Today’s Tipsheet: ‘Magical’ Coating that Repels Liquid @ H.Depot | Tesco Wants 3D Printed Products | Wgreens Q3 Miss


“Tesco could soon offer 3D printing so customers can print their own products” at Daily Mail.  “Paul Wilkinson, who is heading on a fact-finding mission to San Francisco with a team from Tesco, added in The Grocer magazine: ‘We already print photos and posters in many of our larger stores, so why not other gifts and personalised items?  ‘How about letting kids design their own toys and then actually being able to get them made? What if we had a digital catalogue of spare parts for items that you’d bought?”  Read more:


“Home Depot to Sell ‘Magical’ Spray Paint that Repels Liquid” by Liz Klimas at The Blaze.  ““Any object coated with our NeverWet coating literally cannot be touched by liquid,” the Pennsylvania-based company stated. “Any liquid placed on this coating is repelled and simply rolls off without touching the underlying surface. Not only is this amazing to see, but it solves a myriad of problems.”  Must-see video:


“Walgreen misses third-quarter target on lower traffic, weak economy” at Reuters.  “Sales at stores open at least a year, or same-store sales, grew by 0.4 percent, while customer traffic in the stores decreased 3.9 percent. Total sales increased 1.4 percent.  Walgreen President and Chief Executive Greg Wasson said front-end sales were “still not up to expectations,” adding that the economy remained “challenging.”  Read more:


“Walgreen’s prospects bright despite disappointing quarter: analysts” by Brigid Sweeney at Crain’s Chicago Business.  “”The pharmacy seems like it’s doing pretty well, the Alliance Boots (relationship) seems like it’s performing pretty well,” said David Magee, an analyst with Suntrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta. “They’re just having a difficult time trying to maintain front-end momentum, and the weather hasn’t helped them. But I think they’ll figure it out.”  Read more:


“Bankrupt Orchard Supply asks judge for up to $3.1M in bonuses to keep execs at helm” by Nathan Donato-Weinstein at Silicon Valley Bus. Journal.  “Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp., the bankrupt San Jose-based retailer, has asked a judge to approve up to $3.125 million in bonus payments to keep top executives in their jobs while the company is being sold off to the highest bidder.”  Read more:


“Walmart India Head Leaves Company” at Reuters. “Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it named Ramnik Narsey as interim head of its India business, replacing Raj Jain, who it said has left the company.  Walmart did not provide a reason for Jain’s departure.”  Read more:


“Discount grocer Aldi USA poised for move into Inland Empire (So.Cal)” by Tiffany Hsu at LA Times.  “Discount supermarket chain Aldi USA is headed for Southern California, but unlike most of its competitors, it’s skipping Los Angeles and aiming for the Inland Empire.The company, which runs more than 1,200 stores in 32 states from the Midwest to the East Coast, is planning a $55-million Moreno Valley complex that will serve as its regional headquarters and distribution center.”  Read more:,0,4588736.story


“Walmart ‘Applauds’ Obama”  “We applaud the President and his administration for their commitment to renewable energy and conservation. Investing in renewable energy and energy conservation are good for business, good for communities and good for the environment.”  Read more:


“Can RadioShack save itself with a DIY makeover?” by Laura Heller at Yahoo News.  “Already, RadioShack is reaping the rewards of these new hires. There’s a catchy new marketing program with Beats that actually evokes a younger more relevant RadioShack. Its architect, Warren, has already been named one to watch by Ad Age, andplans to open up RadioShack-branded departments within 4,000 college bookstores and renewed focus on its core DIY customer.”  Read more:


“33 things we love or hate about Costco” at Seattle PI.  “A recent survey of 7,600 people found Costco to be the most popular gas station in North America, according to customer research group Market Force. In light of that, here’s all the ways we love and hate about shopping at our favorite cavernous warehouse.”  Read more:


“Advertising Consumes 23% of Mobile Phone Battery Power”  “Advertising received on mobile phones causes an increase in the consumption of energy, with ads on average consuming 65% of an app’s communication energy and 23% of an app’s total energy demands, according an April, 2013 report.”  Read more:


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