The Fragrance Shop will expand its brick-and-mortar presence with the opening of more than 15 Sniff Bars in the UK this year after testing the concept. The standalone stores will offer in-person consultations and offer 100 items from brands including Bulgari and Hugo Boss.
US convenience store chain 7-Eleven is negotiating with Future Group to launch small-format franchise stores in India, sources said. The retailer is owned by Japan-based Seven & i Group, which has more than 66,000 international stores under 7-Eleven and other banners.
For some retailers, challenging the traditional business model has its rewards. At NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show, Tina Sharkey of Brandless and Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker joined moderator Nicholas Goad of the Boston Consulting Group to discuss how smart, innovative strategies have separated their brands from the rest. Read more from NRF's STORES magazine.
Technology is playing catch-up when it comes to returned items, says B-Stock Solutions executive Ben Whitaker. One option for companies is to liquidate such inventory on auction platforms.
CCC Information Services' web portal, CCC Parts, is an online marketplace for aftermarket parts that is helping suppliers such as American Honda make more sales. Suppliers can make product sales as repair shops using CCC Parts can compare product prices and insurance coverage while matching dealers with repair shops.
The dermatologists who created the Proactiv brand are releasing a new skin care line designed to fight teen acne. Spotless, the newest line from Rodan & Fields, contains BPO2, a technology designed to ease skin irritation and ward off breakouts.
Green Growth Brands isn't letting a lack of Food and Drug Administration approval stand in the way of its plan to roll out Chicago-area shops selling CBD-infused beauty products. The Seventh Sense shops will include items like body lotions, bath salts and lip balms.
Joe Coppola, who has a background in racing road and mountain bikes, opened VeloConcepts in 2014 to sell high-end bicycles. After moving the business into a larger location, he opened 18 Grams Coffee Lab to fill the additional space.
Elaheh Nozari uses her go-to knife, a paring knife, at work to slice fruit and at home to handle a range of tasks that demands a small blade. "It's kind of like an extension of your hand -- and unlike a chef's knife, it isn't hefty enough to chop off a whole finger," she writes.