Tipsheet: Target HQ Arsonists Charged | Tall Xmas Tree Shortage | QuickChek Acquired


Holiday retail workers seek “temporary lifeline” in warehouse jobs, if they can find one at Reuters. “Lidl took an opportunistic approach to finding candidates this season in Germany, where a partial lockdown is likely to be toughened in coming days. “Bar work is so yesterday,” read a November 30 recruitment ad. “Look forward to a secure job for €12.50 an hour – switch industries and get into retail.” Read more


Amazon’s self-driving company Zoox unveils autonomous robotaxi at CNBC. “Zoox said it’s currently testing in three cities — Las Vegas, Nevada; Foster City, California; and San Francisco, California. The company plans to launch an app-based ridesharing service in urban areas like Las Vegas and San Francisco, Bloomberg reported.” Read more


Walgreens chief medical officer explains company’s plan for vaccine rollout at Today. “Walgreens chief medical officer Dr. Kevin Ban explains how Walgreens will handle the logistics of distributing Pfizer’s vaccine throughout the U.S…” 5:40 video


…Walgreens may begin Covid vaccinations at nursing homes before Christmas at CNBC. Read more


Target extends store hours for holiday shopping ahead of Christmas, reduces coronavirus senior hours at USA Today. “Most (Target) stores will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight starting this week, officials confirmed to USA TODAY…Most Walmart stores nationwide close at 11 p.m. local time after hours were extended ahead of the shopping season in November.” Read more


Amazon Sidewalk rollout shows the future of ‘forced opt-in’ at GeekWire. “Another step Amazon has taken, in the interest of transparency, is releasing a white paper going into more technical details about Sidewalk, including discussions of security and privacy protections. Again, there is nothing like this from Comcast even after six years.” Read more


Murphy USA acquires convenience store chain QuickChek in $645 million deal at Talk Business. “QuickChek is a family-owned chain of 157 stores located in central and northern New Jersey and the New York metro area.” Read more


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How Tight Is the Christmas Tree Supply? An 8-Footer Can Sell for $2,000 at The Wall Street Journal. “The Christmas tree shortage has its roots in the global recession of more than a decade ago. During those years, a glut of Christmas trees caused prices to tumble, and some farmers planted fewer or switched to other kinds of crops…industry players say people are excited that buying a real tree can come with an outing to a farm.” WSJ subs.


Consumers outraged after Petco removes cat and dog from logo at PR Week. PR Week subs.


Three Men Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Arson of Target Corporation Headquarters at Department of Justice. “According to allegations…JACKSON used a construction sign to break through one of the glass doors into the Target Corporation building. JACKSON, EDWARDS, and WILLIAMS, along with unidentified others, breached the doors and entered the Target Corporation building. Once inside, JACKSON intentionally set a fire on a counter inside the mailroom…” Press release


Payment Processing Giant TSYS: Ransomware Incident “Immaterial” to Company at Krebs on Security. “TSYS suffered a ransomware attack earlier this month. Since then reams of data stolen from the company have been posted online…Total System Services Inc. is the third-largest third-party payment processor for financial institutions in North America, and a major processor in Europe.” Read more


The Best-Managed Companies of 2020 at The Wall Street Journal. “In the 2020 lineup, Microsoft Corp. unseated Inc…“You have to have strength across the board to hold your own at that level,” Drucker’s Mr. First says of Amazon’s 2020 ranking. “It’s what makes Microsoft’s ranking so impressive, that they are not just innovation at all costs. They are excellent across the board.” WSJ subs.


British stores stockpile food on Brexit no-deal concerns at CNBC. “Both sides have until Dec. 31 to agree on a deal, and although talks are continuing at this late stage, they have warned that a no-deal is the likelier outcome.” Read more


New York City business owners haunted by Amazon loss amid pandemic at Fox Business. “The site just sits there empty. It’s terrible,” said Donna Driver, owner of the Matted LIC art gallery and gift store. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic. People say, ‘If we only had Amazon.’ We got nothing.” Read more


Iconic ‘World’s Smallest Target Store’ demolished in remote West Texas at KLTV 7 ABC. “The ‘Tiny Target,’ which had not affiliation with the national retailer, had become a pilgrimage destination for curiosity seekers and art enthusiasts alike. Swarms of bees and vandals seemed to target the building in recent months.” Video/Pics/Read more


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Neiman Marcus CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck blasted over pay, lavish perk

Workers riot at India iPhone factory over ‘exploitation’ claims

Hy-Vee Providing Same-Day COVID Tests at 47 Locations

Adidas mulls strategic options for Reebok brand

Loss of Canadian snowbirds due to pandemic another hit to US tourism

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