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    Self-checkout shipments could surpass 300K by 2027: report

    Cashless systems are growing in popularity, and retailers are testing new features like facial recognition.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 28, 2022
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    How retailers are grappling with sustainability

    In an industry that inevitably generates waste, the path to a more environmentally friendly future is littered with difficult choices.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 28, 2022
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    The state of small business

    Disruptions from the pandemic, e-commerce and broader economic trends continue to bedevil operations for small businesses.

    By Retail Dive staff
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    Inventory in 2022: Normal is still nowhere in sight

    With Target taking the vocal lead, retailers are flushing out excess inventory to reset for the holidays. How much they’ll sell then is anybody’s guess.

    By June 27, 2022
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    As the future of retail shifts, shoppers have high expectations

    Vericast's 2022 Retail TrendWatch defines consumers' expectations and their alignment with those of retailers.

    June 27, 2022
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    As consumers spend more on gas and food, a shadow looms over retail

    The second half of the year will be tough for retailers as shoppers hunt for lower prices, opt for experiences and shift their loyalties.

    By June 24, 2022
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    Why decarbonization offers retailers a chance to lower costs and increase revenue

    Retailers need to develop a holistic sustainability strategy and action plan to engage and attract customers while improving financial performance.

    June 21, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Deckers' COO steps down and Swarovski names CEO

    David Lafitte exited the footwear retailer to pursue another opportunity, while the jewelry brand appointed its first chief outside of the founding family.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 17, 2022
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    McKinsey: Metaverse may create $5 trillion in value by 2030

    The research firm found that up to $2.6 trillion of that value could be in e-commerce.

    By June 17, 2022
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    75% of DTC brands may offer subscriptions by 2023: report

    Though subscription services once attracted investors, some brands have had to trim their workforce and end investor partnerships.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 13, 2022
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    Target moves to reduce inventory, taking markdowns and canceling orders

    Just weeks after lowering its guidance, the retailer now expects an even deeper hit to profit margins as consumers pull back on discretionary spending.

    By June 7, 2022
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    Deep Dive // Sustainability in retail

    Retail is fundamentally bad for the environment. And doing better isn't easy.

    Improving sustainability is a web of complexity for retailers. Ultimately, it may mean sidelining growth.

    By June 6, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Kim Kardashian launches new skincare line and GameStop's losses spike

    The celebrity shut down her previous KKW Beauty brand last year, and the gaming retailer's operating loss tripled to $153.7 million.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 3, 2022
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    What Trunk Club's demise says about apparel subscriptions

    Customers who engage with Nordstrom's stylists, online or in stores, spend more time and money at the retailer. So it's going outside the box.

    By June 2, 2022
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    In Q1, Victoria's Secret firmly in control against apparel headwinds

    The lingerie retailer said it's regaining market share and maximizing margins, but may cut prices in order to make a sale.

    By June 1, 2022
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    Prada plans monthly product, NFT drops

    The brand will host 24-hour online events, starting June 2, where shoppers in select areas can buy limited-edition items and receive accompanying NFTs.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 1, 2022
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    In boon to retail, office workers and tourists are heading back downtown

    Nordstrom and Glossier are among the retailers following a recovery pattern described in a recent report from commercial real estate firm JLL.

    By May 31, 2022
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    Bed Bath & Beyond launches new private label for the home

    Everhome, the retailer's ninth owned brand launch, comes as consumers pull back on discretionary spending and demand for the home category declines.

    By May 31, 2022
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    Ulta shoppers not feeling inflation yet

    In fact, prestige cosmetics sales in the quarter outperformed as makeup made a comeback.

    By May 27, 2022
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    The 'end to the good times' is here as consumers brace against inflation: S&P

    Analysts see more risk to profits and sales as consumers manage spiking costs for fuel and food, and retailers face more pain on freight. 

    By May 26, 2022
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    Dick's sales decline in the face of 119% growth last year

    The results indicate a slowdown in consumer demand for the category after stimulus payments last year helped fuel record growth.

    By May 26, 2022
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    The Backroom: What Walmart and Target tell us about the state of retail in 2022

    Rising food and gas prices are causing consumers to pull back on discretionary spending. That hurt retailers in the first quarter.

    By Retail Dive Staff • May 26, 2022
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    50 years in: Nike's game plan for winning with women

    The athletics retailer is simplifying its leggings and bra strategies, and emphasizing deeper inclusion as it looks ahead to the next 50 years.

    By May 25, 2022
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    Petco comps up 5% in Q1 as consumers continue to spend on pets

    The pet category has been resilient in times of economic uncertainty. That could help Petco as consumers pull back on discretionary spending.

    By May 24, 2022
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    Best Buy trims sales expectations as pandemic boom unwinds

    Inflation, the end of stimulus and a return to experience spending hurt sales at the retailer — but it could have been worse. 

    By May 24, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Kohl's considers packaged foods and Target partners with Tabitha Brown

    The department store looks into new categories as profit takes a hit, and the author and actress created four collections for the mass merchant.

    By Retail Dive Staff • May 20, 2022