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8/16/2019

Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. is introducing its first full line designed for men in a push to boost sales and court younger consumers. The retailer's 300 stores will feature a separate space for the 100-design line, which will also include non-jewelry items like beer mugs and ice tongs.

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8/16/2019

Katie Conner offers five ways to use Amazon Echo to fight boredom, from playing trivia games to listening to a mysterious story. Even telling Alexa you are bored can elicit a fun fact that could spark research on the subject.

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CNET
8/16/2019

Kroger has launched an initiative called the Zero Hunger Mobile Market that aims to expand grocery access to those who can't easily access grocery stores. The trailer, which will visit 29 sites in Louisville, Ky., carries almost 200 different products and is the result of a partnership between the retailer and Dare to Care Food Bank.

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Kroger, DARE
8/16/2019

Kohl's saw foot traffic to its stores surge almost 24% in the three weeks following its announcement that all of its locations would accept Amazon returns, according to inMarket data. Visits lasting less than five minutes grew the most, increasing 17%, and the retailer also booked a 14% increase in visits that lasted more than 16 minutes, indicating that the new feature could drive in-store sales.

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Kohl, Amazon
8/16/2019

Eco-friendly Allyooly offers silicone straws that each collapse into small containers. Estefanlo's reusable silicone straws, Five Two's silicone straws and Life Without Plastic's stainless steel straws and cleaning brush kit also made this lengthy roundup of sustainable sippers.

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PopSugar
8/16/2019

Revlon has brought in advisers from Goldman Sachs Group as it explores alternatives that could include a sale of some or all of the cosmetics company's assets, sources said. The company faces growing competition from both bigger established companies like L'Oreal and new and celebrity-driven beauty startups.

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Revlon, Goldman Sachs Group, L'Oreal
8/16/2019

Keeping customers connected to your business and brand is key to long-term success. Guidelines for building an effective customer-engagement strategy include having a clear goal in mind, finding the tools to support the process and measuring the results to find areas of improvement, writes Scott Heimgartner of Maropost.

8/16/2019

This week's eclectic Top 10 list featured a story about Heinz Ketchup bottles inspired by musician Ed Sheeran and Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey's take on why his relationship with Amazon is like his long marriage. The rollout of M&M's Ghoul's Mix Sugar Cookie Dough at Walmart also appealed to readers this week.

8/16/2019

Walmart booked a 37% increase in online sales in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year, as it continued to invest in features like in-store fulfillment and next-day delivery to compete with Amazon. The retailer now offers next-day delivery from its stores in about three quarters of the US.

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8/16/2019

A growing group of retailers including Macy's, J.C. Penney, H&M and Neiman Marcus have launched initiatives to give a second life to secondhand clothing. Macy's and Penney's will start testing in-store used fashion areas in partnership with ThredUp, H&M rewards shoppers who recycle apparel with 15% discounts and, earlier this year, Neiman Marcus bought a stake in online secondhand store Fashionphile.

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Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, Macy, H&M, thredUp