Kroger Q2 Comp Sales (without fuel) +1.6% Press release
Walmart redesigns lagging Jet.com digital site, rolls out Nike gear, 3-hour grocery delivery at CNBC. “Traffic was waning on Jet.com…rolling out a newly redesigned website on Thursday with faster delivery for New York residents…Nike merchandise had previously been for sale on Jet.com via third parties.” Read more
Serena Williams speaks at Target’s annual employee meeting in Minneapolis by Jackie Crosby at Star Tribune. “The Target meeting wasn’t open to the public and Thomas declined to say what Williams spoke about. On social media, some attendees used the hashtag #inspiring to describe the couple’s talk.” Tiered subs.
HEFF BEZOS – Jeff Bezos wears pajamas to board meeting by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “…posing in an Instagram post looking more like he was about to get a rundown on the state of Playboy magazine…September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.” Read more
HQ Trivia bags Target to sponsor its biggest-ever single winner prize of $100,000 by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “…a special Emmy-themed game…will air on Monday, September 17 at 9 PM ET…will be played in a different fashion than usual…only one individual will earn the winnings.” Read more
Best Buy Tops the List of America’s Most Trustworthy Public Companies (Home Depot #4, Ross #6, Costco #18) Press release/Top 20 list
Free-for-all in NC Walmart as Florence nears at Daily Mail. Video/Read more
…At least 436 Walmart store locations and Sam’s Clubs located in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are in the path of Florence by Kim Souza at Talk Business. Read more | List of closed stores
Target closes six stores preparing for Florence A Bullseye View
Tailored Brands: All retail brands report positive comps in Q2 (Men’s Warehouse +1.7%, Jos. A. Bank +1.0%) Press release
12 Finalists for 2018 National Toy Hall of Fame List
APPLE FIRE – The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones & other gadgets: They burst into flames by Geoffrey A. Fowler at Washington Post via LA Times. “About 30 minutes into iPad surgery comes the most delicate part: prying out the battery glued to the back of the iPad…”Don’t bend it. Don’t poke it. Just try to go slow,” Flores-Hernandez says, explaining his tactics. I hold my breath. The iPad doesn’t explode. This time.” Tiered subs.
Macy’s is doing weekly “drops” of its new limited-edition watches by Mary Hanbury at Business Insider. Read more
PR STUNT OF THE DAY – WD-40 moves top-secret formula to secure bank vault – CEO chains himself to briefcase Press release
Kroger Mid-Atlantic workers in 22 stores ratify new contract “…raises starting wages to $9.50 an hour for part-time associates and $10 an hour for full-time associates.” Press release
**A message from Sondare Megaphone sound enhancing case – Don’t tolerate average smart phone sound – get Loud + Clear Megaphone sound! No wires or batteries, boosts sound 2X and delivers a smoother “stereo” listening experience. Website/Video | Sample
Target to hire 20% more workers this holiday season, doubling the number of jobs dedicated to online orders at CNBC. “All temporary workers hired by Target after this Sunday will start with an hourly wage of $12, and also receive benefits like a 10 percent discount on Target.com and 20 percent off wellness merchandise.” Read more
Ikea considers turning odd-shaped building near Yale that has sat empty for 14 years into a new hotel at Daily Mail. Pics/Read more
RH CEO Explains His $50 Million Bet on New Flagship by Colin Bertram at Bloomberg. Tiered subs.
Good Housekeeping Teams up with Amazon & Mall of America to Launch the GH Lab Store Press release
B&G Foods to Sell Pirate’s Booty to The Hershey Company for $420.0 Million Press release
Crack pipe vending machines disguised as pen dispensers pop up in front of shopping centers by Rachel Desantis at NY Daily News. “The machines, which are cemented into the grass, offer up glass tubes with a filter that can be used to smoke crack for anyone who inserts $2 in quarters. The cash also gives customers a pen top and a tube of ink.” Pic/Read more
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