Amazon plans to open small storefronts

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Amazon expects to do head-to-head battle with Kroger and other supermarkets with its plans to open brick-and-mortar convenience stores and drive-in grocery stores.

The Wall Street Journal says Amazon will open small stores that would sell perishable staple items including milk, produce and meat.

Amazon intends to make the stores available only to its fresh subscription service.

JC Penney, taking a page from Walmart, Home Depot and other big-box retailers, has started stationing greeters at the entrances of stores.

The New York Post says the Penney greeters will be on duty from noon to 2 P.M.

The Dow sinks 200 points as profit reports disappoint.

Health care stocks especially sold off, with a couple of biotech companies reporting big drops in earnings.

Crude prices also fell.

A New York pharmacy is charging male customers 7 percent more in what they call a ‘man tax’.

The point is to raise awareness of gender price discrimination.

Last year, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs released a study on gender pricing that found that products marketed to women in New York cost on average 7 percent more than equivalent products marketed to men.

People are passionate about their Chick-Fil-A BBQ sauce.

When the fast-food restaurant chain decided to 86 the original BBQ sauce in July and replace it with a new smokehouse BBQ sauce, an online petition was started to prevent the move and has since been signed by 2,141 people.

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