Barnes & Noble layoff in the works

The holiday season didn't prove to be a boon for beleaguered bookseller Barnes & Noble, and the retailer is laying off workers. In a statement, company officials stated it was "adjusting staffing" to meet needs of existing business and customers...

Amazon launching Whole Foods Market delivery service

Amazon Prime members living near a Whole Foods Market will be able to tap free 2-hour delivery as long as they're buying $35 in goods from the supermarket chain that Amazon bought in 2017. The service starts today in a...

Boxed.com may be focus of a bidding war

The Boxed.com start-up, which has been dubbed "Costco for millennials," is getting potential funding attention from some big names, including General Mills, according to a New York Post report. Also interested in investing in the New York-based tech company is...

New York City Nike customer experiences rankle neighbors

The Nike store at 22 Mercer St., in New York City, is engaging with customers in a big way, but it's rubbing its neighbors the wrong way. The Nike Lab storefront is drawing sleep-over crowds on product launches and the...

Sprouts extends home delivery with Instacart partnership

Healthy grocer Sprouts Farmers Market will soon be providing home delivery in all of its major markets via a partnership with Instacart. The expansion will begin with its stores in Arizona, according to a press release. Customers can order via...

Yankee Candle pops up in NYC for holiday buying season

One of the newest retail pop-ups in New York City this holiday season is home to Yankee Candle. The retailer has opened a 5,340-square-foot-store in Soho on Broadway and is calling it "CandlePower," according to a New York Post report.

Storis to introduce kiosk for home furnishings retailers

Storis, a retail software solutions provider, has announced a new kiosk solution that brings a key component of in-store technology to home furnishings retailers. The Storis kiosk's core functionality will be to catalog a retailer's inventory, access customer history and...

Luxury furniture company Weylandts intros digital signage to enhance shopping experience

Weylandts, a South African luxury furniture retailer, has teamed up with Moving Tactics to upgrade its stores with digital signage and audio. Moving Tactics has deployed a 55-inch touchscreen and an in-store audio system in eight of its retail showrooms...

Footwear retailer DSW is striving to inspire self-expression

DSW Inc. has a new brand mission focused on building engaging customer experience, enabling associate product knowledge, boosting operational processes and "distorting" traditional assortment. The strategy, according to a press release, is aimed at inspiring self-expression, according to CEO Roger...

Starbucks shutters online store front

Consumers can't jump online any longer to buy Starbucks stuff as the company has shuttered its ecommerce presence. The move, according to a New York Times report, was made to put a stronger focus on the coffee seller's in-person store experience.

Swarovski's new VR app lets users buy goods via Masterpass checkout

MasterCard and Swarovski launched a virtual reality shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line, a collection of functional and decorative crystal home accessories. The app immerses consumers in a tastefully decorated home where they can browse and purchase...

Halloween spend may hit $9B record

Retailers selling Halloween candy, costumes and pumpkins are likely to see a lot of consumer activity this year as shoppers are predicted to spend $9.1 billion, an 8.3 percent spike over last year's $8.4 billion. The average shopping trip should...

Swarovski's new VR app lets users buy goods via Masterpass checkout

MasterCard and Swarovski launched a virtual reality shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line, a collection of functional and decorative crystal home. The app immerses consumers in a tastefully decorated home where they can browse and purchase the...

Tencent launches mobile marketing tools for US retailers

Tencent is launching a suite of advertising products and resources that will enable U.S. marketers to directly engage Chinese consumers on Tencent platforms both in China and while they travel abroad, including on the company's popular social messaging app, WeChat....

Google veterans launch smartphone activated self-serve convenience concept

Google veterans Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are launching a new concept called Bodega, a 5-foot-wide pantry box filled with non-perishable convenience items that customers purchase using their smartphones, according to Fast Company.

Alipay saunters down the runway with Rebecca Minkoff partnership

Fashion retailer Rebecca Minkoff is partnering with Alipay to enable Chinese tourists to make mobile payments with Alipay Wallet at all Rebecca Minkoff locations and online. Rebecca Minkoff made the announcement September 9 as part of the New York Fashion...

Long Island Bloomies gets a makeover

The Bloomingdale's store at the Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island is now boasting some new store design work. The renovations at the Long Island retailer include new signs, lighting and flooring, according to a Newsday report. The redesign and...

Family Dollar getting new brands, store redesign

In the quest to spark sales, which dipped 1.2 percent in the fiscal first quarter, parent company Dollar Tree is driving new strategies for Family Dollar. One is the inclusion of new private brands, while another is a move to...

Kohl's prepping new small format stores, another fulfillment center

The third quarter will be a busy one for Kohl's, which plans to expand its retail footprint and ecommerce fulfillment network by opening four small format stores and its fifth fulfillment center. "Our stores remain at the core of our...

Lululemon sets sights on home décor segment

Athletic and leisure brand Lululemon is moving into the home décor segment and debuting a product line of furniture via its youth brand ivivva. The collection, according to a Fast Company report, is being promoted through PBteen, the teenage brand...

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