Target has launched More than Magic, a 500-item private-label line of apparel, school supplies and gadgets aimed at tween girls heading back to school. The line is the first collection of products from multiple categories that Target has created from scratch.
US consumers are expected to spend $26.2 billion on back-to-school shopping this year, with back-to-college spending reaching $54.5 billion, according to NRF's annual survey. Families with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade are forecast to set a new average spending record of $696.70, and families with college students will spend an average of $976.78, also a record, NRF found.
At King's Hawaiian, Charlotte Caldwell, Samantha Steele and Sandra Imperial each hold manufacturing positions and their work demonstrates the bakery company's efforts to support women in manufacturing. Caldwell is the first woman production supervisor at the King's Hawaiian Georgia facility, Steele is the company's official safety manager and Imperial began as a entry-level worker before getting an apprenticeship and is now an experienced industrial manufacturing technician.
UK television cook Lorraine Pascale and cookware company Haden are teaming up on a line of mid-priced kitchen tools. Her go-to favourites led her to create a power blender, multi-cooker, air fryer, soup maker and stand mixer.
Direct-to-consumer fashion brand Industry of All Nations has adopted a "seed-to-sew" model that involves growing fibers and turning them into fabric all in one place to cut the emissions required to ship materials from one factory to another. The fashion company and others are focused on authentic sustainability efforts that go beyond public relations messaging.
US-based brands including Crocs, Roomba and Lovesac have moved some manufacturing to countries outside China since the US increased tariffs on many imports from the country. The trade war is putting growing pressure on factories in China as US retailers look to source from other countries, said Spencer Fung, CEO of major supplier Li & Fung.
Naked Retail Group has created three retail spaces in New York City to give digital brands a way to break into brick-and-mortar retail without incurring high Manhattan rents. Brands including Just Human Eyewear, Krave Beauty and They Shoes are among those setting up shop in Naked Retail spaces.
Stitch Fix chose the Dallas market as the spot for its second fulfillment center four years ago and Rent the Runway recently made the same move. Rent the Runway's new facility will make it faster and more affordable to ship to shoppers in the West, Chief Supply Officer Marv Cunningham said.
International restaurant chain Paramount Fine Foods is working with a group called Talent Beyond Boundaries to fill job openings with qualified refugees. The restaurant chain has hired more than 150 refugees in Canada and about 75 more in other international markets, CEO Mohamed Fakih said.
MagicPin is a digital platform in India that uses machine learning and a social media-style model to help brick-and-mortar retailers gain customer insights and grow sales. The platform connects consumers to its database of retailers and encourages them to share selfies and pictures of their receipts while out shopping.