By Marianne Wilson

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  • Dec 16 2016
    The union that represents cargo pilots who fly Amazon goods has launched online ads that warn staffing problems could lead to delayed deliveries.    
     
    The ads, set to run on Facebook and Google, link to a site called “Can Amazon Deliver?” that outlines alleged staffing issues at two cargo airlines from which Amazon leases planes, reported ReCode.
     
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  • Dec 16 2016

    Logistics and supply chain executives from such retail powerhouses as Walmart, Target, Hudson’s Bay Company,  7-Eleven, Neiman Marcus, and The Home Depot will be among the speakers at the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s annual Retail Supply Chain Conference.

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  • Dec 16 2016
    The Kroger Co. is offering early retirement to approximately 2,000 corporate employees.
     
    The offer does not include store and district associates, senior officers, and supermarket division presidents.  It is part of the chain’s effort to lower expenses without directly impacting shoppers. 
     
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  • Dec 16 2016
     
    The 165-year-old Shreve & Co. has opened a flagship in its San Francisco home town. 
     
    The two-level, 15,000-sq.-ft. store is Shreve's first new, permanent location in 110 years and features a modern, luxurious design. The centerpiece is a dramatic, free-floated, elongated semi-spiral staircase that offers sweeping views of the store. A waterfall chandelier of lights and crystals is suspended inside the arch of the stairway. A cascade of crystals and lights hangs from the 30-foot ceiling.  
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  • Dec 16 2016
    More digital connections and a speedier checkout process rank among the top trends for grocery shopping in 2017.
     
    That’s according to John Karolefski, supermarket analyst and purveyor of GroceryStories.com, who also predicts a more diverse produce department, increased availability of meal kits, and better access to product information.
     
    "The top trends for 2017 will result in improved loyalty to stores and more informed shoppers," said Karolefski. 
     
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  • Nov 28 2016
    Sales on Cyber Monday, Nov. 28, are on track to rise 9.4% to $3.36 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights.   
     
    Industry experts noted that while Cyber Monday is traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year, it may be losing some of its luster in the wake of the most sucessful online Black Friday to date.  This year, online sales totaled $3.3 billion the day after Thanksgiving.
     
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  • Nov 28 2016
    A lawsuit dating back to 2008 has ended in a federal jury handing down a $55 million verdict against Walmart, and opening up the retailer to penalties.
     
    The jury found that Walmart failed to pay about 850 of its truck drivers in California all of the compensation to which they were entitled, Reuters reported. 
     
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  • Nov 28 2016
    Subway continues to expand its online capabilities.
     
    The chain is hiring 150 people to fill technology, marketing and operations roles for its digital division, according to a report by CIO.com. 
     
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  • Nov 28 2016
    It still comes down to price. 
     
    Despite more modern approaches, 89% of consumers said that deep discounts (including coupons) are the key determinant of what stores they will visit for holiday shopping this year, according to a survey of millennial and Generation Z consumers conducted by HRC Retail Advisory. 
     
    In addition to finding that sales and coupons are more influential than any other tactic in motivating consumers to enter stores this holiday season, the survey also revealed: 
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  • Nov 28 2016
    HSN, Inc. has appointed Rod Little as CFO, effective January 3, 2017.
     
    Most recently, Little served as executive VP and CFO of Elizabeth Arden, where he led the company’s global finance and IT organizations and was instrumental in a turnaround that restored revenue growth and profitability, ultimately resulting in the company’s sale to Revlon.  Prior to that, Little was CFO for Procter & Gamble’s multi-billion dollar global salon professional division. 
     
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