Mondelez International is handling its own shipping and logistics this year, using a limited-time offer of an Oreos holiday tin as a test of its scarcity-based e-commerce approach. The company has hired more than 50 e-commerce staff in the past year and a half and hopes to have $1 billion in online revenue by 2020.
Lego CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp will lead the Lego Brand Group, a new umbrella company formed to manage the Denmark-based, family-owned toy brand's growing global business interests, which include an educational division and Legoland theme parks. Chief Operations Officer Bali Padda will become the new Lego CEO.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reported record sales for the Apple Watch during the kickoff week of the holiday shopping season and said the current quarter may be the best ever for the device. Cook did not reveal specific sales numbers, but a recent IDC report states that the watch is fourth in its market, behind Fitbit, Xiaomi and Garmin.
Fred Meyer will expand its ClickList service to its store in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, near the site where Amazon reportedly plans to open a grocery pickup store. ClickList, operated by parent Kroger, lets shoppers pick up their online orders at curbside for a $4.95 fee.
SUPERVALU has finalized its sale of Save-A-Lot to an affiliate of Canada's Onex Corp. a month ahead of schedule. Completion of the sale will allow SUPERVALU to focus on its core wholesale business and to reduce debt, President and CEO Mark Gross said.
Many retailers including Macy's and Bon-Ton Stores are recruiting seasonal staffers who use and know their products well enough to act as enthusiastic brand evangelists, hiring managers say. Those qualities are becoming even more important than retail experience as stores ramp up customer service to compete with online rivals.
Google's Trusted Contacts app allows users to tag friends and family so they can keep them informed during emergencies, such as an earthquake or a car accident. The app also displays activity status, which indicates when the phone was last moving, and it tracks the user's location.
Lululemon Athletica head Laurent Potdevin has led the company's return to double-digit sales and profit growth, with a focus on mindfulness, design, global growth and expansion into the menswear market. "The trend of living a lifestyle that is athletic and mindful is something that is global, that's across gender -- it's actually across generations," he says.
Online accounted for 27.6% of all non-food retail sales in Britain last month, up from 25.3% in the same month last year, and a quarter of Black Friday spending happened online, according to the British Retail Consortium.
South African grocery chain Shoprite, worth $8.5 billion, has grown from eight to 2,214 stores across Africa since 1979, making it the continent's biggest supermarket chain. CEO James Wellwood Basson will resign after almost 40 years, leaving behind a chain that grew on a low-price model and caters to the middle class.
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