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Minnesota: Nine stabbed at Crossroads Center shopping mall in St.Cloud at AP. “A man in a private security uniform stabbed nine people at a Minnesota shopping mall, reportedly asking one victim if he or she was Muslim before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him in an attack the Islamic State group claimed as its own.” Read more


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How EBay’s CEO Plans to Take On Amazon by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg. “EBay Inc. Chief Executive Officer Devin Wenig took the stage in a Las Vegas convention center with arms raised like a prize fighter after winning a stunning upset. This was the first time in eight years that EBay had gathered such a large group of sellers in one place to give them a chance to eat, drink, mingle and get the lowdown from the CEO. Wenig, in the job for about a year, knew he had some cheerleading to do…” Read more


Costco accused of improper sales tax charges on toilet paper in New Jersey by Dan Mangan at CNBC. “The couple’s lawyer, Rosemarie Arnold, said, “Rather than refund [Robert’s] money, they told him, ‘Well, if you believe that, you have to mail your receipt to the corporate headquarters along with a letter and tell the corporate headquarters how you were improperly charged tax.'” Read more


Mom, Blogger Pens Tirade Against Target’s Tiny Carts at CBS Minnesota. “Target was suddenly becoming HIS happy place. THIS IS NOT RIGHT,” she wrote. She has started a group opposing Target’s recent decision, called Moms Against Stupid Tiny Carts, or MASTC. She demands Target takes away the carts so peace can be restored to her shopping trips.” Read more


EVEN BALD EAGLES SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS – Dozens of birds of prey pluck live chickens from upmarket organic Georgia farm that supplies store by Hannah Parry at Daily Mail. “Six years ago, there were no eagles at the organic farm and the 60,000 chickens were free to wander Harris’ 2,500-acres…Now, there are as many as 78 bald eagles – each killing around four chickens a day. Harris estimates that the farm is losing around $1,000 in bird daily. ‘I don’t know how they spread the word,’ Harris said. ‘Must be on their eagle blogs.’” Read more


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Under Armour promotes its head of e-commerce to president by Matt Linder at Internet Retailer. “Prior to joining Under Armour, LaRose spent two years as senior vice president of e-commerce at apparel retailer Express Inc. and almost five years as a vice president at Sears Holdings Corp.” Read more


Luxury brand John Paul Ataker slashes prices by Claire Atkinson at NY Post. “Luxury brands are really hurting,” said Kerime Ataker, president of the company at which her brother, Numan, is the designer. “Our price points compared with last year are a little lower, but the quality has not changed at all,” she said, adding that all hidden zippers are imported from Italy.” Read more


Australia: Grocery prices to slide as Aldi, Costco nab 20% market share by Madeleine Heffernan at Sydney Morning Herald. “Australian food retailers…had for the previous 20 years made levels of profit difficult to make elsewhere in the world. Prices are high, profits are high, and that is a red-flag opportunity. It’s really like waving a flag saying, ‘come here'” Read more


Survey: 27% of the respondents stated that they plan to do the bulk of their holiday shopping before the calendar hits November “By Thanksgiving, nearly half of U.S. shoppers will already have completed the majority of their holiday purchases.” Press release


Walgreens Launches Skin Care Platform Providing Convenient Access to Dermatological Information, Care and Treatment Press release


Sears Moves Media to MediaCom Canada by Chris Powell at Marketing Mag. “The Sears Canada account had been with Vizeum Canada since 2011. Prior to that, it was with MediaCom’s sister GroupM agency MEC. Neither Vizeum nor MediaCom Canada responded to Marketing’s interview requests before press time.” Read more


Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive by Frances Martel at Breitbart. “The More Consulting study found that three out of every four Venezuelans (72 percent) was unable to feed themselves an optimal diet of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 24.2 percent say they rarely eat protein, living off of local tubers like yuca and malanga and some fruit. More than half of Venezuelans (52.3 percent) buy their foods through the black market.” Read more


How smart materials will literally reshape the world around us by Max Moruzzi at TechCrunch. “The IoT may well be The Next Big Thing, but maybe the attention around sensors is misplaced…Sentient materials might sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but it’s quickly becoming a reality. A new generation of materials is being developed that can sense temperature, pressure, impact and other variables — completely removing the need for sensors.” Read more


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