Wal-Mart plans to grow from 20 to 50 cash-and-carry wholesale stores in India, with 20 of them likely to open in the northern states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, sources said. The retailer is waiting to see if the government will ease the rules on foreign direct investment before making plans for retail stores in India.
Autonomous mobile robots in warehouses might require something more than a warehouse-management system to coordinate, according to this analysis.
Spain-based fashion retailer Mango remains committed to opening large-format stores that allow it to merchandise all of its lines in one place. The retailer opened 27 of the megastores last year and has launched 200 since it unveiled the format in 2013.
More Chinese consumers are shifting away from counterfeit goods in favor of more expensive authentic products as their incomes rise. Sales of licensed entertainment merchandise surged 30% in China in 2015, according to the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association.
Emma Bunton, the Spice Girl formerly known as Baby Spice, has launched online sales of biodegradable diapers and natural skincare products for babies and moms. The Kit & Kin site will offer subscription options, as well as sales of individual products.
Grocery prices in Western Canada dipped 0.9% last year, according to Nielsen data, as consumers tightened their belts and retailers grew more competitive on price. Fresh vegetable prices fell the furthest, with a decline of 5.2%.
Red Lobster has turned its attention to global expansion, opening 21 international restaurants since spinning off from Darden Restaurants in 2014. The company, which is growing through franchising, now has 49 restaurants in international markets including eight in Mexico.
Target has expanded its Merona lingerie and hosiery line to include a wider range of shades and colors to appeal to a more diverse group of women, and it will make similar moves in other lines later this year. Such moves can be challenging for mass merchants because it means expanding the number of SKUs each store must carry, said Greg Girard of IDC Retail Insights.
Macy's will be the exclusive US department store retailer for DKNY apparel and accessories starting next February, under a deal with DKNY parent G-III Apparel. The partnership also includes bags, footwear and swimwear, and enhanced DKNY in-store shops.
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