All Retail News
Top stories summarized by our editors
2/20/2020

The cryptic "1 1" message that popped up on Samsung Galaxy phones around the world was a glitch related to internal testing, the company says. The fact that it came from the preinstalled Find My Mobile app, which allows remote locking of phones, made some Galaxy owners anxious, but other than possible battery drain, the notification had no effect.

Full Story:
The Verge, Android Police
More Summaries:
Samsung
2/20/2020

Verizon has dismissed a report that it will no longer sell Google's Pixel phones, saying it is "look[ing] forward to the new portfolio of devices." Google has not commented on the matter.

Full Story:
CNET
2/20/2020

Forever 21's new owners plan to keep the fashion retailer's stores up and running and will focus on growing its presence in international markets. Simon Property Group, Brookfield Property Partners and Authentic Brands Group teamed up to acquire Forever 21, which currently operates 593 stores including 448 in the US.

More Summaries:
Simon Property Group
2/20/2020

Female candidates for political positions tend to be scrutinized for their appearance, so retail fashion firm M.M. LaFleur is lending women running for federal, state and local offices this year five appropriate outfits each at no charge. "A lot of women can't afford to buy the kinds of clothes that people expect of candidates," Sarah LaFleur, the company's co-founder, said.

More Summaries:
Sarah LaFleur
2/20/2020

Vallarta Supermarkets is introducing new meatless options at its 50 locations in California, aiming to give people observing Lent additional meal alternatives while also taking advantage of the popularity of plant-based foods. While the launch is timed for the holiday, which runs from Feb. 26 and April 12 this year, the products will be available all year in the grocer's various departments.

More Summaries:
Vallarta Supermarkets
2/20/2020

Kelly Clarkson has been named the first US brand ambassador for Wayfair and will help Wayfair "connect with their shoppers and show them how simple it is to turn their home into a place that feels as special as they are," the singer and TV personality says. Clarkson and Wayfair also are partnering on a collection of home furnishings and decor, which will debut in April.

More Summaries:
Wayfair
2/20/2020

NoCry's lightweight, cut-resistant gloves protect home cooks' hands from nicks and slices from using knives, mandolines and other sharp objects. The gloves come in several sizes, are machine-washable, fit snugly and don't get caught on things, "and both gloves can be worn on either hand -- a very nice bonus," one reviewer says.

Full Story:
Food & Wine online
2/20/2020

L Brands will sell a 55% stake in its Victoria's Secret and Pink brands to Sycamore Partners for $525 million, the company said Thursday. Victoria's Secret will become a privately held company valued at about $1.1 billion with L Brands retaining a 45% interest, and Les Wexner will exit as L Brands chairman and CEO but remain as chairman emeritus.

More Summaries:
Sycamore Partners
2/20/2020

Retailers are increasingly using their own data to make merchandising decisions instead of depending on information from consumer product brands, industry executives say. Software and data collection technology are giving grocers more control over which products win prime shelf space, and many are putting new products and higher-margin, private-label offerings in the spots where shoppers are most likely to see them.

2/20/2020

Amazon has created Amazon Care, an app that will help employees and family members in Seattle schedule doctor visits and talk to medical professionals via chat or video. The pilot project is the latest move into health care by the e-commerce giant, which previously added medical professionals to its staff and bought online pharmacy PillPack in 2018.