Tipsheet: Kohl’s +3.1% | Kroger #6 Change | J.Jill +2.2% | Costco +Apple Pay


Kohl’s quarterly comp sales +3.1% (vs. 2.7% expected) at CNBC. Read more


Apple Pay Now Accepted at All Costco Warehouses in United States at MacRumors. “Apple Pay will also be launching at pharmacy chain CVS and convenience store chain 7-Eleven in the U.S. later this year.” Read more


J.Jill Q2 comp sales +2.2% Press release


Fortune’s 2018 Change the World List (Alibaba #5, Kroger #6) Top 10 list


EUROPE – More than a third of farmed fruit and vegetables never makes it on to shop shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size at ITV. Read more


Amazon hires star cardiologist Maulik Majmudarto help its push into health at CNBC. Read more


Farfetch, the UK-based marketplace for high-end fashion, confirms its plans to go public at TechCrunch. Read more


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Amazon’s arrival in Ottawa delivers dust-up with new neighbors by Laurie Fagen at CBC News. “Chantal Lee and her husband Kevin Martin moved to their rural east Ottawa home near Vars six months ago, hoping for some peace and quiet. But in mid-July, the couple say hundreds of dump trucks a day began thundering down their gravel road.” Read more


How Rite Aid And GoPuff Can Disrupt The Convenience Store Industry by Brittain Ladd at Forbes. Read more


First real Kwik-E-Mart from “The Simpsons” opens in Myrtle Beach by Chris Spiker at WBTW 13 News. “It’s the first full-service Kwik-E-Mart in the world and it has plenty of Simpsons memorabilia for sale. It also has famous food items from the show like Squishees and Lard Lad Donuts, along with Duff-branded, non-alcoholic energy drinks.” Video/Read more


Amazon ends 20% video game pre-order discounts for Prime members, cuts back Twitch Prime benefits by Tim Ellis at GeekWire. “The move comes just three months after Best Buy killed its own 20 percent discount membership program: Gamers Club Unlocked, which Amazon’s Prime discount originally competed directly with.” Read more


Cages removed from Barnum Animals crackers packaging amid pressure from PETA at Denver Post. Read more


Cramer: Nordstrom is the latest ‘retail resurrection’ at CNBC. “My take? I think this quarter validates Nordstrom’s strategy,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said. “The company spent a fortune to upgrade everything, especially its digital business, and that was the right call.” Read more


Walmart becomes latest retailer to ban chemicals found in paint strippers at The Hill. “Walmart will no longer sell products carrying paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and NMP starting in February.” Read more


Meet the personal stylists who are training bots to be personal stylists by Abha Bhattarai at Washington Post via NY Daily News. “This whole process is like a partnership between me and the data,” said Gee, 29, who lives in San Francisco and now works full time for Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix, with its 3,700 stylists, had only 100 five years ago.” Read more


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