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Wal-Mart tries to compete in changing retail world

marketplace.org — Wal-Mart announces second-quarter results Thursday. In its last earnings report, the discount retailing giant had turned in higher-than-expected sales at stores open more than a year, a key retailing metric. But Wal-Mart has been struggling to bolster its online sales, and its planned acquisition of the fast-growing e-commerce company Jet.com will take a while to bear fruit.

Target seeks grocery lift from private-label foods

marketplace.org — Grocery at Target is a $20 billion business. But it doesn't drive a lot of traffic. Those who buy groceries at Target stores usually have come to purchase something else. "Today they shop for food while they're at Target, and we want them to think of us more at the forefront of their minds," said Amanda Irish, vice president of Owned Brand Food and Essentials for Target.

Why sugar beet farmers are all in on GMOs

marketplace.org — Duck Younggren seems to be in the right line of business for someone with a sweet tooth. He grows sugar beets in northern Minnesota. He's been known to gnaw on a beet to get his sugar fix. "Core out a piece. Put it in your mouth," he said. "It's like candy!"

Banks eager to help you beam money to friends faster

marketplace.org — The U.S. banking system lags behind places like Europe when it comes to instant person-to-person payments. But a number of big financial institutions are now trying to get in the game. Some banks in the digital payments network called clearXchange are now allowing customers to send and receive money instantly to customers of participating banks using just a mobile number or email address.

Sugar beet growers don't understand GMO worries

Why China was a tough market for Uber

marketplace.org — The ride-sharing company Uber said it's selling its China business to Didi Chuxing, its rival there. The deal will get Uber out of a money-losing situation and hands it a 20 percent stake in Didi, which now is reportedly valued at about $35 billion.

Flour recall teaches us not to eat raw cookie dough

marketplace.org — Most of us know foods like eggs and meat, consumed raw, could make us sick, because of bacteria. But many of us may be in the dark about the dangers of uncooked flour, which we might eat in the form of cookie dough or cake batter.

Starbucks' new dress code to allow more personal expression

marketplace.org — Starbucks is making some big changes to its dress code. Workers will now be allowed to branch out beyond the black-and-white color palette for shirts, to more exotic colors like gray, navy and brown. The company's " Lookbook " also now permits attire such as shorts, dresses and even beanies, along with more expressive hair colors.

Egg producers skittish about cage-free investments

wvpublic.org — Over the past year, many big food companies like Wal-Mart, General Mills and McDonald's have pledged to source their eggs from cage-free hens in coming years. That has put a lot of pressure on egg producers to ditch their cages, which means higher costs. New equipment is expensive, and labor and feed costs spike, too.

Egg producers skittish about cage-free investments

marketplace.org — Over the past year, many big food companies like Wal-Mart, General Mills and McDonald's have pledged to source their eggs from cage-free hens in coming years. That has put a lot of pressure on egg producers to ditch their cages, which means higher costs. New equipment is expensive, and labor and feed costs spike, too.
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Aug 16, 2016

K thx! That the best way to reach u or is there a cell I should try?

Aug 16, 2016

@StaceyRetail Hoping to interview you for tight-deadline story for @Marketplace. Plz ping your # to abaxter@marketplace.org

Aug 16, 2016

@MunkinArts Yikes, that's bad news. Thanks for sending!

Aug 16, 2016

Target wants its private label brands to be more than just cheap knock-offs of name brands. Will it draw customers?  http://bit.ly/2bkpWnM 

Aug 16, 2016

People shop for groceries "while at Target" but seldom come for that purpose. How Target's trying to change that:  http://bit.ly/2bkpWnM 

Aug 15, 2016

@angus_tx Hoping to interview you by 2 ET for an @Marketplace story. Doable? Could u ping me your number? abaxter@marketplace.org

Aug 15, 2016

@ValtmaNir Hoping to interview you by 2 ET for an @Marketplace story. Could u ping me your number? abaxter@marketplace.org

Aug 10, 2016

If more manufacturers shift to cane sugar, away from GMO beet sugar, could they access enough supply?  http://bit.ly/2aLBsu0 

Aug 02, 2016

@ngutfreund @SubOptimal_Nate Plz ping me abaxter@marketplace.org i have a hard time with character limits on Twitter. :)

Aug 02, 2016

@SubOptimal_Nate @ngutfreund Also, the one on today was, alas, super short-- just 2 min long. I'll keep you guys in my rolodex for future


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