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Kroger and Walgreens to collaborate on exploratory pilot at CNBC. “Kroger and Walgreens are exploring a partnership to offer customers a new service that allows them to pick up groceries ordered online at Kroger at certain Walgreens locations, the two retailers announced Tuesday. The two are testing the concept at 13 Walgreens stores in Northern Kentucky, near Kroger’s Cincinnati headquarters.” Read more


Amazon raising its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour, effective November 1 by Anthony Ha at TechCrunch. Read more


Stitch Fix shares crater as revenue, active clients miss estimates at CNBC. “Stitch Fix said active clients grew 25 percent from a year ago to 2.7 million by the end of the fiscal fourth quarter, while analysts were calling for 2.81 million, according to StreetAccount. Stitch Fix also on Monday announced its expansion into the U.K., which is expected to happen by the end of next year.” Read more


‘They want us to be robots’: Whole Foods workers fear Amazon’s changes by Michael Sainato at The Guardian. “No one trusts Amazon and there are fears in upper management that Amazon will clean house if sales rates aren’t hit,” said one of the founders of the Whole Worker community in an interview. Staff are reluctant to speak on the record for fear of retaliation.” Read more


Canadian companies confused by new USMCA trade deal:


…Canada ‘caved’ on intellectual property issues: trade deal critics by James McLeod at Vancouver Sun. “The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) lengthens copyright protection by 20 years, forbids governments from enacting data localization laws, and extends patent protection on cutting-edge drugs in a way that will increase costs for the Canadian health-care system, among other provisions.” Read more


…Canadian Tire: “As part of yesterday’s USMCA announcement, the federal government will reduce import and sales taxes for foreign retailers by raising the de minimis threshold…Canadian Tire expects and, frankly, assumes that the federal government will create a level playing field by extending the same treatment to Canadian retailers.” Press release


…eBay: “As we understand it right now, the Canadian de minimis provision in the USMCA applies only to shipments made by private courier; it does nothing to change the 30-year-old threshold for postal shipments. As such, it is a failure for Canadian taxpayers.  Press release


Inside Amazon 4-Star at Field Agent. “Over the weekend, Field Agent dispatched 15 agents to Amazon 4-Star to collect photos, capture video, and, basically, give us the tour of Amazon’s new digs.” Video/Read more


Q&A: Walmart’s Frank Yiannas on the use of blockchain for food safety by Lucas Mearian at Computerworld. Q&A


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Camping World Promotes Brent Moody to President Press release


Accenture: Millennials Likely to Be the Biggest Spenders This Holiday Season “Nearly four times as many younger millennials compared to baby boomers (49 percent versus 13 percent) said they plan to spend more this holiday season.” Press release


CMO Next 2018: The Full List Of 50 Chief Marketers (Old Navy, Boxed, Wayfair, Amazon Fashion) by Jenny Rooney at Forbes. List


The Best Beer City in the World by Kate Krader at Bloomberg. “Based on his research, Bjergsø has a surprising pick as the world’s best beer city: It’s not London or Munich or even the craft beer mecca San Diego; it’s New York.” Tiered subs.


Hibbett launches reserve and buy online, pick up in store at all locations by April Berthene at Internet Retailer. Read more


The Mooch wants to help laid-off Toys ‘R’ Us workers by Lisa Fickensher at NY Post. “His hedge fund, SkyBridge, an investor in a company that invested in Toys ‘R’ Us’ debt, wants the firm to fork over some cash to a hardship fund for laid-off workers.” Read more


Target is first brick & mortar retailer to carry the web-hatched Quip toothbrush at Bloomberg via Internet Retailer. Read more


Amazon’s ‘Free Dive’ Ad-Supported TV Streaming Service to Launch as Early as This Week, Report Says at Fortune. Read more


Taco Bell’s Diablo sauce now comes as a tortilla chip and is exclusive to 7-Eleven via CNBC. “… its new, limited-edition Diablo Tortilla Chips are exclusively available at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide through Oct. 31. After that, they will roll out to additional grocery and convenience stores through November.” Read more


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