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9/25/2017

Kroger launched a website on Friday that invites local suppliers to pitch their products directly to store buyers, a bid to expand the availability of regional products as competitor Whole Foods Market scales back its local offerings. Although Kroger already offers regional products in 35 states, the company is hoping to grow the program with its new web-based platform.

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9/25/2017

Dunkin' Brands has expanded a deal with Amtrak that will make its Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend and Dunkin' Decaf the exclusive coffees offered on all of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor trains. Amtrak, whose Northeast Corridor trains serve about 12 million passengers annually, first started serving Dunkin' coffee on its Acela trains between Boston and Washington, D.C., in April.

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Dunkin, Amtrak, Dunkin' Brands, Dunkin
9/25/2017

Cities across North America are going to extreme lengths to woo Amazon's $5 billion second headquarters, which the company expects will create 50,000 new jobs. Hundreds of students at Wharton Business School are working on Philadelphia's pitch; the mayor of Frisco, Texas, has offered to build the city around Amazon; and in Ottawa, Ontario, the mayor of the Canadian capital is touting the country's more liberal immigration policy as a plus for recruiting engineers.

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Amazon
9/25/2017

Boot brand Timberland is focused on reinventing its retail model, which includes the concept of flex retail that will bring pop-ups to brand fans "when they need us," according to vice president Kate Kibler. Timberland is also trying out a store concept called TreeLAB that focuses on brand storytelling that changes every six to eight weeks.

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Forbes
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9/25/2017

Whole Foods Market has taken steps toward improving life in the low-income Englewood neighborhood in Chicago since opening a store there a year ago. Remaining challenges include connecting with budget-conscious consumers, many of whom aren't used to natural and organic foods.

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Whole Foods Market, Whole Foods
9/25/2017

Rihanna's Fenty Beauty collection that launched this month is winning fans with a lineup of 40 foundation shades and a message of "Beauty for All." The line, for sale online and at Sephora stores, is giving options to women of color.

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Rihanna, Sephora
9/25/2017

Richard Baker, executive chairman and a major shareholder in Hudson's Bay Co., is communicating with private equity firms to formulate a deal that would take the parent of Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue private, sources said. Baker controls 17.7% of the company's shares.

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CNBC
9/25/2017

US-based White Castle opened its first two China locations this year in Shanghai and aims to add more units in the future as Chinese consumers eat more beef and seek smaller portions. The quickserve chain, known for inventing the slider, has created new versions of the small burger for its market, including Spicy Tofu and Cherry Duck.

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White Castle
9/25/2017

Amazon will invest $27.6 million to buy a 5% stake in Mumbai-based retailer Shoppers Stop, a move that will give Amazon a larger presence in India. Amazon will set up product experience centers in Shoppers Stop's store network, which is slated to grow from 80 to 100 locations by 2021.

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Bloomberg, Reuters
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9/25/2017

Shopping behavior among millennials and baby boomers is shifting, with more of the older generation seeking online deals while millennials bargain-hunt in multiple brick-and-mortar stores, according to a survey by First Insight. The behavior differences vary by region.

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CNBC
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baby boomers, First Insight