A Superior Court judge in King County, Wash., issued a preliminary injunction ordering Whole Foods Market to reopen a 365 store in Bellevue, Wash. The lease on the store, which closed in October, calls for the location to be open daily for the first 10 years and doesn't include provisions for closure if the store proves unprofitable, the judge said.
Sprouts Farmers Market's store strategy to focus on opening locations in less densely populated areas on the perimeters of cities puts the retailer in a good position for delivery and the shift further into digital retail, CEO Amin Maredia said. "We're actually looking forward to things going online," he said.
Walmart has expanded its selection of online goods available for same-day in-store pickup to woo last-minute holiday shoppers. The retailer expects to fulfill millions of online orders from its stores in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.
Opponents of the electronic logging devices, including truckers, are stepping up protests and calling for a delay in its implementation, though that would require the involvement of the Trump administration. Truckers don't want to be monitored by the federal government, citing privacy concerns.
Amazon expanded its Echo smart speakers and Music Unlimited streaming service to 28 new international markets Friday. The streaming service, which launched in the US last year, works via the speakers powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
Facebook's latest effort in instant gaming involves livestreaming options, allowing users to post links on their Facebook page so viewers can tune in live or watch after the game ends. The push also involves launching a video chat option for multiplayer games such as Words with Friends.
Several major record labels are talking with Google about its plans to roll out a paid music-streaming service in the new year, according to sources. The move would mark another attempt by Google to catch up with music competitors and comes in response to music industry demands for more revenue from YouTube.
Expanded frozen food offerings and the addition of fresh produce to some stores helped Dollar General boost sales in the most recent quarter, the retailer said. The company aims to open 900 new stores in 2018, focusing both on rural areas and cities, where the retailer aims to attract more affluent shoppers.
Three of the five best-performing Sam's Club stores globally are in China, where affluent shoppers flock to the Walmart-owned membership chain for gourmet foods and imported products. The retailer has almost 1.9 million members in China, where it plans to grow from 19 to 40 stores by 2020, Sam's China President Andrew Miles said.
Apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica saw a 21% jump in sales to new male customers after running its first men's campaign in the third quarter. "We have so much runway in the [men's] segment. ... I have yet to see a guy try our product and say: 'It's not for me,'" said chief executive Laurent Potdevin.
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