New York-based perfumery Le Labo is releasing its city-exclusive fragrances worldwide for the month of September, bringing scents like Paris' Vanille 44 and London's Poivre 23 to customers around the globe. The company will also reintroduce Aldehyde 44 to its collection this fall and add a fragrance called Mousse De Chene 30.
A growing number of online retailers, from jewelry seller Blue Nile to home goods site France and Son, are opening brick-and-mortar stores and showrooms. "Consumers still want to feel and experience the brand, so they can actually see the product, see that it's the same quality they see online," said Nancy Gilbert, marketing director for the Roosevelt Field Shopping Center.
QVC has joined with Perfect Corp. to give shoppers a way to virtually try on makeup shades from Laura Geller New York using Perfect's YouCam Makeup app.
Boxed, an e-commerce player that grew from CEO Chieh Huang's parents' garage to four warehouses since it launched in 2013, has made the shift to automation without sacrificing jobs. Employees were retrained to work with the robotic technology, and Huang expects the new efficiency to boost business and result in more job creation.
Music streaming via Bluetooth for the Google Home is now available, and users are able to pair phones with the device to use the feature. The offering was quickly added and removed in June, so this is the permanent roll out of the option.
Beta 7 of Apple's iOS 11 is now available for developers paying $99 a year for access. Also, beta 6 is now available for the public and is reported to load quickly.
HTC dropped the price on its Vive virtual reality system by 25% to $600, likely owing to lower than expected demand. Cost has been seen as a major barrier to the widespread implementation of VR, and companies such as HTC and Facebook have consistently dropped prices to gain more sales.
Auto-parts retailers are experiencing the downstream effects of sluggish new-car sales from 2008 through 2010, as fewer vehicles are exiting warranty and leading owners to frequent businesses such as O'Reilly Automotive and Advance Auto Parts, writes Michael Wursthorn. Two consecutive mild winters and general economic uncertainty have also pushed sales down, said Tom Greco, CEO of Advance Auto Parts.
Australia's Home Consortium group has acquired several former Masters stores, with plans to create large-format lifestyle hubs filled with established retailers. In addition to shops, the centers will offer a variety of services, including childcare, gyms and medical offices.