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Macy’s Poaches EBay Exec Hal Lawton for President Role by Phil Wahba at Fortune. “Hal Lawton, 43, is leaving his role as eBay’s senior vice president for North America to take on what is essentially the No. 2 job at Macy’s. He will oversee all aspects of the Macy’s brand, taking on responsibility for functions like merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, tech, and consumer insights, and analytics.” Read more


…100 JOB CUTS – Macy’s has consolidated its merchandising, planning and private-label functions into a single department at CNBC. Read more | Press release


Kroger CEO Talks Amazon and Ugly Tomatoes by Heather Haddon at Wall Street Journal. “The Wall Street Journal: Where were you when you got news of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal? Mr. McMullen: I was with our internal audit team. The average age is in their low 20s. One of our interns who is 20 years old, the very first question to the group is, ‘I thought bricks and mortar was dead? If it’s dead, why is Amazon buying Whole Foods?’ It didn’t surprise me at all.” Read more (subs.)


TJX just opened its first Homesense store – Take a peek inside by Lauren Thomas at CNBC. “Big crowds gathered outside the first Homesense store to open in the U.S. this past week in Framingham, Massachusetts…Homesense locations will include a “General Store” that sells cleaning supplies and home improvement essentials like hardware, outdoor fixtures and mailboxes — more reminiscent of a Home Depot or Lowe’s.” Read more


Apple and Nike Top the List of Millennials Favorite Brands by Megan Graham at Ad Age. “One company doing that well came as a surprise for Moosylvania: Wal-Mart. Cohen said the company is a staple in many areas, and has done a good job of making itself “part of social consciousness” with efforts like the “Greenlight a Vet” campaign.” Read more


Kroger begins home delivery in Cincinnati by Alexander Coolidge at Cincinnati Enquirer. “Kroger is testing delivery from two area stores: Whitewater Township and Sharonville. Customers living within eight miles of either store may use the service. For $11.95 paid online, shoppers can stay at home and have their groceries dropped off. The service is provided by a vendor, West Chester The Grocery Runners.” Read more


Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms? by Dan Charles at NPR. “If you add it all up, fertilizer is the biggest part of the global warming price tag of a loaf of bread or a box of corn flakes. According to one study, carried out by the consulting group Deloitte, greenhouse emissions from fertilizer are the biggest single piece of the global warming price tag for almost half of the top-selling items on the shelves at Walmart.” Read more


Millennial Americans Are Moving to the ‘Burbs, Buying Big SUVs by Keith Naughton at Bloomberg. “Millennials ranked having children, buying a suburban home and driving a big family vehicle higher in terms of importance than living in a major city or relying on alternate forms of transportation in a survey that Ford conducted in June.” Read more


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Bloomingdale’s encourages beauty experimentation with Glowhaus boutiques by Danny Parisi at Luxury Daily. “The retailer is opening five boutiques at various Bloomingdale’s locations in New York and California. “Glowhaus is a new beauty space for our customer to browse and play in a low pressure environment,” said Stacie Borteck, vice president and DMM of cosmetics at Bloomingdale’s, New York.” Read more


All 50 startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day 1 at TechCrunch. Read more


Urban retailer DTLR and Sneaker Villa merge by Holden Wilen at Baltimore Business Journal. “DTLR has 110 stores in 12 states and D.C….Philadelphia-based Sneaker Villa has 120 stores in 10 states.” Read more


Blue Apron hit with multiple class action lawsuits by Katie Roof at TechCrunch. “…law firms are coming after the company with proposed class-action lawsuits, alleging that Blue Apron failed to adequately disclose material information. There are allegations that Blue Apron misrepresented its challenges with customer retention, delayed orders and reduced ad spend.” Read more


Target’s Downtown Minneapolis Store Just Got a Major Makeover—Get a First Look Inside at a Bullseye View. Video/Read more


Costco set to open ‘huge’ new Sydney warehouse next Wednesday at 9 News. Video/Read more


Amazon’s ambitions big boost to Vancouver’s burgeoning tech sector by Derrick Penner at Vancouver Sun. “Amazon has been coy about its ambitions for growth in Vancouver, but the careers section of its Canadian website tells part of the story — more than 300 employment postings for skilled tech-sector jobs in the city.” Read more


eBay opens U.S. platform to Africa with partnership by Jake Bright at TechCrunch. “Starting this week, products from select vendors in six African countries are available on eBay’s U.S. shopping site. The collaboration starts in style, with opening merchandise categories of fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing.” Read more


Gander Mountain to leave St. Paul for Bloomington by Nick Woltman at Pioneer Press. “Gander Mountain’s parent company, Camping World, has leased 25,000 square feet in Normandale Lake Office Park, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.” Read more


$1.6M VFW raffle drawing hits legal snag, halted amid ‘ordinance issue’ by Robert McCoppin at Chicago Tribune. “Having gone without a winner for nearly a year, the Queen of Hearts’ prize pot has grown to an almost unheard of $1.6 million, drawing tickets buyers from far beyond the community about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.” Read more


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