Asian specialty grocer iFresh, with 13 locations across the US, will begin accepting payment via Alipay, the quick checkout application from Alibaba.com, China's online retail giant. The move should make shopping easier for Chinese tourists visiting the US.
A high school in Illinois is working to prepare students for jobs at Amazon, if Chicago is chosen as the location for the company's second headquarters. The school has doubled the size of its manufacturing and engineering lab, in part, because of Amazon's use of robots.
J.C. Penney has launched a new in-house tween fashion brand called Obsess that will feature capsule collections created with different influential young women. The line's first collection created in collaboration with Olympic gold medalist gymnast Laurie Hernandez will launch online Monday and in stores March 2.
Patagonia has redoubled its environmental activism over the past year, a commitment led by CEO Rose Marcario that has fueled product innovation, raised the brand's profile and driven higher sales. "Doing good work for the planet creates new markets and makes [us] more money," Marcario said.
Saks Fifth Avenue is scheduled to open its first store in Calgary today, making it its third shop in Canada. The 115,000-square-foot legendary department store is part of the high-end Chinook Centre, which also includes Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.
UK bookstore operator Waterstones will debut an East London pop-up stocked only with books by women authors to celebrate International Women's Day next month. Waterstones and publishing partner Penguin will feature titles from several writers, including Malala Yousafzai and Zadie Smith.
Retailers are finding ways to succeed in mall stores even as online shopping continues to grow, Ventureneer President Geri Stengel writes. Choosing malls that are adapting to changing times, offering experiences including food and entertainment and implementing technology that improves the shopping experience are among the methods mall merchants can use to thrive.
Nordstrom topped Market Force's annual list of consumers' favorite premium retailers for the sixth year, followed by Lane Bryant, which rose seven spaces to second place. Dillard's, Forever 21 and Kohl's rounded out the top five on the list in which shoppers evaluate stores based on factors including atmosphere, selection and loyalty programs.
New York & Co. is expanding the NY&C Closet subscription test that launched last year, executive Robert Ferrario said. Subscribers pay a $49 monthly fee to rent up to three garments at a time, with the option to buy any of the pieces.
German discount grocer Lidl spent €500 million last year on food and beverages from Irish suppliers to stock its shelves at stores in Ireland and abroad, the company said. Private-label meat products, breads and craft beers were among the best-selling items from Ireland.
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