September 22, 2022
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Target aims to recruit 100K seasonal employees
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Target expects to add about 100,000 seasonal store and warehouse staffers as it gears up for the holidays, about the same number the retailer recruited last year. The company also said it plans to start rolling out holiday promotions on Oct. 6, along with a price-matching program that will run through Dec. 24.
Full Story: CNBC (9/22),  The Wall Street Journal (9/22) 
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Walmart will launch an extended holiday return policy from Oct. 1 to Jan. 31. The retailer will also introduce curbside returns and a home pickup option on returns for Walmart+ members, both of which will debut in select markets and roll out to more stores over time.
Full Story: Axios (9/21) 
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IKEA uses AI tools to cut food waste by half
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The holding company that owns most IKEA stores reported a 54% reduction in food waste since 2017 in its stores and restaurants, an effort that saved $37 million and kept 36,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, the company said. IKEA restaurants serve more than 560 million people per year and employees used artificial intelligence technology to track discarded food and figure out ways to reduce waste.
Full Story: Retail Gazette (UK) (9/21),  Reuters (9/20) 
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Fashion retailer Reformation will open two new London stores as part of a focus on growing its presence in the UK and Europe. The sustainability-minded brand operates 35 stores in the US, UK and Canada, and its first London location opened three years ago in Notting Hill.
Full Story: Glossy (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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Retail Trends
The plan by Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard to transfer ownership of the company to two trusts, one of which will use the profit to support efforts to fight climate change, will only work long term if the brand maintains its competitive edge and continues to support its people, CEO Ryan Gellert says. "I think what people fail to understand about Patagonia, both the past and today and the future, is that we are unapologetically a for-profit business," Gellert says.
Full Story: CNBC (9/21) 
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Some arts institutions and developers are partnering to build projects that combine housing, retail and other amenities with the arts to create a neighborhood destination. For example, Brookfield Properties is seeking a partner for the arts segment of a $3 billion redevelopment of Pier 70 that it is working on with the Port of San Francisco.
Full Story: The New York Times (9/20) 
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Retail Technology
Kroger introduces self-service curbside pickup eCart
Kroger is rolling out a temperature-controlled cart created by General Motors subsidiary BrightDrop to store orders for self-service curbside pickup following a successful pilot of the cart at Kroger locations in Kentucky where wait times were reduced by 34%. The electric-powered Trace Grocery eCart allows customers to retrieve their orders after providing digital verification.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (9/21) 
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NRF News
As retail represents 52 million US jobs and an overall GDP impact of $3.9 trillion, it's important to make sure the industry's voice is represented in Washington when voters across the country cast their ballots for congressional elections, along with gubernatorial and other state and local elections. NRF supports candidates who will support pro-growth, pro-business and pro-retail policies. Read more.
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About 9% of consumers plan to dress their pet as a pumpkin for Halloween this year. Source: NRF/Kantar Retail.
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Scotch Porter offers premium products for beard, hair and skin care, a line of fragrances and candles, and even vitamin supplements. The brand has expanded through new product offerings as well as new distribution channels, securing retail partnerships with CVS, Target and Walmart. Founder Calvin Quallis joins the Retail Gets Real podcast to discuss the brand's focus on external and internal wellness and his best advice for other entrepreneurs and young professionals. Read more and listen.
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Chain Restaurant News
Hardee's and Carl's Jr. refresh "Happy Star" logo
CKE Restaurants revealed a new identity for Hardee's and Carl's Jr., which includes a refreshed "Happy Star" logo with a "flavor trail," new typography and a new color palette for packaging, employee uniforms and restaurants. The brand refresh is showcased in a campaign from 72andSunny featuring news presenters on the "Bite This Network" that's running across regional TV, digital, social and radio.
Full Story: Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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