Madewell took off as a hip fashion brand for younger women when parent J. Crew launched it 13 years ago, and the smaller brand has continued to resonate with consumers as J. Crew struggles to revive sales at its namesake brand. Plans to spin Madewell off into a separate, publicly traded company illustrates the relevance of the brand's style in an age of more casual fashions.
Print books generated $22.6 billion of the total $26 billion in US book sales last year, according to the Association of American Publishers, as consumers continued to prefer print to e-books. "The book lover loves to have a record of what they've read, and it's about signaling to the rest of the world," said Meryl Halls, managing director of the UK-based Booksellers' Association.
Apple is rolling out a host of new and revamped features with its iOS 13 launch today, including a more efficient dark mode, several camera and photo editing enhancements, and an undo action. Other perks include the Share ETA, QuickPath and Look Around features.
The Body Shop has renovated its busy store on London's Bond Street with a new format that's focused on sustainability and returning to the activist roots of founder Anita Roddick. The store is outfitted with recycled materials, will feature a shower gel refill station and will give vouchers to customers who bring back empty containers from any brand.
Banana Republic has long been known as a "skinny brand," but that's changing as the Gap-owned fashion retailer embraces diversity and expands its lineup of sizes, Gap CEO Art Peck said. The retailer will also expand its color palette in a push to attract new customers and boost sales.
Better analytics capabilities in the relationship between shippers and third-party logistics providers, the growing importance of supply chain financials and demand for sustainable supply chains are key issues identified in CSCMP's 2020 Third-Party Logistics Study, sponsored by Infosys Consulting, Penske and Penn State University's Smeal College of Business. At the CSCMP EDGE Conference, Penske's Joe Carlier also noted the increasing use of alternative fuels, autonomous vehicles and platooning by shippers and 3PLs.
Users can now instruct Alexa to contribute to the campaign of their chosen 2020 presidential candidate, and Amazon Pay will process that payment. Candidates must have principal campaign committees to be eligible for the feature, though Amazon has not clarified what that constitutes.
H.E. Butt Grocery has been approved for a $12.5 million construction project at its Houston distribution center and a $3.5 million remodel and HVAC upgrade for a nearby supermarket. The company is also expected to complete a 64,000-square-foot snack manufacturing plant in the city later this year.
The pastry-shaping Wonderbox and other kitchenware by Betty Bossi will be available in late September. The compact, five-piece Wonderbox includes a dough cutter and pastry inserts for shapes such as pinwheels or boats and is dishwasher-safe.
Darren Springer, general manager of Vermont's Burlington Electric Department, outlines a roadmap of how the city plans to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030. "This goal, of reducing and eventually eliminating fossil fuel use across the electric, thermal and ground transportation sectors, may be one of the most ambitious local climate goals in the nation," he writes.
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