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FDA wants to start naming retailers during food recalls to help consumers by Zlati Meyer at USA Today. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a draft of rules about when retail information should be part of a food recall announcement, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.” Read more
Rite Aid Q2 comp sales +1% : +1.6% in pharmacy sales and -0.1% in front-end sales at CNBC. Read more
Amazon was back in Chicago last month, as its search for HQ2 narrows by Ally Marotti & Ryan Ori at Chicago Tribune. “In mid-August, members of Amazon’s HQ2 site selection team made the return visit to Related Midwest’s 62-acre planned development, called The 78, according to sources familiar with the visit.” Tiered subs.
Home Depot Expands Same-Day Delivery to Keep Up With Shoppers by Matthew Townsend at Bloomberg. “…aided by startups Roadie Inc. and Deliv Inc. in its top 35 metro markets, online orders made before noon of about 20,000 products — everything from Halloween decorations to power tools — can arrive by van or car the same day, starting at a cost of $8.99.” Tiered subs. | Press release
Amazon unveils new brick and mortar concept — Amazon 4-star — featuring highly rated items by Nat Levy at GeekWire. “The first location…will be in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood…Throughout the store there are features like “Most-Wished-For,” a collection of products that are most added to Amazon.com Wish Lists; “Trending Around NYC,” hot products that NYC-area customers are buying on Amazon.com; “Frequently Bought Together”; and “Amazon Exclusives.” Read more
Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 comp sales -0.6% (vs. expected +0.3%) Press release
…Bed Bath & Beyond falls 15% after earnings miss at CNBC. “Sales were flat at $2.94 billion, less than expected $2.96 billion. For the sixth straight quarter, same-store sales declined.” Read more
LYING, CHEATING RATS – Amazon Sends ‘Anti-Union’ Training Video to Whole Foods Team Leaders by Erin Corbett at Fortune. “The narrator goes on to say, “We are not anti-union, but we are not neutral either,” according to the report…In a tweet on Wednesday, (Gizmodo reporter) Menegus wrote, “‘Unions are lying, cheating rats’ is a wild sentence for Amazon to have included in their manager training video.” Read more
Amazon General Counsel Testifies Before Senate by Monica Nickelsburg. “In rare public remarks on how Amazon treats consumer data, the company’s general counsel, Andrew DeVore, cautioned senators to ensure that the regulations actually accomplish the goal of consumer protection.” Read more
Instacart to transform Toronto office into tech hub and hire 200 employees via Toronto Star. Read more
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Bay Area Apple stores blitzed and robbed 9 times in 1 month. by Michelle Robertson at SF Gate. “Since mid-May there have been at least 21 run-and-grab thefts at Apple stores in California…many offenders seem to be aware of the “hands-off” policy for store security.” Tiered subs.
Amazon made two preliminary approaches for British online food delivery company Deliveroo at Reuters. Read more
Fancy South Korean grocer PK Market to open first U.S. store in downtown L.A. by Roger Vincent at LA Times. “PK Market, which also sells prepared foods to go, is expected to be a competitor for Whole Foods Market and other high-end grocers in the region. The South Korean grocer has leased the first three floors of the former Ville de Paris store at 7th and Olive streets.” Tiered subs.
Meijer receives a top score of 100 percent on the Disability Equality Index Press release
Amazon could be doubling down in jewelry at Business Insider. “Amazon has applied for a trademark for “For Keeps by Amazon,” according to a filing with the US patent office. The patent was filed September 19, according to the office. It includes a wordmark logo.” Read more
Gap pulls the plug on subscription clothing boxes by April Berthene at Internet Retailer. Read more
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon called AT&T CEO for clarification on his ‘Netflix is akin to Walmart while HBO is akin to Tiffany’ comments at CNN Money. Read more
REI Co-op announces two new roles: chief customer officer and chief digital officer Press release
Bass Pro Shops sues 2 retail startups run by former Cabela’s managers by Steve Jordon at Omaha World Herald. “Matthew Highby’s father, Dennis Highby, was president of Cabela’s from 2003 through 2009 and served on its Board of Directors until…2017…The Highbys said that they told Cabela’s managers well in advance of their planned retail venture.” Read more
H-E-B stores experience system delays Wednesday, holding up checkout by S.M.Chavey at San Antonio Express News. Read more
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