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  1. Amazon today announced the expansion of Counter, a network of staffed pickup points that gives customers the option to pick up their Amazon packages in thousands of new locations. Author not listed.
  2. For the first time, a generic mobile payment app is more popular than the Starbucks mobile app, which had long led the category despite being specific to one retailer. Apple Pay became the market leader last year, when 27.7 million Americans used the app to make a purchase. Reported on by the eMarketer Editors.
  3. Amazon might need to spend billions of dollars in the future to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods, expired food or dangerous products on its platforms to preserve the customer trust that is critical to the company’s future, Amazon consumer chief Jeff Wilke said. Coverage from Tripp Mickle.

Source: Amazon Adds Thousands of New Locations for Free Package Pickup Across the U.S. | Business Wire

Source: Apple Pay Overtakes Starbucks as Top Mobile Payment App in the US | eMarketer

Source: Amazon Ready to Pour Billions Into Policing Products on Its Site | WSJ

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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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