Today’s Tipsheet: Wmart Exec to eBay | Menear at Rotary Club | Target Likes DevOps | CVS Themed Bday


Home Depot’s Craig Menear Speaks at Rotary Club by Maria Saporta at Saporta Report. “During the “fireside chat,” Menear said he grew up in Flint, Michigan – home of nine General Motors plants – and that he was one of only two members of his family to escape the automobile business…” Read more


eBay Hires Walmart Executive by Ina Steiner at eCommerceBytes. “It wasn’t always the case that eBay hired executives with experience in retail or ecommerce, but it’s been the case since Hal Lawton joined the company…(Jill) Ramsey, who will also report directly to Lawton, was previously Vice President of Softlines Merchandising for’s Home & Apparel division.” Read more


NY Times: Amazon Spars With The Times Over Investigative Article by Nick Wingfield & Ravi Somaiya. “The debate began early on Monday when Jay Carney, a senior vice president for global corporate affairs at Amazon, posted a 1,300-word essay…Several hours later, Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, published his own 1,300-word response…Mr. Carney got in the last word for the day with his own shorter response to Mr. Baquet’s response.” Read more


Shoppers will treat themselves this holiday: NRF by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “According to the National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey, released Tuesday, shoppers will spend an average $131.59 on purchases for themselves or other nongift items. That’s up from $126.37 last year.” Read more


Target Rebuilds its Engineering Culture, Moves to DevOps by Rachel King at WSJ. “A year ago, people wouldn’t even use the word DevOps and now it is part of daily conversations in the hallways,” said Ross Clanton, senior group manager at Target, who leads engineering practices across the retailer’s information technology organization. Mr. Clanton spoke at the DevOps Enterprise Summit here on Monday.” Read more (Subscription)


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P&G names new Tide, Downy boss by Alexander Coolidge at Cincinnati Enquirer. “Procter & Gamble is promoting North American fabric care president, Shailesh G. Jejurikar, to head the unit worldwide, effective Nov. 1.” Read more


Here’s a Look at Google’s Delivery Drones in the Wild by Mark Bergen at Recode. “Okay, not exactly in the wild. But in the short video below, you can see one of Google’s delivery drones gracefully drop a package at the company’s Zeitgeist confab taking place right now in Arizona.” See the video / Read more


Target partners with MIT Media Lab, Ideo to study the future of food by Nidhi Subbaraman at Boston Globe. “Retail giant Target announced a multi-pronged partnership with blue-sky thinkers at the MIT Media Lab Monday with the goal of rebooting their grocery and wellness business for a new generation of customers. Their focus: The future of food.” Read more


Alibaba’s global shopping site makes headway in the U.S. by Frank Tong at Internet Retailer. Read more


Lowe’s weigh Masters options as clock starts ticking by Sue Mitchell at Sydney Morning Herald. “Woolworths is expected to pull the plug on its $2.2 billion foray into the home-improvement market if joint venture partner Lowe’s decides to exercise an option to sell its $1.1 billion stake…Analysts believe Woolworths and Lowe’s might need to invest another $200 million into the joint venture over the next 12 months to keep it afloat.” Read more


This 4-year-old is obsessed with CVS so her mom threw her a pharmacy-themed birthday party by Molly Mulshine at Tech Insider. “So when your kid puts CVS on the same level as Disney World, you embrace it,” Sarah writes. “When they ask for a CVS birthday party, you throw it.” See the pics / Read more


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