Study: QuikTrip, Wawa named favorite convenience stores

Other regional players such as Sheetz, RaceTrac and Speedway also earned high enough scores to land in the top five.

August retail sales increased 0.5 percent

When combined with revisions to July, August sales indicate a consistent improvement in consumer confidence and spending but run contrary to August's lackluster jobs report.

Toys"R"Us unveils its holiday marketing plans

Free online layaway, an enhanced loyalty program are among the new strategies for the toy retailer.

Staples updates its omnichannel experience

The enhancements include the ability to buy products online and pick them up in-store within hours; an easier way to pay online via Visa Checkout; new in-store kiosks; and the company's first iPad app.

Talbots selects Mi9 Retail merchandising solution

Software provider Mi9 Retail has announced that Talbots has selected Mi9 BI, Mi9 Merchant, and Sales Audit with Loss Prevention software products to replace its existing core merchandising and inventory management systems.

Home Depot names new CEO, continues shift to e-commerce

Home Depot Inc. recently named longtime company executive Craig Menear as its new CEO, effective Nov. 1, according to The Wall Street Journal.

New Balance uses live omnichannel event to promote its latest running-shoe launch

Footwear manufacturer New Balance is partnering with Oregon-based Brandlive to produce a four-day series of online and in-store video events, all designed to promote the debut of the latest version of the company's 880 running shoe line to retail customers as well as retail store employees.

Starbucks' loyalty program now reminds customers to claim rewards

Starbucks wants to make sure customers never forget to claim one of its loyalty rewards again. Based on suggestions from customers, My Starbucks Rewards members will now receive a nudge via email, reminding them to claim rewards before they expire....

Barnes & Noble, Google team to offer same-day delivery

Barnes & Noble now has Google employees in some of its stores, pulling customer orders and prepping them for same-day delivery. According to a report from CNN, stores in Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco are now offering same-day delivery...

Nordstrom acquiring personalized clothing service Trunk Club

According to the companies, Trunk Club's 250 personal stylists build true, one-to-one relationships with their members to understand their lifestyles and styling preferences before hand-selecting merchandise that is then shipped to the customer.

Uniqlo to open flagship store in Chicago

Global clothing retailer Uniqlo has announced it will open a flagship store in the Chicago market in the fall of 2015.

The latest payment breach victim may be Goodwill Industries

The latest payment breach victim may be Goodwill Industries

Brian Krebs, the noted security blogger whose recent claim to fame was breaking the news of the Target breach, reports in his blog that banks are reporting a series of breaches at Goodwill stores across the country. Goodwill Industries International operates 165 thrift stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Fashion retailer Zara adds RFID-based inventory intelligence

Tyco Retail Solutions announced that Inditex Group, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, has awarded Tyco a chain-wide contract for RFID-based inventory intelligence. The Tyco solution is currently deployed in 700 Zara stores across 22 countries, the companies said...

Steve Madden selects Certona for e-commerce

Certona, a provider of real-time omnichannel personalization, has announced that it was selected by Steve Madden, a leading designer and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, to deliver integrated, hyper-personalized experiences to its customers as...

Warehouse clubs becoming more popular with wealthy shoppers

While warehouse clubs might be perceived to be the domain of those looking to stretch a tight budget, new research from Mintel reveals that it is not just those of lower incomes having to "make do." High income consumers think...

C-store traffic gets a lift from foodservice offerings

Adding even more pressure to the increasingly competitive restaurant industry, convenience stores are getting a bump from consumers seeking out foodservice options. According to new research from The NPD Group, more consumers (a 2.4-percent increase) cited "food prepared on site"...

Goodwill stores automate POS, cash handling with NCR

Retail Control Systems (RCS), a point-of-sale solutions provider for retailers, announced that Goodwill Industries of Chattanooga has successfully automated 14 stores with its NCR Counterpoint retail management solution. Prior to implementing RCS's NCR Counterpoint solution, Goodwill used electronic cash registers...

Nine West implements LivePerson engagement software

LivePerson Inc., a provider of live digital engagement solutions, has announced Nine West Group's successful integration of LiveEngage into the Demandware Commerce platform for its website, www.ninewest.com. According to the companies, the LiveEngage platform helps Nine West meet evolving consumer...

Johnston & Murphy migrates to the Demandware omni-channel platform

Demandware Inc., a provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, announced that Johnston & Murphy, a premium footwear, accessories and apparel brand, has migrated its digital commerce operations onto the Demandware Commerce platform. J&M recently launched a new e-commerce site, www.johnstonmurphy.com,...

Barnes & Noble splitting off NOOK into separate company

Barnes & Noble announced today that it would separate its retail business from NOOK Media, which makes the eponymous e-reader tablet. The company said it hopes to complete the separation by the first quarter of 2015.

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