Walmart Offering Fewer Products, Widening Aisles

Walmart Offering Fewer Products, Widening Aisles

Walk into any Walmart and you’ll see shelves upon shelves stocked with a wide variety of products in every shape and size. But that will soon change, as the retail giant begins a transformation of sorts by decluttering its aisles of excess items.  [More]

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Bridgestone Buys Pep Boys Auto Service Retail Operations For $835M

Have we seen the last of Moe, Manny, and Jack – you know, the faces of the Pep Boys auto parts brand? It’s possible as the retail chain has agreed to be acquired by tire giant Bridgestone for $835 million.  [More]

Best Buy Offers Free Shipping For All Orders During The Entire Holiday Season

Best Buy Offers Free Shipping For All Orders During The Entire Holiday Season

Sometimes it’s just easier to bypass the hustle and bustle of the local mall and do all your holiday shopping from the comfort of your own home. One big problem with that: the sometimes costly shipping fees. Best Buy is hoping free shipping turns into more online sales this year.  [More]

Target and ThredUP recently ended their pilot that exchanged consumers older clothing for gift cards.

Target, ThredUP End Partnership That Let Customers Exchange Old Clothes For Gift Cards

If you were hoping to exchange your lightly used clothing for Target gift cards though the retailer’s partnership with online consignment store ThredUP, then you’re out of luck: turns out, the test ended weeks ago.  [More]

Target partnered with online consignment store ThredUP to offer customers gift card for their old outfits.

Target Partners With ThredUP To Let You Trade In Old Clothes For Gift Cards

Target knows you’ve probably got a bunch of old clothes you don’t wear but which are otherwise fine. It also wants you to spend money at Target buying new clothes (and groceries, and anything else). So now it’s willing to trade you some gift cards for your dust-gathering outfits. [More]

Target To Be First Major Credit Card Issuer To Require PINs For Chip-Enabled Cards

Target To Be First Major Credit Card Issuer To Require PINs For Chip-Enabled Cards

While many banks and other financial institutions issuing credit cards have shifted from magnetic-strip cards to the more secure EMV smart cards, most of those companies have opted to let their customers continue signing for purchases rather than memorizing a PIN. That apparently isn’t the case for Target, which is poised to become the first major credit card issuer to convert to cards that require a PIN.  [More]

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Deal$ Stores Will Be Rebranded As Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree pumped up its namesake portfolio earlier this year when it completed the $9.2 billion takeover of rival retailer Family Dollar, converting many of those stores into Dollar Trees. Now the discount chain will be bestowing its name on more than 200 smaller Deals (or Deal$) branded stores. [More]

Amazon Launches Marketplace Dedicated To Handcrafted, “Factory-Free” Products

Amazon Launches Marketplace Dedicated To Handcrafted, “Factory-Free” Products

Back in May, we reported that Amazon was dipping its toes into yet another marketplace venture, this one centered on handcrafted goods. At the time, the e-commerce behemoth was prepping for a showdown with the top site in the craft world, Etsy, by attempting to lure away its vendors. Fast-forward four months, and the launch of “Handmade at Amazon” is upon us.  [More]

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Bankrupt American Apparel Turns To Same Hedge Fund That Helped RadioShack

At first glance, American Apparel and RadioShack don’t seem to have much in common: one uses provocative advertisements to sell leggings, T-shirts and other clothing items, while the other focuses more on the sale of wireless and electronic products. Unfortunately, the things the two companies do have in common aren’t so great: both have suffered through years of slumping sales that eventually led them to, separately, file for bankruptcy protection. And that means they could soon share a common hero in hedge fund Standard General.  [More]

American Apparel Files For Bankruptcy Protection

American Apparel Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Two months after American Apparel admitted it didn’t have enough financing to continue operations for another year, the retailer says things haven’t gotten better and it’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  [More]

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Kohl’s Testing Cafe Concept At Two Wisconsin Locations

Kohl’s is joining the ranks of retailers like Target, Sam’s Club, IKEA, Costco, and countless others in bringing weary shoppers what they really want: something to snack on while traipsing down the aisles checking off items from their list. [More]

Walmart Officially Launching Online Grocery Pickup With Expansion To More Cities

Walmart Officially Launching Online Grocery Pickup With Expansion To More Cities

After testing the concept for months, Walmart plans to offer more shoppers the opportunity to order their groceries online and pick them up at the store later. [More]

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Kohl’s Hops On The Same-Day Delivery Testing Train

The seemingly never-ending list of retailers wading into the same-day delivery game grew by one this week: Kohl’s will test a quick-delivery service in two markets in an attempt to revamp its digital presence and attract customers who want their purchases to arrive as quickly as possible. [More]

Target’s Health Kick: Replacing Candy Bars With Granola Bars At The Register, Giving Employees Fitbits

Target’s Health Kick: Replacing Candy Bars With Granola Bars At The Register, Giving Employees Fitbits

With more than a dozen Target stores gearing up to test a healthier cafe concept – switching out hotdogs and nachos for salads and green juices – the retailer appears to be trying to keep the wellness momentum going by making several other changes: giving employees fitness trackers and swapping the candy bars lining the register with more wholesome snacks. [More]

Macy’s Customers Will Now Be Able To Use PayPal At The Register

Macy’s Customers Will Now Be Able To Use PayPal At The Register

At one time, PayPal was the method of payment preferred by people sending money to their friends or making a quick purchase online. Now, the payment company has upped its game – and its presence in physical stores – by inking a deal that will allow Macy’s customers to use Paypal at the register. [More]

Target To Face Class-Action Lawsuit From Banks Over Data Breach

Target To Face Class-Action Lawsuit From Banks Over Data Breach

A month after Target agreed to pay financial institutions that issue Visa-branded credit cards $67 million related to its massive 2013 data breach, a federal judge gave the go-ahead for other banks to pursue a class-action lawsuit against the retailer. [More]

Verizon, AT&T To Open 250 “Experience Stores” Inside Best Buy Locations

Verizon, AT&T To Open 250 “Experience Stores” Inside Best Buy Locations

Could Best Buy be the new one-stop shop for all your mobile service needs? That seems to be goal of the electronics retailer as it continues the expansion of its store-within-a-store concept by adding dedicated Verizon and AT&T showcases in its U.S. stores.
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Target Partners With Instacart To Test Grocery Delivery Service In Minneapolis

Target Partners With Instacart To Test Grocery Delivery Service In Minneapolis

Just a month after Target made it clear grocery delivery was in its not-too-distant future, the retailer has kicked off a test of the service in its hometown of Minneapolis via online grocery delivery company Instacart. [More]