Monday Tipsheet: Target Glitch = Long Lines | Hillary at Costco | CA ‘safety warning’ on Soda?


“Target Hit with Register ‘Glitch’ and Long Lines on Sunday” by Kavita Kumar at Star-Tribune.  “Customers around the country took to social media Sunday night reporting long check-out lines due to ­registers not working.  Target did not elaborate on the exact problem or problems, but said it would provide updates as they became available. It also was not immediately clear how many stores were affected by the glitch.  “Earlier this evening, Target experienced a glitch that impacted the speed of checkout at some of our U.S. stores. Since that time, we’ve been able to restore our check-out process. Once again, we sincerely apologize to anyone inconvenienced by this issue,” Molly Snyder, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail on Sunday.”  Read more


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“Costco Co-Founder Jim Sinegal Stops by Hillary Clinton Book Signing” at CBS News.  “Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dropped by Clinton’s book signing at a Costco warehouse in suburban Virginia, and surprised the former secretary of state…The Saturday morning book event attracted more than 1,000 people, including Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal and a few former Clinton aides and relatives.”  Read more


Hillary Clinton Book Signing at Costco:  Stats:  Time – Three Hours & 20 Minutes;  Signed – 1,200+; New Memberships – 164 (5X Normal!); Media Questions – Zero by Maggie Haberman at Politico.  “When she finished, she posed for photos with Costco staffers, volunteers who’d worked on the event and staffers from her publisher, Simon & Schuster.  Clinton has had a series of media interviews, but has not done a gaggle with the group of reporters that routinely follow her to most events. “Time for a question?” one reporter called out as she got up to leave the desk. Clinton kept walking.”  Read more


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“Instacart Raises $44 Million From Andreessen Horowitz” by Ryan Lawler at TechCrunch.  “According to co-founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta, nearly every city that it’s launched in has grown more quickly than the previous one. With that in mind, it’s moving full-steam ahead in launching new markets. The company expects to have operations in a total of 17 U.S. cities by year end, it hopes to be in all major U.S. cities by the end of 2015.”  Read more


“Chinese Government Wants to End Walmart Labor Disputes”  by Tom Mitchell at Financial Times.  “The neighbourhood officials, who enforce Chinese Communist party diktats at street level, carried pictures of the workers and conveyed a simple message to them and their families: do not interfere in Walmart’s removal of goods from the store.”  Read more


“CA Senate Introduces Bill Targeting Sugary Sodas” by Marc Lifsher at LA Times.  “The soda bill would require manufacturers to put labels on containers with a “safety warning” that says “drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”  Read more


“Big-Box India Stores Downsized as Profits Prove Elusive” by Adi Narayan at Bloomberg.  “It’s too costly to operate these big stores, and it doesn’t make business sense anymore,” said Vivek Kaul, head of retail services at real-estate broker CBRE South Asia Pvt. “There is no incremental benefit in the sales per square foot.”  Read more



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