Amazon tells Seattle area employees to work from home until March 31 at Taylor Soper at GeekWire. Read more
J.Crew says a hacker accessed some customer accounts by Zack Whittaker at TechCrunch. “J.Crew said an unknown number of customers had their online accounts accessed “by an unauthorized party” almost a year ago, but is only now disclosing the incident.” Read more
BACK TO BRICK & MORTAR – Amazon Prime Now and other delivery services hit with delays as online shopping surges amid coronavirus outbreak at CNBC. “…when he went to order the item, he discovered “at least half” of the time slots for Prime Now are “completely booked” for both today and tomorrow in New York City. “I guess I’ll have to go back to physical stores,” he said.” Read more
American Eagle Q4 comp sales +2.0% Press release
Amazon Nixed ‘Green’ Shipping Proposal to Avoid Alienating Shoppers by Matt Day at Bloomberg. “Someone on the team proposed showing customers a “Green” shopping delivery option, a slightly slower delivery speed…The idea was one of at least two instances in recent years when Amazon teams debated telling customers more about the environmental impact of their shipping choices, according to two people familiar with the episodes. Neither was implemented.” Tiered subs.
Dollar Tree Q4 Enterprise comp sales +0.4%: Family Dollar comp -0.8% / Dollar Tree comp +1.4% Press release
…Dollar Tree stock slips after sales miss at MarketWatch. “Gary Philbin, chief executive of Dollar Tree, says the support teams for both retailers are now working in one location with consolidated leadership, which will drive greater efficiency.” Read more
Rent the Runway assures customers it is cleaning its clothes, amid coronavirus outbreak at CNBC. “Rent the Runway is telling its customers “there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from soft surfaces like fabric or carpet,” to people.” Read more
J.Jill Q4 comp sales -2.8% Press release
H&M joins the ‘open innovation’ craze with a plan to share its production chain with rivals by Arianne Cohen at Fast Company. “…is also debuting Treadler, a new supply-chain sharing service that will allow smaller brands to utilize its infrastructure from development to delivery.” Read more
Lawmakers grill Amazon, eBay executives over online counterfeits by Emily Birnbaum at The Hill. “Lawmakers grilled some of the country’s top e-commerce platforms about their efforts to combat the spread of online counterfeits on Wednesday as the Trump administration and Congress push to clamp down on the hundreds of millions of fake products spreading across dominant and powerful platforms.” Read more
Bloomingdale’s Hits the Heart of Silicon Valley by David Moin at WWD. “The store in San Jose is Bloomingdale’s 11th in California and 35th overall.” Subscription
Macy’s selects new creative agencies by Adrienne Pasquarelli at Ad Age. “Before next Christmas, consumers will see fresh marketing creative from Macy’s. J. Walter Thompson has lost holiday duties for the retailer to New York-based Figliulo & Partners and BBH New York.” Tiered subs.
Costco partners with SSM Health’s pharmacy benefit manager by Annika Merrilees at St.Louis Post Dispatch. “The PBM, Navitus Health Solutions, serves more than 6 million people in the U.S., according to Creve Coeur-based SSM Health.” Read more
Walmart tests in-home grocery delivery service in Kansas City by Cat Reid at KSHB 41. “(Walmart) let the 41 Action News Investigators shadow a delivery to see how the service works…Through the InHome app, she notified the customer of her arrival and started a live stream. It’s one of several items that must be in place before an associate receives a one-time entry code for a garage or door.” Video/Read more
Home Depot rewards woman who faithfully watered plastic plant for years by Dawson White at Sacramento Bee. “To help take the edge off Wilkes’ disappointment, Home Depot in Ukiah decided to step in and help. On Tuesday, they sent over her very own non-plastic, 100% real succulents.” Read more
Home Depot proposing first Mission Valley store
Twitter Is Testing Tweets That Vanish After 24 Hours
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SUVs and pickups are outgrowing home garages
Man who licked ice cream at Walmart sent to jail
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