• Kohl’s stores accepting Amazon returns in Chicago saw an increase in sales over the holidays. Despite disappointing holiday sales for the chain overall, Kohl’s Chicago stores saw a ten percent increase to 2018 compared to a five percent increase at non-participating stores.
  • Amazon will launch a luxury clothing platform in the U.S. Amazon is working with 12 unnamed brands, building a warehouse in Arizona to hold the inventory and planning a $100 million campaign to market it.
  • Amazon warned shoppers that Honey, the popular browser extension, was a “security risk.” Paypal acquired Honey for $4 billion in November and the software has been compatible with Amazon since it launched in 2012. Amazon’s warning message confused and upset many customers who took to social media to complain about anti-competitive behavior.
  • Jeff Bezos received criticism for his $690,000 donation to the Australian wildfire recovery. Critics said the donation from the world’s richest man was smaller than that of Facebook and Kylie Jenner.