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Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail.

Before a room full at catalogers at the American Catalog Mailers Association's (ACMA) Annual Forum and Policy Caucus in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Megan Brennan, the 74th Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service — and the first woman to hold the position — addressed the future of her organization and why she believes it can still be a viable entity in an increasingly digital world.

Macy's is planning a bit of a makeover, announcing on Tuesday that it had agreed to buy the beauty and spa chain Bluemercury for $210 million, a move that could help broaden the department store's customer base. Based in Washington, D.C., Bluemercury operates 60 stores in 18 states and has a growing e-commerce business. Macy's, which also owns the Bloomingdale's chain of department stores, said it also planned to bring some Bluemercury boutiques and products to some department store locations.

Yesterday, Uber introduced the Corner Store, a same-day home delivery service. The personal ride-share company is enabling mobile app users to order household items (e.g., medicine, toiletries) and have a driver bring them directly to their doorstep. "But of course! Why haven't retailers and tech startups thought of this before? What a novel idea! Not to mention how cost effective it is!" said no one.

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