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Staying on top of breaking news in the retail industry is a commitment Retail TouchPoints editors take seriously. Each day, we publish the latest information in this retail news section. Up-to-the-minute stories cover retail implementations, new product announcements, financial updates, executive appointments and overall global updates affecting every aspect of the retail industry.

AT&T Opening 1,000 New Stores By Early 2020

AT&T Opening 1,000 New Stores By Early 2020

September 21 // Written by Glenn Taylor

Aldi Expands Grocery Delivery Service To All U.S. Locations
Overstock.com Adds Lease-To-Own Program For 3 Million Items
10 Women-Led Startups Compete For Grants In European Event
Search Becomes Latest Back-To-School Battleground

Search Becomes Latest Back-To-School Battleground

September 20 // Written by Bryan Wassel

BJ’s Offers Expanded Toy Selection For Holiday 2018

BJ’s Offers Expanded Toy Selection For Holiday 2018

September 19 // Written by Glenn Taylor

Kroger Draws Closer To Picking Automated Warehouse Sites

Kroger Draws Closer To Picking Automated Warehouse Sites

September 18 // Written by Bryan Wassel

Amazon Applies For Eight More Clothing Brand Trademarks

Amazon Applies For Eight More Clothing Brand Trademarks

September 17 // Written by Bryan Wassel

Jet.com Resets To Appeal To City-Based Shoppers

Jet.com Resets To Appeal To City-Based Shoppers

September 13 // Written by Bryan Wassel

Kaepernick Campaign Delivers A 31% Sales Bump For Nike

Kaepernick Campaign Delivers A 31% Sales Bump For Nike

September 12 // Written by Bryan Wassel

AT&T Opening 1,000 New Stores By Early 2020

  • Published in News Briefs
AT&T has ambitious plans to expand its existing footprint of 5,300+ company- or dealer-owned stores with 1,000 new locations in the next 18 months. But they’ll come in all different shapes, sizes and formats: the telecom giant plans on opening traditional, pop-up and mobile stores. The pop-up stores will be…
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10 Women-Led Startups Compete For Grants In European Event

  • Published in News Briefs
Women Who Tech, which showcases and funds women-led ventures around the world, has selected 10 finalists for the Women Startup Challenge Europe. Hundreds of female-led startups from 35 countries competed for the chance to pitch to top investors and tech leaders. The final 10 will compete at an event co-hosted…
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Gap Enters Men’s Athleticwear Category With Hill City Launch

  • Published in News Briefs
Gap now has a men’s counterpart for its Athleta women’s athleticwear brand, with the unveiling of its newest division, Hill City. The brand will primarily sell clothes made of technical fabrics that are meant for workouts and everyday dressing. Hill City is slated to launch in mid-October, available exclusively at hillcity.com,…
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Search Becomes Latest Back-To-School Battleground

  • Published in News Briefs
Marketing during the back-to-school season is about more than maximizing exposure through traditional channels; search has become an increasingly important platform. Retailers are competing on multiple back-to-school search terms, encompassing brands, product categories and sales, according to Adthena. “In this particular instance there’s a lot of hijacking starting to happen,”…
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Nike Sells Out 61% More Merchandise Since Kaepernick Ad Launch

  • Published in News Briefs
Since the controversial ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick appeared earlier this month, Nike has sold out 61% more merchandise,according to online sales data tracked by Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research. “Sold out” describes items that went completely out of stock at any point from Sept. 3 through Sept. 13. Even if the items were then restocked, this is still counted as soldout.
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Startup Lets Shoppers Try Before They Buy From Fashion Retailers

  • Published in News Briefs
Brick-and-mortar apparel retailing has long held a trump card against e-Commerce: the ability to let shoppers try on products before they make a purchase. Startup Try.com is attempting to solve this long-standing challenge by giving shoppers a chance to try products for seven days before committing to a purchase.
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Staples Acquires Essendant For $996M As Retailer Seeks Wholesale Revival

Staples has acquired Essendant, a national wholesale distributor of office supplies, for $996 million, including net debt. The deal, coming a year after Staples was acquired by investment firm Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion, will result in a major new multibillion-dollar player in the business of distributing office supplies and industrial products that range from automotive parts to equipment for oil fields. With Essendant under its wing, Staples now has a stronger position within the B2B sales space, giving the retailer a differentiation point it had struggled to create.

BJ’s Offers Expanded Toy Selection For Holiday 2018

  • Published in News Briefs
Walmart and Target aren’t the only major retailers looking to fill the Toys ‘R’ Us-sized gap ahead of the holiday season. BJ’s Wholesale Club is jumping in on the fun, offering twice as many toys on BJs.com and increasing its in-club selection by as much as 20%. To entice potential toy…
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Kroger Draws Closer To Picking Automated Warehouse Sites

  • Published in News Briefs
Kroger is making progress on choosing a site for the first of at least 20 automated warehouses it plans to build through a partnership with Ocado, a UK-based online grocer, according to Reuters. The partnership was first announced in May with a plan to have three locations chosen by the…
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Nordstrom Will Launch New ‘Nordy Club’ Loyalty Program This Fall

  • Published in News Briefs
Nordstrom has unveiled a revamped tiered loyalty program, The Nordy Club, launching this fall. The program incorporates the traditional point system and benefits of its existing program, while offering personalized services and experiences, enabling shoppers to create their own “Nordy Portrait.” Nordstrom’s existing loyalty program is already a success for the…
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