Tipsheet: Costco’s $77M DC Down Under | Bezos “Parties VIP-Style” | Patagonia’s 30K Zipper Repairs


Gordon drenched South Florida. Now the Gulf Coast braces for a possible hurricane at Miami Herald. “Gordon may strengthen into a minor hurricane by the time it approaches the Gulf Coast on Tuesday night. “This is not going to be Hurricane Katrina, but it is still a very dangerous storm that we need to be very aware of,” New Orleans City Councilman Jay Banks said at a Monday afternoon press conference. “Do not dismiss this.” Read more


…Meanwhile, off the eastern seaboard, Tropical Storm Florence is headed toward the United States. Current spaghetti forecast models indicate that storm will spin off to sea. at Fortune. Read more


Bezos On What He Plans To Conquer Next by Randall Lane at Forbes. “For this unconstrained era, the most important word at Amazon is yes. Bezos explains, correctly, the traditional corporate hierarchy: “Let’s say a junior executive comes up with a new idea that they want to try. They have to convince their boss, their boss’s boss, their boss’s boss’s boss and so on—any ‘no’ in that chain can kill the whole idea.” That’s why nimble startups so easily slaughter hidebound dinosaurs.” Read more’s CEO Richard Liu was arrested by Minneapolis police late Friday night on suspicion of alleged sexual misconduct. He was released over the weekend. at TechCrunch. Read more


Amazon launches Hindi-language version of its website and app by Michael Grothaus at Fast Company. “In total, over half a billion people, or 53% of the population, speak Hindi in India…That trounces the number of people there who speak English, which is only around 125 million, or 12% of the population.” Read more


Typhoon Jebi smashes Japan: Giant waves and 135mph winds rock the country at Daily Mail. Pics/Read more


Costco hit for poor work conditions in Korea at The Korea Times. “A petitioner, who claimed to be the wife of a Costco manager, posted a petition on the Cheong Wa Dae website detailing the U.S. retailer’s “unlawful” working conditions, saying that “My husband has not been paid for his extra work, although he works over 70 hours a week.” Read more


Inside Patagonia’s operation to keep clothing out of landfills by Allison Engel at Washington Post. “Josh Schill, the repairs department manager, oversees 69 full-time employees working at 48 industrial sewing machines on a mezzanine in the natural-light-filled warehouse. Many employees in the repair area grow plants, which thrive under the extra task lighting at their stations. Fourteen employees are deployed to replace zippers, which accounted for 30,000 of last year’s repairs.” Tiered subs.


Allbirds, the shoe brand that won over Silicon Valley with its wool sneakers, is opening a massive new store in New York on Tuesday. at CNBC. Read more


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Costco’s Australian expansion plans well underway as $77 Million DC takes shape at Daily Mail. “Costco has now revealed the distribution centre is part of a plan to move into an online market, with the Sydney centre as its base…Costco’s managing director Patrick Noone  told 9 News: ‘Sometimes towards the middle or toward the end of next year we’ll have that open.'” Pics/Read more


Canned wine is no longer a fad, it’s a $45 million business at CNBC. “Sales of canned wine grew 43 percent in the U.S. from June 2017 to June 2018.” Read more


Inside the race to create smart shoes, custom razors and high-tech devices for the over-65 crowd by Abha Bhattarai at Washington Post via LA Times. “After three years of observation, design and testing, Gillette is preparing to release the first razor built for caregivers to shave others. The Gillette Treo has an extra-wide handle and comes with a tube of clear gel that eliminates the need for running water or shaving cream.” Tiered subs.


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New York’s Fashion Week kicks off month of global presentations at Reuters. “Top designers, A-list stars and thousands of fashionistas will converge on New York this week for the annual week-long preview of Spring fashion, which officially kicks off on Thursday.” Read more


Jeff Bezos parties VIP-style at Miami nightclub at NY Post. “Nightclub LIV at the Fontainebleau in Miami often entertains rappers like Drake, Kanye West and Diddy, along with reality stars including Scott Disick and various Kardashians. So revelers on Saturday night might have been surprised to spot tech giant Jeff Bezos sitting at a VIP table.” Read more


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