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Amazon looks to offer checking accounts for customers via JP Morgan, other banks: WSJ via CNBC. “The underlying goal is to further grow its Prime membership through cross-selling into existing J.P. Morgan customers and this could lead to more initiatives down the road,” Dan Ives, chief strategy officer and head of technology research at GBH Insights, told CNBC in an email.” Read more | WSJ article (subs.)


Target spending $250 million to remodel 28 Twin Cities stores in 2018 by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “And, after testing the concept last year, remodeled Target stores this year will feature a nursing room to better cater to one of its key demographics: young families.” Read more (tiered subs.)


Sam’s Club asks suppliers to buy into new data platform from Nielsen by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “Sam’s Club suppliers received an email Saturday (March 2) outlining the retailer’s new partnership with Nielsen and cloud-based analytics firm 1010data to create a Member Analysis, Data Reporting & Insights Domain (MADRID) aimed at expediting valuable sales insights. MADRID will help suppliers and buyers better monitor product performance within Sam’s Club, the memo said.” Read more


Lines wrap around San Antonio H-E-B locations for Selena bags by Madalyn Mendoza & Joshua Fechter at My San Antonio. “The frenzy stirred up entrepreneurial spirits in some, who quickly listed the totes on eBay. Some auctions offered the $2 recyclable totes for more than $100.” Read more/Pics


Walmart Threatens Restaurant Chains With Prepared Meals by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “Ten different meals are now available in 250 stores, and the program will expand to 2,000 locations by year’s end, Walmart executives said in an interview. The company also is introducing four $15 meal-kit options in stores, expanding a business that had previously only been offered online through outside vendors.” Read more


Mayor De Blasio renews call for New York plastic bag ban: ‘The state is behind the curve here’ by Erin Durkin at NY Daily News. “We need to ban plastic bags — the time for debate on this is over. They’re bad for the environment, they’re bad for the economy, they’re bad for New York,” the mayor wrote Sunday in a tweet.” Read more


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Former Starbucks Chief to Help Fuse Albertsons, Rite Aid by Heather Haddon at Wall Street Journal. “Executives of the new company Monday named Jim Donald their president and chief operating officer.” Read more (subs.)


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Your Location Data Is Being Sold—Often Without Your Knowledge by Christopher Mims at Wall Street Journal. “There might never be a breach of our location data. But given the drumbeat of hacks of both companies and governments, it’s hard to believe hackers aren’t at least trying to compromise such a high-value target.” Read more (subs.)


Walmart Got Dee Rees, Melissa McCarthy and Nancy Meyers to Direct Short Films for the Oscars by Kristina Monllos at Adweek. “This is the second year Walmart has worked with directors to create short films to air during the Oscars.” See the spots/Read more


JC Penney is still betting on beauty to fuel its turnaround at CNBC. “(JCP) said its fine jewelry, hair salon and Sephora businesses all saw comps above the company average during the holiday period.” Read more


“IT’S CHEAPER THAN COSTCO” – Can this Boston grocery store change the way we eat? by Janelle Nanos at Boston Globe. “It was a difficult start. For a while, the entire operation felt like an episode of “Chopped”  as Samad had no idea what would be coming off the trucks each day. “How do you create a system around uncertainty?” Samad said. He’d triage whatever would arrive, picking through bruised produce, stocking things in freezers, and prepping meals to be purchased that day.” Read more (tiered subs.)


The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success by Jason Brush at Fast Company. “Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful.” Read more


Target’s Techstars and Takeoff Accelerator Programs Now Accepting Applications at A Bullseye View. Read more


Girl, 2, dies after a full-length mirror fell off the wall and fell on her head at a Payless Shoe store by Abigail Miller at Daily Mail. “The toddler was trying on shoes when the mirror fell, and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have said the death appears to be an accident.” Read more


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