Amazon launches domestic airline ticket sales in India, alarming airlines at Reuters. “The (airlines) have nothing left if Google is in that position, or Amazon,” Travelport Chief Executive Gordon Wilson said at a CAPA Centre for Aviation conference this month. “I think the airlines are being very watchful over this.” Read more
Mattress Firm and the maker of Tempur-Pedic mattresses are getting back together at USA Today. “…less than a year after a bitter dispute over accusations that Mattress Firm was illegally selling lookalike products under the similar name “Therapedic.” Read more
Walmart Will Pay $282 Million to Settle Claims of Corrupt Payments Abroad Press release
…Inside Walmart’s corporate offices in Brazil, one local contact was known as the “sorceress” for the ability to obtain government permits quickly. In India, concerns about bribery were met with a “wink and a nod” by Walmart’s local business partner. by Michael Corkery at NY Times. Tiered subs.
Sprouts names Jack Sinclair CEO “He has been chief executive officer of 99 Cents Only Stores…since 2018…chief merchandising officer from 2015 to 2018…From 2007 to 2015, Sinclair was the Executive Vice President of the U.S. Grocery Division of Walmart.” Press release
Walmart’s campus store at Arizona State University in Tempe to close by Claire Rafford at Arizona Republic. “ASU was the second university in the country to adopt the campus store – the first was the University of Arkansas in 2011. The “Walmart on Campus” near Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, also is closing this summer…” Read more
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REI shelves catalog for print magazine by Adrienne Pasquarelli at Ad Age. “Called Uncommon Path, the print publication will run on a quarterly basis and include stories focused on the outdoors…REI is partnering with Hearst Magazines on the project, which will be staffed by a team of roughly six in-house REI employees as well as a collection of freelancers and Hearst workers.” Tiered subs.
Vera Bradley acquires a majority stake in online jewelry store Pura Vida Bracelets for $75 million at CNBC. Read more
YouTube rolls out augmented reality for viewers to virtually try on makeup at CNBC. “MAC Cosmetics, owned by Estee Lauder, is the first company to launch a campaign by partnering with Google’s in-house branded content platform FameBit.” Read more
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Walmart reveals it’s tracking checkout theft with AI-powered cameras in 1,000 stores by Hayley Peterson at Business Insider. Read more
Amazon is still investing in AmazonFresh, expands grocery delivery service to Las Vegas by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. Read more
Study: High levels of arsenic found in bottled water sold at Whole Foods, Target, Walmart by Joshua Bote at USA Today. “A test conducted by California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health finds that two bottled water brands — Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods — contain levels of arsenic that are higher than tap water…” Read more
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