• Walmart Opens 'General Stores' At Getaway Destinations
    Walmart is partnering with health-and-wellness hospitality company Getaway to open mini-retail “experiences” at select Getaway destinations. “The General Store by Walmart” will debut in August at Getaway Hill Country, in Wimberly, Texas, with additional locations to open by the end of the year. It will include seasonal products that are sourced from Walmart and curated by Getaway including hiking gear, FujiFilm cameras, Lodge Cast Iron Skillets, Pendleton Outdoor Blankets and Burt’s Bees lip balms.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Drops Wild Sage Private Label
    Bed Bath & Beyond is discontinuing one of its private-label brands: “Wild Sage, described by the company as ‘eclectic and free-spirited,’ included bedding, bath and decor items with a boho vibe,” per Sourcing Journal. “Bed Bath & Beyond launched the label in June 2021 as part of its expansive ‘owned brands’ strategy to drive sales. The company added eight owned brands in 2021.”
  • Fresh Direct Taps Digital Agency To Revamp Loyalty Program
    FreshDirect has retained BAM Strategy, a Montreal-based digital agency, to revamp its loyalty program after a competitive review. The new loyalty program will launch in early 2023. The agency is also responsible for conducting dynamic customer research that will help with content and analytics strategy and branding for the program. Marking its 20th anniversary this year, FreshDirect delivers directly to customers in selected markets in seven states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
  • Consumers Scrutinize TV Costs, Consider Over-The-Air Option
    Many younger Americans who grew up with cable TV and streaming don’t realize there is still a free, although limited, alternative with over-the-air antennas that capture broadcast signals without a connection to a cable box, satellite dish or internet.  E.W. Scripps, the Cincinnati-based media company that owns 61 TV stations nationwide, is spending $20 million this year on an education and marketing campaign to help consumers understand the use and benefits of over-the-air antennas. Scripps launched a website — TheFreeTVProject.org — where users can type in their ZIP codes to learn what stations they can get for free in their …
  • Trader Joe's Store Forms Union
    Trader Joe’s workers in Hadley, Mass. have voted to unionize — the first location in the specialty grocery chain to do so. The company has said it is ready to begin collective bargaining. Workers have expressed concerns about pandemic-related pay and health/safety measures that had been removed and a dilution of retirement benefits in recent years. Unionization efforts at Starbucks and Amazon locations also provided an impetus to form a union at the store, according to union leaders. 
  • Longer Job Titles Are A Sign Of The Times
    Hybrid work places and redefined job duties due to the pandemic have disrupted businesses everywhere. New types of jobs and job titles are one of the byproducts. “LinkedIn has seen a 304% spike in titles that reference ‘hybrid work’ and a 60% increase in titles related to the future of work since the start of the pandemic,” per The New York Times. “Far-reaching currents of malaise, coupled with churn in the labor market, have also led to the creation of new positions focused on boosting morale — though workers are often skeptical of what they really stand to gain from those …
  • Dollar General Eyes Health Care Category
    Dollar General has formed an advisory panel to explore ways to expand its health care offerings. The task force is made up of  health care industry subject-matter experts who will serve as “thought partners” and strategists in helping Dollar General develop its strategy and best invest its resources in the health and wellness arena. The company also hired Dr. Albert Wu from McKinsey & Co. for the newly created post of vice president and chief medical officer.
  • Chick-fil-A Location Asked Volunteers To Work For Food, Not Pay
    A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hendersonville, North Carolina, is facing criticism after posting on social media for volunteers to work the restaurant’s new drive-thru express in return for free entrees instead of monetary compensation. The post said volunteers would earn five free entrees per shift (one hour) worked, and asked those interested to message for details.  “A thread on Reddit, a popular social news forum and discussion website, containing a screenshot of the post gained wide attention and received nearly 23,000 interactions and about 3,500 comments,” per USA Today.
  • Estee Lauder Is Potential Suitor For Tom Ford
    Estée Lauder is in talks to buy luxury fashion brand Tom Ford, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. In what could be a $3 billion or more deal, it would be the cosmetics giant’s largest-ever acquisition. Estée Lauder, which has a market value of nearly $100 billion, isn’t the only suitor, per a source. Tom Ford is best-known for its menswear, though it also sells womenswear and accessories as well as a high-end line of cosmetics and fragrances.
  • Walmart Adds To Retail Media Network
    Walmart has added several partners to its Walmart Connect retail media network, in addition to a previously announced integration with ecommerce platform CommerceIQ. The new partners include ad optimization platform Intentwise, e-commerce ad platform Perpetua, ecommerce cross-channel ad platform Quartile and ecommerce ad optimization platform Sellozo. 
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