Today’s Top Talk

1. The popularity of esports is finding a home at Five Below, where executives hope to serve a growing community by building gaming facilities at their retail stores. Backed by a $12 million investment, the Philadelphia-based chain will team up with Nerd Street Gamers to build the 3,000 foot facilities below selected Five Below stores.

2. Uber continues to expand beyond its core ride-hailing business by announcing an agreement to acquire majority ownership of Cornershop, an online grocery delivery start-up primarily serving Latin America. The deal is expected to close in early 2020, pending regulatory approval.

Source: Five Below teams up with Nerd Street Gamers to bring esports to its stores | Pennsylvania Real-Time News

Source: Uber buys grocery delivery startup Cornershop | 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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