Michigan-based chains Domino's Pizza and Meijer made STORES magazine's annual list of the top 100 U.S.-based retailers, at 94th and 26th respectively. It's Domino's first time in the lineup, which ranked Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, Home Depot and Walgreen as the top five.
Lidl plans to spend $125 million to establish a U.S. headquarters and distribution facility in North Carolina, state officials announced Wednesday. The German grocer, which received $5.38 million in tax incentives, is expected to create 200 jobs in the next three years as it expands into an 850,000-square-foot facility in the N.C. Commerce Park.
TGI Friday's is handing out codes to burger buyers as part of a social media campaign aimed at wooing millennials. Post the codes to Twitter feeds, and the first friend to click gets a free burger. "We wanted to connect with younger guests to come and try Friday's and see that it's something different," said CEO Nick Shepherd.
Des Moines, Iowa, might be the first market to test a standalone grocery store that is a cross between "an ATM and a very large vending machine," using a robotic system called Oasis24Seven, reports Ashlee Kieler of Consumerist. Grocery stores are increasing using technology to monitor shopping as well as tackle in-store theft.
MasterCard will launch a test this fall of facial recognition technology that lets users pay by blinking into a mobile application. It's the credit-card company's latest move in an ongoing effort to eliminate passwords for online payments.
Macy's has ended its relationship with Donald Trump following the presidential candidate's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. The store will no longer stock the Trump menswear line. Trump, in a tweet, called for a boycott of the store, which he said was "weak on border security [and] stopping illegal immigration."
The latest irreverent ad campaign from restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods urges consumers to convert to Pescatarianism. "We love the idea that we're elevating seafood to a religious experience," said CEO Roger Berkowitz.
Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet talked long-term plans for the London-based online fashion retailer this week, giving every indication that she plans to stay on after the company merges with Italian online retailer Yoox in September. "We're going to be the same, but bigger," she said.
Bubble Wrap seller Sealed Air Corp. has created a new version of the packing material that shippers inflate as needed with a special pump. It doesn't pop, but a roll of the new material takes up about one-fiftieth of the space in trucks and warehouses, and it's designed to help Amazon and other online retailers cut costs out of shipping.
U.S. online sales of apparel and accessories are on track to hit $60 billion this year and comprise 17.2% of all e-commerce sales, according to eMarketer. Almost all of the top online fashion retailers had strong catalog sales that transitioned to e-commerce, including Lands' End, J.Crew and Urban Outfitters.