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Neiman Marcus losing another exec – CMO Wanda Gierhart departs by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. “She is the third longtime, key executive to leave the company in the last few months…“She has committed to staying with Neiman Marcus Group as we work through the transition,” Katz said, adding that no departure date has been set.” Read more


Lawsuit accuses Target of not paying overtime to some warehouse workers by Nandita Bose at Reuters. “Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said Target’s distribution center group leaders are properly classified as exempt, salaried team members and said these department leaders hire, manage and lead teams of up to 50 people. “They are competitively compensated and rewarded for their performance. We dispute the allegations in the suit,” she said.” Read more


Petco Adds New Leadership “Jodi Watson as senior vice president, Petco Direct; and Spencer Insolia as vice president, Petco and president, Doctors Foster & Smith….John Carcasi as senior vice president, Supply Chain & Merchandise Planning.” Read the release


Costco Canada warns consumers about pop-up ads on its site by Ellen Roseman at Toronto Star. “I never do this kind of thing, but because it was Costco, I thought it was okay,” she said about the offer. Her gift, a set of three face creams, showed up quickly. She forgot about it until a few weeks later, when she found a $179.95 charge on her credit card statement…” Read more


Walmart partners with Purdue for weekend data dive via Purdue University. “The Krannert-Walmart Data Dive…is believed to be the first data dive on a college campus…Upon completion of the challenge, each team will submit an idea to improve efficient shelf space usage or customer segmentation. Walmart executives will select the winning team and award two $5,000 prizes.” Read more


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REI plans to move headquarters to Bellevue’s Spring District by Janet I. Tu at The Seattle Times. “REI said Tuesday it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to develop eight acres in Bellevue’s Spring District, part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway between State Route 520 and Bel-Red Road.” Read more


Ross Stores Plans to Open 90 Locations This Year Read the release


Amazon bans the sale of rogue USB-C cables by Jon Russell at Techcrunch. Read more


Two Picked To Co-Host Wal-Mart Radio In Contest via All Access. “Woloszyn worked in radio for nearly 15 years before joining Walmart two years ago. Williams had no professional on-air experience, but during his seven years with the company was the DJ for office Christmas parties and was known around his stores for his entertaining personality.” Read more


Amazon says home services orders grew 20 pct per month since launch at Reuters via CNBC. “Home services are now available across the country in 30 metropolitan areas and customer orders have been particularly brisk in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Amazon said.” Read more


Wall Street Journal: ‘Natural’ Product Claims Can Be Murky by Serena Ng. “There’s a wild, wild west situation going on with natural product claims because there is no set definition of natural,” says Nneka Leiba, deputy director of research at the Environmental Working Group.” Read more (subscription)


Restoration Hardware Q4 Comp Sales +9% Read the release


Laundry detergent caps are designed to waste so you buy more detergent, say experts via The Sun. “Jeff Liebel, who worked…for Tide parent company Procter & Gamble as it introduced liquid detergent in the 1980s and who now owns a management consulting firm, says that easy development is not likely going to happen… “The measurements are in the cup, so we’re doing our duty to help you as best we can…we’re good guys and all, but, quite frankly, we don’t care.” Read more


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