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Marianne Wilson


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October 2019

Sometimes perception gets in the way of reality. Such is the case, I think, with the death of physical retail.

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October 2019

The nation’s largest retailer of maternity wear has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid sagging sales, increased competition and changing customer tastes. 

Cole Haan

Cole Haan is prepping to go public.

Michael Scheiner

Tommy Hilfiger has tapped a retailer with experience in marketing to young consumers to take its own marketing efforts to the next level.


The United Colors of Benetton is making its first foray into the U.S. retail scene after more than a two-year absence.

A regional sporting goods retailer has entered two new states via an acquisition.

Hudson's Bay Co

Hudson's Bay Company has agreed to be taken private by a group of its shareholders after they upped their offer. 

Chick-fil-A logo

Chick-fil-A’s first foray into an overseas market has been marked by controversy.

b8ta Forum model

b8ta is expanding its retail business beyond electronics and tech devices.

For the seventh consecutive year, a U.S. tech giant took the top spot in a ranking of the world’s top 100 brands based on their value.

Barneys New York is closer to a deal to keep its brand alive.

Kitchen Collection

Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co. is winding down the retail operations of its specialty kitchenware subsidiary.

Major League Baseball is throwing its hat in the retail arena, opening a one-stop shopping destination for baseball fans.

British luxury department store retailer Harvey Nichols’ revamped store in Hong Kong’s Pacific Place artfully blends interactive hi-tech elements with more traditional physical shopping experiences.


The Gymboree brand is being revived — by a former rival.

Hill City

Hill City has popped up in its parents’ home town and is also expanding in other ways as it looks to start ramping up its growth.


Burlington Stores Inc. has tapped an insider as its finance head.

customer and employee

A Dallas-based optical retailer is expanding into new markets.


Five Below is getting on board the fast-growing esports craze.

Nordstrom has unveiled the first of two East Coast store openings planned for this fall.


Digitally native Indochino just opened its 50th store — with more to come by yearend.


Kohl's Corp.’s chief finance head is stepping down.


The maker of what it calls “the world’s most comfortable shoes” is ramping up its brick-and-mortar presence.

Cornershop website

Uber continues to expand beyond its core ride-hailing business.  

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond has ended its search for a new chief executive officer, appointing a 30-year, well-respected retail veteran to the position.

Von Maur is building on its presence in new markets.

Barneys New York may have found someone to keep it in business. 

One of Walmart’s digitally native brands is getting a new owner. 

The parent company of Ann Taylor and other apparel banners posted a loss in its fourth quarter as it completed the divestiture of one of its brands and made progress on the shuttering of another.

Target Corp. has launched its in-store and online partnership with The Walt Disney Company.

REI Co-op is going big on experiences and rentals.

Costco Wholesale Corp. reported sales that missed the Street amid fierce competition to attract shoppers in the grocery space, but its earnings topped expectations. 

Macy's cosmetics employees

Macy’s holiday hiring is on pace with last year, but it’s increasing seasonal positions in a fast-growing area of its business.

Price sensitivity by consumers is falling, giving retailers the opportunity to offset the potential impact of tariffs by raising prices.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond reported mixed results for its second quarter and gave an update on its store closings and CEO search.

Uncertainty around trade, interest rates, and political rhetoric could crimp holiday spending. 

Jim Peters

Rite Aid has named a healthcare veteran as its new COO.

Seventh Sense

Green Growth Brands has delivered on its promise of rapid store expansion. The cannabis and CBD company, which operates CBD stores under the Seventh Sense banner, is on target to have 200 locations opened by the start of the holiday shopping seas

RH continues to combine hospitality and retail with the debut of its newest location.

Visionworks Storefront

The nation’s sixth-largest optical retailer has a new owner.

Most consumers want brands to take a stand on social and environmental issues. But they are divided when it comes to partisan politics,

Dick’s Sporting Goods

October is shaping up as a busy month for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Field & Stream store

Dick’s Sporting Goods continues to pull back from the hunting category.

Holiday shoppers

Holiday shopping is not what it used to be.

Woman shopping on laptop

Shoppers are growing wary of fashion waste and are becoming more concerned about the environmental and social impact of their purchases.


Helzberg Diamonds is taking its customer service to the next level.

September 2019

Forever 21 clearance sale

Forever 21, the retailer that popularized fast-fashion in the U.S., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a plan to close most of its global locations. 

supply chain associates

Walmart has extended its training efforts to the fast-growing supply chain field.


Wegmans Food Markets continues to expand its reach.


Athleisure is having a big impact on footwear. 

Walmart sign

Is Walmart thinking of divesting JetBlack?

Wawa will be expanding across Northern Virginia in a big way.

Halloween shopper

Brick-and-mortar remains the top destination when it comes to Halloween shopping.

A system upgrade at Rent the Runway is taking a big toll on the company’s business.

Pier 1 storefront

Pier 1 Imports posted another big quarterly loss as the retailer aggressively cleared out goods in anticipation of its merchandising and marketing reset, key elements of its turnaround strategy. 

Pharmacist helping customer

Walmart continues to dive deeper into healthcare and wellness, this time via its Sam’s Club.  The warehouse club operator will offer its members four different bundled healthcare options that will help cover the costs of routine primary care

Ivivva model

Lululemon will close its remaining Ivivva kids stores as it focuses its efforts on its expanding core and men’s businesses.

Consumer confidence took a dive in September as growing economic concerns about the trade wars and the economy in general appeared to take a toll on consumers.

Ten peak traffic days are set to bring in nearly half of this holiday season’s U.S. shoppers.

Salad chain Sweetgreen is now valued at more than $1 billion.

More retailers want their customers to leave their guns at home.