• Ulta Beauty CEO Has A Competitive Plan
    New Ulta CEO David Kimbell, who oversaw marketing and merchandising before taking the reins in June, has a plan to keep the beauty retailer's upward trajectory going. “That involves tapping into its proven ingredients for success and updating them for today's market, while stepping gingerly into new territory such as wellness and ad sales,” per Fortune.
  • Report Indicates Labor Shortages Continue
    Food retailers might not see their hiring struggles improve any time soon, per data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. According to a November poll of the unemployed, fewer than half of U.S. workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic and remain unemployed are actively and consistently looking for work. The federal government reports 600,000 people joined the workforce in November, resulting in a labor-force participation rate increase to 61.8%, the highest level since March 2020. The unemployment rate fell to 4.2%.
  • DoorDash Promises 15-Minute Grocery Delivery In NYC
    DoorDash is introducing “ultra-fast” grocery deliveries in 15 minutes or less beginning with Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, with more locations and partners coming over the next few months. The deliveries will offer an opportunity for couriers who are seeking a set schedule and more regular earnings.
  • Retailers Facing Uptick In Robberies
    Shoplifters have always been an issue for retailers, but as of late, robberies have been more visible. Several have even involved “flash mobs” — large groups rushing into stores and coming out with armloads of goods. “This level of violence has taken it to a whole new level,” Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, tells The New York Times. “No one has seen this before.”
  • Noom Finds Its Niche In Diet Industry
    The Noom dieting app, valued at $4 billion, has found a wealth of potential customers thanks to COVID-era stress/comfort eating. “The American Psychological Association reports that the 42% of Americans who gained weight between March 2020 and February 2021 added an average of 29 pounds to their frames,” per Fast Company. “The market for weight-loss products is expanding, estimated to grow from nearly $255 billion globally this year to $377 billion by 2026, according to analytics firm Research and Markets.”
  • Amazon's Book Sales Not Without Hiccups
    While self-publishing authors originally loved the ease of using Amazon, some are now describing it as a marketplace where third-party sellers run wild. “The bookstore is the oldest part of Amazon, still central to its identity but no longer to its bottom line,” per The New York Times. “It feels like where every Amazon shopping experience could be heading — immense, full of ads and unvetted reviews, ruled by algorithms and third-party sellers whose identities can be elusive.”
  • Toys 'R' Us Preps Flagship Location
    Toys “R” Us is opening a flagship — the first in the United States under its new owners — in mid-December at American Dream, a huge entertainment and retail center in New Jersey. Earlier this year, the iconic toys retailer partnered with Macy’s and will roll out branded in-store shops to more than 400 Macy’s stores starting in 2022. As part of the deal, Macy’s provide inventory and digital fulfillment for Toys “R” Us' flagship ecommerce site.
  • NFL Players Unite For Cause Marketing
    For a sixth consecutive year, NFL players will wear customized cleats supporting their nonproft or cause of choice as part of a multiplatform cause marketing effort called "My Cause My Cleats." The goal is to raise raise awareness and donations for nonprofit organizations and causes. Games played Dec. 2-6 will feature players wearing the cleats, many of which will then be put up for auction in an effort to raise additional funds and awareness. Players worked with Nike, adidas, Under Armour and other companies, as well as individual artists, to create the cleats.
  • Beer Brand Corona Plans Eco-Friendly Island
    Beer brand Corona is planning Corona Island, a destination centered around sustainability. Slated to open in late spring 2022 in the Caribbean Sea, the  guest experience is a direct extension of the brand, according to the company. Access to Corona Island will be made available through a sweepstakes and a global auction hosted by CharityBuzz, among other ways.
  • Mexican Actor Wins Legal Battle With Diageo
    After an eight-year legal battle, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that Diageo must compensate actor Gael García Bernal for the unauthorized use of his image in a Johnnie Walker campaign. The suit alleged that the spirits giant had used images of Bernal and his family without consent in the ad, which appeared at least 22 times in fall 2011.
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