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eBay Sues Amazon Employees, Walgreens Improves Digital Healthcare, and Kele Hires FedEx Execs

eBay Sues Amazon Employees Over Seller Poaching

Two of the biggest names in ecommerce may soon get caught up in a legal battle. This week eBay sued three Amazon employees, claiming that they conspired to fraudulently take high-value online merchants from eBay. The lawsuit, filed July 31 in San Jose, California, accuses the Amazon employees of violating federal racketeering laws by infiltrating eBay’s internal messaging system to create fake eBay accounts and recruit merchants to bolster profits for Amazon and themselves. These allegations were initially raised by eBay last year, with the company first claiming that Amazon was poaching its sellers in October 2018. The case is now in arbitration, and Amazon has declined to comment on the matter. 

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The case is in arbitration? #fishy


Walgreens Improves Digital Healthcare Services

Walgreens is continuing to innovate in the growing landscape of digital healthcare by making improvements and adding more tools to its Find Care platform. Find Care lets shoppers search for local and digital healthcare services such as neighborhood clinics, urgent care and telehealth. Shoppers can also use Find Care to find providers at participating health systems, and schedule or pay for a digital doctor visit at Walgreens. Recently Find Care has been updated to support chronic care management, including the ability to connect devices that help patients manage diabetes, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “By integrating connected care devices, digital therapeutics and the pharmacy experience, we’ll help individuals better manage their chronic conditions while also lowering the overall cost of care,” says Walgreens VP and Director of Healthcare Innovation Giovanni Monti.

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What about price transparency?


Kele Hires Former FedEx Executives

Kele Inc., a distributor of building automation parts, is bringing in delivery expertise by hiring John Strawn and Stephen Rudolph. Both Strawn and Rudolph are former FedEx employees  and are now Kele’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Technology Officer, respectively. Kele carries over 300 brands and 1.8 million parts, including sensors, transmitters, and relays, and more than 50% of Kele’s total annual sales are done through ecommerce and electronic data interchange. These hirings are a part of Kele’s initiative to build up its B2B ecommerce infrastructure and to expand its national network for faster delivery and expedited order fulfillment. “We think we are way ahead of the ecommerce curve,” says Strawn.

What stood out to us?

These dudes will deliver.


In the headlines

  • Bye Bye Booze: Facebook bans sales of alcohol and tobacco between users
  • Lowe-Blow: Home improvement retailer Lowe’s is eliminating thousands of maintenance and assembly worker jobs and outsourcing them to third-party companies.
  • Under Perfourming: Athletic apparel retailer Under Armour reports mixed second-quarter earning results.
  • Dallas Buyers Hub: Industrial products distributor Systemax Inc. expands with new distribution center in Dallas, Texas.

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