Zappos has created a new platform called Goods for Good, which will feature a curated collection of products from more than 150 brands that promote causes. The socially conscious platform will organize products into five categories: sustainably certified, recycled, vegan, organic and give back.
Apple is removing all 181 apps related to vaping from its App Store, noting concerns expressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association regarding the health hazards of vaping. Users who already have the apps, which offer vaping-related news and social networks and can be used to control vaping pens, will still have access to them.
Amazon has yet to disclose details on its plans for a new grocery concept set to launch in Los Angeles next year, which has industry watchers speculating. Some guess the spaces will double as fulfillment centers with robots quickly picking and packing orders while others guess the format could be more like no-frills, low-priced German grocery chain Lidl.
US retail sales rose 0.3% in October from the previous month and sales in the first 10 months of the year were up 3.1% over the same period in 2018, according to the Commerce Department. Auto and fuel sales led the October increase, and consumers cut back on spending on apparel and big-ticket purchases.
Nike is taking a tech-driven approach as it focuses on growing direct retail sales and lessening its dependence on other retailers. The newest Nike stores integrate consumer facing apps that also inform management's efforts to stock shelves with in-demand items.
H.E. Butt Grocery was named America's most-trusted grocery retailer in a market study by Winsight Grocery Business, followed by Kroger, Publix and ShopRite. Walmart was the nation's most widely shopped food retailer, and ALDI has risen up the ranks to be the second-most shopped.
Turkey-shaped salt and pepper shakers, metallic fall leaves dishes and pumpkin-shaped clear glass cups with gold rims are among options for fall dining. Gold beaded plate chargers bring a dash of old-school bling, while white dinnerware with marbleized splashes of orange and hot pink offer modern pizzazz.
REI's mission to encourage a passion for the outdoors inspired the retailer's #OptOutside campaign that keeps its stores closed on Black Friday. The profitable co-op manages to pay dividends to its owners and donate more than 70% of its profits to outdoor causes, and its eco-friendly philosophy has it expanding its rental and used-gear offerings.
Walmart's 41% rise in e-commerce sales in the third quarter was a positive sign, but the retailer still has room to grow further into online retail, CEO Doug McMillon said. "Our strength is being driven by food, which is good, but we need even more progress on Walmart.com with general merchandise," he said.
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