Tipsheet: JCP’s HVAC Test | Escalator Dumps 40 | Costco Golf Balls +2 Hrs | R.Aid -3.4% | Bed/Bath -1.4%


J.C.Penney’s HVAC Test by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. “A display for Trane at Penney’s Collin Creek Mall store in Plano says the HVAC service is coming soon…Other Penney stores are part of the HVAC test, but the company wouldn’t say how many. It’s a “small number of stores,’ said Penney spokeswoman Sarah Holland.” Read more


Bed Bath & Beyond Q3 Comp Sales -1.4% Press release


Costco restocks popular Kirkland golf ball, only to run out in two hours by Joel Beall at Golf Digest. “The good news is the in-house Kirkland ball was back on shelves December 20. The bad news? The ball is out of stock again. And this time, it was only accessible for two hours. As soon as the ball became available, consumers complained that the Costco website was jammed.” Read more


Rite Aid Q3 Comp Sales -3.4% “…consisting of a 4.7 percent decrease in pharmacy sales and a 0.4 percent decrease in front-end sales.” Press release


The U.S. just dumped Alibaba back on its ‘notorious’ counterfeit markets blacklist by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “Alibaba Group President Mike Evans said the company was “very disappointed” by the decision and questioned whether it was “influenced by the current political climate” in the U.S., where president-elect Donald Trump has already taken a hard stance against the country’s current trade relationship with China.” Read more


IKEA agrees to $50 million settlement in dresser tip-over case at Reuters. “Two U.S. toddlers died in separate 2014 incidents when MALM dressers fell on them. A 22-month-old boy was killed this year in a similar incident.” Read more


Union Says Walmart Is Discriminating Against Black Customers by Locking Up Black Hair Products by Ashley Weatherford at NY Mag. “Hair products locked up, an extra layer of security,” begins a new national commercial spot. “But only for some shoppers, black shoppers. That’s what three Virginia Walmart stores did.” Read more/Video


Amazon will cover the cost of shipping your donations to Goodwill by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. “Amazon is participating in a free shipping program, called Give Back Box, that encourages customers to reuse their cardboard boxes. After shoppers receive a box from Amazon, they can repack it with household goods they want to donate. Amazon will cover the cost of shipping so customers can simply print a label from and drop the package off at a post office. Carriers deliver the boxes to the nearest Goodwill.” Read more


How TJ Maxx Ignored the Internet and Won by Kim Bhasin & Lindsey Rupp at Bloomberg. “They’re not worried about it at all,” says Mickey Chadha, an analyst at Moody’s Investor Service who considers the T.J. Maxx’s online penetration negligible. “The product is right at the right price. Online is only as good as the product.” Read more


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Mass. will be home to America’s largest medical marijuana facility by Catherine Carlock at Boston Business Journal. Read more


Brick-and-mortar stores having a rough holiday shopping season by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “One designer falling on hard times is Yoana Baraschi, whose fashions have been carried in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale’s…After 15 years Baraschi closed down her business this week, according to industry sources.” Read more


Target shoppers falsely accused of shoplifting by employees in social media post by Karen Jordan at ABC 7. “Another employee tweeted a picture of the girls, saying the store manager told her to follow them. By the time their mom picked them up, screen shots of the tweet picked up stream on social media, making its way to their family and friends. “Once you put it out there on the internet you can’t take it back,” said Mochan.” Video/Read more


The Container Store Wraps Gifts for Free At Ten Airports Nationwide Today Press release


‘Moana’ sails at the box office, but it could sink in the toy aisle by Sarah Whitten at CNBC. “For ‘Moana’ you have the dolls, the boat, the demigod and the fish hook and that’s about it,” Silver said…The trouble for “Moana” is her outfit isn’t as iconic.” Read more


Almost 40% of young adults live with their parents hitting a 75-year high in America at Daily Mail. Read more


Millennials are driving the board games revival by Luke Graham at CNBC. “Global sales of games and puzzles have grown from $9.3 billion in 2013 to $9.6 billion in 2016, according to Euromonitor International, with expected year-on-year growth of more than 1 percent this year.” Read more


Is Amazon Europe’s Next Top Model? by Aaron Ricadela at Bloomberg. “Zalando ruled fashion e-tailing. Then you-know-who came along…” Read more


Finish Line’s Stumble Is a Warning for Athleisure by Shelly Banjo at Bloomberg. “Apparel sales fell a whopping 50 percent in the quarter from the year before. A cursory glance at the women’s tops available on Finish Line’s website helps explain why: The unadorned jackets — in mostly dull blacks and grays — and plain, over-sized tanks struggle to compete with the color splashes, wild prints, and flashy styles that are fashionable today.” Read more


Hershey Names COO Michele Buck as Chief Executive at Fox Business. Read more


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