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AMAZON GO #2 IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE – Amazon has a second Go at cashierless c-store in downtown Seattle by Matt Day at Seattle Times. “The new store, near the Seattle Central Library at 920 Fifth Ave., opens at 7 a.m. Monday…Amazon packed a little bit of everything into the 1,800 square feet of its first store…The new downtown store, smaller at 1,450 square feet, loses the liquor aisle as well as grocery staples like milk and bread.” Read more (Tiered subs.)


Moosejaw will have its own shop on Walmart’s website at CNBC. “The new landing page for Moosejaw on will include “thousands of items” from premium outdoor brands like Deuter, Craghoppers and First Ascent by Eddie Bauer, the companies said Monday in a blog post.” Read more


…Finance and tech bros drive fleece vest sales. Moosejaw CEO says purchases are up 700 percent in 3 years at CNBC. Read more


Target store faces rare union vote by Mark Reilly at Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal. “Target Corp.’s location in Huntington Station, N.Y., could become the retailer’s first-ever unionized store next month now that federal regulators have cleared the way for workers to vote on labor representation.” Read more | Bloomberg article (Tiered subs.)


‘It’s the Fizz’: How Seltzer Is Upending Coffee and Beer by Jennifer Maloney at Wall Street Journal. “The 29-year-old used to drink Dr Pepper during the day and hard cider on date nights. But she wanted to cut back on sugar and now drinks two or three sparkling waters a day. “It’s the fizz,” said Ms. Aleckson, who works at a Minneapolis nonprofit. “It kind of feels like a treat but not a bad treat.” Subscription


After ’emotional’ year, Toys ‘R’ us Canada’s president focusing on rebuilding iconic brand by Tara Deschamps via Financial Post. “People are absolutely confused…There is a huge misconception from Canadians that our stores are closing and there is going to be a massive clearance,” president Melanie Teed-Murch told The Canadian Press. “We have been here for 34 years and are going to be here for 30 plus more. Toys “R” Us Canada is here to play and here to stay.” Read more


Natural Grocers Shrug Off Amazon-Whole Foods Threat by Heather Haddon at Wall Street Journal. “After they put their blue signs all over everything and started selling Amazon Echos, it really kicked in that this is no longer this specialty, healthy chain,” said Tony Antoci, chief executive of California’s Erewhon Market, where same-store sales are up more than 20% from a year ago.” Subscription


…Whole Foods Is Starting to Steal Trader Joe’s Shoppers by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg. “In more than 100 places around the U.S., the upscale grocer gained foot traffic at the expense of Trader Joe’s, Walgreen and Dollar Tree Stores in the past year, according to Sense360.” Read more (Tiered subs.)


U.S. calls foreign mail system unfair in surprise win for Amazon at Reuters. “If successful, the effort would benefit U.S. merchants and shippers who say they are undercut by foreign postal services’ access to low rates. U.S. shoppers could see higher bills for foreign goods ordered online.” Read more


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Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone wears capitalism on his sleeve. Just [bleep] ask him. by Thomas Heath at Washington Post. “He took 21 Home Depot managers to dinner recently to thank them…“He has a moral compass like no one I ever met,” Druckenmiller says. “He gets emotional about people. He has a certain regard for human dignity. I bet he knows every nurse and every custodian at NYU Hospital by name. Not just the doctors.” Read more (Tiered subs.)


How eBay plans to nearly triple its active user base by Zak Stambor at Internet Retailer. “He aims to have 500 million active users…which is nearly three times the 175 million on it today…To get there, he aims to rebrand eBay as the place online where consumers can find the exact item they’re looking for…at a low price without having to pay a membership fee.” Read more


The Healthiest Breakfast Cereals, Ranked By Nutritionists by Abigail Abesamis at HuffPo. 

1. Cheerios
2. Honey Bunches of Oats
3. Raisin Bran
4. Honey Nut Cheerios
5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch

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Brands Try to Convince New Generations Products Aren’t Just for Their Parents by Janet Morrissey at NY Times. Read more (Tiered subs.)


Slow Death By Inertia? Barnes And Noble’s Squandered Opportunities by Barbara Thau at Forbes. “Harvard Business school professor Ryan Raffaelli, who is an expert in how mature businesses reinvent themselves amid disruption, attributes the comeback of small bookstores to “community,” “curation” and “convening.” Read more


Why aren’t more people using Alexa to shop? It may because we love to price compare at USA Today. Read more


Aldi is set to open its first store within San Diego city limits by Jennifer Van Grove at San Diego Tribune. Read more


The growth of Imperfect Produce hurts small local farmers by Greg Trotter at Chicago Tribune. “For years, farmers have been selling imperfect produce in boxes. It’s a practice known as community supported agriculture, or CSA, and it operates as a subscription service of sorts for fresh, local produce. But despite the still burgeoning farm-to-table movement, sales directly to consumers and at farmers markets have flattened or declined for many small farmers.” Read more (Tiered subs.)


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