There’s a lot of noise so we find the articles with meat and put it into a neat little post for you!

That’s this week’s story.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

As the weeks go by in 2017, the retail race only heats up even more. The weaker ones fall and the stronger ones are locked into a game of ever increasing stakes. Walmart’s ravenous appetite for online brands is a big part of the story — and it continues with their planned acquisition of Bonobos.

Walmart is in advanced talks to acquire online men's retailer Bonobos
It would be the fourth acquisition in seven months for Walmart e-commerce CEO Marc Lore.www.recode.net

Dominos fall as they are wont to do

It’s mid-April and nine retailers have already filed for bankruptcy. And more than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the coming months. The message seems to be clear — shape up or ship out.

'The dominoes are starting to fall': Retailers are going bankrupt at a staggering rate - Business…
Retailers are filing for bankruptcy at an alarming rate that's quickly approaching recessionary levels. It's only April…www.businessinsider.sg

Etsy makes Captain Planet proud

Etsy meanwhile provided a breath of fresh air by releasing it’s own sustainability software. While they are not the first retail company to put their code on open source repository Github (Walmart and Nike have done so in the past) the fact that this code pertains to waste management and sustainability makes it even more commendable.

Etsy open-sources its sustainability software to developers
Etsy is releasing software tools that have been used to power its own waste management programs on open source…www.retaildive.com

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Written by Anjali Krishnan and the Semantics3 team in Singapore and San Francisco.