Nov 22, 2018

Axios PM

Happy Thanksgiving. Wishing the best for you and your families, and hope you've had a relaxing day.

1 big thing: How retailers are prepped for Black Friday

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Shoppers this holiday season might be pleasantly surprised that big box retailers are working to ease the long waits in the checkout line.

Why it matters: "Barbara Kahn, a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, says shoppers know the technology is out there for faster shopping. 'That makes them even more impatient,'" she tells the AP.

  • "Walmart says workers will stand in the busiest sections of stores, ready to swipe customer credit cards when they are ready to pay."
  • "J.C. Penney, which has been offering mobile checkout for years, says it sent an additional 6,000 mobile devices to stores this year..."
  • "Macy's... says customers need to use its mobile app to scan price tags and pay. After that, they have to go to a mobile checkout express line and show the app to a worker, who then removes security tags from clothing."

Between the lines: "Retailers are trying to catch up to technology giants. Apple, for example, has let those buying iPhones, laptops and other gadgets in its stores to pay on mobile devices issued to workers. And Amazon has been rolling out cashier-less convenience stores in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle."

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Bonus: Pic du jour

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People on a balcony watch the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

2. What you missed
  1. In a Thanksgiving phone call with members of the military, President Trump turned a traditionally festive call political, discussing the need for better trade deals and stronger border security. Go deeper.
  2. Ignoring the CIA's claim of "high confidence," Trump claimed today that the the agency did not come to a conclusion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Go deeper.
  3. Former FBI director James Comey has been subpoenaed by House Republicans, he tweeted today. Go deeper.
  4. Hillary Clinton says Europe "needs to get a handle on migration," and that leaders must send a message that "we are not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support." Go deeper.
  5. A month after Apple's new iPhone XR release, the company is set to discount the device in Japan. Go deeper.
3. 1 pun thing

"Dutch police who found 350,000 euros ($400,000) hidden inside a washing machine have detained a man on suspicion of — what else? — money laundering," the AP reports.

  • "A photo displayed on the police website showed bundles of bank notes, mainly 20- and 50-euro bills, crammed into the drum."
  • "The officers also found a money-counting machine, a gun and several cell phones."