Gymboree's shift from head-to-toe matching outfits to separates that let kids express their own styles is getting mixed early reviews from parents. The retailer made the changes with feedback from focus groups of parents, many of whom grew up learning to create their own styles with pieces from retailers including Forever 21 and H&M, Gymboree Group CEO Daniel Griesemer said.
Upscale fashion brands including Gucci and Versace have eliminated fur from their collections, and many are now working to replace other animal skins such as snake and crocodile. Fashion houses are consulting with animal rights groups on the eco-friendly practices, and some are funding efforts to create lab-grown leather.
New York City fashion retailer Dover Street Market closes its doors twice annually to redesign each floor of the eight-story store. Comme des Garcons Creative Director Rei Kawakubo creates the look for the common areas, while brands with permanent collections in the store take charge of their own spaces.
British retail sales grew 2.1% in the second quarter, the largest quarterly jump since early 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics. June retail sales dipped 0.5% from the previous month, as many consumers stayed home to watch the World Cup.
British supermarket chain Morrisons, with the support of Britain's National Autistic Society, has designated from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays as quiet time. All of its almost 500 stores will turn off music, dim lights and minimize noises to make shopping more comfortable for people on the autism spectrum.
IKEA has already tweaked its menu for its first India store, which is slated to open next month, and it could also shift the aesthetic of some of its Western-style furniture to fit the lifestyle of Indian consumers. IKEA also has a plan to accommodate customers who aren't DIY fans.
Lots Wholesale Solutions, the Indian arm of Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, opened a 50,000-square-foot Delhi flagship and plans to roll out two more locations this year. The wholesale store aims to source most of its goods locally.
Beauty brand Glossier has become a darling of the digital community for its fresh approach to building a loyal community through social media -- a community that guides many of its product development and brand decisions. Ahead of her appearance at the Shop.org conference, NRF talked with Glossier's head of marketing Ali Weiss about what drives the brand's success. Learn more.
A lifetime buy of discontinued spare parts can often result in under- or over-stocked parts due to the difficulty of accurately predicting future needs and the costs associated with purchasing, storing and transporting parts, write Cokeva executives Ken Ueltzen and Mark Anderson. Original equipment managers can avoid these challenges with an effective repair strategy that offers support throughout the product's life cycle, even after manufacturing has ended.
A federal court has struck down the California Resale Royalties Act, which provided visual artists a 5% royalty on their work in the secondary market. The court found the law conflicted with federal copyright law.
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