Tuesday Tipsheet: Wmart New Ecom Center | Target Catches Aldermans Ire | Google Express Union? | Meijer Likes Tesla


Millennials May Shop Walmart, But They Don’t Love Walmart by Pam Goodfellow at Forbes. “Millennials’ Net Promoter® Scores for Target were higher than their Walmart-shopping counterparts’ ratings in 24 of 25 categories.” Read more


Are You Geek Chic Or Earthy Explorer? Target’s Digital Design Tool Will Tell You by Courtney Fishman at Ad Age. “From “chic geek” to “earthy explorer,” each personality type leads to an interactive dorm design followed by a curated list of recommendations for bedding, storage and decorations.” Read more


New Walmart center for managing e-commerce operations opens in Sunnyvale CA by Jeremy Quach at The Mercury News. “The building will house 500 associates and technologists and an interactive 40-foot Prysm video wall, which can track website traffic and orders from the company’s 245 million weekly customers. The office is located at 680 W. California and is the fifth building in the Bay Area for Walmart Global eCommerce.” Read more / See the pic


Tesla to open car charging station at Meijer store via Detroit Free Press. “WOOD-TV reports the charging station is set to open Monday at a Meijer store in Cascade Township. The charging station would work with Tesla’s Model S electric sedan.” Read more


Lowe’s Canada Announces Newly Appointed Vice President of Supply Chain “Lowe’s Canada announced the appointment of Gregor Stuart as Vice President, Supply Chain effective July 27, 2015.” Read the release


Home Depot #1 in radio (by far) at Radio Ink. “Home Depot aired 71,053 commercials during the week of July 20-26, making it #1 by far. Geico also increased its ads aired for the week, but remains #2 with 47,302 spots.” Read more


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99 Cents Only names former Walmart grocery chief Sinclair CMO at Supermarket News. “Based in City of Commerce, Calif., 99 Cents Only operates 384 stores in four Western states.” Read more


Whole Foods to sell its own beer in Texas by Michael Theis at Austin Business Journal. “Whole Foods announced it will begin distribution of its craft beer at all 10 of its Houston-area stores on Aug. 8. Stores in the Austin area and the rest of the state’s Whole Foods shoppers will get a chance to buy the beer on Sept. 18.” Read more


IKEA’s gorgeous vision of the future kitchen is a big lie by Max Ehrenfreund at Washington Post. Read more


Amazon Has Jet Beat on One Thing–Website Speed by Rebecca Borison at The Street. “Jet’s homepage is 25% slower to load than Amazon’s, according to software delivery service Instart Logic.” Read more


Target’s Jeff Jones and Lowe’s Gihad Jawhar join Point Inside Board by Allison Deangelis at Bellevue Reporter. “Point Inside’s digital system called StoreMode combines the physical location of products in-store with enterprise data and mobile shopper behavior…Target, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Meijer already use the StoreMode platform.” Read more


Chicago: Alderman sees ‘loophole’ in plastic bag ban via Chicago Business Journal. “Target and Jewel-Osco stores have caught Cardenas’s ire for their plans to continue using plastic bags, only these ones are thicker and, the companies say, can be re-used as many as 125 times…”We’ll re-visit that and make it so we can remove plastic from the environment by doing a complete ban on certain types of plastic.” Read more


Lands’ End CEO on her post-Sears plan: “I am here to move the needle” by Phil Wahba at Fortune. Read more


eBay shutters same-day delivery service by Heather Somerville at The Mercury News. “You can’t wake up in the morning without a local delivery company announcement. So, we’re going to use all those players.” Read more


Google Express delivery workers want to unionize by Matt O’Brien at The Mercury News. Read more


“Bird lady” and her service bird asked to leave Kroger store by Jordan Burgess at WCPO Cincinnati. “Cooper travels everywhere with Jackson, mostly around town, often traveling by moped. In public, she puts a diaper on the bird to prevent any messes and keeps him on a leash, she said.” See the video / Read more


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Labor unions ready to fight bankrupt A&P

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