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Countering Prime Day transforms into new Black Friday at CNBC. “Amazon Prime Day starts at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday and lasts through Wednesday. Target will have “Deal Days” and Best Buy will jumpstart Black Friday sales on those days. Walmart holds its “Big Save Event” from 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday.” Read more


Hidden cameras and secret trackers reveal where Amazon returns end up at CBC. “Marketplace purchased a dozen products off Amazon’s website…and sent each back to Amazon just as they were received but with a GPS tracker hidden inside…Marketplace returned toy blocks that travelled over 950 kilometres before reaching a new customer in Quebec…Of the 12 items returned, it appears only four were resold by Amazon to new customers at the time this story was published.” Read more


A holiday hiring slump takes shape at Reuters. “Hiring is shaping up differently from previous years,” said AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist with the Indeed Hiring Lab, a research group at the job posting site Indeed. Seasonal postings are about 11% below last year…” Read more


Apple is starting to ship devices directly from its stores at The Verge. “The change, Bloomberg reports, will use Apple’s nearly 300 stores in the US and Canada to speed up local delivery for customers within 100 miles of a store. The company has already apparently started using the new system with several stores earlier this year…” Read more


Dillard’s jumps 15% after one of Buffett’s investing lieutenants discloses personal stake at CNBC. “According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ted Weschler, who is an investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway, bought roughly 1.08 million shares of Dillard’s, or about 5.89% of shares outstanding.” Read more


Target opening store at the Cross County Center in Yonkers, where it has signed a lease for 130K square feet, taking the bulk of the 200K square feet left behind by Sears at NY Post. “The 40-year Target lease brings the occupancy rate of the 1.15 million-square-foot open-air shopping complex to 97 percent. The 15-building Cross County is also home to H&M, which just signed a 10-year renewal, as well as to Zara, Ulta and Blink Fitness.” Read more


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Amazon’s turnover rate amid pandemic is at least double the average for retail and warehousing industries at Seattle Times. “Steve Banker, vice president of supply chain management at consulting firm ARC Advisory Group, said a turnover rate of 100% is “very, very high” in the industry. In 2017, his firm surveyed more than 100 supply chain executives. Only 4% reported turnover rates greater than 50% in the course of a year.” Read more


Metro’s Eric La Flèche named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year at Financial Post. “Since Eric La Flèche became chief executive 12 years ago, the Montreal-based grocer has grown both organically and by acquisition to now include 950 food stores, under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, plus around 650 drugstores…” Read more/Q&A


The case against Amazon: Key takeaways from the U.S. House antitrust report on digital markets at GeekWire. Read more


CVS Now Labels All Photoshopped Images In Its Beauty Aisle at Forbes. “Revlon, which was one of the first companies to commit to the Beauty Mark guidelines in CVS stores, has now applied those guidelines to imagery displayed at all of its retail partners, including Target, Walmart and Walgreens. Coty, which owns brands like CoverGirl, Rimmel and Sally Hansen, no longer photoshops the images it sends to CVS or any other retailer.” Read more


New Apple ‘iPhone 12’ to offer 5G speeds U.S. networks can’t deliver at Reuters. “The other big letdown is that applications using higher speeds to deliver something new have yet to be created. It is a chicken and egg problem at this part of the tech cycle, executives said…” Read more


New York retailers file another lawsuit against Oct. 19 plastic bag ban at NY Post. “The Morton Williams chain of 16 stores ordered 200,000 reusable T-shirt bags at 20 cents a piece — and has another one million on order that it can no longer use, Kaner told The Post. “Not only are they flip-flopping on what we can and can’t use, it feels completely irrational for the state to say we can only use bags with sewn on handles,” he said.” Read more


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