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  1. Walmart is increasing the speed and convenience of holiday shopping with help from emerging technology. It’s also kicking off the season earlier than it ever has before. Reported on by Dan Berthiaume.
  2. Over the past two years, the Iowa-based grocery chain Hy-Vee has rolled out three formats that seek to win customers over as exceedingly relevant and convenient places to shop. Coverage from Christopher Doering.
  3. Heavy investments in Prime’s one-day delivery roll-out and other initiatives, including its cloud business, took a toll on Amazon’s profit in the third quarter. Story from Marianne Wilson.

Source: It’s a high-tech holiday at Walmart — with an earlier-than-ever start to the season | CSA

Source: ‘Change is coming’: An inside look at Hy-Vee’s new store formats | GroceryDive

Source: Amazon Q3 profit falls and misses Street | CSA

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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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