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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon credits Amazon for ‘teaching the world what’s possible’

Walmart and Amazon are two giants in the world of retailing, one started off in the physical world and the other online. But today those two lines are blurring more than ever before, according to Walmart’s Doug McMillon who was interviewed at the Code Conference. “Clearly, Amazon is teaching the world what’s possible,” said McMillon, who was named CEO four months ago…. Read More

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Boxed is not a Costco-killer, it’s a Costco reseller

Will Costco be killed by mobile? Maybe, but it won’t be by Boxed, a mobile app that delivers large quantities of consumer packaged goods to your front door. GeekWire has learned that the start-up is not the threat it is being made out to be — rather, it is generating additional revenue for the Issaquah, Wash.-based warehouse club. A Costco spokesman said Boxed is… Read More

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Groupon takes on Costco and Amazon with new bulk grocery service

It seems like everyone’s getting into the bulk food business these days. Groupon announced today that it’s launching Groupon Basics, a service that allows customers to order certain household essentials in “warehouse sizes” and have those items delivered. At launch, interested consumers can select from a catalog of 108 items, including bars of Dove soap… Read More

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Fortune’s most-admired companies: Apple 1st; Amazon 2nd; Microsoft 24th

Fortune released its annual list of “most-admired companies” today, and Apple remained at the helm as Microsoft dropped out of the top 20. While Apple stayed ahead of the pack, rival Microsoft dropped seven spots from 2013′s rankings to 24th. Six Washington-based companies made the list, including: Amazon (2nd), Starbucks (5th), Costco (12th), Nordstrom (17th),… Read More

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Interactive reading: Costco magazine to use Digimarc watermarks

Costco’s monthly magazine is getting geeky. The Costco Connection, the largest monthly magazine in the U.S., is now embedding scannable watermarks within their editorial and advertising content to allow readers access to extra product information, videos and much more. Starting with the April issue, readers can download the Digimarc Discover app and use their smartphones to… Read More

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Fortune’s most-admired companies: Amazon 3rd, Starbucks 5th, Microsoft 17th

According to Fortune, the state of Washington has some admirable companies. Fortune released its 2013 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list today, with five Washington corporations in the top 25. Amazon finished at an impressive No. 3, while fellow tech-titan Microsoft came in at No. 17. Three other Washington companies made the top 100: Starbucks at… Read More

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The best places to buy your cell phone: Apple and Costco

These two retail experiences couldn’t be anymore different. Apple stores are sleek, cool minimalist environments, typically tucked in high-traffic urban shopping centers. Costco, on the other hand, is a no-frills big box that packs thousands of products to the ceilings in its suburban locations. But both retail environments are good at one thing: Selling cell… Read More

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Apple breaks ground on giant Northwest data center

Construction has begun on Apple’s 338,000-square-foot, $68 million data-center building in Prineville, Ore. — the first of two giant structures planned for the property. The Oregonian reports that Apple has cleared and flattened land for the building, which will be twice the size of a Costco warehouse. Apple’s facility sits right across from Facebook’s equally-large data… Read More

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Amazon tops e-retail satisfaction survey with highest score ever

Amazon.com has few physical touch points with its customers, operating somewhat mysteriously from its headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. No stores. No customer support line. But that lack of interaction doesn’t seem to be holding the company back. In fact, customers love the company more than ever, according to ForeSee’s Top 100 E-Retail… Read More

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Seattle companies dominate Consumer Reports ‘Naughty & Nice’ holiday list

Maybe the “Seattle Nice” stereotype really does hold true. Well, at least when it comes to doing business. Consumer Reports today unveiled its 2011 Naughty & Nice Holiday List, showcasing the best and worst holiday shopping policies of companies. Interestingly, four of the 10 companies on the “nice” list — Amazon.com, Costco, Microsoft and REI —… Read More

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Amazon.com, Costco among the most trusted brands

Amazon.com has been taking some hits lately, with at least two congressmen arguing that the company’s new Silk browser for Kindle could violate the privacy of consumers. But that possible setback isn’t having an impact on American shoppers –at least not yet. Amazon.com ranked that the second most trusted company in a new study released… Read More