The US floral industry has changed dramatically over the past two decades, as production shifted to South America, cut flowers became available at every supermarket and online delivery services grew as traditional florists consolidated or closed. Some, including Virginia floral designer Holly Heider Chapple, are bucking the long-stemmed rose trend with arrangements made with blooms that look like they were just picked from an English garden.
Barneys New York will return to its original New York City location at Seventh Avenue and 17th Street this month, a downtown site it built into a fashion and celebrity hub in the 1980s before closing it in 1997 as financial turmoil hit the family of founder Barney Pressman. The new store, the retailer's eighth US flagship, will be 55,000 square feet spread across four floors, and will include a barber shop and Fred's restaurant.
American Apparel exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last week with a new spring marketing plan aimed at harking back to the brand's Made in the USA roots. The retailer will start selling accessories and other goods made by American artisans, launch a line of premium T-shirts priced at $30 and create a campaign featuring celebrity photographers, social influencers and artists.
The European Commission has approved Staples' $6.3 billion acquisition of rival Office Depot, after Staples agreed to divest Office Depot's European retail, online and catalog operations. The deal still faces opposition from regulators in the US and Canada.
Super Bowl attendees used up more than 10 terabytes of data, "equal to streaming 6,000+ hours of HD video," over Aruba Networks' Wi-Fi at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday, Comcast's John Guillaume said. Comcast partnered with the 49ers in 2014 to offer free Wi-Fi to fans at the stadium, helping spur this year's Super Bowl data volume past last year's 6.2 TB of data used in Phoenix.
Bankrupt A&P has sold its SuperFresh banner to Key Food Stores Co-Operative, which will open stores under the banner as soon as this month, Key Food said Tuesday. The New York-based cooperative, which also acquired A&P's Food Emporium banner, plans to use the SuperFresh brand for large-format suburban stores.
Whole Foods Market will offer dozens of exclusive products that are Kosher for Passover through a partnership with Kedem Food Products. The retailer's Kosher for Passover selection will include the first Kosher for Passover Fair Trade coffee, ancient-grain matzo and the first biodynamic grape juice available in the US. The partnership, which was established about 10 years ago, aims to fill a gap in the market for natural and organic kosher foods.
Awareness of speed and supplier size are vital to Strack & Van Til's local produce initiative, which the retailer began testing at some of its 38 stores last summer. Through the test, the retailer learned that small local suppliers will only have enough product for a limited number of stores and that Strack & Van Til must be ready to buy local produce whenever it becomes available, said Dave Negron, the company's vice president of perishables and fresh.
HHgregg has launched an advertising video campaign highlighting a variety of parody love songs featuring appliances, including "Paradise by the Microwave Light." The collection of songs are performed by fictional musician Stan LaSteel, and the music video is available on YouTube and through a HHgregg dedicated campaign website.
Retail shelf placements of 4K Ultra HDTVs grew to 40% in the US last year, while Full HD 1080p model placements fell to 46% from 71% a year and a half ago, data from a Gap Intelligence report indicate. As 1080p HDTVs phase to more basic models, 4K Ultra HD models are "taking over the premium segment of the TV category," Gap Intelligence analyst Deirdre Kennedy said.
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