Channel: Specialty & Other

Articles about the specialty channel (Pet, Home Improvement, Office, etc.)

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The Retail Industry Leaders Association has partnered with Optera to launch the Direct-Use Product Emissions Database (DPED), to provide retailers and their suppliers with an aligned database for quantifying greenhouse gases emitted during use by appliances, electronics and power equipment. The DPED’s goal is to foster uniform metrics for comprehending and managing scope 3, category […]
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Customers of The Home Depot can now get same-day delivery in as fast as one hour — including big and bulky products weighing up to 60 pounds — from nearly 2,000 stores via the retailer’s new partnership with Instacart. The nationwide expansion follows a pilot conducted earlier this year. “Our brick-and-mortar stores are foundational to […]
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Walmart+ has added a new membership benefit designed to appeal to the more than 75% of its members who are pet owners: 24/7 veterinary telehealth services offered in partnership with Pawp. The retailer piloted the offering last year and it became the loyalty program’s most successful limited-time offer of 2023. Key features of Pawp for […]
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Retail TouchPoints is announcing winners of the fifth annual Brand Experience Awards, a program designed to spotlight the brands and retailers that are reimagining and elevating customer experiences across all channels. This year, we’ve identified 24 organizations that have successfully differentiated through their loyalty programs, marketing strategies, in-store experiences and even their approach to last […]
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San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood welcomed a highly anticipated new addition on May 17, 2024, with the grand opening of a Trader Joe’s at 555 Fulton St., on the corner of Laguna Street. This event marks the end of a decade-long wait for residents who have been eagerly looking forward to a new grocery store […]
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Best Buy is rolling out new features in its mobile app to better personalize the shopping experience. The electronics retailer promises that “each time you open the app, your experience will become more tailored and relevant,” with My Best Buy Plus or My Best Buy Total loyalty program members getting access to even more personalized offers and exclusive […]
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Workers at an Apple store in Towson, Md. have authorized a strike, although a date has not yet been set for the action. The store was the first Apple location to unionize back in 2022 with more than 100 employees now represented by The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Coalition of Organized Retail Employees […]
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Seeking a middle ground on support for LGBTQ+ causes as Pride Month approaches, Target will offer Pride-themed adult apparel and home goods in “select stores, based on historical performance,” with the full collection available online. The retailer was embroiled in controversy last year when it pulled Pride-themed products from shelves after threats, protests and vandalism […]
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Instacart has entered a strategic partnership with Uber Technologies to bring restaurant deliveries to its shoppers. During the coming weeks, Instacart app users will be able to order from hundreds of thousands of restaurants via Uber Eats. The experience will be featured in a new “Restaurants” tab within the Instacart app, and members of the […]
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Seven years into its most recent comeback, teen fashion retailer Rue21 has filed for its third bankruptcy, citing “the continued growth of online shopping, industry competition, inflation and macroeconomic headwinds.” Over the past two decades the mall-based retailer has struggled to regain the popularity it enjoyed during its heyday in the late ’90s. The company […]
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The office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has sent a letter to the top executives at Best Buy expressing concerns about the retailer’s support for inclusivity, specifically LGBTQ+ rights and equality. The letter was sent last month after a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) filing revealed that Best Buy offered to “screen” employee […]
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Best Buy and media site CNET will work together to provide shoppers with experts’ picks and product reviews throughout their purchasing journey. The retailer and tech publisher’s new partnership also will allow advertisers to share ad spaces across both ecosystems, allowing them to see the impact of their campaigns through a full-funnel, closed-loop media solution. […]
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A little less than one year after Toys ‘R’ Us made its return to the world of UK brick-and-mortar via nine shop-in-shops in WHSmith stores, TRU parent company WHP Global has announced plans to expand the partnership and add 30 new locations by this summer. Image courtesy WHP Global WHSmith’s High Street stores will now […]
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“Technology is at the heart of societal and business transformation,” said Dex Hunter-Torricke, Head of Global Comms and Marketing at Google’s DeepMind specialist AI unit, as he shared some use cases with the conference audience at Retail Technology Show (RTS) 2024 today. The former Facebook and SpaceX executive is a vastly experienced specialist who shared […]
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We have an fantastic episode for you featuring the virtual launch event for Steve’s brand-new book, Leaders Leap, recorded Monday April 22nd. Steve is joined by a panel of extraordinary guests, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields. We have the privilege of hosting best-selling author and friend Seth Godin, an entrepreneur and […]
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We are past the point of conjecture about whether AI will upend the retail industry; it already has. In a recent study sponsored by Nvidia, 69% of retailers that used AI in 2023 reported that it increased revenues, and 72% said it reduced operating costs. With these kinds of results, it is no wonder 81% […]
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Another year has come and gone for ‘Retail’s Big Show;’ this year focused on themes from innovative store layouts to improved associate experiences to, of course, AI. Over 1000 displays at this year’s event showed off a wide range of solutions, including color-coded vignettes for thematic brand experiences, various intriguing mock store model demonstrations, or […]
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Best Buy, one of the largest retail collectors of e-waste in the U.S., is partnering with Microsoft on a new activation designed to inspire consumers to recycle their unwanted laptops and tablets. During Earth Month in April, customers can bring in any eligible laptop or tablet to a Best Buy store for recycling and save […]
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NEW YORK – CPG brands outpaced technology nearly 2:1 in the 2024 Most Innovative Brands survey conducted by Brand Keys Inc. (www.brandkeys.com), the New York-based brand loyalty and engagement research firm. “For the first time consumers acknowledged more CPG than Tech brands,” noted Robert Passikoff, brand keys founder and president. “And, for the first time, […]
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Paramount Global will debut a new mobile shopping experience, powered by Shopsense AI, during the CMT Music Awards red carpet pre-show on April 7, 2024. Paramount is the inaugural partner for Shopsense’s new retail media platform, which allows viewers to shop for products and curated collections inspired by television content on content providers’ apps and […]
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Walmart is raising its return shipping rates for seller-fulfilled orders, citing “changing market conditions,” according to an update posted this month on the Walmart Marketplace website. While the retailer doesn’t make its return shipping rates public, the company told Talk Business it’s the first rate increase in two years. Walmart marketplace allows third-party sellers to […]
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Beyond, Inc. — parent company of the newly relaunched Overstock.com as well as Bed Bath & Beyond and Zulily — has entered a long-term strategic partnership with X even as other advertisers flee the scandal-plagued social media platform. Beyond was formed following Overstock’s June 2023 acquisition of Bed Bath & Beyond, followed by its March […]
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Consumer Price Index inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, down from 3.2% in March, albeit higher than expected, according to the Office for National Statistics. It’s the lowest level since the summer of 2021, versus 3.2% in March. The news follows yesterday’s announcement from Kantar… This story continues at Industry reacts to CPI inflation dipping […]
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MINNEAPOLIS—Target reported that first-quarter sales were down compared to last year, as it had projected. However, the company expects sales to turn positive in the second quarter and for the year as a whole. Comparable sales declined 3.7% in the first quarter, reflecting a comparable store sales decline of 4.8% partially offset by a comparable […]
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Petco, partnering with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and human-grade dog food brand Ollie, will offer canine-safe ice cream for hot dogs seeking a cool treat. The non-dairy peanut butter and banana recipe is now available at Van Leeuwen scoop shops across the country, as well as at most Petco locations and online at petco.com for […]

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