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10/21/2020

The Container Store has teamed with KonMari Media, the company created by decluttering star Marie Kondo, to launch a line of about 100 co-branded products. The Container Store x KonMari line will be sustainably produced and is designed to appeal to consumers looking to simplify and make the most of their space, the companies said.

10/21/2020

Kohl's is pinning its pandemic recovery and future growth on a revamped merchandise mix of athleisure wear designed for the entire family, CEO Michelle Gass says. The strategy also includes focusing on major brand partners including Nike and Cole Haan, as well as reducing private-label lines and expanding its beauty offerings.

10/21/2020

Apple Pay point-of-sale transactions have increased in recent months, states a report by Pymnts, which notes a rising preference for touchless payments since the pandemic began. Eight percent of US consumers who have the feature enabled say they have used it, compared with 4.9% surveyed before March.

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PYMNTS
10/21/2020

In an effort to slow the airborne spread of the coronavirus, all Lidl stores in the US will begin using hospital-grade air filters -- rated MERV 13 or higher -- by the end of this year. Lidl will be among the first US grocers to replace its existing commercial filters with the high-efficiency options, which medical experts say can trap particles that may transmit the virus.

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Progressive Grocer
10/21/2020

A new study that examines the impact of the pandemic on retail customer service shows Trader Joe's and Wegmans have earned high marks from shoppers. The American Customer Satisfaction Index revealed that among grocers, Trader Joe's and Wegmans were tied for first place in service satisfaction, closely followed by Costco and Publix.

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Progressive Grocer
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10/21/2020

Amazon Prime members who shop at any of the 487 Whole Foods Market stores in the US can now take advantage of free one-hour curbside pickup on grocery orders of $35 or more. The service, reflecting the growing demand for pickup options, has been expanded from the 150 sites where it was initially offered earlier this year.

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10/21/2020

Fresh Thyme Market will soon launch technology that allows customers to scan store tags with their smartphones and get enhanced product information, without having to download an app. The IX-ONE enabled ELI Codes will be added to shelf tags starting in November and are designed for "helping our shoppers make better informed buying decisions in-store while allowing our supplier partners to provide digital content to best present their products to our shoppers," said Fresh Thyme's Jonathan Lawrence.

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Progressive Grocer
10/21/2020

A development team has received approval from the Detroit City Council to acquire 138 acres at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds to build an Amazon fulfillment center. Some funds from the $16 million sale will go toward construction of a transit center.

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The Detroit News
10/21/2020

Halloween retailers face new challenges in the year of the pandemic, including a surge in online orders that has Fun.com, parent of HalloweenCostumes.com, scrambling to find employees to fulfill more than a million orders, CEO Tom Fallenstein said. Consumers are expected to spend about $8 billion on Halloween this year and 30% of them plan to buy costumes online, according to an NRF forecast.

10/21/2020

HSN and QVC are known for their TV shopping content, but the sibling shopping channels have spent more than 10 years building bigger digital platforms, Mike George, CEO of parent Qurate Retail, says. A feature in the works for the future would let shoppers stay in livestreams to make purchases instead of switching over to the HSN or QVC website.

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