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New York & Co. owner RTW Retailwinds files for bankrtupcy, to close hundreds of stores at CNBC. “RTW Retailwinds operates 378 retail and outlet stores in 32 states, according to its website. In addition to New York & Co., some of its other brands include Fashion to Figure and Happy x Nature.” Read more


Walmart plans for 50% capacity at Bentonville headquarters Aug. 17 at Talk Business. “When you return to the office, you’ll notice many of our office spaces have been redesigned based on social distancing guidance,” (Donna) Morris wrote in the memo. “While all of our offices look a bit different, you’ll see an example photo attached of what this new social distancing approach looks like in one facility.” Read more/Pic


Kroger cashiers to stop giving customers coin change at Fox 19/Cincinnati Enquirer. “Instead, the remainders from cash transactions will be applied to customers’ loyalty cards and automatically used on their next purchase. Customers are also encouraged to “round up” to support the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation.” Read more


Walmart adds ‘health ambassadors’ to remind customers of local coronavirus mask mandates at Fox News. “In a press briefing on Friday, Albany County executive Dan McCoy expressed his frustration at Walmart for a lack of enforcement of the mask policy during a recent visit to a local Walmart. He also questioned why America’s largest retailer didn’t implement the health ambassadors sooner.” Read more


Target, MTV Blocked Ads From News Mentioning ‘George Floyd’ and ‘Protests’ at Wall Street Journal. “News publishers say such moves effectively punish media companies for covering important issues, since they earn less money from content where ad-blocking is prevalent…“It’s defunding our journalism at a time when it’s imperative for us to be the front lines doing this kind of work,” said Paul Wallace, Vice Media’s vice president for global revenue products and services.” Fox Business |  WSJ subs.


Canada Goose CEO says experiential store offers a ‘break from the insanity of the world today’ at CNBC. “Canada Goose, famous for its extreme weather outerwear, opened the location in the CF Sherway Gardens Mall in Toronto late last year, before the Covid-19 crisis began.” Read more


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Walmart’s Open Call to Go Virtual at Progressive Grocer. “(Suppliers) can meet with Walmart buyers on Oct. 1. For the first time, because of lingering coronavirus concerns, the event will take place in a virtual format.” Read more


Amazon’s mysterious memo may accelerate the U.S. TikTok crackdown at Fast Company. “Whether Amazon meant to send the email or not, someone at the company still typed out a statement saying the company believes TikTok poses a security threat. And even the possibility that Amazon considered banning it for its workers is a new twist in an ongoing TikTok scare.” Read more


Costco Wholesale Club continues senior hours indefinitely at USA Today. “The retailer previously announced plans to reduce its senior hours to twice a week effective the week of July 13 but said on its coronavirus updates page that “due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Costco will maintain current Special Operating Hours until further notice.” Read more


Chipotle will test cauliflower rice as consumers cut grains out of their diets at CNBC. “The new option is made with grilled cauliflower and seasoned with cilantro, lime juice and salt and will cost an extra $2.” Read more


Diageo to launch Johnnie Walker whisky in paper bottles in 2021 at Reuters. “Pulpex will also create branded paper-bottles in non-competing categories for companies including Lipton team maker Unilever Plc and soda maker PepsiCo, which are also expected to launch next year.” Read more


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