Dogs are dying after groomings at PetSmart and families are left wondering why by Sophie Nieto-Munoz & Alex Napoliello at NJ Advance Media. “An NJ Advance Media investigation documented 47 cases across 14 states since 2008 in which families claim they took their dog to (PetSmart)…only to have it die during or shortly after the visit. Most cases — 32 in total — occurred after the start of 2015, the same year the company was bought out by a private equity firm.”Read more
…English bulldogs and similar breeds…accounted for 20 of the 47 documented deaths. Those dogs can have trouble breathing, especially in stressful environments or areas that get hot.
Young boy arrested for putting needles in strawberries – police seek other suspects by Davi Merchan at ABC News.Read more
Hackers stole customer credit cards in Newegg data breach by Zack Whittaker at TechCrunch. “Hackers injected 15 lines of card skimming code on the online retailer’s payments page which remained for more than a month between August 14 and September 18, Yonathan Klijnsma, a threat researcher at RiskIQ, told TechCrunch.”Read more
Amazon Investment Could Lead to Large Stake in India Retail Chain by Corrine Adams at Wall Street Journal. “(Amazon is) joining forces with a local private-equity firm that is acquiring one of the largest retail chains in the South Asian nation for more than $500 million, a person familiar with the matter said. The deal could give Amazon a stake to the more than 500 stores of Aditya Birla Retail, which runs the More chain supermarkets and hypermarkets.”WSJ subs.
Scott Galloway’s provocative predictions on Amazon, Walmart and the future of retail at Recode.
Amazon’s new headquarters will be in Washington, D.C.
Walmart will beat Amazon at groceries
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Amazon is considering opening as many as 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021 at CNBC. “The first Amazon Go location in downtown Seattle required more than $1 million in hardware, a person familiar with those expenses told Bloomberg.”Read more | Bloomberg report (Tiered subs.)
Amazon has attracted the scrutiny of the European Union’s antitrust regulators yet again by David Meyer at Fortune. “EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s picture must surely be pinned onto dartboards across Silicon Valley by this point…This is certainly not Amazon’s first rodeo with the Danish liberal. Last year, she forced the company to change its e-book contracts with publishers.”Read more
Apple takes on Kanye West in retailing battle on Friday by Tim Bradshaw at Financial Times via CNBC. “Friday’s simultaneous debut of the iPhone XS Max and the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 poses a dilemma for Silicon Valley’s many “sneakerheads”.”Read more
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Amazon launches Scout, a machine learning-powered visual shopping tool by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “Currently, the site lets you search for furniture, kitchen, dining products, home décor, patio items, lighting, and bedding, as well as women’s shoes. In time, Amazon will add more products like clothing and handbags, it said.”Read more
Virtual reality increases furniture average order value by 60% at Macy’s by April Berthene at Internet Retailer. “By early November, Macy’s will have in-store virtual reality spaces at 69 U.S. stores.”Read more
Amazon employees donate the most money to these political candidates and issues (Hillary #1, Obama #2) by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire.Top 7 / Read more
How Golf Digest helped free an innocent man from prison at NY Post. “Dixon became a prolific artist and his work drawing golf courses caught the attention of Golf Digest magazine…“It took about a hundred drawings before Golf Digest noticed, but when we did, we also noticed his conviction seemed flimsy…” the magazine’s Max Adler penned of Dixon – who has never played the game.”Read more
P&G stops using badger hair in Art of Shaving brushes after PETA sounds alarm over industry abuses in China at CNBC.Read more
Transcript: ‘Chief slowdown officer’ Jeff Bezos shares Amazon management tips by Alan Boyle at GeekWire.Transcript
Bloomingdale’s Gets Into Clean Beauty With WellChemist by Ellen Thomas at WWD.WWD subs.
Jeff Bezos says he will invest $1 billion next year in Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket program by Samantha Masunaga at LA Times. “Speaking during a keynote address at the Air Force Assn.’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Bezos said a “big team of people” is working on the rocket’s development…the rocket will be available in two- and three-stage versions, and has already netted several commercial satellite launch orders.”Tiered subs.
Under Armour cuts 400 more jobs in turnaround push at Reuters.Read more
Carlsberg six-packs will now be held together with an innovative new glue – the switch is estimated to reduce plastic waste by more than 1,200 metric tons a year by Adele Peters at Fast Company.Read more
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