John Lewis is gearing up to reopen at least some of its 50 department stores after the UK government said it will allow non-essential stores to resume operations starting June 15. The stores will incorporate social distancing moves that have worked for sibling banner Waitrose, and the retailer said it will put beauty services on hold and keep fitting rooms closed.
H&M has created a new collection for men using Coolmax technology, which is designed to let air pass through and absorb moisture to keep men cool in summer heat. The intelligent fabric will be used in T-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, jackets and other clothing.
Macy's aims to raise $1.1 billion through a bond sale secured by 35 stores and 10 distribution centers, with plans to use the funds to pay off existing debts and fund operations. The bond sale is contingent on Macy's also obtaining a $3 billion revolving credit line using the retailer's inventory as collateral.
REI Co-op and West Elm collaborated on a 35-item outdoor line that includes a folding campfire table, reusable tableware and outdoor pillows. The brands also partnered on an episode of REI's "Camp Monsters" podcast.
Dollar General is now offering a larger selection of fresh fruit and vegetables at 650 of its 16,000-plus stores. The store recently showcased its new produce section at two renovated locations in Baton Rouge, La., and has plans to extend it to 1,000 stores by the end of 2020.
Consumers are less worried about potential health risks from their grocery visits than they were last month, a new report from Deloitte showed. The survey of 1,000 shoppers, interviewed between May 12 and 16, revealed that 42% said they felt safe during their trips to buy groceries, up from 34% who felt the same way in late April.
Wegmans still plans to open three new stores in New York, North Carolina and Virginia this year, but noted that it would take a more cautious approach to getting the locations up and running. The grocer said it will offer a "targeted time frame" for opening each store, would dispense with grand opening festivities and offer online ordering and curbside pickup to help with social distancing.
The right-to-repair movement has achieved several milestones so far this year, including the introduction of legislation in 21 states and a settlement by Apple in a French class-action lawsuit, writes Kyle Wiens, co-founder and CEO of iFixit. He notes that in the US, both Republicans and Democrats are supportive of right-to-repair measures.
Artificial intelligence can help reverse logistics operations analyze the vast amounts of data they collect to make better decisions and predictions, writes Larry Velman, chief information officer at goTRG. He advises AI users to watch out for unreliable data and make sure they have enough data to reach the best conclusions.
Airstream has more than weathered the coronavirus pandemic, with RV sales hitting records this month and confirming the company's hopes that people would look for a safe way to travel. The company has overhauled operations to ensure production safety, up to and including "issuing full face shields and having fewer people in the units at the same time," says CEO Bob Wheeler.
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