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Walgreens profit, sales beat estimates via CNBC. “Same-store sales at Walgreens’ U.S. pharmacies rose 5.1 percent in the quarter. The company filled 269.2 million prescriptions, up 9.1 percent from a year ago.” Read more | Press release


Trump hates Amazon by Jonathan Swan at Axios. “Trump wants to go after…Amazon, according to five sources who’ve discussed it with him. “He’s obsessed with Amazon,” a source said. “Obsessed.” Read more


Hudson’s Bay Q4 comp sales -2.4% “Comparable sales at Saks Fifth Avenue grew for the third consecutive quarter, increasing by 2.1%…Comparable sales declined by 2.6% at DSG, 3.4% at HBC Europe, and 7.6% at HBC Off Price…” Press release


Campaigners call for plastics-free aisles in Kroger at Reuters. “An online petition has drawn some 75,000 signatures in less than a week…The petition comes less than a month after the Dutch organic chain Ekoplaza set up what it said was the world’s first such supermarket aisle.” Read more


J. Crew Looking to Madewell Chain to Fuel Growth After Slump by Nick Turner at Bloomberg. “Though overall revenue increased just 2% last quarter, it jumped 32 percent at Madewell…Madewell, a seller of denim clothing and accessories for women, has become a bright spot at J. Crew by appealing to millennials.” Read more


…J.Crew Q4 comp sales decreased 3% following a decrease of 5% in the fourth quarter last year Press release


2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® Rankings (Amazon #1, Costco #17, Kroger #18, Home Depot #26, Target #49, Nordstrom #55) Top 100 list


RH Q4 net revenue +14% Press release


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Kohl’s bets on smaller stores to fuel its growth at CNBC. “Kohl’s currently has 12 shops in the U.S. that are roughly 35,000 square feet…”An average full-size Kohl’s store is doing 15 percent less business than it did five years ago,” outgoing CEO Kevin Mansell told CNBC Tuesday.” Read more


Neiman Marcus and Joor develop technology to relieve buyers of a lot of the job tedium Press release


Walmart Beat Netflix and Amazon to Video on Demand But Still Lost by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “As its competitors flourished, Vudu languished. Even though it’s pre-loaded in or can be downloaded to hundreds of millions of smart TVs, Blu-ray devices and video-game consoles.” Read more


Forbes talks with Ruth Crowley, VP of customer experience design at Lowe’s to discuss its efforts to reach millennial new home buyers by Jeff Fromm. Q&A


Walmart Tries to Join the #MeToo Movement By Removing Cosmo From Checkout Lines by Natasha Bach at Fortune. Read more


Former Neiman Marcus CEO Relishes the ‘Sweet ‘Revenge’ of Success by Suzanne Kapner at Wall Street Journal. “Over lunch of poached eggs on avocado toast at the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges in Manhattan, the 61-year-old Ms. Katz spoke about her career and how women can make it to the top…” Q&A (subs.)


Lululemon outperforms estimates in Q4 after strong holiday season via Vancouver Sun. “…net revenue increased 18% to $928.8 million for its fourth quarter ended January 28.” Read more


Consumer Reports says Trader Joe’s Liquid Laundry HE and Xtra Scentsations detergents performed only slightly better than plain water by Marilyn Moritz at KSAT 12 ABC. “Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean from Sam’s Club or Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Free and Clear from Costco are both good options.” Video/Read more


Kroger New Director of Investor Relations Started as a Cashier Press release


In Venezuela, hungry child gangs use machetes to fight for ‘quality’ garbage by Eduard Freisler at Miami Herald. “At 16, Liliana has become the mother figure for a gang of Venezuelan children and young adults called the Chacao…The 15 members, ranging in age from 10 to 23, work together to survive vicious fights for “quality” garbage…Their weapons are knives and sticks and machetes. The prize? Garbage that contains food good enough to eat.” Read more


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