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7/21/2017

Sephora, known for its large-format stores packed with beauty products from a slew of brands, will experiment with a neighborhood boutique format dubbed Sephora Studio. The first will open on Boston's Newbury Street Friday, with a curated collection of products that's focused more on makeup and less on fragrance and skin care.

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7/21/2017

Amazon will start selling Sears' Kenmore brand appliances online as part of the e-commerce giant's push to expand into home appliances and furniture, the companies said Thursday. Under the deal, Amazon will own the inventory, which will be shipped from Sears' warehouses, a Sears spokesman said.

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7/21/2017

US-based fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is focused on expanding sales in China, where it will start selling its namesake and Abercrombie kids styles on Alibaba Group's Tmall next week, the company said. The launch on Tmall will make Abercrombie's apparel accessible to fans without easy access to its 11 retail stores in the country.

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7/21/2017

Old Navy has traded comedians for real-life teachers in its back-to-school campaign, with eight music videos created to support the retailer's ONward! cause marketing platform. The videos share wisdom from the teachers along with dance numbers featuring kids wearing back-to-school fashions from Old Navy.

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7/21/2017

Engineer and Nike Senior Innovator Tiffany Beers led the creation of the company's self-lacing shoe inspired by Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" movies. "There are a chunk of people who can't tie laces, and that is a big deal because they are spending 20 or 30 minutes a day putting on and taking off their shoes," she said.

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7/21/2017

Amazon wants to increase its catalog for international customers by offering to purchase the inventory of thousands of US third-party marketplace sellers at full retail price. The Fulfillment by Amazon offer could cause issues with companies that normally don't allow retailers to sell to Amazon and other resellers.

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7/21/2017

Walmart-owned Jet.com acquired retro online fashion retailer ModCloth earlier this year, a change that is allowing the company to add free returns, improve shipping times and speed up new product innovation, CEO Matt Kaness said. This fall, ModCloth will unveil its first exclusive line for Jet.com and mail out its inaugural paper catalogs.

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7/21/2017

Marks & Spencer has hired former Morrisons executive Gordon Mowat to a new post to oversee the retailer's non-grocery lines, including apparel and homegoods. Mowat will work to combine the retailer's non-grocery supply chains.

7/21/2017

French brand Louis Vuitton went live with an e-commerce site in China this week, offering online sales in 12 cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. China is the luxury brand's 11th online retail market since it debuted online sales in France 12 years ago.

7/21/2017

South Korean retailers are boosting benefits to help women employees balance work and family, as the government urges women to keep their jobs after having children. Lotte Group has made one month of paternity leave mandatory for new fathers and doubled maternity leave for female employees to two years.

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