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6/21/2018

Toronto-based restaurant chain Tim Hortons will invest $100 million to modernise its distribution system and open two new warehouses in Canada following recent franchisee complaints about delivery delays. The company aims to finish making the improvements by 2020.

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6/21/2018

Alibaba Group has updated about 25% of the 400 RT-Mart stores in China after acquiring 36% of RT parent Sun Art Retail Group last year. The stores now boast tech features including interactive kiosks, a click-and-collect program for online shoppers and displays of products that have proved popular on Tmall.

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FoodNavigator-Asia
6/21/2018

Online fashion retailer ASOS will stop selling clothing made from wild-caught, endangered and exotic animals, including cashmere, mohair and silk items. As part of its updated animal welfare policy, ASOS said it will also now ensure that the leather and wool it sources are byproducts of the meat industry.

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6/21/2018

After more than a century, Levi's remains cool and innovative while at the same time vintage and iconic, appealing to multiple generations. Joining NRF's Retail Gets Real podcast in his favorite pair of jeans and a new high-tech jacket created in partnership with Google, Levi's Brand President James Curleigh shares insight into the icon's reinvention. Listen.

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6/20/2018

A new app from Dollar General allows mobile users to scan their items and pay while avoiding checkout lines. The DG Go app, for now available for use in just 10 stores, emails users an immediate receipt and applies any saved coupons automatically.

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Progressive Grocer
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6/20/2018

Sears has opened a 10,000-square-foot Kmart shop inside a Sears department store in Brooklyn, N.Y., selling groceries, health and beauty items and other household goods. The retailer also plans to create mini-Sears stores inside Kmart locations to sell higher-end appliances.

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6/20/2018

J.Crew Group has named former West Elm Creative Director Johanna Uurasjarvi as its new design chief, to lead design for its namesake, Crewcuts and Mercantile brands. The retailer has also been adding new third-party brands, including Prime Cotton men's underwear designed by Mack Weldon.

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6/20/2018

Marks & Spencer could drop Per Una, a private-label fashion line that debuted in 2001, and other lines as the UK retailer formulates a strategy to stimulate non-food sales. Per Una was created in partnership with designer George Davies, who sold his interest to M&S in 2004 for £125 million.

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George Davies, Spencer
6/20/2018

Online shopping is growing, but consumers still make about 79% of all purchases in stores and they especially like to buy in person when it comes to clothing, according to new research. Clothing purchases are most likely to include repeat purchases of wardrobe staples rather than fast-fashion or trendy styles, the researchers found.

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Racked
6/20/2018

President Donald Trump touted the strength of the US economy during a speech before the National Federation of Independent Business on Tuesday, but the Dow Jones industrial average fell almost 300 points on news of escalating tariffs between the US and China. The speech came a day after Trump said he was considering tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods, which NRF called a "reckless escalation" of the emerging trade war.

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National Public Radio