Anthropologie has launched its first plus-size fashion line, a collection of more than 120 styles called APlus. The line, currently available online and at 10 of Anthropologie's 226 stores, offers sizes from 16W to 26W and will expand to more stores later this year, the company said.
The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards opened Friday to big crowds that swelled as high as 80,000 on Saturday, the New York City mall's busiest day. The first phase of the $25 billion mixed-use project, which has been nicknamed "Manhattan's mini-city," features the city's first Neiman Marcus and 1 million square feet of retail space.
While many device-makers are creating foldable phones, few of those phones will be available in the US in the beginning, except for Samsung's Galaxy Fold. Trade restrictions in China complicate the availability of new phones, as many of the most innovative designs come from companies there.
UK retailer Burberry has vowed to stop using all nonessential plastic packaging materials by 2025 and plans to ensure that the plastic it does use can be reused, composted or recycled, according to a new report. The company will also start a recycling program for hangers.
Target stores are selling a growing roster of brands including Casper, Quip and Harry's, which began life as online-only offerings but are now pursuing new channels for sales growth. The brands come with established loyal fan bases, and other retailers including Nordstrom and Walmart are also expanding efforts to attract direct-to-consumer brands.
Aluminum manufacturers are going where the profit margin is, prioritizing new aluminum sheets for automotive uses, rather than recycling scrap cans for a variety of buyers. Alcoa has increased its production of can sheet over the past couple of years, however.
CPG sales can benefit from smart retail positioning, and retailers are partnering with technology companies to identify the best ways to organize store shelves and advertise to consumers. New technologies include virtual reality headsets to track shoppers' eye movements and digital in-store ads tailored to shopper's profiles.
People who consider themselves servant-leaders will help teams feel supported by asking for creative solutions and making room for them to emerge as leaders themselves, writes Keith Corbin. "Servant-leadership is not about taking the easy way, it is about bettering those around you and helping them grow," he writes.
A growing number of retailers including Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods and Bed Bath & Beyond are expanding their private-label offerings to drive sales growth. Target and Walmart have led the way in the category, starting with private-label household goods and groceries and growing into new categories including fashion, furniture and electronics.
WeWork Labs, the mentorship program created by co-working space company WeWork, is working with early-stage direct-to-consumer retail companies to help them accelerate growth. WeWork locations include on-site stores that feature direct-to-consumer brands, such as Dynomighty, which sells accessories and wallets.
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