets, currently available in the U.K.” WSJ subs.


Costco’s 157-piece Le Creuset cookware deal has social media users sounding off at Fox. “In a now viral X post garnering over 21.5 million views, a finance and tech content creator announced that Costco sells a “Le Creuset 157-piece Ultimate Cookware Set” for $4,499.99.” Read more

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A first-hand look at Amazon’s new ‘Sequoia’ warehouse robotic system at GeekWire. “We got a first-hand look and a guided tour of the new robotic system with Rain Wang, an Amazon senior technical product manager who leads the Sequoia project, during a tour at Amazon’s “Delivering the Future” event in Sumner. Later, we sat down to discuss the details with Scott Dresser, Amazon Robotics vice president.” Read more/Video


Ex-Amazon manager writes tell-all memoir about working while female at Seattle Times. “It’s a place, as she describes it, where no feedback is good feedback, “where you never feel like you’re really nailing it,” and where the frantic quest to prove yourself “nearly superhuman” — a criteria for becoming an executive — exacts a punishing toll. It’s also a place where she occupied rooms filled mostly with men and where she kept trying to convince the few women in her orbit, typically brilliant and self-flagellating, that they were not about to be fired.” Read more


How ‘household restocking’ startup The Rounds uses tech and AI to make sustainable e-commerce profitable at TechCrunch. “Launched in 2019 in Philadelphia, and now available in D.C., Miami and Atlanta, The Rounds allows customers to shop from across 650 SKUs, up from 150 just a year ago…At present, the service has north of 10,000 paying subscribers — a figure that could be impacted by the service’s price. “It is not the cheapest,” Torrey admits.” Read more


Moosejaw’s 1st Utah location opens as chain’s other nationwide stores prepare to close at KSL TV 5. “Dick’s Sporting Goods acquired the company earlier this year. Then, last month, it decided it would shutter most of Moosejaw’s nationwide locations…Moosejaw’s Salt Lake City location, which officially opened on Thursday, is one of three that will remain open in the future, joining a store in Bentonville, Arkansas, and another in Birmingham, Michigan.” Read more


Amazon Confronts a New Rival: TikTok at WSJ. “TikTok launched its shopping feature, called TikTok Shop, last month and is currently selling about $7 million worth of products like hairbrushes, teeth-whitening tools and fall-themed sweatshirts with leaves and pumpkins every day in the U.S., with a goal of reaching $10 million a day by the end of the year, according to people familiar with the matter…TikTok is spending heavily to build a logistics operation, poaching Amazon employees and trying to lure third-party sellers by offering them a bigger cut of sales than Amazon, according to sellers.” WSJ subs. 


Amazon, Microsoft, and India crack down on tech support scams at The Verge. “Call center operators use pop-ups, malware, and cold calls to get people to pay for PC ‘fixes’ they don’t really need.” Read more


Costco shopper says he cracked secret to wholesaler’s price tags and mysterious asterisk at Fox Business. “Prices that end in “.99” are considered to be a full price or regularly priced item. Anything ending in a “.97” is counted as a “store manager deal.” “It’s exclusive to that store and it’s probably not gonna last long,” the TikToker continued. Prices ending in “.49” and “.79″ have the same meaning — a manufacturer special offer.” Read more/Video


Amazon considers offering veterinary telehealth at CNBC. “Amazon could turn to Pawp to fuel a potential pet telehealth offering in time for the holiday season because Pawp has already proven it can scale with a large retailer. Amazon could also partner with one of the dozens of other pet telehealth startups on the market or build its own practice, which is what Chewy did when it began offering the service during the Covid pandemic.” Read more


Why Ulta Beauty is piloting in-store sampling machines at Ad Age. “Ulta Beauty is partnering with SOS, a startup that provides digital vending machines of health and wellness products, for a pilot program. The six-month deal includes the installation of SOS machines doling out samples in 10 Ulta locations in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, California and Texas.” Ad Age subs. 


Temu’s Win Over Shein in the US Is Hurting Its Bottom Line at Bloomberg. “Sales last month were more than double Shein’s in the nation. Both firms face growing ESG scrutiny, geopolitical headwinds.” Bloomberg subs. 


Walmart teams with Chris Stapleton for “Heroes & Headliners” celebrity concert “On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Walmart is celebrating the military community with a star-studded concert for veterans and their families. The first Heroes & Headliners concert features musical acts Chris Stapleton, H.E.R. and Imagine Dragons with Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek serving as emcees.” Press release


Halloween chocolate is pricier this year as El Niño hits cacao bean crop at CNBC. “Cocoa futures surged to $3,786 per metric ton on Monday, the highest since 1979…The price of candy in September was 7.5 percent higher than a year ago, according to the most recent consumer price index.” Read more



Inside Wegmans Manhattan | Amazon ‘Consult-a-Friend’ | Target #25 ESG


Costco’s CEO will step down in January at AP. “He’ll be succeeded by the company’s president, Ron Vachris, who has been with Costco for more than 40 years…Vachris started with Costco as a forklift driver…Jelinek will remain with the company through April in an advisory role and will continue as a member of Costco’s board.” Read more


Amazon will start testing drones that will drop prescriptions on your doorstep, literally at AP. “…customers in College Station, Texas, can now get prescriptions delivered by a drone within an hour of placing their order. The drone, programed to fly from a delivery center with a secure pharmacy, will travel to the customer’s address, descend to a height of about four meters — or 13 feet — and drop a padded package.” Read more


Walmart beefs up its third-party marketplace at CNBC. “It was summer in Las Vegas — the temperature hit nearly 110 degrees that late August day — but Christmas was on everyone’s minds. While Santa Claus wandered around during an invitation-only conference, businesses that sell items on Walmart’s website attended how-to sessions and swapped advice. Walmart leaders gave third-party marketplace sellers an early gift, too: Waiving extra fees for storing merchandise during the peak season…” Read more


Bezos-Backed Convoy Is Winding Down Its Freight Business at WSJ. “…has been hurt by crumbling freight demand over the past year, is exploring selling off teams, software or intellectual property, according to a person familiar with the matter. Convoy, which matches loads to available trucks, is one of the largest in a slew of technology-driven companies that have started up in the past decade looking to make freight marketplaces more efficient.” WSJ subs. 


Walmart requiring all suppliers to move to Luminate data service at Talk Business. “Walmart is requiring all of its suppliers to subscribe to its Luminate data service beginning in October…will phase out its Decision Support System (DSS) app in the Retail Link portal and will no longer be available as of March 1, 2024.” Read more


Inside Wegmans’ first ever Manhattan store at Daily Mail. “For Sharon Singer of New Jersey, October 18 was a double-whammy: not only was it her 62nd birthday but also the opening of Manhattan’s first Wegmans. Singer and more than a hundred fellow ‘Wegmaniacs’ were lined up eagerly along Broadway in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning, awaiting the opening of its much-anticipated new store.” Read more/Pics


….More Wegmans opening pics via NY Post


Walmart Heir’s Bet on Formula One Shows Racing’s Allure for Billionaires at Bloomberg. “Rob Walton’s investment in McLaren Racing adds fuel to a boom that has sent the value of F1 teams soaring.” Bloomberg subs. 


WSJ reviews Costco Men’s Clothing Slide show/WSJ subs.


3BL ranks U.S. companies on ESG transparency and performance (Target #25, Best Buy #80) Top 100 list


Amazon unveils ‘Sequoia’ warehouse robotics system and starts testing Agility’s Digit robot at GeekWire “Amazon announced a new robotic system dubbed Sequoia, designed to let employees pick and place products in their ergonomic “power zones,” eliminating the reaching and squatting common in its current approach.” Read more


Macy’s Launches New Digital Fashion Platform – mstylelab Press release


Inside Amazon’s Rivian electric van: A greener, quieter ride — and a sliding door fit for Star Trek at GeekWire. “The coolest feature in the cab is the bulkhead door that accesses the cargo area…which opened with the push of a touchscreen button. It also opens automatically when the van is put in park. Maybe that’s why a driver once told me that he felt like he was driving a spaceship.” Read more/Pics/Video


Target COO John Mulligan to retire in 2025 Chain Store Age


Amazon adds social shopping features, including a way to ask friends for product feedback at TechCrunch. “The feature, dubbed “Consult-a-Friend,” lets shoppers send a message to people whose advice they want to receive. This message includes a link to the new experience where friends can react to the product shown using emojis and optionally add commentary.” Read more

New Fake Review Coalition | D.Dash Likes Gamers | DA Meets ULTA


Retail sales rose 0.7% in September, much stronger than estimate at CNBC. “…well above the 0.3% Dow Jones estimate. Excluding autos, sales were up 0.6%, also well ahead of the forecast for just 0.2%.” Read more


Amazon, Expedia, Glassdoor, and others form coalition to fight fake reviews at GeekWire. “The new Coalition for Trusted Reviews was announced Tuesday morning by  Amazon, Booking.com, Expedia Group, Glassdoor, Tripadvisor, and Trustpilot. The companies say they “will define best practices for hosting online reviews and sharing methods of fake review detection, aiming to stop fake reviews at the source.” Read more


DoorDash’s Secret to Growth: Gamers Who Order Like They Are in Lockdown at WSJ. “DoorDash has shown up to gaming conferences, streamed battles between popular gamers and deployed ads with catchphrases such as “Stay in Your Game,” a straightforward way to remind players that every minute saved in acquiring food is another minute spent blasting the enemy to pixels. The result: Videogamers are now DoorDash’s fastest-growing pool of customers and among its most frequent users, the company says.” WSJ subs. 


Amazon quietly rolls out support for passkeys, with a catch at TechCrunch. “The option to set up a passkey is now available on the e-commerce giant’s website, allowing users to log in using biometric authentication on their device, such as their fingerprint or face scan.” Read more


Rite Aid seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at AP. “The company said Rite Aid stores will continue to fill prescriptions, and customers will still be able to visit its locations or shop online while it goes through its voluntary Chapter 11 process. But that process also will allow it to speed up its plan to close underperforming stores.” Read more


…Rite Aid Appoints Jeffrey S. Stein Chief Executive Officer Press release


Amazon partners with Petco in latest expansion of return drop-off footprint at GeekWire. “(Amazon) confirmed that it recently began testing a partnership with pet giant Petco, which will accept returns from customers who purchased items on Amazon.com.” Read more


Dollar General Might Get Shortchanged After CEO Encore at WSJ. “Less than a year after handing over the reins, Todd Vasos was reappointed chief executive officer of the struggling retailer. By the time of the announcement, its shares were down by nearly 59% so far in 2023. Vasos ran Dollar General from June 2015 until last November and had remained on its board.” WSJ subs.


Jeff Bezos buys $79M mansion in Florida’s exclusive ‘Billionaire Bunker’ at GeekWire. “Bloomberg reported that the seven bedroom, 14 bath estate is located in the exclusive Indian Creek area of Miami. The man-made barrier island is referred to as “Billionaire Bunker” and is home to notable residents including investor Carl Icahn, ex-NFL star Tom Brady, singer Julio Iglesias, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.” Read more


Brands hand out more free samples at Walmart as online ads lose appeal Ad Age subs. 


San Diego District Attorney meets with businesses to crack down on organized retail crimes at Fox 5. “Stephan met with ULTA Beauty loss prevention management and employees as she toured their San Marcos location…Stephan talked with two of the store’s managers, who said a majority of the store employees are female, and fearful about the attacks, which are getting more and more aggressive.” Read more


LVMH boss Bernard Arnault has just lost his spot as the world’s second-richest person to Jeff Bezos Fortune subs. 


Billionaire former Victoria’s Secret CEO pulls funding from Harvard, accusing the school of ‘dismal failure’ to take a stand for Israel at Business Insider. “In the absence of this clear moral stand, we have determined that the Harvard Kennedy School and The Wexner Foundation are no longer compatible partners,” the statement said. “Our core values and those of Harvard no longer align.” Read more

Target 10 or Less | WM #2 Milk | Lowe’s CEO Helps


Consumer prices rose 0.4% in September, more than expected at CNBC. “Excluding volatile food and energy prices, the so-called core CPI increased 0.3% on the month and 4.1% on a 12-month basis, both exactly in line with expectations.” Read more


Walgreens profit outlook comes up short at CNBC. “Walgreens’ U.S. retail pharmacy segment generated $27.66 billion in sales in the fiscal fourth quarter, an increase of 3.7% from the same period last year. Comparable sales at individual locations rose 5.7%. Pharmacy sales for the quarter increased 6.4% compared with the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, with comparable sales up more than 9% due to price inflation in brand medications and mix impacts.” Read more | Press release


…Walgreens taps healthcare industry veteran Tim Wentworth as CEO at Reuters. “Wentworth, the former top boss of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts before it was bought by Cigna, will be tasked with overseeing a push by Walgreens to diversify its healthcare services…” Read more


Target stores throughout Maine have activated a 10 item or less limit for self-checkout lanes at WCCY. “That will be welcome news for customers at some Target stores in Maine, where lines can extend more than 50 people deep on the busiest of days and times.” Read more


Walmart plans for second milk plant at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “Walmart Inc. plans to open its second milk-processing plant in 2025 in Valdosta, Ga., with construction starting by the end of this year. The company opened its first such plant in 2019 in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Georgia plant will create nearly 400 jobs.” Read more


New Google Store and ‘Visitor Experience’ center in Mountain View is now open at 9 to 5 Google. “After opening New York locations in Chelsea and Williamsburg, the Google Store now has a West Coast outpost. Wood is the prominent material with a long and winding “cabinets of curiosities” showcasing products. There’s also a literal “kids space” with a music experience running on Pixel Tablets.” Read more/Pics


Alice Walton’s $40M gift aims to boost museum access nationwide at The City Wire. Read more


Inside Kroger’s first-ever Hispanic concept store, now open in Houston at Houston Chronicle. “The store’s revamp came at a time when Kroger Division President Laura Urquiza Gump made company history as the first Latina president. The grocer said the store could lead to future concept stores. It now competes with other Hispanic-focused stores like H-E-B’s Mi Tienda stores and La Michocana stores.” Read more/Pics


Ross Stores Appoints Stephen Brinkley as President, Operations “Most recently, Mr. Brinkley served as President of SportChek, a subsidiary of Canadian Tire Corporation.” Press release


Ergo’s Shopify app gives online retailers joy of bartering without the hassle at TechCrunch. “What’s different about ergo versus your typical market is that there is no back-and-forth. When the consumer clicks the “make an offer” button, they enter in some information, including how much they are willing to pay and how long they are willing to wait for that product. Using that information, the retailer makes a decision on whether to accept or reject the offer.” Read more


Walmart exec McLay vows to fight inflation: ‘Now is a time where we are more than relevant in consumers’ lives’ Fortune subs. 


Why Americans Are Obsessed With These Ugly Sandals at WSJ. “(Fraser) was living in the U.S. when she took a spa trip back to Germany in 1966 and came across “sandals that weren’t pretty to look at.” But after years of trying anything to fix her aching feet—even standing on a phone book and gripping it with her toes—she tried on her first Birkenstocks. She was pain-free within months.” WSJ subs. 


Lowe’s CEO helps bring $8.5 million in donations to research and treatment center at HBS Dealer. Read more

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Consumers starting to buckle for first time in a decade, former Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon warns at CNBC. “They usually say 50-inch TV [is] $199 or something like that. And now, they say 50-inch TV [is] 40% off,” said Simon. “You use percentages when you’re not real proud of your price point. I think you’ve got inflation pushing the relative price points up.” Read more/Video


Walgreens pharmacy staff walk out, citing unsafe working conditions at Washington Post via MSN. “Thousands of Walgreens pharmacy staff across the country are walking off work this week, alleging that poor working conditions are putting employees and patients at risk. The walkout could impact hundreds of stores starting Monday and going through Wednesday, an organizer of the effort told The Washington Post…” Read more


Walmart Bets Online Doctors Will Lower Its $6 Billion Health Care Tab at Bloomberg. “Walmart Inc. will offer online primary care doctors to about 1 million people on its employee health insurance plan in an attempt to improve medical outcomes and lower costs. It will also be a big test of how much treatment can shift to the web.” Bloomberg subs. 


…Included Health Unveils New Virtual Primary Care Results Alongside Walmart Press release


Costco accused of sharing users’ health data with Meta at Seattle Times. “The lawsuit filed in Washington Western District Court alleges Costco used Meta Pixel, a code that allows companies to track visitor activity on their websites, in the health care portion of its website…“Advertisers should not send sensitive information about people through our business tools,” Meta said Monday. “Doing so is against our policies and we educate advertisers on properly setting up business tools to prevent this from occurring.” Costco is considered a Meta advertiser.” Read more


Nike reigns supreme among teen shoppers — here are the other brands they love the most at CNBC. “Amazon dominates as the online shopping site of choice. Shein comes up 2nd, but with just 7% of share compared to Amazon’s 59%. StockX and Temu moved into the top 10 after not making the list in the spring. Princess Polly and GOAT fell out of the top 10.” Read more


The big AI and robotics concept that has attracted both Walmart and Softbank at CNBC. “Symbotic’s stock is up near 190% this year, and Walmart owns 11% of its shares, as part of its deal to automate the retailer’s 42 U.S. regional distribution centers for packaged consumer goods.” Read more


Kroger Health pres. on bringing personalized healthcare to ‘new level’ at Yahoo Finance. “Kroger Health President Colleen Lindholz sat down with Yahoo Finance’s Anjalee Khemlani at the 2023 HLTH Conference to discuss the company’s retail pharmacies as well as the industry impact from weight-loss drugs. “We define ‘Food as Medicine’ as a dedicated, educated, and personalized approach to helping people enjoy food so they can live a healthier life and we can prevent disease before it starts,” Lindholz says.” Video & Transcript


Walmart’s former top woman executive reflects on her rise to the C-suite and hints at her next chapter at Fortune via Yahoo. “In a wide-ranging interview with Fortune, McKenna shared advice for women looking to chart a similar C-suite path…She credits Walmart for giving her assignments of increasing difficulty and outside her comfort zone, allowing her to prove her mettle. But she also notes the importance of taking ownership of one’s career. “I’ve been able to have these experiences, but I’ve had to take the leap into them as well,” she told Fortune a few weeks after stepping down.” Read more


Waffle House employees push for $25-an-hour wages and improved security at Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We’re rapidly growing because people see, ‘Oh, hey, there’s an actual effort to get a union going at Waffle House,’” Green said of the union, though the USSW does not plan to file a formal petition to unionize. A representative from USSW said that workers instead put “direct pressure” on companies by “participating in protected union activity” like petitioning.” Read more


Walmart GoLocal Announces Rina Hurst, Former Chief Business Officer at Shipt, as Vice President “Before Shipt, Hurst spent ten years at Target in a variety of roles across merchandising and business partnerships and began her career in management consulting.” Press release


HOME DEPOT ASSIST – 77-year-old veteran facing fines from city; instead, gets house remodeled for free at WLNS 6. “Rahn said DeWitt Township has been great to work with, giving the VFW post as much time as necessary to help Smith. Home Depot then reached out to the post, giving them a grant that would pay for the remodeling of Smith’s home.” Read more


Why Costco is so popular among the Amish at Business Insider. “One reason the couple says Amish people love Costco is because the stores where a large Amish community resides, like the one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, cater to their preferred mode of transport: horse and buggy. “There is a shed in the parking lot for them to park their horses and buggies, and it’s just fantastic,” David said.” Read more


Home Depot Tracked a Crime Ring and Found an Unusual Suspect at Wall Street Journal. “For years, Robert Dell ran a drug recovery program at what was known as The Rock Community Church and Transformation Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. On the side, prosecutors say, Dell also ran an organized retail-crime ring. The pastor had been working as a fence, the middleman buying stolen goods from thieves and reselling them for a profit, according to prosecutors.” WSJ subs. 


Walmart’s Mexico unit to face anti-trust panel after three-year investigation at Reuters. “Specifics of the allegations were not immediately clear. In 2020, Cofece flagged concern about large retail chains imposing terms on their suppliers, saying such practices created risk for the smaller companies and could hit their finances.” Read more

Costco +3.7% | CVS CEO #1 Powerful | Canada Deadline Nears


Costco September comp sales (ex fuel and f/x) +3.7% / US +2.7% / Canada +8% / Other Int’l +4.9% / Ecom +3.5% “Costco reported net sales of $22.75 billion for the retail month of September, the five weeks ended October 1, 2023, an increase of 6.0 percent from $21.46 billion last year.” Press release & Top 10 | Fortune subs. 


CANADA: Grocers mum on plan to lower food prices ahead of Thanksgiving deadline at Toronto Star. “The federal government’s Thanksgiving deadline is fast approaching for major Canadian grocers to come up with a plan to stabilize prices amid a months-long food affordability crisis. But few details have been divulged on how that will be achieved, leaving many wondering what such a plan from the grocers would look like, or how the government would even measure its success.” Read more


Walgreens Test of Ad-Enabled Cooler Doors Ends Up in Court at Wall Street Journal. “Cooler Screens, is suing the pharmacy chain, saying that Walgreens obstructed an agreed-upon nationwide rollout of the internet-connected doors and demanded their removal from stores, according to court documents. Walgreens, meanwhile, says the technology from Cooler Screens didn’t work. The retailer said it ended its agreement with the vendor in February, according to the court documents.” WSJ subs. 


Starbucks plans to close seven San Francisco locations at Yahoo Finance. Read more


Walmart experiments with generative AI tools that can help you plan a party or decorate at TechCrunch. “During a demo with TechCrunch, a company spokesperson outlined how the retail giant is experimenting with generative AI to help shoppers in all stages of the shopping experience, from the search and discovery phase to making a purchase. Three features coming down the pipeline include a shopping assistant, generative AI-powered search and an interior design feature.” Read more


Fortune: 100 Most Powerful Women in Business. #1 Karen S. Lynch, President and CEO, CVS Health Press release / Top 10 list


‘Super retailers’ see fewer shopping trips, longer visits at The City Wire. “Placer.ai reports that…the share of visits looks to have shifted in the past few years. Walmart’s visit share shrunk from 55.2% to 50.6% between early 2019 and 2023. Target grew its share of store visits from 16.8% to 18.7% in the same period.” Read more


These 13 iconic Austin businesses have stood the test of time. at Austin American-Statesman. Read more


America’s Food Giants Confront the Ozempic Era at Wall Street Journal. “Big food companies and investors are watching as Ozempic and other similar weight-loss drugs flow to millions of people, upending America’s diet industry and raising new questions about how consumers will eat. “ WSJ subs.


…Ozempic Is Making People Buy Less Food, Walmart Says at Bloomberg. “Walmart Inc. says it’s already seeing an impact on shopping demand from people taking the diabetes drug Ozempic, Wegovy and other appetite-suppressing medications.” Bloomberg subs. 


The Buckle September comparable sales decreased 11.1% Press release


Record chicken prices squeeze US shoppers, benefit Tyson Foods at Reuters. “Chicken prices at U.S. grocery stores have hit record highs and should stay elevated as Tyson Foods and other companies dial back poultry production to boost margins while inflation-weary shoppers buy chicken instead of beef and pork.” Read more


Rite Aid Announces Receipt of Notice of Non-Compliance with NYSE Continued Listing Standards Press release