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  1. IKEA will open a virtual store on Alibaba’s Tmall e-Commerce platform that will offer 3,500 IKEA products and home furnishing solutions, expanding the retailer’s presence in China. Story by Bryan Wassel.
  2. CVS Pharmacy and Schnucks announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for CVS Pharmacy and certain of its subsidiaries to acquire Schnuck Markets Inc.’s retail and specialty pharmacy businesses. Report from CVS Newsroom.

Source: IKEA Opens Store On Tmall, Expanding Its Presence In China | Retail TouchPoints

Source: CVS Pharmacy Signs Agreement to Acquire, Rebrand and Operate Schnucks Pharmacies | CVS Newsroom

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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