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Foxtrot is the store that every neighborhood deserves.

Dan Frommer lavishes praise on the Chicago-based corner store of the future. “Foxtrot is a few things: Upscale convenience store, third-wave coffee shop, and wine boutique, digitally equipped for pickup and delivery. Each of these pieces is important, and I’ll […]

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The problem with Amazon sellers like MOFFBUZW.

“Black-hat international sellers … hide behind shell businesses and fake names. if they get popped for writing fake reviews or selling a product that kills someone, they just show up next week under a new account.” | learn more

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The lipstick effect.

“In beauty circles, the Lipstick Effect, also called the Lipstick Index, is claimed to be the category’s leading economic indicator. The concept is that in times of a recession and other economic stresses, women will indulge in discretionary purchases that […]

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Could Amazon run out of people to hire?

“Amazon is facing a looming crisis: It could run out of people to hire in its US warehouses by 2024, according to leaked Amazon internal research from mid-2021 that Recode reviewed.” | learn more

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Five myths about retail media networks (RMNs).

This is a McKinsey post about the advertising businesses built on top of major retailers. Considering Amazon’s ad side hustle is a $30B+ business already, I’m surprised I hadn’t heard the term RMN before. | learn more

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Health and finance influencers in China now need certification.

Given how easily terrible ideas spread online, I think this is a solid pro-consumer move. “Platform operators should be responsible for reviewing broadcasters’ certifications and subsequently putting the relevant information in the official records. Artificial intelligence-synthesized presenters and content are […]

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The end of the millennial lifestyle subsidy.

“It was as if Silicon Valley had made a secret pact to subsidize the lifestyles of urban Millennials. As I pointed out three years ago, if you woke up on a Casper mattress, worked out with a Peloton, Ubered to […]

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On stretch wrap.

“If the container is what allows things to move from land to sea to land, and the pallet is what allows products to be moved from warehouses to containers to trucks to distribution centers, then stretch wrap is what allows […]