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Menomonee Falls, Wis. - Kohl's has hired long-time Starbucks exec Michelle Gass for the newly created position of chief customer officer, effective June 17. More
Hoffman Estates, Ill. - Kmart's been doing it for the past 21 years, and now its sister retailer Sears is following suit, opting to open its doors on Thanksgiving Day across the United Sates, with a few market exceptions. More
New York - Kohl's Corp. and Target Corp. are among the many retailers making donations and offering support as relief efforts continue in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. More
Cincinnati - Macy's Inc. said that it is confident that, through the remainder of the third quarter, it can make up some or most of the lost sales from its 200 Macy's and Bloomingdale's store closures during Hurricane Sandy. More
New York - Upon wrapping up their October sales, four key retailers offered updates on their respective guidance for the third quarter and yearend periods. More
Seattle - In preparation of what is expected to be a solid holiday selling season, online retail giant Amazon.com said it plans to hire more than 50,000 employees to fill seasonal positions at its fulfillment centers across the U.S. More
New York -- The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index was up 1.6% in the fourth and final week of October following a 1.3% gain the prior week. More
Port Washington, NY - For the week ending October 20, the NPD Group's Shopping Activity Weekly Holiday Trends report showed that 57% of U.S. consumers went shopping at brick-and-mortar retail stores. More
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June 16, 2014Hispanics are good for the home furnishings business, says a recent report titled “Upscale Latinos: A Bright Outlook for High-End Marketers.” These “upscale Latinos” fall within the $50,000-$100,000 annual income bracket and tend to have a “consistent level of optimism about safety, well-being and wealth creation,” according the report released in late May by Neilsen and the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA). That level of consumer confidence leads to increased spending levels that “make this segment an imperative to the U.S. economy and prestige brands,” the report notes. Here are some encouraging take-ways from the ...
February 18, 2014There are a lot of things one can dink Sears for. And I'd wager every opinion piece coming out of H&TT in recent years that had "Sears" in its title has done just that. Not today. Today we give Sears a tip of the hat for its recently announced In-Vehicle Pickup service. If the process works as advertised, Sears has really raised the bar on ecommerce-to-local-store integration. Here's the deal. Members of Sears' Shop Your Way loyalty program can download an app that lets their local store know they're on their way to retrieve merchandise they ...
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February 18, 2014If there was ever a moment for the home furnishings industry to take its turn in the technical spotlight this is it.Coming out of the huge Consumer Electronic Show last month, the talk was no longer about hi-def, 3D or how big your screen was.Instead everyone was talking about wearable tech and the Internet of Things.... two trends that play perfectly into the hands of the home textiles and housewares industries.The wearable tech talk had to do with devices you could put on your body - on your wrists, your head or various points in between - that would ...
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