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Best Buy and Amazon partner up in exclusive deal to sell new TVs by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “Best Buy and Amazon have teamed up together to design and sell new smart TVs embedded with Amazon’s Fire TV and integrated with the voice assistant Alexa. Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer…Bezos said they have been working closely together to make a “killer product.” Read more (tiered subs.)


…“What we’re doing is so deeply integrated,” Mr. Bezos said, acknowledging the fact that his company and Best Buy are often considered rivals. “It’s only possible because we trust each other.” by David Pierce at Wall Street Journal. Read more (subs.)


Home Depot is launching its biggest tech hiring spree ever by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “Home Depot plans to add more than 1,000 new hires to its technology teams in 2018…Matt Carey, Home Depot’s CIO, acknowledged in an interview that the hiring numbers might not compare to those of (Amazon)…“I don’t run their roadmap; I run my roadmap,” he said of Amazon.” Read more


Toys ‘R’ Us rejects buyout offer from Bratz billionaire by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “I haven’t yet been notified of the bid rejection but if this is true, it is very disappointing,” Larian said in a statement.” Read more


America’s Most Reputable Companies 2018 (Amazon #10, Costco #19, Bass Pro #42, CVS #59, Home Depot #67) by Reputation Institute via Forbes. Top 100/Read more


Amazon wins patent for data feed marketplace that could include bitcoin transactions at CNBC. “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday approved the subsidiary’s Sept. 2014 filing for a patent that can correlate different data streams and sell the combined feed as a subscription to people who want to track that data. The filing referenced bitcoin transactions twice as examples of possible products.” Read more


TaskRabbit taken offline due to cyber attack by Anthony Noto at New York Business Journal. “TaskRabbit, the service that lets customers book a handyman for various types of odd jobs in their local area, has taken its app and website offline due to a cyber breach.” Read more


Bloomingdale’s “Heart of N.Y.” campaign begins April 23, gathers stories of well-known New Yorkers at WWD. Read more


Group gives Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco and Publix — a D grade for their efforts to reduce food waste, while Aldi received an F. Walmart had the best food waste reduction grade with a B. at Supermarket News. Read more


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Bass Pro’s Johnny Morris plans huge Top of the Rock Lodge at sinkhole site by Wes Johnson at Springfield News-Leader. “The sinkhole, which Morris has excavated so far to a depth of 200 feet, also has been formally named and is now called the “Cathedral of Nature.” Pics/Read more | Video


Bon-Ton is preparing to liquidate. Here’s a map of all its stores at CNBC. Read more


Amazon now lets global customers shop from its U.S. store at Fast Company. “Listings will be available in five languages, including Spanish, English, simplified Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and German, and customers will be able to shop in 25 currencies…Amazon will be managing customs clearance on packages.” Read more | Press release


Ex-Costco execs label all ingredients on their fast food Press release


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