Wednesday Tipsheet: Wmart’s Active ‘Shark Tank’ | CVS Leaves Chamber | ‘Old Man’ at Amazon Gives Advice


‘Shark Tank,’ Wal-Mart style by Courtney Reagan at CNBC. “I wish I knew right now how it is going to be in that room,” said George Peters, KettlePizza co-founder and vice president. His board touts the advantages of using the product to create a picturesque pizza experience.” Read more


Wal-Mart’s ‘Open Call’ Draws Governors, Prospective Vendors by Marty Cook at Arkansas Business. “There’s nothing more that I like doing than getting out there and finding new items that we can sell to our customers,” (Greg) Foran said. “I love getting my hands on new items.” Read more


CVS Health leaves U.S. Chamber of Commerce over Tobacco by Jacob Bogage at Washington Post. “The Chamber in a statement called CVS’s departure “unfortunate” and said the reports about its tobacco positions were part of a “concerted misinformation campaign.” Read more


Target installing rooftop solar on eight N.C. stores by John Downey at Charlotte Business Journal. “The largest will be a 644-kilowatt project atop the Charlotte store on Northlake Center Parkway. That installation will cost $1.35 million. The smallest will be a 336-kilowatt project built at the Monroe store on U.S. Highway 74 at a cost of $694,510.” Read more


Kroger invites you to bring your growler to Greater Cincinnati stores by Steve Watkins at Cincinnati Business Journal. “Kroger is adding beer taps to a few stores in the Dayton area and will add taps to its Harper’s Point and Anderson Town Center stores in Greater Cincinnati, Kroger spokeswoman Patty Leesemann told me.” Read more


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Kantar: US slow to embrace online grocery shopping “Only three countries in the world exceed the average 3.9% share: the UK (6.0%), France (4.3%), South Korea (13.2%).” Read more


Saks, Lord & Taylor Personalize Websites, Email to Lure High-Spending Shoppers by Kim S. Nash at WSJ. “People who interact with a store both digitally and physically during a single transaction spend two to four times as much money, said Michael Burgess, president of HBC Digital, a technology division that runs the e-commerce sites for Hudson’s Bay brands.” Read more (Subscription)


Home Depot Canada Raises $1.2M in 36 Days to Fight Homelessness Read the release


‘Old man’ at Amazon gives advice to interns: Find a better job somewhere else by Todd Bishop at GeekWire. “If you are smart enough to get through an Amazon interview loop then you’re smart enough to get through a Google/Facebook/Apple/etc. loop without any problems. So why throw yourself into an environment that is designed to chew you up and spit you out?” Read more


Digital Grocers Attract Opposite Female Shoppers in China and Japan at eMarketer “Polling found that female digital grocery buyers in Japan were on much less of a schedule than their counterparts in China…More than half said they bought groceries digitally on no set schedule, compared with just 10.5% who said the same in China.” Read more


Meijer stores will open in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa (WI) Aug. 4 by Natalie Wickman at Milwaukee Business Journal. Read more


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