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    Why is Adore Me selling in Walmart?

    The DTC lingerie brand launched an exclusive line at the retail giant with the help of Gelmart. But how important is wholesale for the brand?

  • Celebrity Brad Pitt poses with a red bottle of a Le Domaine product.
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    Brad Pitt’s Le Domaine signs first US retail deal with Bluemercury

    The Macy’s-owned retailer will sell the products as part of “The Cache,” a curated collection of emerging brands.

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  • Patagonia sues Nordstrom, claiming counterfeit sales at Rack

    The brand recently stopped selling via the department store and its off-price stores and discovered the alleged fakes this year, per court documents.

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    REI launches first running shoe since the ‘70s

    The Swiftland Multi-terrain uses recycled and bio-based materials as the retailer continues to expand its running assortment. 

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    Tracker

    The running list of major retail deals

    In May alone, Tempur Sealy acquired Mattress Firm, Francesca’s acquired Richer Poorer and Birchbox found a new home.

    Updated May 26, 2023
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    Macy’s slashes outlook after weak Q1

    The department store has fared worse this year than it expected, and is bracing for customers to continue to pull back in coming months.

  • A Dollar General storefront at nighttime featuring the company's signature yellow and black sign
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    Dollar General cuts guidance, shareholders OK safety audit

    The retailer also plans to slow the opening pace of its PopShelf stores this year. 

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    Inside Google’s plans for improving paid search with generative AI

    More efficient ways to produce and edit assets and ensure responses are relevant to consumers were a focus of this year’s Google Marketing Live.

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    Walmart switching to paper mailers, rightsizing boxes to cut packaging waste

    The retail giant says it could eliminate 65 million plastic mailers by early next year.

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    Nordstrom gains steam in Q1, especially in off-price

    After a soft start to the quarter, sales gained momentum in April, thanks in large part to merchandise improvements at Rack, executives said Wednesday. 

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    The Weekly Closeout: Dollar Tree margins pressured by inflation, Tuesday Morning IP up for sale

    The dollar chain is seeing a pullback on discretionary purchases, while Hilco Streambank seeks a buyer for the discount home retailer’s assets.

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    Beautycounter CEO exits in leadership shuffle

    Marc Rey was in the top spot for less than two years, and leaves as the beauty brand brings on a new chief financial officer and board chair.

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  • The storefront of an Ikea in Charlotte, NC
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    Ikea stores owner Ingka acquires supply chain software firm

    The largest owner of Ikea stores purchased Made4Net as the company seeks to modernize its omnichannel operations. 

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    The Backroom: How the consumer is doing so far this year

    Discretionary goods are a low priority amid an uncertain economy and a desire to spend on experiences, but retailers are holding their own. What about the rest of 2023?

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    Converse names North America VP new CEO

    Nearly a dozen people have changed roles in the retailer’s executive ranks in recent months.

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  • External shot of a Williams Sonoma store.
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    Higher shipping costs keep biting into Williams-Sonoma’s earnings

    The retailer has shipped from out-of-market distribution centers and made multiple deliveries for multi-unit products in order to reach customers quicker.

  • An artistic rendering of a Toys R Us that will open soon at Dallas Fort Worth Airport
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    The Weekly Closeout: Toys R Us goes to the airport and retailers exit San Francisco

    The toy company will open a store at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, while retailers are shutting locations in the California city. 

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    At Home hires former Walmart exec as chief merchandiser

    The retailer has lowered its prices just in time to possibly attract former Tuesday Morning and Bed Bath & Beyond customers.

  • A worker collects shopping carts from the parking lot of a Walmart store on May 18, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.
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    Walmart works with some suppliers to lower prices

    The retailer wants to “get costs down more as fast as we possibly can” in food and consumables, CEO Doug McMillon told analysts. 

  • People at work in a large warehouse full of boxes.
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    Deep Dive

    After last year’s inventory tidal wave, where do retailers go from here?

    Bare shelves are still a recent memory, but many are learning to live on leaner inventories after overstocking in 2022.

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    Instacart begins nationwide rollout of ChatGPT search tool

    The tool allows customers to find products as well as recipes, food prep tips and more using “natural language” instead of keyword-based searches. 

  • A hand holds a yellow paint roller on top of a tray with light blue paint
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    DTC paint brand Clare to raise prices

    The cost of a gallon of paint will increase by an average of 8% as the company faces “outsized inflation,” CEO Nicole Gibbons said in an email to customers.

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  • A person speaks at a microphone, surrounded by a group of people. A sign on the right says "Combating retail theft New York City."
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    NYC focuses on repeat offenders, social services to combat surge in retail theft

    Just 327 serial shoplifters accounted for a third of the more than 22,000 retail theft arrests made in the city last year, officials said.

  • The interior of a store with various displays and wood flooring. Lights are suspended from a black ceiling.
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    The Vitamin Shoppe interim CEO takes the job permanently

    Lee Wright joined owner Franchise Group as chief commercial officer last year, and before that held executive roles at Conn’s.

  • A nude eyeshadow palette and makeup artist's tools on a marble vanity. Brushes for powder, blush, eyebrows, shadows and sponges for concealer and foundation
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    McKinsey: Online beauty sales in the US to hit $45B by 2027

    Global e-commerce sales now exceed those of specialty retail which, in 2022, was 20% of the overall industry.