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9/22/2017

Roche Bros. will open its third small-format Brothers Marketplace store next spring, the retailer said. The move marks a significant investment in the 3-year-old Massachusetts-based banner, which focuses on everyday convenience and meal solutions.

9/22/2017

Supply chains that don't eliminate silos won't be able to keep up with customer expectations of rapid order fulfillment, Nick Foy of ModusLink writes. Three indicators of being stuck in a silo are geo-specific operations, failure to implement end-to-end solutions and lack of oversight of the entire operation.

9/22/2017

Toys R Us will move forward with plans to hire seasonal staffers for the holidays, despite its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week. The toy retailer has created the new position of toy demonstrator, and it expects to hire more than 12,500 part-time employees in its six largest markets.

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9/22/2017

L.L.Bean furthered its "Be An Outsider" campaign with a full-page ad in today's New York Times that extols the virtues of the outdoors -- but there's a catch. The ad was printed with photochromic ink, so readers have to take it outside into the sunshine to read it.

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9/22/2017

US consumers are expected to spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, and 179 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. About 47% of respondents will shop at discount stores for Halloween goodies, 38% will hit specialty shops and 22% will shop online, the survey found.

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9/22/2017

Microsoft will launch a flagship store close to the Oxford Circus area in London, near the site of the Apple flagship store, the company said. Microsoft operates 75 stores around the world, including flagships in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

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9/22/2017

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen grew up exploring nature, which inspired her to look to science for inspiration. A visit to the CERN in Switzerland three years ago has influenced her recent collections, with designs featuring a technology-based appearance.

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9/22/2017

Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.

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9/22/2017

German discount supermarket chain ALDI has grown from a single suburban store to a 10,000-plus location global giant with a simple less-is-more strategy. Plans to grow to 2,500 US locations put the retailer on track to become the country's third-largest grocer behind Walmart and Kroger.

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Aldi, supermarket chain, Walmart, Kroger
9/22/2017

A debt swap by bondholders helped J.Crew avert a bankruptcy filing this summer, but a few of the affected lenders have sued to block the deal. The type of swap, which involved creating a new affiliate that owns the brand's intellectual property, has become more common among retailers dealing with high debt loads.

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