retail

Alan Rappa

Amazon Reduces Minimum On Free Shipping For Non-Prime Customers

Almost exactly one year after Amazon increased the free-shipping minimum on non-Prime customers from $35 to $49, the e-commerce giant has decided to revert back to the old $35 minimum. [More]

Steve

Man Accused Of Planning To Put Bombs In Target Stores To Drive Down Company’s Stock

It’s not uncommon to hold a grudge against a company for one reason or another, but a Florida man allegedly took his beef a step further with a plot to set off homemade explosives in several Target stores on the East Coast. Why? Authorities say the man wanted to send Target’s stock into a tailspin. [More]

Walmart Continues E-Commerce Shopping Spree, Buys Outdoor Retailer Moosejaw

Walmart Continues E-Commerce Shopping Spree, Buys Outdoor Retailer Moosejaw

Just a month after Walmart continued its bid to boost online sales with the $70 million purchase of shoe-tailer ShoeBuy, the company has once again added to its e-commerce shopping spree with the $51 million acquisition of online outdoor retailer Moosejaw. [More]

Dave Seidman

L.L. Bean Reportedly Thinking Of Ditching Free Returns

As retailers increasingly shifted toward more restrictive return policies, L.L. Bean’s generous approach to accepting returns has stood out. However, that could soon change as the Bean looks to shave costs. [More]

alecm9311

L’Oreal Looking To Sell Off The Body Shop

Another day, another company looking to pull out of a retail entanglement: This time it’s L’Oreal, which has confirmed reports that it’s looking into selling off The Body Shop chain of stores. In other news, today we learned that L’Oreal owns The Body Shop. [More]

Jeepers Media

Report: TJ Maxx Telling Stores Not To Highlight Ivanka Trump Products, Throw Out Signs

Days after Nordstrom announced it would no longer sell Ivanka Trump merchandise at its stores amid slow sales, another big-name retailer is reportedly backing away from brand. [More]

Mike Mozart

Aldi Spending $1.6B To Upgrade Stores To Be More Whole Foods-Esque

Millennials are already apparently flocking to Aldi over Whole Foods’ new, hipper version of its typical stores in favor of lower price points, but now these customers won’t have to forego the more expensive chain’s aesthetic: Aldi plans to spend $1.6 billion to revamp the layout of its stores in order to compete with chains like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts.  [More]

Mike Mozart

BCBG Max Azria Closing 120 Stores, Reportedly Looking At Bankruptcy Options

Following a trend set by Macy’s, Wet SealThe Limited, and others, mall mainstay BCBG Max Azria plans to close 120 stores at shopping centers around the country, and may file for bankruptcy protection. [More]

jakerome

Where Do Customers Go When Their Department Store Closes?

This year, more than 150 locations for Macy’s and Kmart will close their doors forever. When these stores shut down, where do their former customers take their business? [More]

kaleidoscopist

Report: Hudson’s Bay Looking To Take Over Macy’s

Macy’s could soon be heading to Fifth Avenue, or rather, to the parent company of stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Gilt, Hudson’s Bay is reportedly looking to take over the struggling department store.  [More]

Nordstrom Says Poor Sales To Blame For Axing Ivanka Trump Line

Nordstrom Says Poor Sales To Blame For Axing Ivanka Trump Line

There will be one fewer famous name on products at Nordstrom stores this spring, after the retailer announced it will not be carrying the Ivanka Trump brand in the coming season. [More]

Mike Mozart

Court To Review Target’s $10M Customer Data Breach Settlement

Nearly two years after Target agreed to set up a $10 million fund to reimburse customers affected by its massive 2013 holiday season data breach, a federal appeals court has ordered the judge in this lawsuit to review the settlement. [More]

Phillip Pessar

Wet Seal Files For Second Bankruptcy Since 2015

In a move that will surprise no one, young women’s clothing retailer Wet Seal has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in just over two years. This time, the chain will not be re-organizing, and it’s unlikely that a new owner will come along and rescue the business out of bankruptcy. [More]

Steve

Target Stepping Away From Innovation To Focus On Core Business

In an attempt to attract more customers and drum up sales in the face of fewer visitors and just so-so grocery sales, Target turned to innovation, creating prototype stores of the future and launching a super-secret project “Goldfish” that aimed on disrupting the retail landscape as we knew it. Those efforts are no more.  [More]

shinya

Ralph Lauren CEO Making A Quick Exit After Butting Heads With The Real Ralph Lauren

Mike Mozart

H&M Slows Down Store Openings, Shifting Focus To Online

For years, so-called fast fashion purveyor H&M (which stands for Hennes & Mauritz) has quickly opened store after store around the world to compete with rivals like Zara and others. Now, however, the company says it will slow down its pace of new store openings in order to concentrate on current stores and online sales.  [More]

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Walmart Ditching $50/Year ShippingPass For Free Two-Day Shipping

Less than a year after its national launch, Walmart is pulling the plug on its $50/year ShippingPass subscription service that was intended to compete directly with Amazon Prime. In its place, the big box retailer plans to offer free-two day shipping on millions of products with a lower minimum purchase price. [More]

IKEA Today

IKEA Launching Customizable “Open Source” Furniture To Give Customers More Choices

Maybe you can’t afford that bespoke chaise with the walnut legs and expensive upholstery, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to having the same living room as everyone else who shops at IKEA: in an effort to help customers living in tight spaces more options, the Swedish furniture company is introducing what it calls its first “open source” furniture. [More]