BACK FOR MORE – Warren and Sanders question Amazon CEO over Whole Foods anti-union video by John Bowden at The Hill. “In a letter to Bezos, the two senators write that the video first reported by Gizmodo could have violated labor laws if employees were warned that stores could close as a result of unionization.” Read more
Nine West files amended bankruptcy plan at Reuters. “Nine West…said it will also receive a three-year purchase commitment from Belk Inc for an assortment of merchandise across the company’s businesses.” Read more
Man gets 40 years for plotting bombs in Target stores at Tampa Bay Times. Read more
No More Mail Privilege for China as U.S. to End Deep Discounts on Packages by Heidi Vogt at Wall Street Journal. “Subsidized postal rates for China cost the U.S. $300 million a year, with a discount ranging from 40% to 70% on an average shipment, according to the administration official.” WSJ subs.
Apple Store or pot shop? A look inside the first BC Cannabis Store by Andrew Weichel at CTV News. “Once inside, customers can use the touchscreen computers or speak with one of the 25 cannabis consultants about which of the 85-odd marijuana strains they want to purchase.” Pics/Read more
WITH A B – Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have raised more than $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over the past 30+ years Press release
Kroger Is Launching An Ugly Produce Program by Maya McDowell at Delish. “A Kroger spokesperson told Delish that Kroger is excited to introduce Pickuliar Picks (which is coming in 2019) “to transform the narrative around imperfect produce” as part of the grocery chain’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan.” Read more
Yeti Holdings sets terms for $400 million initial public offering at Nasdaq. “…offering 20 million shares (88% secondary) at a price range of $19 to $21…It is expected to price during the week of October 22, 2018.” Read more
EBay accuses Amazon of ‘unlawful’ merchant poaching at CNBC. Read more
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Baby Born After Michael Starts Life in Walmart Parking Lot at U.S. News. “I had no choice, (Luke) would have had a heatstroke. When he started acting like he was getting sick from the heat and wouldn’t eat, that’s when we went to Walmart,” Capps said. “There was kind of a breeze there, there was no bugs biting us. I said ‘We’re all right now.” Read more
Qurate to open a new fulfillment center to integrate the HSN and QVC fulfillment networks – Shuffles senior executives by Stephanie Crets at Internet Retailer. “Mary Campbell is now chief merchandising officer for Qurate, as well as chief commerce officer for QVC U.S.” Read more
Sears quietly paid rent on more than 200 shuttered stores by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “…(Sears is) looking to save 300 or so stores to operate beyond the holidays…Sears has handed over the keys and alarm codes to landlords for 217 already-shuttered properties on Monday.” Read more
Office Depot appoints BCW as PR AOR PR Week subs.
Here’s how the Trump team plans to fix the truck driver shortage at Fox Business. “(Secretary of Transportation Elaine) Chao said some 18-year-olds are experienced enough to fill the gap. “They are military personnel who drive these big hefty trucks in the military for all of us and yet they can’t drive across state lines commercially – that’s the point,” she said.” Video/Read more
Cabela’s told a judge Wednesday that a group of former employees should be enjoined from launching a competing website Law 360 subs.
Meet Nebraska’s new tourism slogan: ‘Nebraska: honestly, it’s not for everyone’ by Paul Hammel at Omaha-World Herald. “Lucky for you, there’s nothing to do here,” is the headline on one print advertisement that displays a smiling band of party-goers, floating down a Sand Hill stream in livestock tanks in the Nebraska-invented sport of “tanking.” Read more
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