Tipsheet: McMillon/Woods #10 Leaders | U.S. Retail +1.6%/Canada +0.8% | Pier 1 Shutter up to 145

 

U.S. retail sales increased by the most in 1-1/2 years in March at Reuters. “The Commerce Department said retail sales surged 1.6 percent last month…Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would accelerate 0.9 percent in March. Retail sales in March advanced 3.6 percent from a year ago.” Read more

 

…Canadian retail sales jump 0.8 per cent in February – the first increase since October at Globe & Mail. Read more

 

Amazon.com plans to close its domestic marketplace in China by mid-July at Reuters. “Consumer insights firm iResearch Global said Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Tmall marketplace and JD.com Inc controlled 81.9 percent of the Chinese market last year.” Read more

 

Pier 1 Imports Q4 comp sales -13.7% Press release

 

…Pier 1 Imports to close up to 145 stores at MarketWatch. “Pier 1 shares tanked in after-hours trading, but they don’t have much farther left to fall after declining 81.9% in the past year…Wednesday’s closing price (was) less than 65 cents a share.” Read more

 

To Woo Shoppers, Stores Are Accepting Competitors’ Returns by Sarah Nassauer at Wall Street Journal. “For example, when shoppers want to return a product purchased on Levi.com they can choose to ship it to Levi, drop it off at a Levi store, or take it to a Walgreens store. “The main thing is this will drive more footfall into Walgreens,” using the chain’s convenient locations as an asset, said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance.” WSJ subs.

 

Barnes and Noble offers free download of Mueller report at The Hill. Read more

 

Chewy to create 1,200 jobs at new $55 million fulfillment center near Charlotte by Katherine Peralta at Charlotte Observer. “Chewy announced Wednesday it will open a new fulfillment center in Rowan County…Chewy has eight other fulfillment centers around the U.S.” Tiered subs.

 

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J.C. Penney fills key spots on corporate team with Walmart, Target, Macy’s hires by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. “Steve Whaley becomes senior vice president, principal accounting officer and controller…Whaley joins Penney from Walmart…Laurene Gandolfo takes over as senior vice president for home product design and development. She spent more than 20 years in the home business at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Trish Adams, who retired recently from Target, comes to Penney as a strategic adviser.” Tiered subs.

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods will sell $350 Nike Adapt BB shoes at two U.S. stores on Friday by Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch. Read more

 

Neiman Marcus Pushes Into Growing Market for ‘Preloved’ Handbags by Suzanne Kapner at Wall Street Journal. “Neiman Marcus Group is taking a minority stake in Fashionphile, an online seller of preowned designer handbags and accessories…The RealReal, a larger competitor to Fashionphile, is preparing for an initial public offering…And on Monday, a retail chain owned by H&M Group began allowing shoppers in Sweden to buy and sell previously owned goods.” WSJ subs.

 

Smart & Final markets bring $500 million in sale to an investment firm at MarketWatch. Read more

 

Best Buy Continues To Bet On Digital Health With New TytoHome Deal by Andria Cheng at Forbes. “It’s the first U.S. retailer to sell exclusively a telehealth device kit that allows consumers to perform medical tests on areas including heart, lungs, throat and ears and connect with physicians to remotely diagnose symptoms.” Read more

 

Kroger and Nuro Launch Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service in Houston Press release

 

French supermarket tests robot delivery at Reuters. “Casino’s Franprix chain will test the delivery robots on the streets of Paris’s 13th arrondissement for a year.” Read more

 

Metro Q2 food comp sales +4.3% / pharmacy comp sales +1.1% Press release

 

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Tipsheet: Walmart/Kidbox Team | Midway Mall | Blockchain 50

 

Walmart announces partnership with Kidbox – a clothing subscription box company for kids at AP News. “Walmart customers will get access to more than 120 premium children’s brands. The style box will include about five fashion items for $48, about 50% off the suggested retail price of the bundled items.” Read more

 

Chicago’s Midway Airport is becoming more like a mall. And there’s more to come. by Lauren Zumbach at Chicago Tribune. “Retailers that do well in airports tend to be those addressing needs the Internet can’t fill, like a gadget store where a traveler can replace a lost charger or shops selling products people want to see before buying, like jewelry and apparel, said Darren Perry, managing director at L.E.K. Consulting.” Tiered subs.

 

Amazon ‘flooded by fake five-star reviews’ by Tom Belger at Yahoo Finance. “Which? found more than 10,000 reviews from unverified users on just 24 pairs of headphones in a couple of hours. It said 71% of products on the first headphones page had perfect five-star reviews, and 87% of products were not confirmed as Amazon purchases.” Read more

 

Best Buy’s new CEO designed the retailer’s revival at Bloomberg via LA Times. “The (Corie) Barry-led push into services has helped Best Buy buck the trend of legacy retailers succumbing to the shift online…“They make as much money around the product as the product itself,” Johnson said. “They’ve done an excellent job on that.” Tiered subs.

 

Amazon reportedly exploring free, ad-supported music streaming service by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “Citing sources familiar with the plans, Billboard reported that Amazon is in talks to launch the music service as soon as this week. Amazon plans to market the service, which would offer a limited catalog of music at first, through its network of Echo smart speakers, according to Billboard.” Read more

 

J.Jill names Mark Webb as new CFO “Most recently, Mr. Webb was SVP, Chief Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasury Officer at Hudson’s Bay Company. He previously was with Gap, Inc. from 1995 through 2017…” Press release

 

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon in India to discuss strategy by Peerzada Abrar at Business Standard. “He (McMillon) would be visiting the Flipkart campus and would be meeting the employees,” said a person.” Read more

 

What Retail Recovery? Malls Under Pressure as Stores Close by Esther Fung at Wall Street Journal. “S&P also signaled more turbulence ahead. Analysts say about 12 of the approximately 136 retailers it rates would default this year, compared with three a year historically.” WSJ subs.

 

Forbes Blockchain 50 (Walmart, CVS, Amazon) by Michael del Castillo at Forbes. List/Read more

 

Ro, a direct-to-consumer online pharmacy, reaches $500M valuation by Kate Clark at TechCrunch. “Its latest infusion of capital will likely be used in part to support its third personalized health brand, Rory, a purveyor of women’s health products…“Right now, we have [millions] of women experiencing menopause,” Rory co-founder Rachel Blank told TechCrunch last month. “They are walking around and frankly, their vagina hurts and they are uncomfortable.” Read more

 

Rite Aid Appoints Elizabeth Burr and Katherine Quinn to Board “…Burr most recently served as chief innovation officer and vice president of healthcare trend and innovation at Humana, and Quinn, who currently serves as vice chairman and chief administrative officer of U.S. Bancorp…” Press release

 

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Champion Accidentally Hit the Fashion Jackpot by Jordyn Holman & Kim Bhasin at Bloomberg. “Champion is a benefactor of three swirling style trends that converged to create a teen and millennial fashion craze: Logo apparel is in vogue; throwback gear has returned; and streetwear—the casual style derived from skateboard and sports culture—is having a moment.” Tiered subs.

 

Bellevue accelerates self-driving transit plans as Amazon moves major team from Seattle by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. Read more

 

JD will scrap basic salary for couriers by Rita Liao at TechCrunch. “Alibaba’s arch-foe JD.com  has long prided itself on owning and controlling its logistics services: couriers are treated as in-house staff and paid a basic income. But that will end soon as costs keep piling up for the ecommerce giant.” Read more

 

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Tipsheet: Best Buy New CEO | FDA Threatens | Amazon Sweeps

 

Best Buy names Corie Barry as its new CEO, Hubert Joly to become board’s executive chairman at CNBC. “Corie Barry, currently the company’s chief financial and strategic transformation officer, will become its new chief executive officer, effective June 11…current U.S. chief operating officer Mike Mohan will be promoted to president and COO, while the company conducts an internal and external search for a new CFO.” Read more

 

FDA threatens to fine Walmart, Kroger and c-stores for selling tobacco to minors at CNBC. “The agency cited high rates of violations in nearly identical letters sent to retailers last week. In addition to the retailers above, 7-Eleven, BP, Casey’s General Stores, Chevron, Citgo, Exxon, Marathon Petroleum, Shell and Sunoco (and Family Dollar) all received the letters.” Read more

 

Amazon Finds It’s Hard to Run a Real Sweepstakes in the Robocall Era by Brad Stone at Blooomberg. “Shockingly, it is real,” (an Amazon spokesman) wrote. “Congrats!” I was gobsmacked. I called Max back to ask him a few more questions: “What are the odds of winning this?” “Astronomical,” he replied.” Tiered subs.

 

What do shoppers think of Walmart Voice Order? by Chris Medenwald at Field Agent. “15-of-21 Google Home owners in this user-experience study said they’re completely likely to use Walmart Voice Order again (i.e., to “add” groceries).” Read more

 

Amazon workers go on strike in Germany, demand better pay and working conditions at Reuters via CNBC. “Trade union Verdi said workers at warehouses in Rheinberg, Werne, Bad Hersfeld and Koblenz had stopped work, with the strike set to last until Thursday in some centers, and others potentially joining over the Easter holiday period.” Read more

 

Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana’s less taboo cousin by Anne D’Innocenzio at AP News. “Walmart says it doesn’t have plans to carry CBD-infused products at this time and Target…said it’s monitoring the situation.Meanwhile, online behemoth Amazon is staying clear of the stuff.” Read more

 

Walmart started talks for investment, ended in acquisition: Flipkart co-founder at Times of India. Read more

 

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The ‘Amazon of Africa’ soars more than 75% on its first day of trading at CNBC. “The largest e-commerce operator in Africa, Jumia Technologies…has 4 million active customers as of the fourth quarter of 2018… Jumia operates in 14 African countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Egypt.” Read more

 

Grocery consolidation likely to continue in challenging market by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “I am betting on the player [Walmart] who has been there [in grocery] longer,” she said. Schoeder said Walmart and Amazon are both giants and will likely continue their successes in the markets they serve. “I don’t think one will knock out the other, but others will fall out of the race,” he said.” Read more

 

The value of Tiger Woods’ Sunday victory at the 2019 Masters for Nike is roughly $22,540,000, according to Apex Marketing. at CNBC. Read more

 

…Did gum help Tiger Woods win? at USA Today. “Well, I’m chomping on this gum because I usually get hungry, I keep eating so much,  and it curbs my appetite a little bit, which is nice,” Woods said.” Read more

 

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Tipsheet: Stop & Shop Strike | Ross COO Out | Ma Defends ‘996’ | Black Homes Trend

 

Walmart acquires adtech startup by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “Polymorph’s technology includes a high-speed ad server, a self-serve interface and server-side header bidding. This, says Walmart, will make advertising easier for thousands of brands and will deliver more relevant ads to consumers.” Read more

 

J. Crew is considering an IPO for its Madewell clothing brand at CNBC. Read more

 

Stop & Shop supermarket workers in 3 states go on strike via Boston Herald. “Stop & Shop…has 415 stores across the Northeast but the strike affects 240 stores in the three states…According to broadcast reports, managers were keeping stores open and allowing customers to use self-checkout lanes.” Read more

 

‘How about paying your taxes?’: Walmart responds to Amazon’s challenge over pay at NBC News. Read more

 

Macy’s CEO responds to Jeff Bezos: We put our tax savings back into our employees at CNBC. Video/Read more

 

Ross Stores President and Chief Operating Officer Resigns Press release

 

Amazon’s original birthplace sells for $1.5M, but fate of legendary mailbox remains unclear by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “The mailbox was removed from the curb as a security precaution after the home was put on the market earlier this year. It’s not clear if the mailbox will be passed along to the new owner of the home or remain the property of the previous owners.” Read more

 

Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close at least 40 stores this year but open 15 new locations by Kelly Tyko at USA Today. “Robyn D’Elia, CFO: “This number will grow unless we are able to negotiate more favorable lease terms with our landlords.” Read more

 

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Amazon confirms that employees listen to Alexa conversations to help improve digital assistant by Nat Levy at GeekWire. Read more

 

Rite Aid will stop selling e-cigarettes in all stores at CNBC. “However, Rite Aid will continue to sell cigarettes.” Read more

 

Mattress Firm’s relationship with major supplier likely cost CEO his job by Paul Takahashi at Houston Chronicle. “Stagner…was the “last remaining hurdle” keeping Tempur Sealy from inking a deal with Mattress Firm to sell high-end Tempur-Pedic sleep systems.” Read more

 

Campbell Soup nears $500M deal to sell Bolthouse Farms at NY Post. Read more

 

Alibaba founder defends overtime work culture at Reuters. “Ma defended the industry’s ‘996’ work schedule, which refers to the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. workday, six days a week. “I personally think that being able to work 996 is a huge blessing,” he said in remarks posted on the company’s WeChat account.” Read more

 

Black for homes is trending, inside and out by R. Daniel Foster. “From 2017 to our most current data, we saw a nearly 30% increase in the usage of blacks” for interior and exterior use, said Benjamin Moore color and design expert Hannah Yeo. “What was really interesting — in 2017, the No. 1 and No. 2 blacks were actually a really deep gray. But in the recent report, the No. 1 color in blacks was just pure black.” Tiered subs.

 

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Tipsheet: Fred’s Shutters 159 | Ollie’s Eyes +950 | Costco +5.7% | Bed Bath -1.4%

 

Costco March comp sales +5.7% (U.S. +6.9%, Canada +3.8%, Other Int’l +1.6%, Ecom +20.6%) Press release

 

Fred’s to close 159 stores and start clearance sales at 360 locations by Kelly Tyko at USA Today. “The closing stores represent nearly 29% of Fred’s 557 stores and are located in 13 states with Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee losing the most stores…Only 37 stores or 7% of stores are not included in either the clearance or liquidation sales.” Read more

 

Bed Bath & Beyond Q4 comp sales -1.4% Press release

 

‘Jeff Bezos challenges rival retailers to match Amazon’s pay and benefits by Lauren Thomas at CNBC. “Better yet, go to $16 and throw the gauntlet back at us. It’s a kind of competition that will benefit everyone,” Bezos wrote in the letter.” Read more

 

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Rite Aid Q4 Retail Pharmacy comp sales +0.7% (+2.1% pharmacy, -1.9% front-end sales) Press release

 

Walgreens will soon open primary care doctors offices in some Houston stores by Angelica LaVito at CNBC. “VillageMD will operate primary care clinics in five Walgreens stores, working with social workers, nurses and Walgreens’ pharmacists. The 2,500-square-foot offices will be inside the Walgreens stores, though they will have a separate storefront and a door connecting the two spaces.” Read more

 

Wegmans Tries Its Magic in New York City by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “…perhaps the biggest challenge will be convincing New York’s notoriously finicky shoppers that Wegmans, unfamiliar to many locals, offers something unique. “I’ve been to Wegmans in Rochester,” says Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor-in-chief of Edible Brooklyn magazine. “Did I feel it was anything I couldn’t get in New York City? No.” Tiered subs.

 

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Shopko optical business going up for auction this weekend by Jeff Bollier at Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The auction documents identify as many as 80 locations that would become free-standing optical stores not tied to existing Shopko locations…Bidders will have until 4 p.m. Friday to submit bids for the optical business.” Read more

 

How Boxed saved women millions by eliminating the “pink tax” by Ben Paynter at Fast Company. “Earlier this week, (Mehta, Boxed’s director of marketing) shared the company’s experience during the introduction of a federal bill to eliminate the unequal pricing…The legislation is called the Pink Tax Repeal Act,  and it earned co-sponsorship from 28 representatives.” Read more

 

Nielsen: Share of click-and-carry sales grew from 4% to 11% of all CPG e-commerce sales in just two years by Kim Souza at Talk Business. Read more

 

Kohl’s CEO: Planet Fitness, Amazon partnerships are critical to right-sizing our stores at CNBC. “[Active and wellness] has doubled over the course of the last four years. It’s now 20% of our business,” Gass told “Mad Money’s” Jim Cramer. “As we look ahead, it’s going to be even more important.” Video/Read more

 

Court Deals Another Blow to Marble Ridge in Neiman Fight by Soma Biswas at Wall Street Journal. “On Tuesday, Judge Tonya Parker of the Dallas County District Court denied Marble Ridge’s request to dismiss Neiman Marcus’s countersuit against it for spreading false statements alleging the company had defaulted on its debt.” WSJ subs.

 

Amazon workers study conversations recorded by Alexa: report at The Hill. “The practice has exposed Amazon employees to recordings that would otherwise be private, according to Bloomberg. The outlet reported that Amazon employees have discussed in internal chat rooms amusing audio clips recorded by the Echo systems, as well as hearing recordings that are shocking or possibly criminal, such as possible sexual assaults, which two workers reported having heard.” Read more

 

REI made a record $2.78 billion, grew 6% and added more than 1 million new members in 2018 Press release

 

Japan’s convenience stores scale back as minimum wage rises by Elizabeth Shim at UPI. “…as a rising minimum wage could be impacting the bottom line of companies like 7-Eleven and FamilyMart…7-Eleven may be stepping back from a plan to add 150 stores across Japan, according to the report.” Read more

 

TechCrunch visits the startup behind Walmart’s shelf-scanning robots by Brian Heater at TechCrunch. ““If you think about it, what’s the last innovation that’s happened in a store?,” CTO and co-founder Sarjoun Skaff asks rhetorically. “I can think of self-checkouts and barcodes, really…” Read more

 

Amazon acquires Canvas Technology to bolster warehouse robotics capabilities by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “The company’s technology essentially boils down to driverless cars for warehouses. Canvas Technology uses “spatial artificial intelligence” and state-of-the-art cameras to help vehicles autonomously navigate through areas with a lot of moving parts.” Read more

 

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet CEO: We’ll open 950 stores at CNBC. “Brick and mortar isn’t dead. Ollie’s is thriving,” Butler said in a one-on-one with Jim Cramer on “Mad Money.” “Our shopping experience, it’s absolutely un-duplicable online. It just ain’t gonna happen.” Video/Read more

 

DHL launches Africa eShop app for global retailers to sell into Africa by Jake Bright at TechCrunch. “The platform goes live today and brings more than 200 U.S. and UK retailers—from Nieman Marcus to Carters—online in 11 African markets: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya,  Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.” Read more

 

Stitch Fix’s head of men’s clothing is leaving to become CEO of online retailer Mizzen+Main by Lauren Thomas at CNBC. “Mizzen+Main is the favorite on-course dress shirt for three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, giving it a boost among golfers and other sports enthusiasts.” Read more

 

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Tipsheet: Amazon Go +Cash | JD Job Cuts | Hemp Beats Kale

 

Amazon exec tells employees that Go stores will start accepting cash to address ‘discrimination’ concerns at CNBC. “The spokesperson described the process as “you’ll check out, pay with cash, and then get your change.” “We are working to accept cash at Amazon Go,” the spokesperson said.” Read more

 

Walmart Puts Reusable Bags at Store Checkouts to Reduce Plastic by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “…rolling out ten new designs, each available for 98 cents, at the bagging stations of its 4,756 Walmart-branded stores. That’s more expensive than the previous version of reusable bags that it sold — but those bags weren’t as eye-catching and had been scattered throughout the store.” Tiered subs.

 

Macy’s will open 36 Story shops within its stores across the U.S. at CNBC. “One year ago, Macy’s bought Story, a New York retail store founded by Rachel Shechtman that curates merchandise around a theme or set of ideas…will include items from makeup retailer MAC Cosmetics, crayon maker Crayola, denim brand Levi’s and more than 70 small business owners…” Store list/Read more

 

Alibaba-Rival JD Targets Deep Job Cuts as Morale Sags by Lulu Yilun Chen & David Ramli at Bloomberg. “JD has come under increasing pressure from a more-diversified Alibaba as Chinese consumption succumbs to a decelerating economy, while upstart rivals such as Pinduoduo Inc. draw customers away.” Tiered subs.

 

Rising gasoline, rents boost U.S. consumer prices in March at Reuters. “U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in 14 months in March, but underlying inflation remained benign…Apparel prices fell 1.9 percent, the biggest drop since January 1949, after two straight monthly gains.” Read more

 

I went to Ikea’s first “small” store in Manhattan, and it answered all my prayers by Katharine Schwab at Fast Company. “Ikea employees spent months doing extensive consumer research in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs and found, unsurprisingly, that most New Yorkers live in tiny apartments and don’t have enough space for their stuff.” Read more

 

Topgolf unveils Topgolf Lounge – a combination of sports bar and virtual driving range, with the first location to open in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland by Nat Levy at GeekWire. Read more

 

Hemp farmers are making a killing on the CBD industry at CNN Business. “Mann has been fielding multiple calls a day from farmers around the country….”They want advice on how to grow hemp,” he said. Blue Forest charges $35 to $40 per pound for the high-quality hemp it sells for CBD extraction. That compares to about $1 a pound for the kale it sells.” Read more/Video

 

20 best U.S. cities to live in (Austin #1, Denver #2, Colorado Springs #3) at U.S News & World Report via NBC Today. List/Read more

 

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Kroger retools senior management for ‘Restock’ strategy by Russell Redman at Supermarket News. “…promoted Mary Ellen Adcock to senior vice president of retail operations and Joe Grieshaber to senior vice president of merchandising. Grieshaber takes over from Robert Clark, who has been named senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing.” Read more

 

Yogurt Sales Sour as Options Proliferate by Heather Haddon at Wall Street Journal. “I don’t even know what I’m looking for most of the time,” said Sara Gray, a 47-year-old teacher and mother in McKinney, Texas. She said she was stumped by the blizzard of yogurts that confronted her at her local Kroger Co. store. “Can I just get some strawberry?” WSJ subs.

 

Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery from Whole Foods to Asheville, Charlottesville, Columbia, Lexington, Little Rock, Manchester, Mobile, Naples and Savannah Press release

 

Here’s why Elon Musk is trolling Jeff Bezos with a cat emoji at Fast Company. “So why does Musk think Bezos is a copycat for his constellation of 3,000 satellites? Because SpaceX has previously announced that it would do the exact same thing via its Starlink program, though with 12,000 satellites. Moreover, Bezos recently hired a SpaceX vice president to run Amazon’s satellite internet project after Musk fired him.” Read more

 

$4 gas returns to California at KTLA 5. Read more

 

Inside the Battle for the Future of Sports Betting by Rey Mashayekhi at Fortune. “…the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NBA’s Washington Wizards, recently announced a physical on-site sports book at (their) arena…Despite opposition from state gaming lobbies across the country, most people in the sports betting industry agree that mobile sports betting is the way of the future, if not the present.” Read more

 

POLLEN-POCALYPSE: Massive amounts of pollen turn North Carolina sky yellow at NY Post. “Stunning aerial photos show a haze of pollen so thick over Durham, North Carolina, it turned the sky yellow this week — as doctors in the region have reported an uptick in patients complaining about their allergy symptoms.” Read more

 

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Tipsheet: 75K Stores Need to Close | Winter Returns | WM Ups Robots

 

75,000 more stores need to close across the US, UBS estimates at CNBC. “Assuming online sales’ share of total retail sales in the U.S. grows to 25% by 2026, from 16% today…about 21,000 clothing stores, 10,000 consumer electronics stores, 8,000 home furnishing stores and 1,000 home improvement stores should close, UBS says.” Read more

 

Walmart Is Rolling Out the Robots by Sarah Nassauer & Chip Cutter at Wall Street Journal. “…at least 300 stores this year will add machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Autonomous floor scrubbers will be deployed in 1,500 stores to help speed up cleaning, after a test in hundreds of stores last year. And the number of conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they come off trucks will more than double, to 1,200.” WSJ subs.

 

Long-delayed NJ mall featuring helicopter transport from NYC seeking luxury tenants by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “American Dream — the long-delayed mega-mall that’s slated to open this fall off the New Jersey Turnpike — will have an indoor ski slope and water park, a giant Ferris wheel and even a fleet of helicopters to fly in shoppers from Manhattan.” Read more

 

WINTER ISN’T DEAD YETMinneapolis: At least 8 inches of snow in Thursday’s forecast at Pioneer Press. Read more

 

…200 million of us face weather mess of snow, heavy rain, wind and flooding at USA Today. Read more

 

Instagram is the best way to market to teens, says Piper Jaffray survey at CNBC. “Snapchat comes in second place for branding, with just under 50% of teens preferring that brands use it to reach out to them. Twitter and Facebook fared much more poorly, coming in behind email (about 38%), text messaging (about 35%), and website ads (about 30%). Only 20% of teens preferred hearing from brands on Twitter, and only about 12% preferred Facebook.” Read more

 

…Teens favorite website for shopping is Amazon at CNBC. Read more

 

Cooklist wants to put your pantry in your pocket with Target’s help by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. “Cooklist has been in beta testing since October and kicks off this week with Target’s 47 Dallas-Fort Worth stores and its delivery service Shipt. A shopper using the app can search more than a million recipes to find a dish. When one is found, a list of ingredients is displayed and any not on hand can be ordered with same-day delivery through Target.com.” Tiered subs.

 

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Patagonia Triggers a Market Panic Over New Rules on Its Power Vests by Akane Otani at Wall Street Journal. “Patagonia said last week it was keeping new orders of the torso-hugging showpieces reserved for “mission-driven companies that prioritize the planet.” Off the bat, that excludes oil companies, mine operators and other outfits deemed ecologically damaging, one certified Patagonia seller said.” WSJ subs.

 

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Walmart Acquires More of Hometown Bentonville by George Walson at Arkansas Business. “Walmart Inc. has expanded its real estate interests in Bentonville beyond the western boundary of the future location of its new headquarters. The retailing giant has invested more than $18 million along the west side of J Street in the months leading up to and since the new home office news.” Map/Read more

 

Sears’ Eddie Lampert looks to regain full ownership of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores by Kelly Tyko at USA Today. “Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores announced Monday that it received a proposal Friday from its largest shareholder and Sears Holdings chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments to purchase the remaining shares of the company for $2.25 per share.” Read more

 

Debenhams, once Britain’s biggest department store group, falls into administration at CNBC. Read more

 

Ghost of Toys R Us still haunts toy makers by Anne D’Innocenzio at AP. “Maybe the world only needs one kind of ant farm, but in the day, you had a choice,” said Jay Foreman, president and CEO of Basic Fun, a Boca Raton, Florida-based company that purchased the assets of Uncle Milton, K’Nex and Playhut over the past year. He is now evaluating his overall lineup.” Read more

 

Don’t get too excited about those Whole Foods price cuts by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “A single Clif Bar, meanwhile, now costs $1.35 — or 40 cents more than in August. A 32-ounce tub of Stonyfield organic yogurt now costs $4.29, 30 cents more than in August…Overall price cuts that are “hardly heroic,” according to Grom. A shopping cart of 106 key grocery items at a Whole Foods location in Princeton, NJ, now costs $396.88 — just $3.81 lower than it did before.” Read more

 

Activist investors are turning up the pressure on Build-A-Bear by David Nicklaus at St.Louis Post Dispatch. “Florida investor David Kanen disclosed March 26 that he owns 9.7 percent of Build-A-Bear and wants to talk about a board seat. J. Carlo Cannell, a hedge fund manager from Wyoming with a 5.66 percent stake, chimed in last week that he also might want to shake up the board.” Read more

 

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Lowe’s to cut over 200 jobs in Charlotte, relocate hundreds more to nearby HQ by Katherine Peralta at Charlotte Observer. “On Thursday morning, roughly 600 full-time employees at the Lowe’s corporate offices in Wilkesboro were informed that their jobs would be shifting to the retailer’s headquarters in Mooresville, about an hour away. About another 80 Wilkesboro-based tech jobs will be moved to the Lowe’s data center in Winston-Salem.” Tiered subs.

 

Walmart CEO McMillon interviewed on CNBC: “I think … the consumer is in pretty good shape. I think the customer is in about the same shape they were in [the fourth quarter].” 3:43 video

 

Hit by rent hike at New York flagship, Barneys New York gets lifeline with $50 million in credit at CNBC. “Rent at Barneys’ flagship on Madison Avenue jumped from roughly $16 million to approximately $30 million in January, the people said. Barneys says the extended credit line will support business growth, including new store openings and international growth initiatives.” Read more

 

Amazon’s Rise in Ad Searches Dents Google’s Dominance by Suzanne Vranica at Wall Street Journal. “WPP PLC, the world’s largest ad buyer, spent about $300 million on behalf of its clients on Amazon search ads last year, and about 75% of that money came from Google search budgets, according to people familiar with the matter. It spent between $100 million and $150 million on Amazon search in 2017, the people said.” WSJ subs.

 

Walmart Loses Another Senior Female Executive as Katie Finnegan Leaves by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “Finnegan, who joined Walmart when it acquired Jet.com in 2016, is leaving June 7 to “begin a new adventure outside the company,” according to a blog post from Walmart Senior Vice President Lori Flees. During her tenure, Finnegan helped launch Store No. 8.” Tiered subs.

 

Amazon reportedly making AirPods competitor with built-in Alexa and better audio quality by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. Read more

 

Walmart agrees to pay $495,000 for selling products with misleading packaging at ABC 30 News. “Basically had what is referred to as nonfunctional side fill, false sidewalls false bottoms in the packaging,” said Fresno County Deputy DA Ty Murphy. Murphy says the investigation began in 2015… Prosecutors found 14 products that could be considered deceptive. “Antiaging cream moisturizers there were some eye drops…” Murphy said.” Video/Read more

 

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos finalize divorce; Amazon CEO keeps 75% of couple’s stock by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. Read more

 

…Jeff Bezos keeps Amazon voting power in divorce settlement at AP. Read more

 

GrubMarket raises $25M more for its farm-to-table food delivery service by Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch. Read more

 

Amazon wants to launch thousands of satellites so it can offer broadband internet from space at CNBC. “Project Kuiper” is Amazon’s plan to launch 3,236 satellites to build a network to provide global high-speed internet.” Read more

 

America’s favorite brands (Amazon #1, Home Depot #5, Dollar Tree #9) by Morning Consult via Business Insider. Top 25 list

 

…favorite brands of college-educated consumers making over $75K a year (Amazon #1, Costco #2, Home Depot #3) at Business Insider. Top 15 list

 

Nike to add perks to customer loyalty program by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “The shoemaker is testing a slew of extra perks to its Nike Plus app — including vending machines that disperse free stuff — as it finds that those users spend 40 percent more than other customers, according to Nike’s global vice president of direct stores, Cathy Sparks.” Read more

 

57% of Americans say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter do more to divide the country than unite it at NBC News. Read more

 

Wayfair will have its second “Way Day” sale on April 10 by April Berthene at Internet Retailer. “Last year, Wayfair said Way Day was its largest sales day ever in terms of revenue, and data from Rakuten Intelligence estimates that sales during the week of Way Day increased 91.2% for Wayfair compared with a week earlier.” Read more

 

How Casper’s founders went from $100,000 in debt to building a billion-dollar mattress start-up at CNBC. Read more

 

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