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Lowe’s to Acquire RONA “The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Lowe’s and RONA and is supported by the management teams of both companies. The Transaction is expected to proceed by way of a plan of arrangement by which Lowe’s would acquire all of the outstanding shares of RONA” Read the release


Target’s downtown Minneapolis employment drops 25 percent by Sam Black at Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal. “Target has 7,500 employees working in downtown Minneapolis, a decline from 10,000 workers in 2015, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minneapolis Downtown Council.” Read more


Amazon reportedly to open as many as 400 physical bookstores by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. “Expanding to 400 stores would be a substantial move from Amazon, with the WSJ noting that it would take years to find the right locations and hire employees to run the stores.” Read more


…WSJ: “(Amazon) plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday. “You’ve got Amazon opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400,” said Mr. Mathrani in response to a question about mall traffic.” Read more (subscription)


Walmart Canada brings ‘click and collect’ online grocery service to Toronto by Hollie Shaw at Financial Post. “It’s going really well in Ottawa — the response has been phenomenal,” said Simon Rodrigue, senior vice-president of e-commerce for Walmart Canada. “We know we have a service here that Canadians want,” he added, anticipating the service will roll out to other areas of the country.” Read more


Think You Stink at Math? Amazon Wants to Change That. by Jason Del Rey at Recode. “The company, along with partners including Stanford University and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is launching an initiative called “With Math I Can,” in an effort to get teachers and students to change their ideas about the subject.” Read more


First group of Target pharmacies switch to CVS banner by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “Now that we’ve got the pilot stores under our belt, you’ll begin to see the pace with which we’ll do these conversions ramp up very quickly,” Larry Merlo, chief executive of CVS, said in a joint phone interview with Target chief Brian Cornell. “We expect to be done sometime this summer.” Read more


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Kravis Joins Demi Moore, John Legend in Backing Organic-Food Startup by Craig Giammona at Bloomberg. “The company, which sells nonperishable items, calls itself an online cross between Whole Foods and Costco. Members pay a $60 subscription fee to access a portfolio of about 4,000 mostly organic and non-GMO products at discounted prices.” Read more


STUDY: The findings on how consumers actually behave after breaches by Michael Santarcangelo at CSO. “… the data indicates that older consumers are more likely to defect because of the breach with nearly three quarters of the defectors being over the age of 46.” Read more


Cramer: Restoration Hardware Faces Cold, Hard Facts at The Street. “…the stock just hit a new 52-week-low and is off 29% for the year. That’s just mind-boggling. It’s killed anyone who owns it. What does it say? I think the verdict is this: The stock didn’t belong as high as it was to begin with.” Read more


Costco plans first Lake Norman location in Mooresville, NC by Joe Marusak at Charlotte Observer. Read more


First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex via Reuters. “The American Red Cross on Tuesday asked blood donors who have traveled to Zika virus outbreak areas such as Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America to wait at least 28 days before donating.” Read more


Publix Announces Entry into Virginia  Read the release


Kroger Names Two New Division Presidents “Kroger promoted Zane Day to serve as president of the company’s Nashville division…Katie Wolfram to serve as president of the company’s Central division.” Read the release


Albertsons Promotes Pattison to Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing & eCommerce “She began her career at Safeway in 2006 as the Director of Product Management on the eCommerce team, and was promoted to Group Director of Loyalty Product Management in 2011…” Read the release


Can Amazon’s new ‘dream team’ fix the company’s sustainability reputation? by Marc Gunther at The Guardian. “They’ve hired great people,” says sustainability consultant Andrew Winston. “But we really don’t know what they’re doing. Amazon is a very quiet company.” Read more


REI to Add New Stores in New York and Florida over Next Two Years Read the release


Kors shares jump as less bad is good enough by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “Despite their beat, Kors’ comparable sales declined 0.9 percent. While that was better than Wall Street’s projection for a 4.4 percent decline, and an improvement from an 8.5 percent decline in the second quarter.” Read more


How Google And Instacart Are Hijacking The Grocery Business From Supermarkets by Barb Stuckey at Forbes. “…the consumer relationship is now slowly being hijacked away from the grocery retailer, whose primary role will soon be to serve as a distribution center from which Google or Instacart picks their inventory.” Read more


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