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  1. Glossier unveiled apparel and accessories this week, with five of the eight items selling out within 24 hours. The beauty company’s moves display a desire to move towards becoming a lifestyle brand.
  2. 7-Eleven opens its second “up-scale” store in San Diego with eyes towards expanding their customer base. The store features more produce, pastries baked daily, expanded coffee and tea options, a deli, walk-in cellar for wine and beer, and taqueria.
  3. Walmart is making more organizational changes as it further integrates digital and store operations. This announcement means supply chain teams from both channels are combining under one leader.
  4. Amazon is reportedly offering brands perks on the site if, they agree to be acquired by the firm. The purchasing amount can be as low as $10,000 and the program is named “Amazon Accelerator.”

Source: Glossier Launches Products for Anytime, Any Wear | Morning Brew

Source: New 7-Eleven stores in San Diego make a move to attract millennials | San Diego Union Tribune

Source: Walmart announces executive shuffle to further integrate stores and digital | CNBC

Source: WSJ: Amazon entices sellers to part with brands for as low as $10K | Retail Dive


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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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