Best Buy will be showing off Facebook Oculus Rift VR headsets in 500 stores and Sony PlayStation VR in 200 stores over the next few months. "The performance of virtual reality at Best Buy will be a very good indicator of how successful the VR movement will be," said Keybanc Capital Markets retail analyst Brad Thomas.
Online fashion retailer Revolve has introduced "style codes" that Snapchat and Instagram users can enter to go directly to product pages and make purchases. Products listed with codes quickly land on the brand's best-seller list, Revolve Vice President of Brand Marketing Raissa Gerona said.
J.C. Penney unveiled appliance showrooms at two Minnesota stores last week and will debut six more in the state Friday as part of a push to put the big-ticket items in 500 of its 1,000 US stores by year's end. Penney's will showcase up to 215 dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances in the showrooms and offer more than 1,000 other models online.
Old Navy topped the list of back-to-school destinations, with 51% of moms and 41% of millennials saying they planned to shop at the Gap-owned retailer, according to an RBC Capital Markets survey. Both groups also named T.J. Maxx and Kohl's in their top five, H&M and Forever 21 rounded out the millennials' list while moms chose J.C. Penney and Ross Stores.
Natural Grocers will launch a full month of promotions and educational efforts in September for Organic Harvest Month, designating itself the "Organic Month Headquarters." The Colorado-based retailer's selection includes only USDA-certified organic produce.
Denver-area Safeway and Albertsons stores are rolling out home delivery of groceries this week. The retailers join other area grocers offering the service, including King Soopers, Wal-Mart and Instacart.
Tesco will add a click-and-collect program for online shoppers that will offer same-day pick-up options at 300 of its UK stores. Competition for online grocery shoppers grew with the June debut of Amazon Fresh in London and Sainsbury's same-day delivery service, which will grow from three stores to 30 later this year.
About two-thirds of consumers shop on online marketplaces at least once a month, according to a survey from Forrester Consulting. Retailers can partner with brands to sell on marketplaces and boost omnichannel sales without the overhead that comes with stocking inventory, said Adrien Nussenbaum, co-founder and CEO of software firm Mirakl.
British online retail sales rose 16.7% in July from the same month last year, and cross-border sales accounted for 27% of total orders, according to an Interactive Media in Retail Group report. Cross-border orders hit a record high after the Brexit vote outcome led to a 12% drop in the pound against the euro.
British online retailer ASOS topped the list of most-searched fashion brands for both men and women, according to a new report from marketing firm MediaVision. House of Fraser ranked second on both lists, and Debenhams and John Lewis also made the top five.
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