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Wal-Mart to host suppliers for two-day growth summit by Kim Souza at Talk Business. “Instead of having suppliers at the retailer’s year beginning meetings held as in the past, Wal-Mart is holding a two-day Supplier Growth Forum Feb. 15-16 at the John Q Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.” Read more


L.L. Bean CEO offers help to employees affected by Trump’s travel ban by Annie Karni at Politico. “We are committed to help our affected employees in any way possible,” (CEO) Smith wrote in the internal email, urging anyone “personally grappling” with the implications of the ban to reach out to him directly.” Read more


Lowe’s among investors pouring $45 million into Desktop Metal, the 3D printer startup by Lora Kolodny at TechCrunch. “The company aims to bring metal-making capabilities to smaller businesses and designers who couldn’t afford, or find the space, for previously available technologies.” Read more


Ahold Delhaize announces ‘brand-centric’ structuring by John Springer at Supermarket News. “Ahold USA will combine the Stop & Shop New England and New York Metro divisions into a single division to be based in Quincy, Mass., led by current Stop & Shop New England president Mark McGowan.” Read more


Yes, another Amazon building: 17-story office project will expand new Seattle campus to 5th block by Todd Bishop at GeekWire. “Amazon’s second Seattle campus is officially expanding to five blocks. The tech giant has filed for permits to build a 17-story office building at 2205 7th Ave., the site of a former Days Inn hotel, according to city records.” Read more


Gap comp sales for January 2017 +1% “Old Navy Global: positive 2 percent versus negative 6 percent last year. Gap Global: positive 3 percent versus negative 6 percent last year. Banana Republic Global: negative 4 percent versus negative 17 percent last year.” Press release


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Online prices cheaper than in store? Not so fast, MIT researcher finds by Megan Woolhouse at Boston Globe. “According to a pricing study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, major retailers in the United States charge the same price for goods they sell online as compared with in stores about 70 percent of the time…It looked at more than 24,000 products in 10 countries, including 8,000 in the United States.” Read more


Wal-Mart’s grow-slow with Massmart in Africa by Alexandra Wexler at The Australian. “Some analysts and investors wonder whether Massmart’s slow expansion means Wal-Mart is losing interest in its African venture…“If being sort of Steady Eddie is described as a criticism, I’m happy to be criticised,” said Mr Hayward, a South African who joined Massmart in 2000.” Read more


84 Lumber and the big-budget Super Bowl ad to nowhere by Thomas Heath at Washington Post. “Adamson called 84 Lumber’s commercial “a miss,” because like several other advertisers, it was trying to attach itself to a social issue instead of pushing its product. He calls the tactic “borrowed interest,” and said it usually backfires.” Read more


10 retailers that have the fastest home page load time (Kohl’s #6, Home Depot #8) by April Berthene at Internet Retailer. Top 10 list


Abercrombie & Fitch reveals new store concept with “suite” fitting rooms by Nathan Bomey at USA Today. Read more


Nielsen: 20% of grocery sales could be online by 2025 by James Melton at Internet Retailer. “By 2025, as many as 70% of U.S. consumers will be buying groceries online and those purchases will total more than $100 billion.” Read more


Adidas Says Tesla Logo Is Too Similar To 3-Stripe TM by Bill Donahue at Law 360. Read more (subscription)


Nearly half of online retailers are looking for a new e-commerce platform by Stefany Zaroban at Internet Retailer. “Nearly 17% of retailers surveyed say they are in the midst of a replatforming, while more than 72% say they plan to switch within the next two years.” Read more


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