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GeekWire reports that Macy's "is expanding its same-day delivery service to nine additional markets in a move that keeps the retailer on pace with competitors like, Walmart, and Target." As of now, Macy's is offering same-day delivery in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, New York/Western Long Island, Orange County, Calif., Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Northern New Jersey.

The story notes that the service is being offered "in partnership with Deliv, a startup that utilizes a network of drivers and also partners with other shopping mall retailers.
Customers will pay an extra $5 for the same-day service. Macy’s, which has nearly 900 stores in the U.S. and reeled in $28.1 billion last year, also plans to offer same-day delivery from its high-end Bloomingdale’s chain soon."

Reuters reports that Kellogg's said yesterday that "it was aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereals and snack bars by the end of 2018. The world’s biggest breakfast-cereal maker is the latest in a string of American food companies to bow to growing pressure to remove synthetic ingredients from products because of health concerns."

Full disclosure: Kellogg's is a valued MNB sponsor ... and there's nothing artificial about that.

• The New York Times reports that a federal judge has rejected "a proposed $75 million class-action settlement between American Express and a group of retailers that have been fighting for the right to charge consumers more for using Amex’s credit cards." The reason? "Egregious conduct" by attorneys in the case, who shared information in a way that was both collusive and completely inappropriate.

The decision by the judge follows last week's story about how "a $6 billion class action antitrust settlement that was supposed to resolve a decade-long dispute between millions of merchants and Visa and MasterCard is now in jeopardy of falling apart" because the lawyers in the case colluded...

They are, in fact, the same lawyers as in the Amex case.
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