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More layoffs at Sears

BY CSA Staff

Sears Holdings Corp. has made another round of layoffs.

The struggling retailer laid off some 200 workers, with about 150 of the employees working at Sears’ Hoffman Estates (Illinois) corporate center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, reported CNBC. Earlier this year, Sears cut about 220 headquarters positions.

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Target expands curbside pickup

BY Marianne Wilson

Target Corp. wants more customers to take advantage of its time-saving pickup option.

The retailer has expanded its “Drive Up” service to 200 additional stores across the Midwest and select other states. The service allows shoppers to place orders via the Target app, then have their items brought out to the car by a store associate.

With the latest round of expansion, more than 800 Target stores in 25 states now offer curbside pickup, with expansion to more markets planned for late August. Nearly 1,000 Target stores will offer the service by the holidays, the company said.

“Drive Up has quickly become one of Target’s most popular pickup options thanks to its speed and convenience, with everything from home essentials to clothing to electronics orders brought out to cars within two minutes of when a guest pulls into the store parking lot,” the retailer stated.

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Whole Foods Market to usher in Prime Day with early sales—and money back

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is using Whole Foods Market to kick off Prime Day in a big way.

Leading up to Prime Day on July 16, the online giant will offer a week of deals at Whole Foods stores. It’s even offering an incentive: Prime members who spend $10 at Whole Foods from July 11 through July 17 will receive a $10 Amazon account credit to use during the 36-hour sales event. Prime Day kicks off on July 16 and will last 36 hours.

Throughout the week, Whole Foods will also feature sales on select seasonal items, including fresh produce, meats, and grocery items. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardmembers will also earn 10% back at Whole Foods, up to $400 in purchases, throughout the pre-sale, as well as during the 36-hour Prime Day shopping event.

Amazon is also using the pre-sale week to drive some business for its Prime Now grocery delivery service. Prime members who try Prime Now before July 17, will receive $10 off their order, as well as $10 to use towards a future order.

This will be the first year that Whole Foods is part of Amazon’s Prime Day sale. In addition to snagging deep discounts on select popular products during Prime Day, customers will also get an additional 10% off hundreds of sale items throughout Whole Foods stores.

“Since Amazon acquired Whole Foods 13 months ago, it has been steadily integrating the grocery chain and its loyal customers. Prime Day deals connected to Whole Foods further integrates the grocery chain into the Amazon family and sets up a potentially lucrative 36-hour shopping period July 16-17,” said Tom Caporaso, CEO of Clarus Commerce.

“The fact that Amazon will launch this incentive for Prime members on July 11, is a very smart move, generating excitement and engagement around Whole Foods and Prime Day itself,” he added. “Amazon’s focus is and has always been on its customers and taking the friction out of shopping. By adding Whole Foods benefits to Prime, 100 million consumers now have a very good reason to shop there – or better yet – a reason not to shop elsewhere.”

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