Today’s Tipsheet: Bi-Lo Buys Grocery Chains | Ace in Afghanistan | Walmart’s Pesky Protesters


“ hires a VP of marketing” by Thad Reuter at Internet Retailer.  “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has hired Brian Monahan as vice president of marketing for He starts his job today and reports to Joel Anderson, president and CEO of is No. 4 in the new Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.”  Read more:


“Bi-Lo acquiring Harveys, Sweetbay, Reid’s chains” by Christopher Seward at Atlanta Journal Constitution.  “Bi-Lo Holdings is acquiring the stores from Delhaize Group, a Belgium-based company. As part of the deal, Bi-Lo will acquire 72 Harveys stores and 72 Sweetbay locations, in addition to leases for 10 Sweetbay locations and 11 Reid’s stores.  The stores employ about 10,000 employees throughout the Southeast.”  Read more:


“Mompreneur’s Germ Slaying Doormat Wins Coveted Retailers’ Choice Award”  “Dr. Doormat is the first antimicrobial treated doormat designed for home use. The mat is infused during the manufacturing process with a specially formulated antimicrobial treatment that permanently bonds to the fibers of the doormat and cannot be tracked through the home. The antimicrobial formula does NOT poison microbes but instead renders them harmless through a physical mode of action”  Read more:


“Ace Hardware to open outlets in Afghanistan” at My Retail Media.  “US home improvement chain, Ace Hardware is opening a franchise in Afghanistan. The hardware chain that sells home furniture, luxury grills and garden tools to middle class in America is sure that opening a home improvement outlet in a war torn country will be lucrative.”  Read more:


“Wal-Mart to pay $81.6M for illegal waste disposal” by Paul Elias at AP via Seattle Times.  “The plea agreements brought a close to an investigation that lasted eight years, involved more than 20 prosecutors and 32 environmental groups and cost Wal-Mart a total of $110 million.”  Read more:


“Home Depot at 101 Stores in Mexico” at WSJ.  “The home-improvement retailer opened its 101st store in Mexico last quarter, and has plans to open another six by the end of its fiscal year in early 2014.  “We have a pretty clear line of sight to 125 [Mexican] stores” over the next several years, Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé said in an interview.  Ms. Tomé said she has heard the bold projections for Mexican investment, and added that one Home Depot supplier recently began producing toilets in Mexico.”  Read more:


“Five retail technology trends you should know about” at The Guardian.  “If a shopper clicks on the swimwear section of a fashion retailer website in November, there’s a good chance they have a holiday planned. Leading the follow-up email with information on the bikini range – even if it’s just in the subject line – can generate rich returns. Retailers are starting to pick out the smaller, out of place results from huge data sets to yield greater returns.”  Read more:


“Wal-Mart Workers Plan a Fresh Protest, This Time in Bentonville” by Susan Berfield at Businessweek.  “It takes place at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., on June 7. OUR Walmart says about 100 members from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Washington, Miami, and a dozen other cities will head to Bentonville this week in a bus caravan they’re calling the “Ride for Respect.” They expect to arrive by Sunday, June 2.”  Read more:


“US Entrepreneurship Reaches 14-Year High: Report” by Heesun Wee at CNBC.  “While necessity-driven entrepreneurs have not disappeared, opportunity seekers returned in 2012. Research found that nearly 78 percent of entrepreneurs last year started ventures to pursue opportunities. That is up from 71 percent of total entrepreneurship in 2010 .Before the financial collapse unraveled, about 87.3 percent were opportunity entrepreneurs in 2008.  “People are now seeing a positive environment and jumping in,” Kelley said.”  Read more:


“Bilingualism rate drops for first time in Canada” by Tristin Hopper at National Post.  “Between 2001 and 2011, Canada’s bilingualism rate dipped to 17.5% from 17.7%.  Although slight, the decline marks the first time Canada’s French-English skills have slipped in more than four straight decades of surging bilingual growth.”  Read more:


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