Amazon sues over malicious ads, alleging a ‘sophisticated and widespread’ scheme to deceive consumers by Todd Bishop at GeekWire. “It’s an unusual lawsuit from Amazon, and possibly the first of its kind to be filed by the company against what’s known as “malvertising” — reflecting its increasingly aggressive stance against fraudsters who take advantage of its websites and brands.” Read more
Kohl’s adding lifestyle brand from ‘Property Brothers’ stars Press release
Online grocery shoppers want more deals and personalized offers by James Melton at Internet Retailer. “48% of all respondents—including 70% of millennial parents—say they would be more likely to shop for groceries online if they could use more coupons.” Read more
United Natural Foods taps Sean Griffin as CEO for Supervalu by John Ewoldt at Star Tribune. “Griffin, who had been chief operating officer at UNFI for the past eight years, announced his retirement in May. But in July, when UNFI’s purchase of Supervalu was announced, CEO Steven Spinner asked Griffin to stay on and lead the integration of the two firms.” Tiered subs.
Petco Names Tariq Hassan as Chief Marketing Officer Press release
Buc-ee’s has the best C-store coffee in America “QuikTrip captured the top spot in seven states…Wawa and Cumberland Farms tied for second, both with six states. The top five states with the highest-rated gas station coffee are Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida.” #1 by state
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Amazon invests in prefab startup focused on smart home tech by Patrick Sisson at Curbed. “Amazon invest(s) in Plant Prefab, a startup based in Rialto, California…Amazon already has a deal with Lennar, the nation’s largest homebuilder, to pre-install Alexa in all the company’s new homes.” Read more
NRF to Recognize Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh as The Visionary 2019 Press release
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Amazon donates $1M to Wikipedia’s nonprofit parent organization by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “Alexa, uses Wikipedia as one of many sources to answer questions.” Read more
What’s yogurt? Industry wants greater liberty to use term by Candace Choi at AP via NY Daily News. “What’s the rule? I mean, make a rule,” said Bailey Wood, spokesman for the International Dairy Foods Association…Adding to the confusion, the association says yogurt makers can opt to follow the 1981, 1982 or 2009 provisions in the absence of a final rule.” Read more
The 20 best PR campaigns in the past 20 years at PR Week. Tiered subs.
Cimpress, the owner of Vistaprint.com, to acquire web-only office supplies retailer BuildASign.com for $280 million at Internet Retailer. Read more
Amazon just rolled out its Whole Foods grocery delivery service in these cities – service is now available in 48 cities at CNBC. Read more
J. Crew plans to unveil a new brand aimed at younger women at Bloomberg via Internet Retailer. “CEO Jim Brett said: “It is aimed at women, and it’s younger than any of our existing brands.” Read more
Shipping’s New Arctic Routes Won’t Thaw Cold Economic Reality by Costas Paris at Wall Street Journal. WSJ subs.
Shopify CEO Says Amazon Is Encroaching on Its Turf by Natalie Wong & Spencer Soper at Bloomberg. “They are creating products now that help small businesses market their products better which is frankly the space we are in,” Tobias Lutke, chief executive officer of Ottawa-based Shopify, said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg TV at a tech conference in Toronto.” Read more
Inside Walmart’s Dot-com Transformation – Walmart.com has added approximately 1,100 brands since last April by David Moin at WWD. WWD subs.
Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world by Rani Molla at Recode. “That’s the fastest-growing non-internet ad media besides cinema, which is drastically smaller — making percentage gains easier — and where the growth is mostly in China.” Read more
Captain Walmart isn’t make-believe, he’s a real superhero at Herald Net. “Tara Aston, Walmart corporate spokeswoman in Arkansas, said she doesn’t know of any other worker who kept wearing the cape after the 2017 gig. “He’s the only one rocking it on the regular,” Aston said. Owens has only one cape. It is fraying and thinning. He doesn’t know what he’ll do when he wears it out.” Pic/Read more
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