Monday Tipsheet: Amazon Offers Sun.Delivery | H.Depot’s Bad Tweet Airs @ Today Show | Venezuela Seizes Retail Chain


“Venezuelan military seizes major retail chain” by Girish Gupta at USA Today.  “Thousands of Venezuelans lined up outside the country’s equivalent of Best Buy, a chain of electronics stores known as Daka, hoping for a bargain after the socialist government forced the company to charge customers “fair” prices.  President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military “occupation” of the company’s five stores as he continues the government’s crackdown on an “economic war” it says is being waged against the country.”  Read more


“Amazon, Postal Service cut deal to deliver packages on Sundays” by Jay Greene at Seattle Times.  “The online retail giant has cut a deal with the U.S. Postal Service to extend delivery of packages to customers to every day of the week. That means Amazon Prime customers who pay $79 a year to get free two-day shipping on millions of products can order an item Friday and have it arrive before the weekend is over. And Sunday delivery will be available to customers who don’t subscribe to Prime as well.”  Read more


“China’s “Black Friday” Happens Today -More Spent Online Than Americans Spend Online on Black Friday & Cyber Monday Combined” by Juro Osawa at WSJ.  “In the U.S., it takes Thanksgiving, plus the approach of the year-end holidays, to trigger the biggest shopping weekend of the year. In China, all it takes is a sale by Alibaba.  Every Nov. 11, millions of Chinese shoppers flock to the e-commerce websites operated by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. They spend more on those sites during that one day of discounts than Americans do on all online retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.”  Read more


“Wal-Mart ‘Get on the Shelf’ winners chosen” by Kim Souza at The City Wire.  “Elvis inspired bedding and customized wristbands by SKRIBS will be the two newest products finding their way to shelves as the retailer recently wrapped up its annual “Get on the shelf” contest.  The Elvis Presley Home Bedding Collection will retail for $99.95 on…The company hopes to expand its line to include other legends such as Audrey Hepburn and James Dean.”  Read more


“Walmart Launches QR Code Store in Canada” at 2D Code.  “The Virtual Toy Stores in stations feature display walls of over 50, three-dimensional toy images which allow commuters to choose their favorite toy off the shelf, scan its corresponding QR Code and pay in one seamless transaction. Walmart will ship purchases directly to the buyer’s home with free shipping for the duration of the campaign.”  Read more / See the pictures


“Home Depot’s Bad Tweet Appears on Today Show”  “Home Depot is not naming the firm or individual involved in the tweet, but tells NBC News they’re reviewing internal policies.”  See the video


“Home Depot Isn’t Alone:  9 Worst Tweets From Company Twitter Handles” at ABC News.  “Despite company attempts to carefully share its social media messages, sometimes things go wrong with a company Twitter account.” See the Top Nine


“Kroger planning major $150 million expansion in Dallas area” by Alexander Coolidge at  “Kroger says it plans to make a major expansion into Dallas-Fort Worth, spending $150 million to build five Texas-sized Marketplaces and expanding three others in the next two years.  The expansion is part of the biggest grocery store building boom ever undertaken by Cincinnati-based Kroger.” Read more


“Meijer Opens Store #204 (all 190,000 square feet of it)”  “With 22 stores spread throughout Illinois, the new supercenter is the latest in a $200 million investment this year that has included six new Meijer supercenters, extensive remodel projects for five additional stores in Michigan and Illinois, and a new distribution complex in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., just north of the Illinois border.” Read more


“50 Arrested in Walmart Protest” at Reuters.  “More than 50 people demanding better wages for Walmart workers in a protest organized by a union activists were arrested outside the retailer’s store in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles on Thursday night.” Read more


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