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Futuristic fast-food eatery designed around technology

San Francisco -- The old-fashioned automat has been reborn as the nation’s first fully-automated, high-tech fast-food restaurant.

Eatsa, a start-up …

Food

Amazon begins delivering farmers market goods to Southland customers

A new service from online retail powerhouse Amazon.com will deliver herbs from Maggie's Farm, Mangalitsa pork from Peads & Barnetts and black cod from Wild Local Seafood — direct to your doorstep with just a mouse click.

Amazon has rolled out its new Farmers Market Direct program in Southern …

Amazon

Chipotle will start delivering to 40 college campuses this fall

A perennial Millennial favorite chain, Chipotle is endearing itself to its legion of young fans this fall by delivering burritos straight to college classrooms.

Chipotle has partnered with Tapingo, a food-delivery app specifically for the college market, to deliver its burritos, bowls and other menu …

College & University

7-Eleven is delivering snacks in these cities

The convenience store chain partners with a delivery service to make it happen.

If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, and are too lazy to go get that snack you crave, there’s now a solution.

On Tuesday, a food delivery startup by the name of Doordash announced it’s partnered with the …

Cities

Albertsons faces $1 billion suit by Haggen over store sales

Albertsons Cos. has been sued for more than $1 billion by a West Coast regional grocer over claims the national chain illegally campaigned to stymie competition.

Haggen Holdings LLC was forced to close 26 of the 146 stores it bought from Albertsons last year and "faces the potential closure of …

IPOs

Target lays off hundreds more at headquarters - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Dirk DeYoung Editor Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Target Corp. announced another round of job cuts on Tuesday, this one affecting technology …

Minneapolis

Get ready for more Big Boy restaurants

Restaurant chain’s new boss is planning an expansion

Frisch’s Restaurants, a chain famous for its signature Big Boy burgers, will be adding more restaurants in a bid to court a younger crowd, according to a report by the Associated Press.

After private equity firm NRD Capital took over the …

Restaurants

A look at Macy's outlet stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's has an answer to T.J. Maxx and other stores that sell deeply discounted designer brands.

The department store chain, which is set to open its previously announced "Macy's Backstage" discount stores this fall in the New York City area, gave The Associated Press an early look at …

New York City

Gap’s store brands in Canada to end on-call, short-notice shifts

Stores operated by Gap Inc. in Canada will join their U.S. counterparts in ending the practice of requiring workers to be on call for short-notice shifts.

Gap spokeswoman Laura Wilkinson says the changes apply to all four of the brands operated by the company in Canada – the Gap, Banana Republic, …

Canada

Jet.com CEO: We May Have the Lowest Prices, but Many Shoppers Can’t Figure That Out

Jet.com may have the lowest prices on the Web, but a lot of people who visit the site still don’t realize it.

That is something CEO Marc Lore acknowledged when asked about confusion among people who hear about Jet.com’s low prices but don’t see them displayed clearly when they visit a Jet.com …

Prices

Amazon Prime Expands One-Hour Delivery to Two New Markets

Amazon is often cited as a disrupter in the online retail market, being one of the first to successfully establish themselves on the Internet as a …

Amazon Dash

Amazon is quietly testing a plan to take on GrubHub

Amazon is testing a restaurant delivery service, according to a new report in GeekWire.

It's currently testing the delivery service with its own employees in Seattle, where Amazon is based. The report did not say how many restaurants or which restaurants are participating in the test, but noted that …

Amazon

Grocery war gains girth with opening of Woodman's in Altoona

ALTOONA — The long-running food fight among Chippewa Valley grocers is about to reach a whole new level.

With the impending opening of Woodman’s Food …

Food

Why Kroger Co's Growth Strategy Beats Its Rivals

There is some serious growth afoot in the supermarket industry. It seems like nearly every big grocery chain, private or public, has major plans for expansion under way. Trader Joe's and Wegman's are both opening their doors in new parts of the country, while big box chains likeWal-Martare adding …

Kroger

Is Amazon Considering Ditching the $299-a-Year Fee for Its Fresh Grocery Delivery Service?

When Amazon launched its Fresh grocery delivery program in Los Angeles two years ago, it said that customers would have to pay $299 a year after a 30-day free trial for access to the service. The membership, dubbed Prime Fresh, would be an upgraded version of the popular $99 Prime two-day shipping …

Amazon

Amazon Dash Buttons Let You Pay to Spend More

I was hopeful that Amazon's Dash button would bring me one step closer to the "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" replicator from Star Trek. And it does indeed advance automated ordering, somewhat. But Amazon has crippled the service by restricting orders to a small and expensive subset of products. I paid the …

Amazon Dash

Nordstrom and Eataly are helping Century City's mall go glam

Westfield Corp. plans to spend $800 million on a massive makeover of its Century City mall as it races to stave off local competitors and the rapid growth of online retailing.

The overhaul comes after a major renovation just a decade ago, underscoring the challenge of keeping pace with the …

Nordstrom

Target on target for a digital retail bullseye

SUMMARY: Target is the latest US retailer to provide an update on its digital transformation progress – and things appear to be heading in the right …

J.C. Penney

Macy’s Tests Chutes, Tablets in Dressing Rooms to Repel Amazon

As online giant Amazon.com Inc. charges into the $300 billion U.S. apparel market, Macy’s Inc. is running for the dressing room.

Even Macy’s …

Amazon

Sears posts 2Q profit

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $208 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

On a per-share basis, the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company said it had net income of $1.84. Losses, …

Sears

New Target COO's headache: Too few goods to keep shelves filled

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two days after being promoted to the new position of Target Corp's <TGT.N> Chief Operating Officer, John Mulligan's big job is clear: fix a supply chain that the company blamed for shortages of goods that are undermining sales growth.

On Wednesday, the fourth-largest U.S. …

Walmart

Walgreens strives for cost-effective in-store clinics in partnership

Walgreens is teaming up with a large hospital network for the first time to open a handful of new in-store clinics, as the drugstore chain looks for a more cost-effective and collaborative approach to expand its health care services.

The partner is Providence Health & Services, a nonprofit Catholic …

Health Care

Goodwill Continues to Move Upscale, Opening Scores of Chic Boutiques

If you've ever dropped a Prada bag or designer jacket in the Goodwill bin in a moment of altruism, chances are it ended up in one of the 60 fancy boutiques the nonprofit recycler of clothing and other items has opened since 2011.

The addition of the toney resale stores is a response to a growing …

Thrift Shops

Skirmishing German Discount Grocery Rivals Roll Out U.S. Store Plans

Local jurisdictions in several U.S markets have approved site plans for Lidl and Aldi grocery stores in recent days as the Germany-based discount …

Food

Walmart Cuts Profit Forecast as Earnings Fall Short of Estimates

Walmart cut its annual profit forecast on Tuesday as the retail giant was hurt by a stronger dollar and lower margins in the United States, as well as more spending on wages and e-commerce.

The retailer also reported that its earnings for the second quarter came in at $1.08 a share, below analysts’ …

Walmart

Target boosts earnings outlook after strong quarter

Target Corp. posted better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter and again lifted its profit outlook for the full year. The Minneapolis-based …

Minneapolis

Lowe's misses 2Q profit forecasts

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's Cos. (LOW) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.13 billion.

On a per-share basis, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company said it had net income of $1.20.

The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts …

Home Improvement

Staples meets 2Q profit forecasts

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Staples Inc. (SPLS) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $36 million.

On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of 6 cents. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and costs related to mergers and …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Abercrombie is shaking up its top ranks to boost sagging sales

The preppy retailer is still lagging.

Abercrombie & Fitch ANF announced a new, six-person brand leadership team Tuesday, with five of the positions held by newcomers to the clothing retailer.

The team, which is organized by brand rather than product, is A&F’s best hope for a turnaround in the wake of …

Abercrombie & Fitch