Tuesday Tipsheet: Target Disses Beyonce | Lowe’s & Amazon & Protesters | Gander Sues Cabela’s


“Target No Fan of Beyonce:  Refuses to Sell New Album” at Variety. “Target will not sell Beyonce’s new album because she released it online first, the company announced Monday.  “At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections,” Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski told Billboard.”  Read more


“Bloomberg Report:  Amazon #1 in Online Availability of ‘Top 100 Toys’ at 95%;  Walmart & Target Lag at 55% & 40% Respectively” by Matt Townsend at Bloomberg.  “Pricing:  On 12/12 Wal-Mart’s prices were 5.3 percent lower than Target, 8.5 percent below Kmart and 9.9 percent lower than Toys “R” Us, the survey showed. If the legion of third-party merchants on Amazon were included, Wal-Mart was 13 percent cheaper. Exclude them, and Amazon pulled ahead by 2.8 percent.”  Read more


“Home Depot: In-Store Discussion Leads to Employee Building Ramp for Wheelchair-Bound Woman” by Denys Bucksten at Chicago Tribune.  “Ristow talked to store manager Leo Delgado and then motioned for the Federmans to follow him to where they met Antonio Flores, a carpenter who also works in the garden department.  “They talked for a very short time and Dan turned to me and said, ‘Merry Christmas! We are going to build a ramp for you.’ ”  “Not only did they build it, they delivered it to Rob’s house the next day, Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving,” said Daryl Federman.”  Read more


‘Tis the Season for Protests:

“Lowe’s Can’t Win:  Pulls Ads from ‘All American Muslim’ TV Show – Faces 100 Protesters Outside of Detroit Store” by Jeff Karoub at HuffPo.  “The Florida Family Association has said more than 60 companies it emailed, from Amazon to McDonalds, pulled their ads from the show, but Lowe’s is the only major company so far to confirm that it had done so. The group accused the show of being “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”  Read more


“Amazon:  Hundreds Were Expected, a Few Dozen Show Up at HQ to Protest Treatment of German Workers” by Manuel Valdes at Seattle Times.  “On the same day that more than 1,000 workers at Amazon.com in Germany walked off the job in a labor dispute, a few dozen people rallied in solidarity Monday outside the online retailer’s Seattle headquarters.”  Read more


“Gander Mountain sues Cabela’s for using Gander website names to redirect Internet traffic” by Steve Alexander at Star-Tribune.  “Gander Mountain is accusing Cabela’s of Sidney, Neb., of trademark infringement and cyber­squatting over Cabela’s use of the websites GanderMountainCatalog.com and Gandercatalog.com, which direct web visitors to Cabelas.com.”  Read more


“Walgreens’  “Secret Checklist”  Extends Prescription Wait from Minutes to Days” at WTHR-Indy / NBC News.  “WTHR has obtained an internal document the nation’s largest drug store chain has been trying to keep secret. It reveals why Walgreens is now turning away some customers and refusing to fill their prescriptions.  “We were told patients are not supposed to know we’re using [this],” said pharmacy technician Marianne Ryan. “But I don’t think it should be some big secret. This form had to be filed out by the pharmacist, so I think patients should know what’s on it.”  Read more / See the Checklist


“Ousted J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson Doesn’t Want to Talk About It” by Maria Halkias at Dallas News.  “Former J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson has been nearly silent since being forced out as CEO in April.  He says he has chosen not to talk publicly about the department store chain because he doesn’t want to interfere with the company’s turnaround efforts.”  Read more


“Online Retailers:  Let it Snow” at Reuters.  “Retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc and Tractor Supply Co that provide snow supplies and winter wear are likely to benefit from the storm that came just a week after another massive storm froze the Southeastern United States, analysts at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey said.  Back-to-back weekends with some disruption caused by weather may lead to more discounting and online shopping.”  Read more


“Inside Brooklyn’s First Whole Foods (Eight Years in the Making!)” by Natalie Musemeci at NY Daily News.  “The 56,000-sqare-foot market was delayed so long by snags in the approval process, site remediation and construction that the upscale grocery giant had ample time to make the store shine, said spokesman Michael Sinatra.”  Read more / See the Pics


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