Tipsheet: ‘South Park’ takes on Amazon | Menear bests Bezos | Dick’s eyes Sears stores


Whole Foods removes packaging with a cancer-linked chemical from its stores at CNBC. “The announcement came after advocacy groups Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future released a study that named Whole Foods as the worst of five grocery chains for packaging takeout food and bakery items in containers with PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substances.” Read more


…Other grocers, including Albertsons, Kroger and Ahold had fewer items that tested positive for the substance…Trader Joe’s was the only company that had zero items. by Tiffany Kary & Deena Shanker at Bloomberg. Read more


Inside New York’s Online Grocery Wars by Matthew Boyle & Craig Giammona at Bloomberg. “They’re already chipping away at FreshDirect’s market share, which is still a respectable 63 percent, according to Earnest Research, but is 10 points lower than it was only a year ago.” Read more


Burlington, At Home Group and Dick’s Sporting Goods among those that have expressed interest in some Sears properties via The Gazette. Read more


Home Depot eyes new West Dallas distribution hub by Steve Brown at Dallas Morning News. Tiered subs.


Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue flagship’s final days bring cheap dresses and sad shoppers by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “Even the Victorian chandeliers on the ground floor — all 80 of them — are being sold for about $1,000 a pop, a source said. Twenty of them, which weigh 300 pounds each, have already sold to individuals, the source said.” Read more


72% of millennials consider homeownership their top priority by Jill Chodorov Kaminsky at Washington Post. Tiered subs.


Ex-Target pharmacist wins $570K  after blowing whistle on Target over alleged breaking of Medicaid refill rules by Paul Walsh at Star Tribune. Tiered subs.


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Home Depot’s Craig Menear bests Jeff Bezos in CEO ranking (Menear #2, Bezos #6) at Fox Business. List


The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone by Janet Adamy & Paul Overberg at Wall Street Journal. “About one in 11 Americans age 50 and older lacks a spouse, partner or living child, census figures and other research show. That amounts to about eight million people in the U.S. without close kin.” WSJ subs.


Online liquor store Drizly just landed $34.5 million in fresh funding by Connie Loizos at TechCrunch. Read more


Food delivery app Deliveroo opens its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Hong Kong by Dani Deahl at The Verge. Read more


Amazon opens a 450 square foot version of its cashier-less Amazon Go food stores…located in one of the company’s Seattle offices…the eighth Amazon Go store. by Lindsey Wasson at Reuters. Read more


Photos and documents reveal Amazon’s future Queens home and how New York lured the company by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire. “Amazon has hired an elite lobbying firm to win over wary New Yorkers concerned about transparency and government subsidies the company will receive.” Read more


Canada Goose is getting hammered by China’s anger over Huawei CFO’s arrest at Bloomberg via Montreal Gazette. Read more


CVS employees fired for fighting off pharmacy robber by Alexandra Klausner at NY Post. “When you have a half-second to think about it, you don’t think about policy, you think about friend’s life, and who this guy might endanger if he had gotten drugs?” Phillips told WISH-TV.” Read more


An Amazon fulfillment center comes to ‘South Park’  by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. ““Unfulfilled” is centered around a new fulfillment center in town and one worker in particular, Stephen Stotch, who is a slave to the grind so that he can purchase more items on Amazon and watch more videos and listen to more music on Prime.” Read more


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