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.
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.
Manufacturers stand to benefit from cloud computing as they pursue digital transformation, but they should also be aware of some downsides, writes Willem Sundblad, who suggests manufacturers should use edge computing, or on-site software, for crucial applications.
A shortage of technology workers and the growing prominence of remote work mean companies must offer that option to get the best people, writes Roberto Torres. Nearly half of software developers in a Digital Ocean survey said being able to work remotely was their top criteria for choosing a job.
The most effective leaders use their strengths to create a vision, model successful behavior, challenge others to act and seek new ways to accomplish goals, writes Dan Rockwell. Every leader should acknowledge their weaknesses and work to shore them up, he writes.
Direct-to-consumer lingerie brand ThirdLove will launch a pop-up in New York City's SoHo neighborhood that will stay open through the end of the year and gather data on customer preferences. "The temporary concept store is really another way for us to present something that our customers are asking for and also to learn from them what's working and not," co-founder and co-CEO Heidi Zak said.
Sainsbury's has launched a sign language initiative at its supermarket in Bath, England. The store's sign was temporarly changed to Signsbury's, about 100 employees took sign language lessons and screens around the store are teaching shoppers to sign simple words.
Crabtree & Evelyn is revamping its e-commerce site and making plans to open stores in Australia and other global cities. The beauty brand shuttered its 12 stores in Australia early this year, but new concept stores are expected to open there and in the US, UK and China, CEO David Stern said.