Gymboree's shift from head-to-toe matching outfits to separates that let kids express their own styles is getting mixed early reviews from parents. The retailer made the changes with feedback from focus groups of parents, many of whom grew up learning to create their own styles with pieces from retailers including Forever 21 and H&M, Gymboree Group CEO Daniel Griesemer said.
An expanded produce section including more organic and pre-cut choices and bright signage are among the features of a store redesign that Winn-Dixie is rolling out across Florida. The recently revamped location in Orlando also includes a chicken wing bar in the deli area and a section for dollar items.
Lucky's Market has signed four more leases in Florida as the natural grocer continues its push into the state, with each new location set to open within 18 to 24 months. Lucky's already had announced at least a dozen planned locations in major Florida markets such as Orlando and Fort Myers.
Unilever is using the lessons learned from its Dollar Shave Club unit to sell more of its premium products straight to the public, bypassing traditional retail outlets. "[W]ith our prestige businesses, we see more opportunities to go direct to consumers," said CEO Paul Polman.
Samsung may release a smart speaker powered by Bixby in August, per a report in The Wall Street Journal. The device may be released Aug. 9 in conjunction with the Samsung Unpacked event.
Best Buy has weathered multiple changes in retail and electronics technology since its founders launched their first store in 1966, when eight-track players were the hot new thing. Today, the retailer is fending off competition with in-home services featuring a fleet of 380 consultants who will work to form long-term customer relationships.
Upscale fashion brands including Gucci and Versace have eliminated fur from their collections, and many are now working to replace other animal skins such as snake and crocodile. Fashion houses are consulting with animal rights groups on the eco-friendly practices, and some are funding efforts to create lab-grown leather.
New York City fashion retailer Dover Street Market closes its doors twice annually to redesign each floor of the eight-story store. Comme des Garcons Creative Director Rei Kawakubo creates the look for the common areas, while brands with permanent collections in the store take charge of their own spaces.
The closure of Chef'd highlights how grocers might be best-suited to offer meal kits rather than through subscription services, said David Bishop of retail consultancy Brick Meets Click. It's easier for grocers to market and distribute such kits than another company that must build infrastructure and name recognition, Bishop said.
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