Tipsheet: Lebron Mom & WM | Kroger Empathy | GameStop Eyes $1B Stock Sale


GameStop plans $1 billion stock sale at Reuters. “The company said it would sell up to 3.5 million shares and use the proceeds to speed up the shift in its business model to e-commerce in an overhaul being led by top shareholder and board member Ryan Cohen.” Read more


Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul. at Politico. “Privacy experts said that some retail pharmacies have been better than others at separating vaccine appointments from marketing efforts. The grocery chain Albertsons, at the point of securing a vaccine slot, allows people to opt-in to receive Covid-related marketing information about vaccines or general marketing outreach, rather than register them automatically.” Read more


Labor board finds Amazon illegally fired activist workers: NYT at Reuters. “Last year, Amazon fired two user experience designers, Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham, for what it called repeated violations of internal policies.” Read more


Watch: Walmart enlists Lebron James’ mom to talk about how community helped put food on their table at Ad Age. “FCB work backs hunger relief effort by focusing on how eliminating food insecurity creates opportunities for other things.” Video


Amazon apologizes for lying about pee at The Verge. Read more


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Walgreens announces “This Is Our Shot” campaign with John Legend to remind Americans that the vaccine is the nation’s opportunity to help bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic Press release


Stores in Greece open amid virus surge to help save economy at AP News. Read more


U.S. service sector activity index jumps to record high in March – ISM survey at Reuters. “…to a reading of 63.7 last month…That was the highest in the survey’s history and followed 55.3 in February. A reading above 50 indicates growth in the services sector…Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index rising to 59.0 in March.” Read more


Netflix Lost 31% of Market Share in the Last Year as Streaming Rivals Gained Ground at The Wrap/Yahoo. Read more


Korean American shopper, moved by Kroger employees’ empathy, gives them each $100 at Tennessean. “Ro recorded her Instagram video and returned to the story an hour later with thank you cards with $100 cash each for Bassham and Davis…”People don’t realize words can hurt a person,” Davis said, “and some simple words can cheer up a person. And that’s apparently what we did for her.” Read more


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