Retail Feedback Today

By Brian Numainville | Brian Numainville and Doug Madenberg of Retail Feedback Group share retail stories/news. @retailfeedback and @bnumainville

German grocery chain Lidl has big plans for Philadelphia region

German supermarket giant Lidl is building up a real estate team in Philadelphia, establishing the city and environs as a beachhead in its aggressive …

Pennsylvania

Inside Amazon's Plans to Dominate Online Retail

Few dispute that online retail figures to play an increasingly prominent role in the way people around the world shop. However, this generational shift rarely manifests itself in such stark terms as it has so far this month.<p>Case in point: Apparel retail giant <b>Macy's</b> plummeted 15% in a single week …

Amazon

Amazon just raised its warehouse fees because it ran out of room last holiday season

If its warehouses are as full as they were during the 2015 holidays, Amazon's profit will suffer.<p>Amazon warehouses were overflowing last holiday season, and the costs associated with that dented the company's profit. Amazon is trying to make sure that doesn't happen again.<p>Earlier this week, Amazon …

Amazon

Target testing future store concepts in 25 Los Angeles locations

Dive Brief:<p>Target is piloting new concepts in 25 stores in Los Angeles, spotlighting improvements including new lighting and displays, specialists to …

Los Angeles

Gap's first-quarter profit plunges 47%

Struggling retailer Gap Inc. said it will close 75 stores this year as it reported that sales continued to fall in its first quarter.<p>The San Francisco retailer said it will close all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan, part of an effort to save $275 million a year. Some Banana Republic stores, …

Japan

Urban Outfitters Reports Surprise Rise in Sales

Total comparable sales rose 1% in the first quarter.<p>Apparel retailer Urban Outfitters URBN reported a surprise rise in quarterly same-store sales as demand recovered for its Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters lines of clothing.<p>Shares of the Philadelphia-based retailer, which also reported …

Urban Outfitters

American Eagle's sales lifted by strong demand for Aerie line

Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc (AEO.N) reported a higher-than-expected rise in quarterly sales and profit as demand for its brands remained resilient in a grim retail environment.<p>Comparable sales of the company's Aerie brand, which sells intimate apparel and personal care …

Selling

Sports Authority to close all remaining stores

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Sports Authority, once the nation's largest sporting goods retailer, will close its remaining stores after failing to find a buyer for them.<p>The bankrupt company plans to conduct going-out-of-business sales at all of its locations that weren't already slated to close, according to a …

American Apparel

Why Home Depot's Sales Are Soaring, While Rest of Retail Struggles

Executives also say more good news to come.<p>At a time when many retailers are struggling to connect with fickle shoppers, Home Depot reported yet another quarter of stunning sales growth, exceeding analysts’ expectations. In part due to the unseasonably warm winter, the world’s largest home …

Home Depot

Gap might consider using Amazon to save its business

Gap Inc. has been struggling.<p>But CEO Art Peck is aware of a possible solution to fix the problems, and that's to use Amazon.<p>"To not be considering Amazon and others would be — in my view — delusional," Peck said at Gap's shareholders meeting on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg, after he was asked if …

Amazon

Office Depot considering sale of some European operations

(Reuters) - Office Depot Inc (ODP.O) said on Monday it was considering selling some of its European operations, nearly a week after the No. 2 office supply chain and bigger rival Staples Inc (SPLS.O) called off their merger due to antitrust concerns.<p>Staples in February agreed to sell Office Depot's …

European News

Amazon Could Be Hawking New Private-Label Goods Soon

But to Prime members only<p>Amazon.com will launch new lines of its private-label brands in the coming weeks, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported, citing people familiar with the matter.<p>The new brands with names like Happy Belly, Wickedly Prime, and Mama Bear will include nuts, spices, tea, coffee, baby …

Amazon

Walmart tweaks ‘Shipping Pass’ offering during its pilot phase, hopes to better compete with Amazon

Walmart is going to use its own expansive e-commerce distribution network and employ several regional carriers to help it shave one day from its …

Amazon

Joe's Crab Shack backs away from no-tipping policy

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Apparently, the no-tipping test at Joe's Crab Shack isn't working out.<p>The casual seafood chain announced in November that it had been trying out a no-tipping model in 18 of its restaurants across the country since August.<p>But less than a year later, the company is moving back to the …

Food & Dining

Nordstrom's Big Miss Raises Long-Term Concerns

Image source: Nordstrom.<p>For decades, department stores like <b>Nordstrom</b> have served the shopping needs of millions of people. By inviting people into well-designed stores with high-quality merchandise, Nordstrom built itself from its Seattle roots into an international success story. Yet the emergence …

Finance

Sears Eyes Quick Rollout of Small Stores if Test Is Successful

Sears Holdings Corp. could quickly expand a new, smaller-store format that is less than a tenth the size of its average department store if a pilot project delivers strong results, a senior executive at the retailer told <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Leena Munjal said Sears planned to test the small format with a handful …

Sears

Malls get creative in their attempts to win back customers

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>Advertisement<p>CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- With nearly 20 vacant stores and a food court that has been reduced to a lone Dunkin' Donuts, the Steeplegate Mall is in desperate need of a makeover.<p>Bustling strip malls that surround it and a refurbished downtown in Concord have …

Old Navy

Jet Takes Its Fight With Amazon to New Turf: Grocery Delivery

The e-commerce company is delivering groceries to customers on the East Coast.<p>Jet, the e-commerce upstart from Diapers.com founder Marc Lore, is entering a new business: groceries.<p>The company generated a huge amount of buzz by raising hundreds of millions in funding before even opening its doors in …

Amazon

Retailers lead a broad decline in stocks as Macy's plunges

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>Advertisement<p>NEW YORK (AP) -- A rout in retail stocks pulled U.S. indexes down on Wednesday. Macy's, the largest U.S. department store chain, slashed its annual profit forecast after it reported a steep drop in earnings. Office Depot and Staples took big losses …

Stocks

This chart shows how Amazon is totally crushing its retail competitors

Big box retailer stocks are getting hit hard Wednesday, following Macy's dismal earnings report.<p>Macy's shares are down 13%, while some of the largest retailers like Sears, Target, and Nordstrom all dropped by at least 5% during the day.<p>Amidst all this, Amazon, the online retailer that just opened …

Amazon

Why Some Restaurants Are Walking Back Their No-Tipping Policies

A major chain and a high-profile New York spot have reversed course on a dining trend that’s come to be tied to workers’ welfare.<p>The movement to eliminate tipping in American restaurants may be showing its first signs of wear. On Monday, Gabe Stulman, a New York City restaurateur who joined the …

Food & Dining

Are Digital Retail Models Taking Over Bricks and Mortar?

It becoming almost commonplace. New consumer brands are announcing $3MM seed financing deals to launch highly consumable consumer packaged goods (CPG) across categories like feminine hygiene products, razors, snacks, beauty products and much more.<p>The reason? Incumbents tend to be stodgy and slow …

Markets

Staples, Office Depot to scrap merger deal after judge rules for FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No. 1 office supply chain Staples (SPLS.O) and smaller rival Office Depot Inc (ODP.O) said on Tuesday they would terminate their planned merger after a U.S. federal judge ordered the deal temporarily halted because of antitrust concerns.<p>Shares of Office Depot plunged 26 …

Washington D.C.

CX LabNotes Blog - Website redesigns: How and when to measure impact

Forbes recently explained customers expect more of companies on a daily basis. Considering that, in sophisticated industries with substantial …

Marks & Spencer

Walmart brings back its greeters

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Welcome! Greeters are back at Walmart.<p>The nation's largest retailer says it is moving more employees to the entrances of its stores. They will greet arriving customers and answer questions, and also check receipts of departing shoppers to cut down on shoplifting.<p>"We expect to fill …

Walmart

Jamba Juice Flees High-Cost California for Texas

It’s new headquarters will be in Frisco, Texas<p>Jamba Juice thinks the rent is too damn high.<p>The California-based smoothie retailer announced on Wednesday that it is relocating its headquarters to the Dallas, Texas suburb of Frisco, citing the high cost of living as one reason for the move.<p>“We …

American South

Why Newly Profitable Amazon is Winning

Originally published by <b>Sramana Mitra</b> on LinkedIn: Newly Profitable Amazon Kicking A$$<p>It may have been a disastrous quarter for tech stocks. Most companies including powerhouses such asAlphabet, Microsoft, and even Apple reported disappointing results. But one company that continued to surge …

Amazon

Amazon Prime Now arrives online with one-hour delivery service

Amazon launched Prime Now, its super-fast local delivery service, via its mobile app nearly a year and a half ago, and now the company is bringing …

Amazon

Costco gets creative to meet shoppers’ huge appetite for organics

To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles …

Costco