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12/6/2019

Apple reportedly is getting closer to removing the lightning port from high-end iPhones in favor of wireless charging. Doing so would boost demand, as well as prices, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says.

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12/6/2019

Google will add a package tracking feature to its search service, letting consumers see where their orders are and get delivery details. Delivery companies of all sizes will be included, though a widespread launch date has not been announced.

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12/6/2019

Five Below has opened upwards of 150 stores in the past 18 months, including a location on New York City's Fifth Avenue. Now, in addition to adding stores, the discount retailer is diversifying with in-store features, including new electronics offerings and video game lounges to raise brand awareness and increase sales.

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Modern Retail
12/6/2019

H.E. Butt Grocery is planning to invest around $200 million to open three new stores in Austin, Texas, and remodel an existing location in the area. With the remodel, the grocer hopes to turn the store into a community gathering place that features a food hall, tree-lined sidewalks and the retailer's first beer garden.

12/6/2019

Primark will expand in Eastern Europe with its first store in Slovakia, in addition to earlier announced locations in Prague and Warsaw, Poland. The fashion retailer also plans to roll out four more stores in US locations, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida and New Jersey.

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12/6/2019

Trying to curry favor with a new audience and reconnect with its old one, 73-year-old Tupperware has unveiled a pop-up shop in New York's SoHo neighborhood and also has imbued its website with new life. Until Dec. 22, visitors to the store can see the new face of Tupperware in items such as a reusable straw, a cold-brew carafe, luxury cookware and an apple keeper.

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12/6/2019

Classic Blue -- "a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on," according to Pantone Color Institutes' Leatrice Eiseman -- plans to move beyond the "infinite evening sky" in 2020 and find its way to kitchenware, interior decor and more as Pantone's color of the year. Dezeen highlights kitchens and other interiors bathed in the moody blue.

12/6/2019

Cost and aesthetics must be balanced when designing in-store displays. This article discusses some of the more expensive design features -- curved surfaces often cost more, for example -- and offers suggestions for staying within your budget.

12/6/2019

Retailers and malls are betting bigger on Santa to appeal to experience-seeking millennials and bring in shoppers over the holidays this year. The number of Santas available on digital booking platform GigSalad has grown 102% over the past four years, and Santa bookings are up 128%, GigSalad's Megan Price said.

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12/6/2019

Target will open a 33,000-square-foot store in Times Square in 2022. Small-format stores have helped the retailer grow in urban areas, and the Times Square location will be its 10th small-format store in or around Manhattan.

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