Petland hires former Walmart VP

Petland Inc. has announced the hiring of Tony Samples as Vice President of Corporate Stores. According to the company, Samples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandising and marketing efforts.

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Crowdsourced shopping site sends users on a Hunt

The Hunt boasts 3 million users, who work to help other users find specific products online for purchase.

UGG brings interactive signage to new concept store

The first-ever UGG Australia technology-driven concept store opened last month in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, featuring interactive digital signage touchscreens and giving shoppers the ability to customize their favorite styles.

The four different types of specialty retail associates

How your employees can gawk, stalk, talk or rock the retail sales experience.

Optical store installs mirrored touchscreen that encourages online social interaction

London-based optician Kite GB has installed a touchscreen mirror in its East End store, with help from technology provider Zytronic.

Luxury brand Tod's new retail space, Syracuse, New York

When Tod’s, an Italian luxury shoes and leather goods brand, acquired a new retail space at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York, the mall’s design management team tapped architecture firm Colkitt & Co. to carry out Tod’s design concept and vision for the premium outlet location.

Morocco's first duty free stores get a new look

Morocco’s first duty free store operator will continue renovation of its Mohammed V International Airport stores through later this year.

Retail co-op can provide out-of-the-park benefits for all

Major brands in certain circumstances are willing to provide free resources to retailers in the form of co-op dollars.

Hershey's Chocolate World unwraps on the Vegas Strip

The Hershey's Chocolate World retail experience opened at New York-New York Hotel & Casino this week.

Buttoned-up loyalty: The case of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank

Consider the benefits to be gained when two merging companies start unifying their loyalty strategies early on.

Major store transformation at In The Pink

In The Pink Stores, the largest chain of Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores in the US, has launched mPOS as part of a major store transformation project.

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NEWS


Ace Hardware testing same-day delivery

Ace's Express Delivery pilot has officially rolled out in 33 stores in select neighborhoods in Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Maryland, Texas and Arizona.

Jo-Ann Stores names Jill Soltau president and CEO

Soltau joins Jo-Ann with more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry. She most recently served as president of Shopko.

GameStop promotes Mike Buskey to EVP and president of US stores

Prior to GameStop, Buskey was SVP of Human Resources, U.S. store operations for The Home Depot, responsible for leading the company's HR activities for approximately 2,000 stores across the U.S.

Mattress store goes completely associate-free

Management monitors the store via web cams, and shoppers can place their orders whenever they are ready on the in-store kiosks.

Survey says: Nordstrom is consumers' favorite fashion retailer

The study also revealed that Foot Locker is consumers' favorite shoe retailer, followed by Skechers, Nike, DSW and Famous Footwear.

Target out, Uniqlo in as Japanese clothier plans Canadian launch

According to multiple media reports, Japanese-owned specialty clothing retailer Uniqlo is planning to launch in Canada next year.

The Home Depot names Craig Menear chairman

He is a 17-year veteran of the company, and is the first merchant to be named chairman and CEO since co-founder Bernie Marcus.

OneView Commerce demos upgraded fitting room experience

According to the company, shoppers can communicate with sales staff, browse styles, receive product recommendations, request merchandise, browse both online and in-store products, add to their basket, and request check out — all from a tablet mounted in their fitting room.

Attune launches omnichannel tool for fashion retailers

Suite accelerates implementation of SAP Fashion Management, helps fashion brands fast-track integration of wholesale, manufacturing and retail operations for omnichannel.

Hancock Fabrics upgrades tech for POS, inventory, training

James Hayes, division vice president of IT for Hancock Fabrics, estimates that EarthLink's multi-faceted solution will save Hancock Fabrics approximately 20 percent over their previous plan.

Jewelry retailer Pandora implements assortment planning solution

Founded in 1982 as a local Danish jewelry shop, Pandora today has stores in more than 80 countries with 10,000 retail locations and 1,200 concept stores.

Walgreens offering 'virtual doctor visits' through its mobile app

Available in both iOS and Android versions of the Walgreens mobile app, the platform enables users to consult virtually with physicians for a range of acute conditions.

REI appoints Ben Steele as Chief Creative Officer

Steele most recently served as executive creative director at Hornall Anderson in Seattle, a brand experience design agency with additional offices in London and New York.

Best Buy names Domino's Pizza CEO to its Board

J. Patrick Doyle, 51, joined Domino's Pizza in 1997, serving in a variety of leadership roles across its domestic and international businesses. He has been president and chief executive officer of Domino's since March 2010.

OSP Group acquires swimsuitsforall

"We can leverage our position as style and fashion leader in this important category to better serve our customer and grow our business."

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