Doug McMillon gives Ivanka Trump tour of Mesquite Walmart store by Brooke Rogers at CBS DFW. “Ivanka Trump visited…to learn about the company’s workforce training program…met with members of Walmart Academy, a training curriculum for supervisors and managers…tried out the training herself via virtual reality.” Video/Read more
Carrefour denies takeover talks with rival Casino at MarketWatch. “Casino Group, said late Sunday its board had rejected entreaties from Carrefour SA about a possible combination. But Carrefour, the French grocery giant, denied having solicited Casino, accusing the rival of “untimely, misleading and groundless communications.” Read more | WSJ article (subs.)
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An Arizona city wants a Costco so bad that it threw the company a birthday party by Jen Fifield at Arizona Republic via USA Today. “By sending Costco fun notes, Surprise hopes to stand out in a crowd and build a relationship with the company, Jerkovic said. “Whatever business you’re in,” she said. “You’re in the people business. Having them get a sense that we want to welcome them — that’s so important.” Read more
SiriusXM to buy Pandora in all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion at CNBC. Read more
EEOC accuses Walmart of pregnancy discrimination in lawsuit at Reuters. “The EEOC…said Walmart’s distribution center in Menomonie, Wisconsin, has discriminated against pregnant employees since 2014. Federal law requires employers to accommodate workers’ pregnancies in the same way as physical disabilities.” Read more
eBay to install fencing at San Jose HQ to protect employees by Emily Deruy at Mercury News. “While (nearby resident) Cooley said she understands the need for employee security, she has mixed feelings about the proposed fencing, and thinks eBay treats the neighborhood as its “personal fiefdom.” Tiered subs.
AT&T opens its first ‘Lounge’ concept – a high-tech retail, coffee and hangout space in Seattle by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. Pics/Read more
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Debt investor says Neiman Marcus may be in default and insolvent at CNBC. “Marble Ridge Capital condemned Neiman Marcus for transferring its crown jewel e-commerce business, MyTheresa, away from the grasp of its bondholders and into its parent company.” Read more
Shoppers Drug Mart gets medical pot license from Health Canada via Vancouver Sun. “Shoppers’ parent company, Loblaw Companies, is also looking to sell recreational pot in Newfoundland and Labrador once it is legal nationally on Oct. 17.” Read more
Michael Kors will reportedly take control of Italian fashion house Versace at CNBC. “The deal values the fashion house, known for its Medusa head logo, at no less than $2 billion, two of the sources added.” Read more
Toys ‘R’ Us store was ‘complete chaos’ during closing by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “Just after Memorial Day this year, the manager of a Toys ‘R’ Us store in Oregon decided to use up his vacation days…leaving uniformed shift managers in over their heads to run the show…it was a disaster, according to recent interviews with ex-workers.” Read more
Lowe’s reaffirms it does not plan to return to Nascar by Dustin Long at NBC. Read more
Apple wants to make scripted shows without violence, politics and risqué story lines by Tripp Mickle & Joe Flint at Wall Street Journal. “Apple has twice postponed the launch of its first slate of shows, moving it to March from late this year, agents and producers said. One leading producer with projects at Apple expects the date to be pushed back yet further.” WSJ subs.
The night JD.com’s founder was accused of rape in Minnesota at Reuters. “I was not willing,” she wrote in Chinese on the messaging application around 2 a.m. on August 31. “Tomorrow I will think of a way to escape,” she wrote, as she begged the friend not to call police.” Read more
Costco takes rotisserie chicken supply chain under its wing by Benjamin Romano at Seattle Times. Tiered subs.
Mosquitoes force high-speed chase suspect to surrender at ABC 13. “…man (stole) three bottles of Jagermeister…at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store…drove off and sparked a three-mile chase…ran into a cornfield…An hour later, Wilson put up his hands and surrendered, saying he couldn’t stand the swarming mosquitoes. “When we handcuffed him he asked us to wipe his forehead because he had 15-20 mosquitoes on his forehead at that time” Dornbrook said.” Read more
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