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Amazon is crushing Macy's, Nordstrom, and Kohl's

Amazon is now the top seller of clothes online, and it's crushing traditional clothing retailers like Macy's, Nordstrom, and Kohl's.<p>Over the last 12 months, sales growth for clothing stores was flat compared to the previous year, while growth for online-only retailers — which was driven by Amazon — …

Amazon

Buy Kohl's For The Dividend, Future Growth To Come

Kohl's, like all retailers, has performed poorly in the last year.<p>The economic condition and coming holiday season could improve sales for the …

Economics

Google express delivery service is expanding to NYC!

New Yorkers want our stuff, and we want it now. So it's good news that Google's delivery service, Google Express, expanded today into all five …

Amazon raises stakes as retailers battle for customers online

Amazon.com Inc. is raising the stakes in Canada’s e-commerce landscape by launching free same-day delivery for its Prime members in Toronto and Vancouver just ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.<p>Starting on Tuesday, Amazon is offering free same-day deliveries on orders over $25 of one million …

Amazon

Best Buy partners with PCH to bring hardware startups to its brick and mortar

“It is still incredibly important for startups to get their products in front of customers in stores,” explains Highway1 head Brady Forrest. “Startups traditionally face hurdles to entering brick and mortar retail, and that is why PCH is working with Best Buy to innovate in-store retail with things …

Best Buy

Procter & Gamble prepares to split off 41 beauty brands

CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble's split from 41 beauty brands is nearing completion as the consumer giant wraps up an exchange offer this week.<p>Unknown until just before the closing of the deal: the exact structure of P&G’s split with its beauty brands. The final structure of the deal will shape …

Procter & Gamble

Neiman Marcus Blames Fashion Bloggers for Its Sales Woes

Sales are down for the fourth straight quarter.<p>Live by the sword, die by the sword.<p>For years, Neiman Marcus thrived on the demand for haute couture featured in runway shows across the globe, from New York to Paris and Milan. But now the luxury department store says the quicker speed with which a …

Style

Nordstrom Opens In Toronto, Shoppers Offer Thumbs-Up

The site had been empty for a while, and the location was irresistible — the Eaton Centre — an enormous mall in downtown Toronto that opened in 1977 that gets 1 million visitors a week.<p>Nordstrom, whose first Canadian stores opened in Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver, entered the country’s largest and …

Toronto

Target removes kids' shopping carts after kids went wild with them

This week, Target began removing kids' shopping carts from 72 stores where it recently started testing them after getting negative feedback from …

Macy's teams up with grooming services provider in beauty push

(Reuters) - Macy's Inc (M.N) will partner with beauty services provider beGlammed to provide at-home grooming and makeup services, as the department store operator focuses on beauty to help arrest a slide in sales.<p>Customers will be able to book beGlammed services ranging from $25.00-$185.00, …

J. C. Penney

Bargain chains lead list of fastest-growing retailers

Not all retailers are trimming back their brick-and-mortar footprints.<p>Dollar stores and off-price chains, taking advantage of solid sales and bargain-hunting shoppers, are on an expansion kick, claiming half the spots on a list of 10 retailers adding the most new store square footage, according to …

Dick's Sporting Goods

Online retailers are struggling to meet the high standard Amazon set for delivering orders

Amazon.com has set a standard for delivering online orders that other companies have struggled to meet.<p>On the positive side for other digital retailers, their shipping times have been steadily improving, but that's sort of like saying the Buffalo Bills have made some strides toward catching up with …

Amazon

Spotify Passes 40 Million Subscriber Mark, Crushes Apple Music

Spotify announced today that it has reached 40 million paid subscribers, putting it far ahead of competitor Apple Music, which has just 17 million paying subscribers. The info first came in the form of a Tweet from CEO Daniel Ek:<p>FORBES also confirmed the news with a Spotify spokesperson.<p>For the …

Apple News

Grocery changes will take time to pay off for Target, CEO says

While sales and traffic in Target's grocery aisles have been suffering recently, chief executive Brian Cornell remains upbeat about the changes …

Holiday hiring shows the clear shift toward e-commerce

While retail’s holiday hiring is expected to be largely the same or even fall this year, according to the employment consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc., there will be an enhanced focus on “behind-the-scenes” areas that are more closely tied to e-commerce.<p>“The big change we are seeing… is …

E-commerce

Self-driving shopping carts could be coming to Walmart

Don’t say Walmart hasn’t been an innovator. It’s mastered the retail market, managing massive profits while keeping prices low. Next up: self-driving shopping carts?<p>A patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Sept 8, 2016, and filed by Walmart in March 2016 …

Walmart

Google’s delivery service is now available around Minnesota

Google is the latest company to make sure you never have to leave your house.The company said Tuesday it has expanded Google Express – its next-day …

Amazon and Pandora set to launch new music streaming services: NY Times

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Pandora Media Inc (P.N) are planning to launch new versions of their streaming music services in coming weeks, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing several anonymous people with knowledge of the matter.<p>Pandora could announce its plans this to expand …

Amazon

Starbucks is spending millions of dollars to fix its 'basic' image problem

Starbucks will go down in history books as the brand that made it OK to charge more than $2 for a cup of coffee. But its reputation as a higher-end coffee shop has faded — and that has the company worried.<p>The chain was founded with the mission of providing premium coffee to the masses, with CEO …

Starbucks

Aéropostale lands bankruptcy deal to keep 230 stores open

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Aéropostale has landed a bankruptcy deal that will allow it to keep about 230 stores open and avoid extinction.<p>The teen clothing retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May with about 800 stores still open.<p>For much of the proceedings, it appeared as if Aéropostale would be …

Bankruptcy

Target's holiday hiring growth not coming from sales floor

Target to hire 77,500 this holiday season<p>Target is looking to hire more holiday employees this year, but the increase will come from behind-the scenes supply chain roles, not in-store customer service jobs.<p>The Minneapolis-based retail giant plans to hire more than 70,000 seasonal store employees …

Travel

Macy's Just Signed a Major Deal with Apple

In an effort to boost sales.<p>Macy’s is turning to another iconic brand for help with its big sales drops: Apple.<p>President and CEO-designate Jeff Gennette told Wall Street analysts on Thursday that Macy’s signed a deal with Apple AAPL to open an Apple store within its 1 million square-foot flagship …

Apple News

MoneyGram and Walmart beef up online offerings

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>MoneyGram expanded its partnership with Walmart to launch a new online money-transfer platform housed at walmart.moneygram.com.<p>The firms are calling the new product a type of …

Walmart

Make It Yourself: Lowe's Tests Profit Potential Of 3D-Printed, Personalized Products

Do-it-yourself home improvement? More like make it yourself. Lowe’s new 3D-printing stations at a New York City store mark the chain’s bid to unlock the profit potential of products that reflect a shopper’s distinct imprint and tastes.<p>Dubbed Bespoke Designs, the 3D-scanning and printing service — …

Bespoke

Amazon to deliver tailgate supplies to 49ers parking lot spots

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Tailgaters who run out of beer or ribs at the San Francisco 49ers game can get Amazon to deliver more starting this Monday.<p>The 49ers have teamed up with Amazon to allow fans using Amazon Prime Now to order "tens of thousands" of items directly to their parking spot at Levi's …

Amazon

What Will It Take For Apple Pay To Take Off In The U.S.?

The iPhone/Apple Watch payment system is already easy to use. But it won't become a daily habit until it's available everywhere.<p>Apple Pay is nearing its second birthday, and mobile payments are far from ubiquitous. The credit-card replacement, which lets you use an iPhone or Apple Watch to pay at …

Apple News

Marks & Spencer looks to cut up to 500 jobs at London head office

Retail chain Marks & Spencer is to cut up to 500 jobs at its head office in London as part of efforts to reduce costs.<p>The store is expected to make the job cuts as early as next week following a review of the company’s structure by its chief executive.<p>Steve Rowe, who took control of the retailer in …

Marks & Spencer

Why GameStop Corp. Stock Plunged Today

Image source: The Motley Fool.<p><b>What:</b>Shares of<b>GameStop Corp.</b>(NYSE: GME)fell 10.6% Friday after the specialty gaming retailer announced weaker-than-expected fiscal second-quarter 2016 results.<p><b>So what:</b>Quarterly revenue fell 7.4% year over year, to $1.63 billion, driven by a 10.6% decline in …

Kantar Forecast: Online's Best Holiday In Five Years

While many of us are struggling to wrap their brains around fast-approaching Labor Day, Kantar Retail is a season ahead, already releasing its …

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