Retail Roundup—Amazon employs half million, opens 7th Canadian warehouse

Amazon now has more than a half million employees.

Amazon employee count surpasses half million

Amazon now has 541,900 employees, about as many people as Seattle had residents in 2000. And with the acquisition of Whole Foods, it's now the second-largest private employer in the U.S., behind Walmart. (The Seattle Times)

Toys R Us opens digital playgrounds

Toys R Us announced the launch of Play Chaser, its new, free augmented reality app, following a 23-store test. The app activates different AR games and play experiences on the screen of a customer's smartphone or tablet, and customers can unlock experiences by scanning signage throughout the store. (PR Newswire)

Amazon opens 7th warehouse in Canada

Amazon will open its seventh warehouse in Canada near Calgary, creating 750 jobs. Including corporate offices, development centers and other facilities, Amazon employs 4,400 people in Canada. (CBC News)

Nordstrom puts stock in discount arm

Nordstrom's recent bright spot—discount arm Nordstrom Rack—reported a decline in same-store sales and traffic in the latest quarter. However, the chain's latest store will debut in New York City this week and will attempt to make convenience the cornerstone of the brand. (Bloomberg)