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  1. Holiday & Events
Michaels and PetSmart might not seem like the most logical marketing partners (although cats do love to play with yarn), but they are nevertheless teaming up for a limited-time holiday cross-promotion. Michaels’ email subscribers have received a 20% off PetSmart coupon (good through Dec. 10 and only in the U.S.), while members of the PetSmart […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Current Levi Strauss & Co. President Michelle Gass will succeed CEO Chip Bergh when he retires next year, the company’s board of directors has announced. Gass will formally take the reins on Jan. 29, 2024, a few months prior to Bergh’s departure, which is scheduled for April 26, 2024. Bergh has been elected as Executive […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Design is a key aspect of setting up a retail space, as the aesthetic appeal of a business can greatly improve its chances of success. This is because retail stores that are created with their customers and design trends in mind are typically inviting and interesting to look at, which encourages people to come in […]
  1. Holiday & Events
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The brand continues to defy expectations, but may finally be approaching a plateau as competition rises and consumers remain cautious. Published Dec. 8, 2023 A Lululemon mall store. The brand opened 14 net new stores in Q3, ending with 686, and has plans for about 25 more by the end of the […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Axios has a story about how “shopping malls across the country are adding lifestyle experiences and off-kilter attractions to draw in consumers in the age of e-commerce … New attractions range from ice rinks and huge entertainment venues to niche gyms.” And, of course, pickleball. The story notes that “workplaces have also spilled into malls. […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon is piloting an add-on grocery subscription for Prime members in three cities that will give members access to unlimited grocery delivery on orders over $35 from Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh, as well as unlimited 30-minute pickup on orders of any size. The service — which is being tested in Denver, Sacramento, Calif. […]
  1. International
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week, and what we’re still thinking about. From Rent the Runway’s decision to restructure […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Both Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy appeared on CNBC yesterday, making observations about their businesses and the current consumer environment. McMillon’s comments included: •  “We’re continuing to see traffic growth in store, plus even more transaction growth for pickup, curbside and delivery. As a company our in store business is continuing […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Struggling retailer GameStop is giving its CEO and chair Ryan Cohen even more control, including the ability to use company cash to buy other stocks. In its quarterly report released Wednesday night, GameStop announced two changes to its corporate investment plan: company cash can now be used to buy equities instead of just short-term debt, […]
  1. Department: HBC
Lots or response to yesterday’s FaceTime, in which I went to McDonald’s to road test the supposedly new-and-improved burgers that have been seven years in the making. MNB reader Barbara Watters wrote: Love the morning FaceTimes.  Your McDonald’s segment had me remembering my recent Big Mac a few weeks ago.  Blah and bleg.  The flavor […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables is slashing its merchant fees for clothing vendors in an attempt to compete with Chinese fast-fashion retail site Shein, which may be on the docket to IPO in 2024. The online retail giant announced Tuesday that referral fees for items priced under $15 will drop from 17 percent to 5 percent. The fees for […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Coldwater Creek has completed its purchase of Soft Surroundings, a women’s clothing and accessories retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2023. The newly combined retailer has selected the Chief Returns Officer solution from Newmine, which has a predictive analytics functionality that will help the retailer quickly analyze and take corrective actions on why […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has updated a report that had attributed “nearly half” of 2021’s $94.5 billion in retail shrink to organized retail crime, saying the data point was part of two-year-old testimony to a U.S. Senate committee by Ben Dugan, former President of the Organized Retail Crime Resource Center. The NRF report was […]
  1. Data & Insights
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. Sears and Kmart once dominated the retail landscape. When the companies merged in 2005, they had nearly 3,500 stores. For context, that’s more stores than Target, Macy’s and Lowe’s currentlyoperate. But years of business missteps have reduced the once mighty retailers to […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
by Kevin Coupe A few weeks ago, I looked askance at a comment by Best Buy CEO Corie Barry that blamed all the money that Taylor Swift fans were spending on concert tickets and merchandise for stagnant sales in her stores.  I thought it was a silly comment – a retailer’s job is to understand […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Over the past three years, automation has gone from the background to the forefront of everyday business across industries, observes Gavin Donley, Head of Marketing at Brain Corp. Automation consists of many separate but related trends and sub-trends, but the burgeoning presence of collaborative autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, stands as a defining force reshaping […]
  1. Department & Category
From Axios: “As America ages, senior care — in-home and at facilities — is increasingly out of reach … Nearly 70% of seniors will need long-term care services as they age, per Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. “But just 13% of adults 75+ who live alone can afford assisted living — and only 14% […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“When we talk about omnichannel native, what we try to think about is a seamless path for the consumer. “ — Stewart Samuel, Director of Retail Futures, IGD The pandemic fundamentally changed how we shop, with many people becoming accustomed to online and omnichannel shopping. Rather than eradicate shoppers’ interest in physical stores, though, this […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Sometimes a look back edifies your view ahead. That said, when the consumers evolve brands specifically legacy chain restaurants must evolve as well according to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®.   Every restaurant brand wants incremental customer counts month after month and year after year.  Customer count growth is the most important data point followed by […]
  1. Department: Food
We’ve had stories recently about how the availability and even the quality of a wide variety of products – including apples, beer, wine, olive oil and truffles – are being affected by climate change. Now we can add ketchup to the list,. The Wall Street journal writes that “plant breeders at Bayer are testing whether […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Got the following email regarding my conversation with ReposiTrak’s Randy Fields and Dr. Benjamin Miller, executive vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs of The Acheson Group (TAG): Thank you for presenting the discussion about the FDA’s new traceability requirements.  People in our industry are simply not aware of the impending, major disruption in logistics […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ) has opened its first Mini Shop & Donation Drop location in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (UES). The 1,000-square-foot Goodwill Mini Shop & Donation Drop is a smaller-format store compared to traditional Goodwill stores and Donation Centers, and it offers a curated selection of pre-loved donated goods including […]
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The National Retail Federation (NRF) has updated a report that had attributed “nearly half” of 2021’s $94.5 billion in retail shrink to organized retail crime, saying the data point was part of two-year-old testimony to a U.S. Senate committee by Ben Dugan, former President of the Organized Retail Crime Resource Center. The NRF report was […]