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    'This is the time where supply chain comes to the fore': Under Armour's COO on 20 months of tumult

    Colin Browne says the pandemic sped up operational changes already underway at the sportswear brand. 

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    It's time to make your loyalty program mobile-first

    Keep customers engaged beyond the holiday shopping season with SMS and loyalty.  

  • Wayfair plots 3 new stores in 2022

    The stores, covering its AllModern and Joss & Main brands, are the first in a series of openings the retailer is planning over the next two years.

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    Lids to open 4 stores in London

    The retailer has expansion in mind as it plans over 100 stand-alone stores in new markets. 

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    'Consumers crave experiences': How AR has evolved beyond mere try-ons

    Dynamic activations are increasingly vital during the pandemic as people connect with brands on mobile — and they're likely key to future metaverse environments.

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    DoorDash plans to offer rapid delivery for retailers

    The company is joining the 15-minute delivery fray in New York City with a full-time workforce, but sees a "larger" opportunity to provide the service to grocers and convenience stores.

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    Parachute taps Amazon vet as first chief commercial officer

    Drew Sheriff, who previously oversaw the e-commerce giant's physical operations, will add expertise as the DTC brand looks to expand its footprint.

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    With omicron landing in the US, do retailers actually need the vaccine mandate?

    The National Retail Federation won a stay against the government's plan to have big companies immunize or test their employees. That squanders a chance to thwart the pandemic, experts say.

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    Hedge fund pushes Kohl's to consider e-commerce spinoff

    Engine Capital, expressing impatience and disappointment with the retailer's stock performance, also said it should contemplate a sale.

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    Facebook Messenger tests a split payments feature in the US

    Peer-to-peer payment adoption has recently accelerated, with volume expected to reach nearly $539 billion by the end of 2022. 

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    The Weekly Closeout: The Container Store brings in new brands and the latest Toys R Us comeback

    The home goods retailer is adding products from Blueland and The Laundress, while the once-ubiquitous toy retailer is entering brick and mortar again.

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    Amazon's holiday window showcases Alexa-enabled experiences

    The century-old tradition of holiday window displays gets an update via smart technology as shoppers return to stores. 

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    Allbirds boosts inventories by 55% due to long lead times, high demand

    The shoe and apparel company has relied on careful planning, secondary sourcing and regional diversification to keep product flowing.

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    Why the best holiday deals this year are bad news

    Big promotions are hard to find this season, which could spell trouble for those retailers with deeper discounts.

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    Holiday sales could surpass previous predictions, reach 11.5%: NRF

    Yet, the omicron variant could further complicate the shopping season and is "the latest wildcard raising uncertainty around the economic outlook."

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    Ulta's Q3 sales hit a record $2B as it finishes Target expansion for 2021

    COO Kecia Steelman said customers are shopping the entire assortment at the big-box retailer.

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    What convenience stores are getting right

    Whether it's fast delivery, a focus on local products or building out great private labels, c-stores have some lessons to teach other retailers. 

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    Walmart and Yahoo tailor holiday content for social, AR shopping

    After last year's collaboration spurred a 239% lift in gross merchandise value, the duo adds a tweet countdown and TikTok series to a wide-ranging effort.

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    Shoe Carnival acquires Shoe Station for $67M

    The regional chain adds some $100 million in sales to a company that aims to be a multi-billion-dollar footwear retailer in the coming years.

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    The Backroom: Another disruptive holiday season

    Vaccines have changed the shopping landscape this year, as have supply chain bottlenecks. Retail Dive reporters look at how the season is playing out.

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    Neiman beefs up executive ranks

    The department store also began the year with a leadership shakeup, doubling down on digital as it seeks to reignite growth after last year's bankruptcy.

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    Fabletics taps actress Vanessa Hudgens to promote new Velour clothing line

    The retailer released its "first-ever lifestyle collection," which caters to women 18 to 45 and is inspired by '70s fashion. 

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    Will the Amazon-Visa dispute spill over to other credit card companies?

    While Visa's rivals are dependent on interchange fees like those at the center of the Amazon-Visa fight, they also might benefit if Amazon tosses some business in new directions.

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    Popsugar releases first fitness equipment line at Target

    The 17-item collection, which will be available in the retail giant's stores and on its website, features products like yoga mats, dumbbells and kettlebells.

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    Furniture retailers struggle with depleted inventories after Vietnam lockdowns

    Williams-Sonoma and La-Z-Boy expect continued inventory delays as factories work to ramp up production. 

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    Cyber Monday sales edge down to $10.7B as consumers make a dent in their holiday shopping

    Online sales fell 1.4% year over year, but the red-letter event was still the biggest shopping day of the year so far, Adobe said.