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Costco launches online grocery shopping delivery in Canada, but only Ontario by Emily Jackson at Vancouver Sun. “Costco eventually plans to expand deliveries to the rest of Ontario and into Quebec. No timelines have been set for other regions in Canada…Costco Wholesale operates 99 warehouses in Canada.” Read more


Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon by Susan Berfield & Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. Tiered subs.


Walmart cuts optical center jobs in Arkansas and Indiana by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “Just three years ago Walmart was ramping up its manufacturing operation in Fayetteville that makes optical lens sold by the retail giant. This week roughly 150 workers in Fayetteville were told their jobs are being eliminated along with similar jobs in Crawfordsville, Ind.” Read more


eBay Q2 Revenue +9.0% Press release


Jewel-Osco names new president after Doug Cygan’s death by Greg Trotter at Chicago Tribune. “Paul Gossett is moving with his wife and son from the Boston area, where he led the Shaw’s and Star Market chains…Between the two chains, Gossett oversaw 153 stores throughout five states in New England, as compared with Jewel’s 187 stores concentrated in the Chicago area.” Tiered subs.


Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers at Quartz. Read more


On Amazon, Fake Products Plague Smaller Brands by Laura Stevens at Wall Street Journal. “When it comes to closely held small brands, typically their owners are the only authentic manufacturers. So, in some cases, counterfeiters are listing their versions of hot-selling items on the same page and at lower prices.” Read more (Subs.)


Full transcript: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Recode Decode by Kara Swisher at Recode. Transcript


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The Inside Story Of Papa John’s Toxic Culture by Noah Kirsch at Forbes. “Based on interviews with 37 current and former Papa John’s employees—including numerous executives and board members—Schnatter’s alleged behavior ranges from spying on his workers to sexually inappropriate conduct, which has resulted in at least two confidential settlements.” Read more


Target Launches Same-Day Delivery in Greater New York City Metro Press release


I tried to fall asleep in the Dreamery, Casper’s new nap bar by Katharine Schwab at Fast Company. “…the curtains and the felt backing of the pod don’t drown out much noise–instead, there’s white noise and subtle sleepy sounds playing in the background for everyone. As I tried to sleep, I could hear people walking quietly outside. Once I sneezed, and was instantly petrified that everyone else could hear me.” Read more


CVS, Walgreens, Walmart object to proposed 8.75% tax on Mass. retail clinics by Jessica Bartlett at Boston Business Journal. Read more


Walmart CIO: We Picked Microsoft For Huge Cloud Deal To Accelerate Digital Transformation by Bob Evans at Forbes. “Asked how Walmart seeks to find the best ways to innovate rapidly in spite of its extraordinary size, Johnson chuckled and said, “It’s not easy. For example, take a look at our 5,000 Sam’s Clubs. What happens where you’re able to collect data from all those locations and crunch it to make predictions?” Read more


Bossa Nova Robotics acquires Carnegie Mellon spinoff to improve inventory object detection by Khari Johnson at Venture Beat. “The acquisition will help refine object detection carried out by Bossa Nova’s robots, which currently scan Walmart shelves at 50 stores across the United States.” Read more


UPS tests NYC in‑building delivery with smart locks‑maker Latch by James Risley at Internet Retailer. “The program is initially rolling out in Manhattan and Brooklyn, letting drivers place packages inside multi-family buildings that are usually locked.” Read more


AutoZone, O’Reilly fend off Amazon and Walmart in battle over auto parts market … for now at CNBC. “About 80 percent of AutoZone’s business comes from (DIY)…About 60 percent of O’Reilly’s sales comes from (DIY)…Advance Auto Parts with 40 percent (DIY)…”Amazon is obviously more of a risk to an AutoZone which does a majority of their business in DIY,” Jordan said.” Read more


Second Philly marijuana retailer opens, transforming a former Wawa into a spa-like setting by Sam Wood at Philly Inquirer. Tiered subs.


Amazon catches flak from Little People over ‘dwarf-tossing’ robot patent by Alan Boyle at GeekWire. “Anytime that ‘tossing’ and ‘dwarf,’ that those words are put together, is a real concern for us,” Michelle Kraus, advocacy director for the organization, told the Mercury News when she heard about the patent.” Read more


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