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8/22/2017

Macy's has hired eBay executive Hal Lawton as its new president, effective Sept. 8, the retailer said Monday. Macy's will also merge its merchandising, planning and private brands operations into a single division, cutting around 100 jobs, in a move expected to save about $30 million in annual costs.

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8/22/2017

American Eagle Outfitters has seen nine consecutive quarters of same-store revenue growth. Strong sales of jeans and the popularity of its Aerie lingerie brand put the teen retailer in a strong position heading into the peak of back-to-school season.

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Bloomberg
8/22/2017

Designer and former MTV reality celebrity Lauren Conrad has expanded her LC Lauren Conrad line for Kohl's with plus sizes up to 3X. Conrad will also launch her third capsule collect at New York Fashion Week next month, and the new mother also wants to start designing fashions for children, she said.

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Lauren Conrad, Kohl, MTV
8/22/2017

Hourly employees at Amazon's fulfillment centers are entitled to the same amount of paid parental leave as salaried staff at the company's corporate offices. The e-commerce giant retooled its policies on parental leave in 2015, and benefits now include 20 weeks of paid leave for new moms who work more than 30 hours per week.

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8/22/2017

Fujitsu will reportedly put its mobile operations on the block, with bidding to take place as early as September. The company would end the development and manufacturing of phones, but would still maintain the brand.

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8/22/2017

Kroger is teaming with vendor The Grocery Runners to test a home delivery service for grocery shoppers in its home market of Cincinnati. The service, which includes a fee for users, is among several delivery tests the retailer has participated in as Kroger works to find its best fit for a grocery delivery model.

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8/22/2017

Meijer will streamline and reorganize its information technology services team in a bid to better position the retailer in the competitive retail market and increase efficiencies, Senior Director of Communications Frank Guglielmi said. The move comes as Meijer works to increase its efforts in grocery e-commerce and adjust to changing shopper preferences.

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MiBiz (Michigan)
8/22/2017

After three years of strong growth, Kroger faces growing grocery competition from Amazon, Walmart, ALDI and Lidl. CEO Rodney McMullen, who began his Kroger career as a stock clerk, talks about the current challenges, industry changes and how his company is taking on the competition.

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8/22/2017

Organic foods are now mainstream in the US market, as about 82% of shoppers purchase organic foods on a regular basis, and the focus in the organic market has shifted to lower prices, bulk buying and convenience, according to data from Ekowarehouse.

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FoodNavigator
8/22/2017

German discount supermarket chain Lidl booked UK sales growth of 18.9% in the quarter ending 13 Aug., making it Britain's fastest-growing grocery chain. Lidl now commands a 5.2% share of the UK grocery market, according to Kantar Worldpanel, putting it on the list of the country's seven largest grocers.