Women's fashion retailer Chico's FAS has named interim CEO Bonnie Brooks to the post permanently, and former Macy's executive Molly Langenstein has been hired to head the company's apparel brands, including White House Black Market. The changes come as Chico's contends with a series of takeover bids by Sycamore Partners.
Amazon Prime members bought more than 175 million items during the 48-hour Prime Day event this week that generated 184,610 tweets during the two-day period. About 46% of the mentions were positive, according to an analysis by Sprout Social, while 16% were negative and 38% were unrated.
Albertsons began testing a delivery subscription service in March across several of its markets. About 12 stores now offer the service, and the company plans to bring it to more locations after positive results in both Phoenix and Southern California.
Amazon said Prime Day on Monday and Tuesday was its largest shopping event ever, but its competitors also struck it big, with small and large retailers reporting increases in online sales on those days. Online searches for Best Buy, Walmart and eBay jumped by 255%, 130% and 72%, respectively.
Owners of electronics repair businesses testified this week at a Federal Trade Commission hearing that restrictions on fixing devices cost consumers money and create excessive amounts of waste. Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of The Repair Association, said opponents' concerns that repairs would be dangerous were unfounded.
Toys R Us will return to retail with a store each in Paramus, N.J., and Houston this holiday season, both of which will focus on experiences with play areas and room for birthday parties and other events. The retailer's new owners aim to grow to 10 brick-and-mortar locations by the end of next year.
Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel recently told a German newspaper that the company will start informing consumers of precise delivery times via email ahead of delivery and follow up initial communications with a second notice 15 minutes prior to package arrival, based on data gleaned from delivery van GPS tracking. DHL has been testing the service and plans to roll it out by 2020.
About 60% of gamers play on their smartphones, which accounts for about 50% of the $140 billion gaming market, and tech companies are developing high-end game-friendly phones to meet the demand. ZTE/Nubia, Razer, Xiaomi and ASUS ROG are launching gaming phones with initial marketing targeting China, which has 600 million gamers.
Kroger's 84.51 personalized marketing subsidiary has introduced a paid analytics solution for brands. The platform, called Stratum, is designed to accelerate brand positioning both in-store and online.
Judson Reis will be retiring as CEO of Gorton's Seafood after 11 years at the company's helm. Kurt Hogan, vice president of sales, will take over the chief executive duties on Jan. 1, 2020.
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