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J. Crew is alienating its most important customers

J. Crew is losing the young, professional women who used to be the brand's biggest cheerleaders.

The brand's sales are tanking as shoppers turn elsewhere, writes Elizabeth Holmes at The Wall Street Journal.

J. Crew's recent woes are surprising because the retailer was known for having the most ardent …

J. Crew

Hormel goes organic with latest big food acquisition

Deal is latest by big food company for a smaller 'natural' rival.

Hormel Foods is paying $775 million to buy organic processed meats maker Applegate Farms, the latest deal by a food giant for a smaller rival in the grocery aisle.

“A growing number of consumers are choosing natural and organic …

Food

Wal-Mart wants food shoppers to go online

For more than 15 years, grocery home shopping has been offered in the United Kingdom through Wal-Mart Stores Inc. grocery chain Asda. Today, more …

Food

Amazon offering one-hour food delivery

This is tasty.

Amazon is expanding its Prime Now service to offer quick delivery of food from local stores in Manhattan.

Amazon said customers can order groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from D'Agostino, Gourmet Garage and Billy's Bakery through its Prime Now app.

Two-hour delivery is free for …

Amazon

Amazon is launching an Etsy killer

Amazon is introducing Amazon Handmade, a marketplace for handmade goods, aimed directly at competing with Etsy, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The way that Amazon is recruiting sellers for Amazon Handmade is typically aggressive: Select Etsy sellers are receiving targeted emails urging them …

Amazon

Loblaw issues recall in Atlantic Canada after metal found in potatoes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall on some potatoes sold in Atlantic Canada after police received complaints of nails found in some products.

The agency says Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Strang’s Produce Inc. are recalling several products that have been sold at stores in Nova …

Canadian Food & Cooking

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz: We Just Hired 3500+ Veterans And Military Spouses–And You Should Too

ICONS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Going beyond "We thank you for your service."

According to figures used by Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz, more than 1 million transitioning vets and 500,000 military spouses need our help.

Those are daunting figures, which is why, in November 2013, Starbucks announced a …

Starbucks

Target will roll out RFID price tags to improve inventory management

Target is turning to radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to make sure shoppers have consistent access to the chain's cheap-chic …

RFID

7 Of The Best Strategic Uses Of Consumer-Facing Tech In Retail & Hospitality

Here are my top picks for pioneers embracing new forms of technology at retail, to differentiate themselves among digitally savvy target audiences. In so doing, they’re better meeting consumer needs such as product customization, or quality and speed of service and payment. Below are 7 standouts …

Customers

Kohl's will test off-priced store for returned merchandise

Kohl's Corp. is dipping its toe in the surging off-price retailer stream, with plans to soon begin testing a new store format offering deep discounts …

Merchandise

Forget Starbucks, H&M stores are on practically every corner

Within a 0.2 mile sliver of Manhattan, H&M operates three giant stores.

H&M has certainly made a home for itself in Midtown Manhattan. As of Wednesday, the fast-fashion retailer now operates three stores within 0.2 miles of each other.

That’s near Starbucks-level penetration for a huge apparel …

Starbucks

American Eagle is making a huge change to win back teens

American Eagle is trying win back teens with a one-size-fits-all clothing brand.

The brand, called Don't Ask Why, offers crop tops, loose dresses, high-waisted bottoms, and slouchy sweaters in muted, solid colors.

The one-size-fits-all strategy comes directly from one of the company's newest …

Clothing

CVS buys Omnicare for $12.7B to expand senior care business

CVS Health (CVS) said Thursday that it has agreed to buy pharmacy services provider Omnicare (OCR) for about $12.7 billion, a move to expand its presence in the senior care market.

CVS will pay $98 per share in cash and assume $2.3 billion of Omnicare's debt.

Omnicare, the nation's largest provider …

CVS

Aeropostale Shares Slide 20% As Profit, Sales Fall Short

Aeropostale Inc. shares slid almost 20% in after-hours trade Thursday, after the teen retailer posted a wider-than-expected loss and weaker-than-expected sales for the first quarter. Aeropostale said it had a net loss of $45.3 million, or 57 cents a share, in the quarter, after a loss of $83.8 …

Sales

Best Buy Profit Tops Estimates as New Phones Help U.S. Sales

Best Buy Co. posted first-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates after large-screen televisions and the new iPhone helped boost U.S. sales. …

Best Buy

Target shoppers' carts were fuller in first quarter - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Bloomberg

Target recorded a rise in transactions for the quarter; customers also spent more each… more

Target Corp. delivered better-than-expected …

Walmart

Mississippi Market takes on St. Paul's East Side in biggest venture ever

At natural foods co-op Mississippi Market, opportunity has knocked in unlikely places.

Back in 1999, the St. Paul cooperative built a store at Selby …

Mississippi

Target to give less priority to top packaged food suppliers: WSJ

(Reuters) - Retailer Target Corp <TGT.N> has informed top suppliers of packaged foods, such at Kraft Foods Group Inc <KRFT.O>, that it plans to put less money into promoting their products in favor of fresher, healthier foods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Citing people familiar with …

Food

Wal-Mart will have to spend a lot more than planned to beat Amazon

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said that it would take a different approach to online growth than Amazon.com Inc by using its large network of stores as distribution points.

But if the world's largest bricks-and-mortar retailer is serious about competing more directly with Amazon — as it has …

Amazon

Home Depot profit beats amid U.S. housing recovery

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc <HD.N> reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit and sales on Tuesday and raised its full-year forecast as North American customers spent more on home repairs after a harsh winter.

The world's No. 1 home improvement chain said strong housing contrasted with …

Housing

Wal-Mart 1Q Earnings Stung By Skittish Consumers

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), the world’s largest retailer, is the latest victim of an economic slowdown in the U.S. that has left consumers skittish and prompted them to stay home and save rather than go out and spend.

After a strong finish to 2014, the U.S. labor market has shown signs of weakening, …

Walmart

Tim Hortons closes U.S. head office ahead of expansion

The new owner of Tim Hortons Inc. has closed the café chain’s U.S. head office just as it is gearing up for a big push south of the border.

Tim Hortons is shifting its efforts to build the U.S. business to its headquarters in Canada, spokesman Patrick McGrade said on Tuesday.

He did not elaborate on …

Restaurant

Shakopee will cut its aid bid to Amazon (Update: And Amazon cuts it even more) - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Anthony Bolante

Amazon employees prepare packages for delivery at the company's new fulfillment center in… more

UPDATE: Quite a bit of what you see

Amazon

Old Navy Thrives After a Style-Conscious Rebirth

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Stefan Larsson was Gap’s worst nightmare, as he led H&M’s dizzying expansion in the United States with a combination of designer chic and rock-bottom prices.

Three years ago, Gap Inc. hired him, and gave him its most challenging brand, Old Navy.

Since his arrival, Mr. …

Old Navy

Thrifty U.S. consumers have investors bracing for first-quarter retail results

U.S. consumers have remained surprisingly stingy despite an improving jobs market and relief provided by lower gasoline prices. This week, we’ll see the extent to which consumers’ frugal ways may have affected the bottom lines of major retailers.

Before markets open on Tuesday, all eyes will be on …

News (Canada)

Target is, like, all granola and yogurt and less soup and Corn Flakes

New CEO targets young urbanites and parents in an effort to look less like Walmart and more like Whole Foods.

Target Corp. TGT is pushing old-fashioned staples such as Corn Flakes and Cinnamon Toast Crunch to the back of the shelves to give more prominence to fresher and healthier foods as it tries …

Corn Flakes

Delivery Firms, Retailers Try Out Package Pickup Points

On a recent weekday afternoon in Brooklyn, N.Y., Abdul Azam, store manager at Greenfield Pharmacy, sold soft drinks to teenagers, rang up orders for elderly customers buying medicine and scanned bar codes for a pile of parcels being shipped by United Parcel Service Inc.

Mr. Azam’s pharmacy is one of …

Delivery

Starbucks in Deal With Spotify to Stream Music

In the heyday of the CD, Starbucks was a leading outlet for the music industry to sell its new releases. Now, in the age of streaming, the chain of coffee shops has a new partner: Spotify.

On Monday, Starbucks, which operates more than 7,000 coffee shops in the United States, announced a deal to …

Starbucks

The Grocery Wars: Whole Foods vs. Aldi

Whole Foods’ announcement that they are planning to open up a chain of smaller, less expensive stores in 2016. Co-CEO Walter Robb says the new store concept will be designed to attract Millennials who “are looking for a different shopping experience” (read: cheaper prices).

The entire supermarket …

Groceries