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Is shoplifting forcing Walgreens to cut back in S.F.?

The company blames rampant retail theft for the store closings. A 2014 California law classified shoplifting < $950 as a misdemeanor, possibly leading to fewer reports and less enforcement. Critics say they’re just using shoplifting as convenient cover for stores […]

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Home Depot + Walmart for faster shipping.

I think this was only a matter of time. Redundant logistics networks are really expensive. “The Home Depot is the first retail client of Walmart GoLocal, which uses Walmart’s expansive network to deliver products for businesses of all sizes.” | learn more

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Walmart does away with layaway.

I’m surprised by this for two reasons. First, I’m surprised that layaway remained an option until now. Second, I’m surprised that Walmart is leaving it to Affirm to provide credit to customers. I remember underestimating them when they were starting […]

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Casper cuts its CMO, CTO and COO amid further layoffs.

Retail is a tough business as competition is always just around the corner. There’s not a ton of strategic or market detail in this article. Instead, there’s entertaining and unfounded speculation from a “founder in the direct-to-consumer space” that Apple’s […]

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What do you do with a billion grams of surplus weed?

“We have more pot in [Canada] than we can possibly sell. Producers today are sitting on a massive, and predictable, oversupply that is slowly becoming worthless—and that’s going to cost a lot of companies a lot of money.” | learn more

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Amazon’s marijuana request.

“Amazon has told its delivery partners to stop screening applicants for marijuana use, according to Bloomberg. Amazon said screening for marijuana reduces the number of job applicants by 30%. The company said eliminating the requirement increases applications by 400%.” | learn more

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Housing medallions.

This is a very interesting analysis answering the question: Why is expensive housing such a lucrative investment? “Most Americans (66% of American households) are in the business of owning and leasing residential real estate. It just so happens that they […]

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The illusion of the millennial aesthetic

“By all appearances, Great Jones was a startup success story. Launched by the childhood friends Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis in 2018, the direct-to-consumer kitchenware line positioned itself as a hipper, more affordable update to legacy brands such as Le […]