Gap will expand its "This Way Ahead" recruitment program for lower-income youths to 53 cities in the US, UK and Japan. The retailer expects at least 5% of its entry-level workforce to come from this group of 16-to-24-year-olds within the next seven years.
Colorful pop-ups like the Museum of Ice Cream, Rose Mansion and Candytopia are drawing crowds in search of new experiences and Instagram-worthy photo settings, as well as shopping. "Entertainment is going to be the new anchor. It's going to be driving traffic to the shopping centers of the future," said James Cook, JLL's retail research director.
Macy's booked its third consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth amid ongoing turnaround efforts. The retailer has been expanding its private-label offerings, using technology to speed up checkout, adding curated merchandise displays and opening more off-price Backstage locations to drive traffic and sales.
Lands' End's new store at the Staten Island Mall is the fashion retailer's first store in New York City, and the retailer is shopping for more sites there. The move comes as Lands' End phases out its presence inside Sears stores in favor of building a network of standalone locations.
To better meet the needs of Chinese tourists, the Mall of America is working with Citcon to set up digital payment platforms through WeChat Pay and Alipay. The move will allow overseas shoppers to engage in opportunities at the retail center and speed up time in checkouts.
Backbone PLM is winning fans in the fashion world with a platform that lets creative teams collaborate throughout the design and manufacturing process. The startup aims to become the Slack of the fashion world by bringing together functions that companies could previously only find by using multiple apps, programs and other tools, co-founder and CEO Matthew Klein said.
Harrods has hired Chris Dee, the former CEO of upscale food and wine retailer Booths, as its new director of food and home. One of Dee's projects at Harrods will be overseeing the renovation of the UK retailer's Food Halls.
Indian e-commerce player Flipkart booked around a 50% increase in sales in the first half of the year, beating Amazon India's 35% to 40% rise, sources said. Walmart is poised to close the deal on acquiring a majority stake in Flipkart.
In just two and a half years, luggage brand Away has sold more than a half a million suitcases and has become the go-to carry-on for scores of celebrities. Away co-founder Jen Rubio will share her experience designing a global lifestyle brand with National Public Radio "How I Built This" host Guy Raz and Nike's Kevin Ertell at NRF's Shop.org conference. Learn more.
Kroger will launch online sales in China via a storefront on Alibaba Group's Tmall Global marketplace, the company said. The site, set to launch today, will begin with private-label products, including Kroger's organic Simple Truth brand, and dietary supplements.
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