• Target Opens Small-Format Store In NYC
    The discounter plans to open its first location in midtown Manhattan, a 43,000-sq.-ft. store across the street from the Macy's flagship. The two-level store will feature modern decor elements, including concrete floors, wood plank walls and ceilings, pendant and LED lighting and elevated merchandise assortment displays.
  • Shinola Asks U.S. To 'Roll Up Our Sleeves'
    Shinola is launching a campaign that celebrates the jobs it's creating in America. "Let's Roll Up Our Sleeves" celebrates American workers and work ethic, featuring a diverse range of real people in a photo-based campaign that subtly features its products but more prominently features purpose-driven individuals for whom work is a labor of love.
  • L.L. Bean Sales Flat, Won't Say If Anti-Trump Boycotts A Factor
    Outdoors specialty retailer L.L. Bean said sales were flat for a second straight year in 2016 - a year in which the family-owned company weathered a boycott over a relative's political contributions in support of President Trump. Prior to 2015, the Freeport, Maine-based company had a run of five consecutive years of growth.
  • Banks Halt YouTube Advertising Amid Hate-Funding Claims
    HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland have become the latest brands to pull advertising from Google after an investigation revealed they had been inadvertently funding hate speech videos on YouTube. The latest revelation found that some of the world's largest brands had been advertising with hate preachers, anti-Semites and rape apologists.
  • WWE Deal Puts Steve Austin Into Foot Locker
    WrestleMania 33 is less than two weeks away, and many of the biggest stars in the WWE sky will be in Orlando on April 2. In anticipation of their mega-event, WWE has united some of its legendary stars via a new marketing alliance with Foot Locker and Puma including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Ultimate Warrior and"Macho Man" Randy Savage.
  • Amazon Test Drives Its New Chicago Bookstore
    Amazon launched its online bookstore nearly 22 years ago. Today, it will open the doors of a brick-and-mortar store in Chicago, giving customers a chance to test the e-commerce giant's take on offline shopping. It's just one 6,000-square-foot neighborhood bookstore. But it's also one of Amazon's first experiments with live customer service and cash registers.
  • Supermarkets Are Losing Price War
    Low food prices and razor-sharp competition are creating bargains for shoppers -- but killing profits for grocery chains. At the same time, supermarkets are destroying their profit margins as they fight for new shoppers -- and fight off deep discounters like Walmart and online sellers. It becomes a spiral. As food prices fall, retailers become more aggressive.
  • Retailer Sues Ivanka Trump Brand, Citing 'UnFair Advantage'
    San Francisco fashion boutique Modern Appealing Clothing has sued Ivanka Trump's company. The class action lawsuit claims Ivanka Trump has gained an unfair advantage in the marketplace "from Donald J. Trump being the President of the United States and from Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared, working for the President of the United States."
  • JCPenney CMO Heads To Hershey
    The chief marketing officer of J.C. Penney is quitting the company after two years on the job. Mary Beth West is leaving the department store retailer on March 31 to become senior VP and chief growth officer of the Hershey Co. She will join Hershey on May 1. West joined Penney in April 2015 after serving on the company's board of directors for 10 years.
  • Starbucks Debuts New Grocery Store Beverages
    Starbucks is expanding its line of ready-to-drink beverages with the debut of Cocoa & Honey With Cream Cold Brew in select regions. The company is also in the midst of a nationwide retail rollout for bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino, three new flavors of Doubleshot Espresso and 48-ounce bottles of its Blonde and Dark Roast coffees.
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