Abercrombie & Fitch will include more models of color in its latest ad campaign and has moved further from earthy flannel in favor of blue jeans and more colorful tops and dresses, as part of a bigger rebranding effort. The retailer is looking to shed negative perceptions of the brand, whose past campaigns featured many shirtless white male models.
Target is now stocking its baby section with an internet-connected, wearable smart button by MonBaby that can monitor a baby's breathing, detect when a baby rolls over and more. MonBaby's button is one of the latest additions to Target's growing internet of things lineup.
Wal-Mart's "Fresh Angle" produce test has helped the retailer boost efficiency, cut down on food waste and elicit positive shopper feedback at the 180 participating stores, according to a company blog post. The "Fresh Angle" approach, which Wal-Mart hopes to roll out to 3,300 stores before the end of the year, includes placing loose produce in the front of the stores, lowering fixtures to improve department visibility and displaying fewer produce items to ensure freshness.
Weis Markets will close five former Mars Supermarkets in Baltimore County, Md., and reopen them Thursday under its namesake banner. Weis is also acquiring six Baltimore-area Food Lion locations as part of a bigger purchase of 38 Food Lion stores, a move that will triple Weis's Baltimore-area stores to 15.
Whole Foods Market could enter the meal kit category in the near future, as the retailer announced that it's testing a meal kit service. "We've been tasting a lot of food and we're really excited about some of the stuff we're going to be bringing out," Operations Executive Ken Meyer said.
France-based House of Chanel recently announced that it has invested in four small businesses that manufacture silk: Denis & Fils, Hugo Tag Ennoblissement, Textiles Henri Lacroix and Les Moulinages de Riotord. "Step by step, we are investing more and more in the upstream process to be sure we have what we need to manufacture collections. And silk is very important," Chanel executive Bruno Pavlovsky said.
Designer Rachel Antonoff's love of fashion and "Betty and Veronica" comics made her the right choice for Archie Comics when the company was looking to create a clothing line as part of a retail collaboration. The line, whose retail partners haven't been announced yet, will feature pieces that represent what the comic book characters might wear today.
NRF partnered with QVC to host an event highlighting the importance of women and entrepreneurs in the retail industry. "It also tells the story of the dynamism in the retail industry broadly, the jobs that get created, the careers that are available to people and really puts some human faces on it," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said at the event, which coincided with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
QVC has found its way around and is even thriving in the digital revolution, with more than half of its business taking place via e-commerce and adoption of digital and social channels while still working to evolve its TV business, President and CEO Mike George said. "[T]he customer has gotten more comfortable with what we have to offer, trusting our experience and realizing that she can get amazing values and have the experience without having to go the store," he said.
Kit and Ace uses Snapchat to post "informational and episodic" videos that are similar to television, in addition to behind-the-scenes content common among many brands, said Braden Hoeppner, the retailer's head of e-commerce. Kit and Ace also utilizes the platform's phone and video chat for its customer service efforts.
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