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  1. Amazon has just added the ability for the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8’s camera to scan barcodes, and automatically add those items to your shopping list. Story by Sean Hollister.
  2. Kohl’s is building two new stores in Dallas-Fort Worth that will open this fall, moving forward with expanding the line-up of stores with smaller footprints. Coverage from Maria Halkias.
  3. If bed-in-a-box start-up Casper goes public at its current IPO range, investors like Target that pushed the private valuation above $1 billion could be sitting on a loss, at least on paper. Reported on by Eric Rosenbaum.
  4. Amazon continues to expand its brick-and-mortar presence with the addition of more 4-star stores. Story from Marianne Wilson.

Source: Amazon’s Echo Show can now scan barcodes to flesh out your shopping list | The Verge

Source: Kohl’s new D-FW store plans include center developed by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones | Dallas News

Source: Target looks like it could be loser in Casper IPO, and not the only one | CNBC

Source: Amazon to double down on expansion of Amazon 4-star stores | 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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