Abercrombie & Fitch Having A Tough Time Luring Shoppers Despite Rebranding Efforts

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Abercrombie & Fitch has been trying hard to shed its former image, one strengthened by “cool” executives who didn’t want to deal with any uncool customers, but it seems those turnaround efforts aren’t proving as fruitful as the retailer would like: profits for the company tumbled in the last quarter, and sales figures are far from promising. [More]

Nicholas DiMaio

Toys ‘R’ Us Will Once Again Open At 5 PM On Thanksgiving, Stay Open For 30 Hours Straight

Toys ‘R’ Us apparently subscribes to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” logic when it comes to shopping hours for Thanksgiving: the toy store is once again opening its doors at 5 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving, and will keep those doors open for 30 hours in a row. [More]

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J. Crew Decides Trying To Sell Wedding Dresses Wasn’t Such A Great Idea

If you’re looking to score a great deal on a wedding dress, we hear there might be sales going on over at J. Crew, after the retailer announced it’s getting rid of its bridal business. [More]

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Walmart Adding Chase Pay As An Online, In-App Payment Option

Despite the fact that Walmart already offers its own mobile payment system, the retailer is opening up doors to other forms of digital payments in an effort to cut costs on processing electronic transactions. [More]

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Aeropostale Increases Number Of Stores That Will Stay Open To 400

Earlier this week, a bankruptcy judge approved a $243 million bid from a group of mall landlords, liquidators, and a licensing company that would save 229 of Aeropostale’s 720 stores from closing their doors forever. Things are looking even better than expected now for the teen retailer, as its new owners say they’ll be able to keep open 171 more stores than originally planned. [More]

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Former QVC Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing $1.5M From The Shopping Channel

A man who used to work as a lighting designer for QVC treated himself to a bit of a shopping spree on the company’s dime, pleading guilty to stealing about $1.5 million from his former employers. [More]

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves Sale Of Aeropostale That Could Keep 229 Stores Open

It looks like the bid Aeropostale received at the end of August that could end up saving at least 229 stores and 7,000 or so jobs is one step closer to the real thing for the struggling teen retailer, after a bankruptcy judge gave the offer his approval. [More]

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Walmart Starting Holiday Layaway Early Again So It Can Sell More ‘Star Wars’ Stuff

You want Star Wars merchandise this holiday season? Walmart has Star Wars stuff, which is the entire reason the retailer is kicking off its holiday layaway program a full two weeks early for the second year in a row. [More]

Abercrombie & Fitch Not Focused On Sexy Abs Now, Just Wants You To Be Your “Best Self”

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We’ve come a long way from the days of glistening abs stretching across every Abercrombie & Fitch billboard and shopping bag, and “cool” executives who’d rather not deal with any uncool customers: as the company continues its campaign toward wholesomeness, the new focus is on making shoppers feel good about themselves. [More]

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Video Claims To Show Price Discrepancies Of Up To 78% At L.A. Zara Store

Last week, a Zara customer filed a lawsuit against the company accusing it of misleading customers by posting some prices in euros and others in U.S. dollars, and of making up its own exchange rates to charge more for those items with price tags in dollars. The plaintiff’s lawyers now say they have even more proof of this pricing switcheroo. [More]

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Lawsuit: Zara Misleads Customers By Listing Prices In Euros, Making Its Own Exchange Rate

While it’s not entirely unheard of to see prices listed in euros stateside, a new federal class action lawsuit claims that retailer Zara’s practice of doing so — and allegedly making up its own exchange rate — has tricked shoppers into paying more than they should.

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Mike Mozart

What Should Walmart Do Now That It’s Landed Jet.com?

It’s no secret why Walmart bought Jet.com for $3 billion: the company’s e-commerce know-howo and experienced could be the key to the brick-and-mortar retailer’s plans of catching up with Amazon, finally, after all these years. But now that the honeymoon is over, it’s time to look at how, exactly, this marriage will work. [More]

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Foot Locker CEO Claims Malls Are “Far From Dead”

Maybe it’s just because Foot Locker had sales growth to report because people are snapping up higher priced- basketball and running shoes, but the company’s CEO seems to be in a very positive mood about the state of malls in the U.S., which is surprising at a time when other mall-based retailers are struggling. [More]

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Gap Can’t Seem To Stop Being Normal, And That’s Its Big Problem

A few years ago, Gap realized that telling its customers to “Dress Normal” wasn’t such a great idea: customers were turned off, and sales plummeted. That air of normalcy is still plaguing the company. [More]

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JCPenney CEO: Macy’s & Sears Closures Are Pretty Great For Us

It’s kind of a no-brainer: when one company loses, its rivals stand to gain. And so it is for JCPenney, amid the turndown in traditional retail sales that’s causing Macy’s and Sears to close stores around the country.

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Report: There Are 1.2M Fewer Retail Workers Than There Would Be Without The Internet

What would the retail landscape look like if we didn’t have the Internet and online shopping? No one can say, for sure (unless you know someone who can travel to parallel universes*), but one analyst says there’d be about 1.2 million more people with jobs in retail. [More]

Victoria’s Secret Focusing On Shilling Sports Bras In Effort To Keep Up With Rivals

Victoria’s Secret Focusing On Shilling Sports Bras In Effort To Keep Up With Rivals

Whereas it used to feel like you couldn’t turn around at Victoria’s Secret without facing a wall of pushup bras, the company is now focused on a different kind of pushup — the sort you do while exercising and wearing a sports bra. [More]

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Retailers Trying To Lure College Customers Now So They’ll Become Lifelong Shoppers

Often when a shopper is loyal to a brand, product, or company, it’s simply because they have a long history with it. That’s why retailers are trying to hook college-age students now — even before full-time jobs bring them a disposable income — in the hopes that they’ll become lifelong shoppers. [More]