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Target HQ employees won’t return to downtown offices until at least June 2021 at Star Tribune. “Target is looking at a “hybrid model” in the future, which the company believes will offer more flexibility while also working face-to-face meetings back into the mix. “Our intent is to blend the best of both work environments,” (CHRO Kremer) said.” Tiered subs.


Safeway, Walgreens relationship with Theranos disputed in ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes fraud case at Fox Business. “Safeway and Walgreens, (Holmes attorney) Saharia argued, are business partners, but are unfairly being identified as investors. The “investor” classification, in turn, caused Holmes to be charged with a different crime that included a longer statute of limitations, which would have otherwise expired, according to court records and” Read more


Shoppers’ visits to Whole Foods are rebounding far slower than at other grocers at Business Insider. “Whole Foods had 21% fewer visitors across its stores on October 4 compared to the same day last year, according to data by…Part of this is because Whole Foods normally gets a lot of lunchtime trade from office workers, who are now working from home, a spokesperson said.” Read more


A new Amazon feature should make it easier to get a grocery delivery slot this winter at Recode. “If there’s no delivery availability when a shopper tries to place a grocery order, that customer can now sign up to be notified when a spot opens up.” Read more/Video


GameStop and Microsoft team up to sell Xbox All Access at more than 5K GameStop retail locations at GeekWire. Read more


Amazon reveals first custom electric delivery vehicle built with Rivian at GeekWire. “Amazon said today it will have 10,000 custom electric delivery vehicles on the road as early as 2022, and all 100,000 by 2030.” Read more


Gap Inc. Confirms Nancy Green as President and CEO of Old Navy “Green has served as interim head of Old Navy since March and was previously President and Chief Creative Officer of the brand.” Press release


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Jeff Bezos: Amazon turned into ‘the everything store’ thanks to an email to 1,000 random people at CNBC. “The self-made billionaire recalled one person writing back, “windshield wiper blades, because I really need windshield wiper blades.” “That’s when I thought to myself, We can sell anything this way.” Bezos said at the talk. “So then we launched electronics and toys and many other categories over time.” Read more


Target and FAO Schwarz are partnering on an exclusive 70-piece toy collection Press release


Walgreens spends $35 million to reopen looted Chicago stores at Chicago Sun Times. “The pharmacy chain said 70 of its 118 city locations sustained damage in recent weeks…All but six of the stores have reopened and the rest will be completed “as quickly as possible,” a Walgreens spokeswoman said…another store at 4000 W. 59th St. must be completely rebuilt. It was gutted by a suspected arson fire following a looting incident.” Read more


Walmart drive-in movie tickets snatched up for Selena movie at KRIS 6 News. Video/Read more


Target, Lowe’s female execs speak at diversity conference at HFN. “Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer at Target, provided the welcoming remarks…Breakout sessions included a discussion of chief diversity officers featuring Kiera Fernandez, Target’s vice president, human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer…Speaking on a panel about c-suite women leaders was Janice Dupre Little, executive vice president-human resources for Lowe’s.” Read more


This Is The Largest Private Bourbon And American Whiskey Collection That’s Ever Gone To Auction at Forbes. “On a pilgrimage to Japan years ago to find out more about the country’s whisky, Pat followed a recommendation to stop at an obscure whisky shop under a train station and discovered bourbon for the first time: …“I asked the lady there what it was, and I found out it was a 19 year old bourbon, which is quite rare. I bought the bottle and I tasted it, a 19 year old Olde St. Nick, and I fell in love. It is still one of the best bourbons I’ve ever tasted.” Read more


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