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Walmart’s vision of using store employees to deliver online orders to shoppers’ not going as planned by Nandita Bose at Reuters. “Walmart is now testing a more modest service with just four Walmart employees who deliver goods from a single store in Woodstock, Georgia, Reuters has learned…Walmart is also overhauling the guidelines for employees and limiting deliveries to groceries and related items such as paper plates. Walmart spokeswoman Molly Blakeman confirmed that the retailer ended its first experiment early this year.” Read more


Ten weeks into J.C. Penney CEO search, chairman Ron Tysoe said ‘high-caliber candidates’ are interested by Maria Halkias at Dallas Morning News. ““People in retailing want to stay in retailing. It’s like a drug; they’re addicted to it. The airline industry is similar,” said Ron Zera, managing director of the Dallas office of Korn Ferry.” Tiered subs.


Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries by Michael Sainato at The Guardian. “Allen said she rejected the buyout offer to speak out against Amazon’s treatment of her. She currently lives out of her car in the parking lot of the Amazon fulfillment center. “They cost me my home, they screwed me over and over and I go days without eating.” Read more


According to Wall Street Journal, Walmart has enlisted the services of Mark Greenberg to help build a subscription video streaming service by Brian Heater at TechCrunch. “…Greenberg — who left the role of CEO at Epix in September — is well-positioned to help.” Read more | WSJ article (subs.)


Syrians find plenty of bargains at markets for looted goods — sometimes their own by Nabih Bulos at LA Times. “Abu Ahmad, a villager…left home this month to escape the government’s latest offensive on Dara. A week later, he came back to a house pillaged to its foundation. “The fighters took the doors, fridge, freezer, ovens, generators, even the wiring.… Nothing was left, and the army was watching them do it,” he said in a recent Facebook chat.” Tiered subs.


The CEOs of Macy’s, Zola and Crate and Barrel will speak at Code Commerce in September at Recode. Read more


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Product scanning is one of the most popular features in retail apps by April Berthene at Internet Retailer. “Retail apps on average have a double-digit conversion rate, but only 7% of consumers that download a retail app go on to purchase, and the cost for a retailer to acquire an app customer is more than $58, a new study finds.” Read more


US Foods to buy SGA’s Food Group for $1.8 billion at Reuters. Read more


New York, in Unprecedented Move, Votes to Kick Spectrum Cable Out of the State by David Z. Morris at Fortune. Read more


Idaho inmates hacked prison-issued tablets for $225,000 in credits at AP “The hand-held computer tablets are popular in prisons across the country, and they are made available to Idaho inmates through a contract with CenturyLink and JPay. The tablets allow inmates to email their families and friends, purchase and listen to music or play simple electronic games.” Read more


Home Depot’s Stacey Tank to chair judging for 2019 PRWeek Awards PR Week Subs.


Almost half of Americans shop online while drunk at CNBC. “A new survey finds that Americans who shop online under the influence spend over $40 each time. Gin drinkers actually spend the most, about $82 on average…Americans spend $30.4 billion on spontaneous drunk purchases, the most common being food, followed by shoes and clothes. That’s about $447.57 per person.” Read more


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