Today’s Top Talk

  1. Walgreens and Kroger are expanding their combined format store to 35 Walgreens locations in the Knoxville, Tennessee area this Fall. The concept incorporates a Walgreen’s store with Kroger Express and Kroger pickup. The partnership also features a “curated selection of Walgreens” owned-brand health and beauty products in 17 Kroger locations.
  2. Sur La Table has announced Jason Goldberger as their new CEO. Goldberger was most recently President and CEO of Blue Nile and has also held positions at Target, Gilt Groupe,, and amongst other roles in his past.
  3. 7-Eleven is rolling out mobile checkout to select stores in New York City. The check out experience is tied into the  7Rewards loyalty program in the retailer’s mobile app. Customers would scan the barcodes of products they wish to purchase via the app, select their payment method, and then scan the app’s QR code at the store’s confirmation station prior to exiting.

Source: Walgreens Expands Kroger Grocery To More Drugstores | Forbes

Source: Sur La Table Announces Appointment of Jason Goldberger as Chief Executive Officer | PR Newswire

Source: 7-Eleven brings fast payments to city that never sleeps | Chain Store Age

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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