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September 24, 2020

Publishing News

Whembley Promoted to Chief Editor of Conde's Them
Fashion Week Daily: "Whembley Sewell has been promoted to editor in chief of Condé Nast’s online magazine Them.. In her new role, Sewell will continue to lead and expand the brand’s creation of content by and for the queer community. Sewell was most recently executive editor of Them., since January 2019. Before joining Them., she served as a channel manager at Teen Vogue, where she led the brand’s emerging platform programming strategy and audience development. She was also a social media editor at Hearst’s Seventeen and is a nominee of the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Awards. Them launched in 2017 with Phillip Picardi at the helm. Sewell currently serves in an advisory role at Condé Nast, working with leadership to bring LGBTQ+ influencers, talent, and issues to the forefront"...

Harold Evans, Journalist, Magazine Founder, Book Publisher, Dead at 92
Reuters: "Sir Harold Evans, a British-American editor whose 70-year career as a hard-driving investigative journalist, magazine founder, book publisher and author made him one of the most influential media figures of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 92. Evans died of congestive heart failure in New York, according to his wife Tina Brown. A former editor of Britain’s Sunday Times and, at his death, Reuters editor-at-large, Evans put a unique stamp on investigative journalism. Championing causes either overlooked or denied, he and his team uncovered human rights abuses and political scandals, and advocated for clean air policies... A few years later, Evans moved to the United States with Brown, the journalist and editor to whom he was married for nearly 40 years. He continued his career as an author, publisher and university lecturer... Evans founded Conde Nast Traveler magazine and served as president and publisher of Random House from 1990 to 1997"...

2020 Time 100 Features More Scientists, Doctors, Women
MediaPost: "The year’s "Time 100" list of the most influential people in the world features more scientists, doctors, nurses and women than ever before. "This year’s list looks far different than any of us could have predicted just six months ago,” writes Time CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal. “While you will certainly find people who wield traditional power on this year’s list — heads of state, CEOs, major entertainers­ — it also includes many extraordinary, lesser-known individuals who seized the moment to save lives, build a movement, lift the spirit, repair the world,” he added. The doctors, nurses and scientists on the list include Dr. Anthony Fauci, Shi Zhengli, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, Zhang Yongzhen, Amy O'Sullivan, Dr. Camilla Rothe, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts and more. This year’s list features a record 54 women, including Waad Al-Kateab, Selena Gomez, Maya Moore, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, Ali Wong, Kristalina Georgieva, Allyson Felix, Cecilia Martinez, Jennifer Hudson, Tomi Adeyemi, Julie K. Brown, Lisa Nishimura, Anaïs Mitchell, Angela Merkel and Shari Redstone, among others. The special annual Time issue has eight worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the Time100.They include Fauci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), performer The Weeknd, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, COVID-19 front-line nurse Amy O’Sullivan, actor Gabrielle Union and athlete Dwyane Wade, performer Megan Thee Stallion, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The issue will also feature a new cover and a special tribute commemorating Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was featured on the Time 100 list in 2015. She passed away on September 18. There are more than a dozen activists featured on the 2020 Time100 list, including Angela Davis, Nemonte Nenquimo, Ady Barkan and others."


Retail News

Another 870K Americans File for Unemployment, Affirming Slowing Recovery
Yahoo Finance: "Another 870,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, unexpectedly rising slightly from the prior week to reaffirm a slowdown in the U.S. economic recovery. Here are the Labor Dept.'s metrics vs. Bloomberg estimates: initial jobless claims, week ended Sept. 19: 870,000 vs. 840,000 expected and 866,000 during the prior week; continuing claims, week ended Sept. 12: 12.58M vs. 12.28M expected, and 12.7M during the prior week"... WSJ: "The labor market has added jobs in the prior four months after steep declines in employment at the beginning of the pandemic, helping bring down the jobless rate to 8.4% in August from near 15% in April. But the pace of gains has slowed recently, and persistently elevated jobless claims in September point to continued cooling in the jobs market. One reason is that layoffs have continued at a high rate. Some employers that held on to workers at the beginning of the economic crisis are now reducing their head counts because of persistently weak demand. A rise in coronavirus cases this summer triggered new business restrictions and related layoffs, and some small businesses that had relied on government aid to keep workers on payrolls had to cut staff when that money ran dry"...
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Walmart, Target Outline Holiday Strategies
As noted here yesterday, Walmart plans to hire 20,000 fulfillment workers for the holiday season. SN offers more on its plans, and Target's: The fulfillment positions "follow the company’s hiring of more than 500,000 new associates since March across its stores and supply chain locations to ensure the retailer could provide essential items to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With these new hires over the last six months, its new seasonal associates, and ongoing hiring of full-time and part-time positions as needed in its stores the nation’s largest retailer says it will be staffed and ready to serve customers for the holiday season"... Walmart will keep existing pandemic in-store safety measures in place and add: "contactless pickup and delivery services; Express Delivery delivered within two hours, pending eligibility and customer location; contactless payment in stores; and the retailer’s new Walmart+ membership for $98 a year for unlimited free delivery from stores, fuel discounts and access to tools such as Scan & Go that let customers scan their items as they shop and pay using Walmart Pay for a touch-free payment experience." At Target, "staffing plans include more resources for contactless services and safety, additional opportunities for current team members, extensive local hiring and industry-leading pay and benefits .According to the company, twice as many store team members will be dedicated to contactless services, including Drive Up and Order Pickup, while distribution centers will hire more seasonal team members than last year to manage inventory being sent to stores. Team members stationed at the front of Target stores will focus on safety and cleaning, greeting and directing guests to help with their shopping"...

King Kullen Promotes Three Execs
PG: "King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc. promoted three longtime executives following a meeting of its board. 47-year KK veteran Joseph W. Brown was elected EVP, and will will now assume greater responsibility in corporate leadership, strategic planning and maximizing operational performance. He most recently served as SVP, chief merchandising officer. He will continue to serve as president of Wild by Nature, an independent subsidiary of King Kullen. Bernard P. Kennedy was elected SVP corporate and legal affairs. Michael Simco has been elected VP administration and benefits.

Amazon Launches More Devices
WSJ: " Inc. on Thursday rolled out an array of speaker and security devices centered around the home and a gaming subscription service and controller, offerings tailor-made for the coronavirus era.The devices include a home-camera drone, a pivoting speaker with a camera, a car alarm, a car camera, a cloud-connected gaming controller and a number of other products and services"...
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