Toronto has become a center for emerging fashion brands to test their designs with the Canadian city's global visitors before expanding to international markets. Fashion retailers from Canada Goose and Hudson's Bay Co. to Indochino found early success in Toronto that spurred their growth to new markets.
The rise of e-commerce has fueled the creation of hundreds of thousands of warehouse and fulfillment center jobs since 2010 and driven the revival of some formerly industrial US cities. In Bethlehem, Pa., Zulily employees fulfill orders in a warehouse on the site of an old steel mill.
Nintendo's Switch has sold 2 million units in the US since March and is outselling Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, per data from NPD. With "Super Mario Odyssey," "The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim" and "Doom" coming to the console this fall, it's expected it will continue its streak into the holidays.
Tops Friendly Markets offers an employee wellness program that includes walking, weight loss and other perks for associates and their spouses, a move that has won the retailer recognition in the business world and with consumers. "It creates a halo for the company that shoppers notice," said Gail Marchese, who manages benefits and wellness for Tops.
Stella McCartney's fashion label features animal-friendly luxury designs, Cradle to Cradle Gold certification for its organic yarn and has undergone a fiber-sourcing supply chain assessment. The latest effort is a plan to use microsilk created by Bolt Threads, which minimizes resource use in the manufacturing process.
Demand for prestige beauty and skincare products is on the rise nationally and in Los Angeles, where Macy's-owned beauty retailer Bluemercury sees the potential to grow to 100 neighborhood stores, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Barry Beck said. Bluemercury has grown from a single Washington, D.C., store to 153 locations in 25 states since its inception in 1999.
Walmart customers in some Canadian stores can now use a mobile app scanner to ring up their items as they go through the store and then pay through the app. The test is similar to Amazon Go, which allows customers to self-scan items in its Seattle store then pay with their Amazon accounts.
Hudson's Bay Co. CEO Gerald Storch will leave the Canada-based company on Nov. 1 as the parent of Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Germany's Galeria Kaufhof gears up for the holiday season. Executive Chairman Richard Baker, who will take over as interim chief executive, said in a memo that the retailer will continue to focus on growth in Europe.
UK department store John Lewis' newest department store will feature a concierge shopping format focused on services and experiences. The new store, which opens Tuesday in Oxford, will provide 21 services such as eye exams, personal styling and technology workshops in a department that will be headed by a concierge-style manager and staffed by 322 employees with "theatre training."
India's Future Group is in talks to acquire the franchise rights to UK stationery retailer WHSmith's operations in India, sources said. The retailer has a large presence in airports and train stations, and current franchisee Travel News Services India operates around 80 stores.
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