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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazon said its corporate staff members will now be allowed to work from home through June 2021, as doubt about in-person schooling persists due to the coronavirus pandemic. Google staffers have permission to work remotely until July, and some other tech companies including Square, Twitter and Facebook now let employees work from home permanently.
Hong Kong-based department store Lane Crawford has named Blondie Tsang as its new president effective Jan. 18. Tsang most recently served as managing director of Celine Asia-Pacific and is succeeding Andrew Keith, who is exiting next month after 10 years in the post.
Forever 21 parent Authentic Brands Group has entered a licensing agreement with AR Holdings that will expand the fashion retailer's banner in nine Latin America. AR Holdings will manage Forever 21's wholesale operations as well as online and brick-and-mortar retail presence.
The John Lewis Partnership, parent of John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, has announced plans to develop sustainable rental housing on 20 company-owned properties. The UK's biggest employee-owned company is also increasing its investments in digital retail with the expectation that as much as 70% of its sales could come from online within five years.
Online multi-brand luxury platform Moda Operandi turned to livestreaming events when the pandemic hit pause on its designer trunk shows. Livestreaming e-commerce gives consumers a chance to interact with designers and explore new products, says Brian Byun, founder of video shopping platform LivePitch.
Hundreds of thousands of products returned to Amazon Canada are trashed or shredded, rather than recycled or resold, according to a CBC Marketplace investigation. Journalists bought 12 items from Amazon, fitted them with GPS trackers and returned them, and only four of the products wound up being resold.
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