BJ’s Q1 comp sales +1.9% (ex-fuel) Press release
Hibbett Sports Q1 comp sales +5.1% Press release
Target Looks to Acquire WPP’s Retail Ad Firm Triad by Alexandra Bruell at Wall Street Journal. “Triad sells ad space on retail websites and other digital properties. It also helps brands create digital ad campaigns. The talks are preliminary and could break down, according to the people. WPP’s digital ad-buying group Xaxis acquired Triad from private-equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC in 2016 for roughly $300 million, in an effort to capitalize on retailers’ growing ad businesses.” WSJ subs.
Ross Stores Q1 comp sales +2.0% Press release
The Buckle Q1 comp sales -1.3% Press release
Forbes: The World’s Most Valuable Brands 2019 (Amazon #4, Walmart #26, Home Depot #32, CVS #45) Top 100 list
Cato Q1 comp sales -1.0% Press release
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis: American flag won’t come down under any circumstance at Fox Business. “The city of Statesville filed a lawsuit against Gander RV and its parent company, Camping World, for violating a city ordinance by flying a 3,200-square-foot American flag.” Read more/Video
Lowe’s considers Charlotte & Dallas for new 2,000-employee tech hub by Katherine Peralta at Charlotte Observer. “We are building up a base of 2,000 software engineers, infrastructure engineers and data analysts to support our focus on improving technology capabilities and solutions across our business. The bulk of our hiring for these roles will begin once the location for our tech center has been determined,” Godbole said.” Tiered subs.
Rapper Ice-T gets Amazon’s attention after saying he ‘almost shot’ a delivery driver by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “Ice T: ‘Message To Amazon: Now that you have regular people making your home deliveries.. Maybe they should wear a Vest with AMAZON DELIVERY on it….. I almost shot a MF creeping up to my crib last night…. Just sayin.'” Read more
Walmart cybersecurity team handles over 200 billion events annually by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “Walmart recently held its third annual Sp4rkCon (pronounced “Spark Con”) Information Security conference in Bentonville at the David Glass Technology Center. About 1,000 people attended the full-day conference, the majority of whom did not work for the retail giant.” Read more
Best Buy Q1 comp sales +1.1% Press release
Amazon real estate chief: ‘I want to change the way that people work within the four walls’ by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. Read more
Jeff Bezos, can you take my return? Inside one of the most unusual Amazon annual meetings ever by Todd Bishop at GeekWire. “We’ll get that return taken care of,” Bezos vowed, asking her to stick around to the end of the meeting. “…We’ll also look into the root cause of why that happened. Anybody else have anything they need to return?” Read more
100 Most Creative People in Business 2019 at Fast Company. List
Amazon is reportedly building a wellness device that senses emotions in your voice at TechCrunch. Read more
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Sears pins its future on small stores selling appliances, mattresses.
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