J.Crew has been introducing vintage fashions and new styles in categories including lingerie and swimwear to woo back former brand fans who were turned off by design changes in recent years. Struggling with a heavy debt load and several years of sliding sales, the retailer will also close 70 stores.
Prepackaged, snack-friendly cheeses have seen success with consumers, as have cheeses seen as natural and authentic, according to a report from MarketResearch.com. The interest in natural and artisan cheeses has been a niche for smaller producers in the market, according to the report.
Kroger's tech spending and other efforts aimed at staying competitive brought strong results in the most recent quarter. The grocery retailer is teaming with British online grocer Ocado Group to boost its e-commerce capabilities, and the company is in the midst of overhauling its merchandising to focus on best-sellers and private labels.
Barnes & Noble expects its same-store sales growth to improve this year as it focuses efforts on toys, games and the gift business. Same-store sales fell 5.4% in the most recent fiscal year, as the efforts will take more time to pay off, CEO Demos Parneros said.
REI held a trunk show last week dubbed "Less Labels, More Sizes," as part of an effort to improve its outdoor gear and workout wear offerings for larger-sized women. The event included a discussion led by writer and marathon runner Mirna Valerio, where women opened up about the challenges they face in finding proper-fitting athletic wear.
A&W Canada will start selling plant-based burgers from Beyond Meat at all of its restaurants beginning July 9, making it the first chain in the country to offer the burger. A&W Canada is the country's second-largest burger chain, and the deal marks Beyond Meat's biggest foodservice contract thus far.
A cherry pitter is an essential summer tool for people who love eating and making dishes with the fruit because it decreases the time it takes to pit cherries, according to chef Stephanie Izard.
Angela Ahrendts loved her job as Burberry CEO and had doubts five years ago when Apple CEO Tim Cook asked her to lead the tech company's growing retail division, but her gut ultimately told her to go for it. "To young girls: to thyself be true. And use your instincts, and don't let anybody ever tell you that you can't, you shouldn't ... not in this day and age," she said.
The US House on Thursday passed a farm bill that proposes substantial changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including added work requirements. The Senate is readying its own bill that includes no SNAP overhaul.
Hudson's Bay Co. shareholder Jonathan Litt is urging the Toronto-based parent of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor to look to Macy's as a model for maximizing the value of its real estate. The company is currently negotiating to sell its Vancouver flagship and it has a deal to sell its high-profile Lord & Taylor store in New York City.
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