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  1. Adobe estimates that the first day of this year’s Prime Day has already passed 2018’s performance with other large retailers’ also benefiting from the sales event.
  2. Target brings in a Facebook executive to lead technology infrastructure and operations. The retailer indicated he will have responsibility over network connectivity, cloud computing, and technology operations impacting stores, digital, and distribution warehouses.
  3. Walmart is rolling out a new scheduling system, via JDA Workforce Management, across approximately 4,600 stores to make it easier for employees to pick up shifts, swap shifts, and view their work schedules.
  4. Rent A Center is planning to acquire Merchants Preferred for $47.5M which is a virtual rent to own services firm.

Source: Retailers should thank Amazon: Adobe estimates the size of a Prime Day bump | CNBC

Source: Target brings in Facebook vet to lead tech ops | Retail Dive

Source: Walmart rolls out next-gen employee scheduling system to 4,600 stores | Chain Store Age

Source: Rent-A-Center Acquisition: What Does The $47.5 Million Deal Mean For The Rental Retailer? | International Business Times

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Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is well-versed in merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, and tech product development.

Chris was most recently a Vice President with Target, where he led the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also ran the Target’s home furnishing division for e-commerce. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager.

Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, "to turn off the music."

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