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Walmart’s grocery warehouse worker of the future will have a STEM background by Julia La Roche at Yahoo. “Walmart will soon break ground on a distribution center in Shafter, California, that will deploy Witron technology…“I think the secret sauce to grocery distribution is the quality of work you get out of the order filling group,” (Tim) Cooper said.” Read more


FDA regulators are considering prohibiting some e-cigarette sales in c-stores and confining them to vape shops at CNBC. Read more


Starbucks selling stores, closing office in Europe at AP/Yahoo. “…selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also provide services to 177 other Starbucks locations in those countries which are owned by franchisees.” Read more


David’s Bridal flirts with possible bankruptcy after skipping debt payment by Nathan Bomey at USA Today. “David’s Bridal still sells about one in three U.S. wedding dresses through its more than 300 stores and website, with estimated annual retail revenue of $791 million, according to market research firm IBISWorld.” Read more


Sam’s Club to offer same-day grocery delivery via Instacart at over half its stores by month end at TechCrunch. Read more


Trump’s latest China threat could crush the $8 billion Amazon competitor Wish by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “If this happened two or three years ago — maybe even last year — we would be in trouble,” Szulczewski said in an interview with Recode. “If drop shipping went away overnight, that’d be tough. But we’ve been preparing for this for a long time.” Read more


Amazon plans to open another UK office and add 1,000 high-skilled ‘Silicon Valley’ jobs at CNBC. Read more


Safeway Bakery Employee Wins $1.9 Million Lottery Jackpot at KPIX CBS 5. “I think I ran from the meat department all the way to the front lobby,” she said. “I believe I was screaming for joy. All of my employees started congregating around the customer service center to congratulate him.” Read more


CVS Assistant Manager kills CVS Store Manager at NBC 4 Washington. “Duse believed the victim had conspired with a CVS district manager to thwart Duse’s application to become a store manager, the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said.” Read more


Supervalu has been unable to find a buyer for its remaining 16 area Shop ‘n Save stores, and they will be closed in mid-November at St.Louis Post Dispatch. Read more


Nearly half of Americans who have held a store credit card have regretted their choice to get one at MarketWatch. Read more


Meijer pharmacist who denied miscarriage drug no longer in job at The Hill. Read more


CVS-Aetna Merger Still Not a Done Deal at Fortune. “At a public hearing in Manhattan on Thursday, Maria Vullo, superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services, said her agency might block CVS’s merger with Aetna’s New York unit. She called U.S. approval of the overall deal “myopic” and repeatedly asked CVS and Aetna representatives for written evidence that they would deliver on promises to lower prices.” Read more


Kroger will host an investor conference October 29-30, 2018 in Cincinnati Press release


Costco’s Kirkland Signature Line Almost Had a Very Different Name at Cooking Light. “Jim Sinegal first tried to brand Costco’s products as “Seattle Signature.” Costco wasn’t able to secure the rights to that name, so the second-best choice was “Kirkland Signature” named after their first flagship warehouse in the suburb of Kirkland, Washington.” Read more


Brandless wants to create the next great consumer packaged goods brand — but it hasn’t built customer loyalty yet by Rani Molla at Recode. “…people who do buy from Brandless don’t seem to be purchasing from them again at the same rate as some of its competitors, according to data from two third-party sources.” Read more


StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine at AP. Read more


UFO sighting was actually a police drone searching for two suspects who robbed a Home Depot by Julia Jacobo at ABC News. “People were calling into the News12 New Jersey newsroom to report the possible UFO sighting, the station tweeted.” Read more


SMART COOKIE – Girl scout sells out of cookies in front of Canadian cannabis store on first day at Montreal Gazette. “…they sold cookies going door to door in their neighbourhood last year, but people often weren’t home or there would be big dogs in the yards. “We thought, ’Where can we go to sell them?”’ he said. “It just so happens that legalization was coming up in a couple of days.” Read more


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