Yoox Net-A-Porter Group is expanding its focus on mobile commerce, with the eventual goal of becoming a mobile-only luxury brand, said CEO Federico Marchetti. The company has partnered with Apple TV to let iPhone and iPad users buy products that appear in its weekly digital magazine videos, and its Yoox.com app makes it easier for shoppers to find the items they seek.
Anthropologie has expanded its beauty offerings over the past year at 130 of its 200 traditional stores, and it has also started opening larger-format Anthropologie and Co. stores with in-store beauty shops. The new stores boast about 800 products, many of them from small independent brands, and the retailer also sells a larger selection online.
Saks Fifth Avenue will debut its Saks x Fendi holiday apparel and accessories collection with furry, costumed characters called Fendirumis in the window displays of its New York City and Beverly Hills flagships.
Best Buy will offer free shipping on orders of all sizes through Christmas Eve for the second consecutive year, a move aimed at staying competitive with Amazon. Many online orders will be filled from stores and delivered in two days or less, the retailer said.
Google Express, a two-day delivery service that lets users order from retailers including Costco, Kohl's and PetSmart, was set to roll out this week in 10 more US states including Florida. Users pay Google a $95 annual membership fee or a $4.99 fee per order for the service.
UK supermarket chain Tesco has begun testing in-store technology that will eventually replace all paper receipts with digital ones. The Tap&Tag technology, which lets customers using mobile or contactless payments receive receipts via e-mail, is also designed to help reduce fraudulent returns.
Retail in Saudi Arabia is expected to start growing again next year after contracting amid slumping oil prices, Muhammad Alagil, head of retailer Jarir Marketing, said. Falling oil revenue has hit the country's coffers and spurred the government to cut spending, moves that have taken a toll on retail sales.
While about 2.3 million square feet of office space is being developed in Charlotte, N.C., only a small amount is the nontraditional type that typically attracts tech businesses to a city. Areas such as South End will attract more tech companies because, JLL notes, the area has "innovative inventory and parking ratios."
Apparel retailer Topshop boasts a 90% completion rate for its Snapchat stories, which feature new products daily and assembled outfits for the weekend every Friday. The company is creating a Snapchat landing page for its website where brand fans will be able to buy items from the daily stories.
Winn-Dixie's newest renovated store in Tampa, Fla., is one of five new formats the company will roll out to cater to different demographic groups in the markets it serves, said Ian McLeod, CEO of parent Southeastern Grocers. The revamped Tampa store stresses organic and local foods to compete with nearby Publix GreenWise, Whole Foods and The Fresh Market stores.
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