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Google CEO confirms Target as big cloud customer by Nat Levy a GeekWire. “The announcement follows reports last year that Target was shopping for a new cloud provider, reportedly deciding it wanted to scale back business with a company it is also competing with in Amazon.” Read more


Shares of online pet pharmacy PetMeds drop the most in 6 years after earnings miss at CNBC. “President and CEO Menderes Akdag said the profit miss resulted from decreasing prices on products and increased advertising to attract new customers.” Read more


Overstock is making a push into real estate at CNN Money. “Overstock announced Monday that it is relaunching Houserie, a real estate property management site it bought in February. The site will be geared toward landlords with services like background checks for potential tenants and rent payment management.” Read more


New Tesco discount chain could launch as early as September by Sarah Butler at The Guardian. “Retail insiders say Tesco may name the chain Jack’s after a division of the grocery group recently attempted to register the name as a retail trademark. It was reported on Sunday that up to 60 stores could be launched by the UK’s biggest retailer.” Read more


The Container Store Launches New Brand Campaign Press release/4 video spots


Former Tesla exec gets top role at luxury retailer Mode Operandi by Anthony Noto at New York Business Journal. “Deborah Nicodemus is stepping down…Her successor will be former Tesla executive Ganesh Srivats, effective Aug. 1.” Read more


Amazon and Techstars unveil 9 voice tech startups in the second Alexa accelerator cohort by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. “The startups hail from Seattle to Tel Aviv and are all working on voice-related technologies.” List/Read more


Chick-fil-A tests meal kits as first US fast food chain to take on Blue Apron at CNBC. “Chick-fil-A will sell its “Mealtime Kits” at 150 restaurants in and around its headquarters in Atlanta starting Aug. 27. These kits contain pre-measured ingredients and can be picked up from the drive-thru, front counter or ordered through the Chick-fil-A One app.” Read more


25 finalists for HEB’s 2018 Quest for Texas Best competition at Houston Business Journal. List/Read more


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Harris Teeter introduces a new way to reward loyal customers by Katherine Peralta at Charlotte Observer. “..offers shoppers perks for purchases they make at Harris Teeter stores, as well as at anywhere else Mastercard is accepted…for every 1,000 points customers earn using their Harris Teeter Rewards World Mastercard, they will receive a a $10 Harris Teeter Rewards Check.” Tiered subs.


With 3D printing, ‘the downloadable gun’ becomes available August 1 by Josh Hafner at USA Today. Read more


The Vitamin Shoppe Announces New CEO “Prior to joining The Vitamin Shoppe, Sharon Leite was the President of Godiva Chocolatier in North America…Prior to that, Ms. Leite was the President of Sally Beauty, US and Canada.” Press release


Amazon Expands Delivery From Whole Foods to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Long Island & New York City Press release


Avis now offering rental car discounts to Amazon customers via CNBC. “Now, when Amazon customers book an Avis vehicle, they will receive an gift card valued at 10 percent of the rental price.” Read more


How tech’s richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse by Douglas Rushkoff at The Guardian. “They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless?…The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers.” Read more


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