Tuesday Tipsheet: Target: Top 100 Citizen | Trish Mueller on PLAY Board | Too Many Vitamins = Cancer?


Target in Top 100 of Best Corporate Citizens at Corporate Responsibility Magazine  See the Top 100 list


…Top CEO’s of the Year: Larry Merlo from CVS “For us we saw (tobacco sales) as an obstacle to play a bigger role to healthcare delivery…You can imagine the spirited debate we had within the management team.” Read more


Congrats: Home Depot’s Trish Mueller appointed to Dave and Buster’s Board of Directors  Read the release


How I gamed Target’s big Lilly Pulitzer debut by Julia LaRoche at Business Insider. “Target quickly caught on to our strategy. Jason Goldberger, the president of Target.com and mobile, acknowledged that some of the merchandise was available early on mobile. He also Tweeted that those orders would still be honored.” Read more


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Shopping online, in small metro areas drive growth, report says by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz at Chicago Tribune. “A 2 percent bump in U.S. apparel sales over the past year was driven mostly by online shopping…Online sales of apparel were 19 percent higher during the 12 months ended February than they were the same period a year earlier, while in-store apparel sales fell 2 percent over the same period.” Read more


NY Times: Target’s Hasty Exit From Canada Leaves Anger Behind by Ian Austen.  Read more


UK Study: Too many vitamins can give you cancer at Mirror. “We studied thousands of patients for 10 years who were taking dietary supplements and placebos…folic acid supplements are thought to be taken by more than 230,000 pregnant UK women each year as it can help prevent spina bifida and other birth defects affecting the brain and spine. But one study examined by Dr Byers’ team found too much increased the chances of getting cancer by 56%.” Read more


Shoppers Are Furious At People Reselling Lilly Pulitzer For Target by Sapna Maheshwari at Buzzfeed. “Target seems aware of the bad feelings among some customers. “We’re disappointed to see this Target merchandise for resale, too,” the company told one commenter on its Facebook page. “It takes away from our goal of making great design available to everyone. The appropriate teams are aware.” Read more


Flipkart, India’s Amazon, Plans to Shut Down Its Website Within a Year by Rishi Iyengar at Time. “A year ago, 6% of our traffic was coming from mobile. In less than 18 months, that traffic is 10-fold,” Adnani said.” Read more


Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa at CNBC. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds while the company that operates the farm said it was 3.8 million.” Read more



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