Facebook is trialing an "Order Food" button in its app; the button enables consumers to order and pay for food deliveries without leaving the app in partnership with Delivery.com and Slice. The new feature lists participating restaurants with ratings, photos, price ranges and cuisine categories.
Fashion retailer Forever 21 has partnered with mall operator GGP to create a beauty boutique concept called Riley Rose. The partners will open 10 locations at GGP malls this year and three more in 2018, with a selection of beauty products, accessories and home goods aimed at millennials.
J.C. Penney has rolled out an initiative aimed at selling soft goods and appliances to other businesses including hotels and rental property owners. Hotel operators have already been ordering bedding, towels and other goods from the department store's website, CEO Marvin Ellison said.
Despite news of high-profile retailers shuttering stores and laying off staff, the data show the retail picture remains strong. US retail sales have grown 4.6% over the past three months from the same months last year, and the industry employs 15.9 million people.
Activision's "Destiny 2" is expected to feature a more complex villain and better worldbuilding than previous installments. "We're spending a lot of time just trying to make sure that we're telling a story and that we have characters that people want to meet and want to work with," says Luke Smith, director of "Destiny 2."
Wegmans Food Markets will enter the Washington, D.C., market when the retailer opens its first store there as part of a mixed-use development that will include retail, arts, residential and other space. The store and the development are expected to open in 2021.
Sprouts Farmers Markets has been selling non-perishable private label items for about four years, and while 60% of the retailer's purchases are perishables, non-perishable private labels have grown to become a significant part of Sprouts' business, CEO Amin Maredia said. Private labels are expected to bring in $500 million in revenue this year, and about half of all shopping baskets contain at least one private label product.
Rouses Supermarkets has successfully pushed its summer produce through promotions and creative displays at its more than 40 stores. For example, the retailer has held display contests for produce managers and enlists cross-promotional strategies to encourage produce impulse buys.
The North American Free Trade Agreement will be renegotiated this year, and is likely to affect supply chains. Edwin Lopez in this article explores how supply chains will change, ultimately to save costs, and the importance of modernization and managing trade partners effectively.
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