Global Supply Shortages Reach All the Way to a Haitian Aid Group

Continuing disruption to factory production and bottlenecks in shipping are leaving nonprofit groups short of goods for vulnerable communities worldwide.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #second-harvest, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Retailers Rethink Pandemic-Battered Manhattan

Starbucks has closed more than 40 stores, while adding mobile-order pickup counters in others. Other chains like Sonic are taking advantage of vacancies to establish themselves in New York.

#bluestone-lane-roasting-llc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #pret-a-manger, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail, #starbucks-corporation

‘Frankenstein’ Coupons Worth $31 Million Result in 12-Year Sentence

Prosecutors said that a Virginia couple, with fake coupons “virtually indistinguishable” from real ones, ran one of the largest coupon fraud schemes ever discovered in the United States.

#coupons, #facebook-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #postal-service-us, #shopping-and-retail, #telegram-llc, #virginia-beach-va

No, Walmart and Litecoin Are Not Partnering

Litecoin and other digital currencies jumped by as much as 30 percent after the announcement, which was republished as legitimate by media companies.

#businesswire, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #shopping-and-retail, #thomson-reuters-corporation, #twitter, #virtual-currency, #walmart-stores-inc

Selfridges Is Now in the Wedding Business

Department stores are broadening their offerings to survive online sales. A London landmark will host your wedding.

#debenhams, #fashion-and-apparel, #great-britain, #london-england, #selfridges, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #weddings-and-engagements

Affirm and Afterpay Soar as Customers Buy Into Paying Later

Installment payment services are everywhere thanks to fresh deals with Amazon and Square. It’s a simple idea that can quickly get complicated for users.

#affirm-inc, #afterpay-touch-group-ltd, #amazon-com-inc, #content-type-service, #credit-and-debt, #e-commerce, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #personal-finances, #shopping-and-retail, #square-inc

A Jewelry Hub Hopes Gentrification Won’t Overwhelm History

In Birmingham, England, artisans worry that luxury apartments and trendy cafes may push them out of an area where jewelers have been centered since the 18th century.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #birmingham-england, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gentrification, #jewels-and-jewelry, #shopping-and-retail

Luxury’s Gray Market Is Emerging From the Shadows

New platforms and dealers able to offer steep discounts on the latest styles are becoming a powerful — and disruptive — force in the fashion industry.

#acne-studios, #australia, #bottega-veneta, #burberry, #chanel-sa, #china, #counterfeit-merchandise, #customs-tariff, #discount-selling, #e-commerce, #europe, #farfetch-com, #fashion-and-apparel, #international-trade-and-world-market, #luxottica-group-spa, #luxury-goods-and-services, #lyst-ltd, #shopping-and-retail, #tj-maxx

The Cotton Tote Crisis

You can get cotton bags pretty much everywhere. How did an environmental solution become part of the problem?

#bedat-maxine, #cotton, #fashion-and-apparel, #handbags-and-purses, #hindmarch-anya, #plastic-bags, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #reformation-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #your-feed-fashion

Telfar Enlists Captcha Tests to Fend Off Bots

In an effort to combat bots, the brand has made it more difficult to “Captcha” its shopping bags. Too difficult, perhaps.

#shopping-and-retail, #telfar-fashion-label

When Kmart Moved Out, Churches and Flea Markets Moved In

The retailer’s former stores are being used by tenants that might not typically get a crack at such a large haul of commercial space at an affordable price.

#kmart-corp, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional

People Are Now Spending More Money at Amazon Than at Walmart

Proof that the online future has arrived: The biggest e-commerce company outside China has unseated the biggest brick-and-mortar seller.

#company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #shopping-and-retail

How Amazon Won Shopping

Amazon might not be the best shopping site, but using it can feel like magic.

#amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #shopping-and-retail, #walmart-stores-inc

The Pandemic Cured Me of My Mindless Shopping Habit

A year without retail therapy changed my attitude toward shopping. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-calif, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #sustainable-living

‘Was the Astor Place Kmart Haunted?’ and Other Thoughts on Its Closing

The big-box department store received an unexpected volume of tributes after it abruptly closed in July.

#astor-place-manhattan-ny, #kmart-corp, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional

Hubert Joly Turned Around Best Buy. Now He’s Trying to Fix Capitalism.

“The more taxes I pay, the happier I am,” says Mr. Joly, who is waging a campaign to get big business to be more socially responsible.

#best-buy-company-inc, #content-type-personal-profile, #corporate-social-responsibility, #executive-compensation, #executives-and-management-theory, #harvard-university, #joly-hubert, #labor-and-jobs, #shopping-and-retail

Granny Panties of Yore Reinvented for a New Customer

ARQ undies have built a cult following based on their coverage, comfort and counterintuitive sex appeal.

#arq, #content-type-service, #lingerie-and-underwear, #quist-abigail, #shopping-and-retail, #your-feed-fashion

Target Store Closings Show Limits of Pledge to Black Communities

The shuttering of a store in Baltimore is a sobering reminder of the realities of capitalism in a moment when corporations are promising to support Black Americans.

#baltimore-md, #black-people, #cornell-brian-c, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gray-freddie-1989-2015, #mosby-nick-j, #rev-frank-lance, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #target-corporation

Grocery-to-Table Is a Challenge for Restaurants in the Pandemic

Looking for new ways to get their food to customers, chefs are reinventing their dishes as retail offerings — and it can be tricky.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #levain-bakery, #major-food-group, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #whole-foods-market-inc

What Are We Going to Wear?

Predicting the future is a huge part of retail. Trend forecasters are back at it, eyes more on TikTok than the runway, adapting to a reality no one could have predicted.

#ann-inc, #bloomingdales, #brooks-brothers, #e-commerce, #fashion-and-apparel, #j-crew-group, #macys-inc, #madewell, #nordstrom-inc, #npd-group-inc, #proms, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rent-the-runway, #shopping-and-retail

Victoria’s Secret Swaps Angels for ‘What Women Want.’ Will They Buy It?

The embattled lingerie giant is attempting the most extreme brand turnaround in recent memory: an effort not just to redefine itself but also the very idea of what “sexy” is.

#metoo-movement, #chopra-priyanka, #gu-eileen, #l-brands-inc, #lingerie-and-underwear, #rapinoe-megan, #sampaio-valentina, #shopping-and-retail, #victorias-secret, #wexner-leslie-h, #women-and-girls

The Original Ugly Sneaker Is Back: Isabel Marant’s Wedge

Remember the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers? Everyone wore them — inexplicably. Now the designer has a new version, with an even higher heel.

#fashion-and-apparel, #marant-isabel, #shopping-and-retail, #sneakers, #your-feed-fashion

Retail Sales Fell in May, in Latest Sign of a Bumpy Recovery

As more of the country is vaccinated, Americans are venturing out and spending more on lodging and entertainment, but less on goods.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #shopping-and-retail, #stimulus-economic

Netflix Online Shop to Sell Products Tied to Shows Like ‘Lupin’

You streamed it. Now you can buy it at Netflix.shop, a new site that will offer everything from a “Lupin” side table to a “Yasuke” clock.

#computers-and-the-internet, #movies, #netflix-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #web-original-programming

Is the Yeezy Gap Jacket Really Any Good?

The first product of the much-hyped collaboration made a big splash. But can Kanye West actually save Gap?

#coats-and-jackets, #fashion-and-apparel, #gap-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #west-kanye, #yeezy-fashion-label, #your-feed-fashion

Black-Owned Vintage Clothing Stores Surge

Often ignored in conversation about the booming resale industry is a long history of clothing thrifted by necessity, because of racism.

#black-people, #fashion-and-apparel, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business

Shopping Cart Theory, and Practice

An essential tool. An inspiration for artists. A public nuisance. The humble shopping cart has been all of these in the decades since it was invented. But what does it reveal about our character?

#bellingham-wash, #buffalo-ny, #california, #disabilities, #montague-julian, #scientific-american, #shopping-and-retail

Amazon Battles Mukesh Ambani for India’s E-Commerce Future

The American company sees big potential in the country’s nascent e-commerce market. Both sides view a troubled grocery store chain as the key to success.

#amazon-com-inc, #ambani-mukesh-d, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #big-bazaar-future-retail-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #foreign-investments, #future-group, #india, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #reliance-industries, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

At Grocery Stores, It’s Hard Work Picking Your Online Order

The technology needed to fulfill orders is costly for stores, and the workers who pick items off the shelves often feel the pressure of being tracked.

#delivery-services, #e-commerce, #instacart, #kroger-company, #labor-and-jobs, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #wearable-computing

Can the Pandemic Rescue Britain’s Shopping Areas? This Town Hopes So.

In a British coastal town, a major landlord is giving away free rent for two years as part of a redevelopment plan.

#bournemouth-england, #buildings-structures, #debenhams, #great-britain, #legalgeneral-group-plc, #poole-england, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

For Many Workers, Change in Mask Policy Is a Nightmare

After a shift by the C.D.C., employers withdrew mask policies that workers felt were protecting them from unvaccinated customers.

#beau-rivage-resort-and-casino, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kroger-company, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recreational-equipment-inc, #safeway-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Was a Breakout Moment for the Cannabis Industry

For many Americans, having enough marijuana was as essential as stocking up on toilet paper. And suppliers found a way to get it to them.

#aether-gardens, #canna-provisions, #florida, #fluent-cannabis, #las-vegas-nev, #marijuana, #massachusetts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business

Gap Sees Its Post-Pandemic Future Outside of Malls

The retailer’s first-quarter sales jumped 89 percent to $4 billion from a year earlier as its e-commerce continues to grow.

#company-reports, #fashion-and-apparel, #gap-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

A Bright Spot for Small Businesses: Deals on Manhattan Rents

Commercial landlords are negotiating, and many entrepreneurs see this as the perfect time to expand.

#cbre-group-inc, #douglas-elliman-real-estate, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail

A New Crop in Pennsylvania: Warehouses

Huge facilities have sprouted up in and around the Lehigh Valley, fueled by the astonishing growth of e-commerce. Some residents say the area’s landscape and long-term economic health could be threatened.

#allentown-pa, #bethlehem-steel-co, #e-commerce, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #pennsylvania, #prologis-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #trucks-and-trucking, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Rent the Runway Is Bouncing Back

The pandemic hit the world of clothing rental hard. Now, companies like Rent the Runway say the market is booming like never before.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #fashion-and-apparel, #hyman-jennifer, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rent-the-runway, #sharing-economy, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states

At Saks, Return to Office Means Mandatory Vaccines, Optional Manicures

Marc Metrick, the company’s chief executive, says employees will have more flexibility but for reasons having to do with corporate culture, “the default needs to be our office.”

#brookfield-place-manhattan-ny, #metrick-marc-j, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #telecommuting

Drama Book Shop, Backed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, to Open in June

The quirky bookstore, which sells scripts and other theater-related work, was acquired by a team of “Hamilton” alumni after years of struggle.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-reopenings, #drama-book-shop-manhattan-ny, #kail-thomas, #korins-david, #manhattan-nyc, #miranda-lin-manuel, #nederlander-james-l-1960, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seller-jeffrey, #shopping-and-retail, #theater

Leigh Perkins, Who Built Orvis Into a Lifestyle Brand, Dies at 93

In 28 years at the company’s helm, he turned a small mail-order fishing tackle shop into a sporting brand with stores all over the country.

#deaths-obituaries, #fashion-and-apparel, #fishing-sport, #hunting-and-trapping, #orvis-inc, #perkins-leigh, #shopping-and-retail

Bob Koester, Revered Figure in Jazz and Blues, Dies at 88

Mr. Koester’s Delmark Records and his Chicago record store were vital in preserving and promoting music the big labels tended to overlook.

#assn-for-the-advancement-of-creative-musicians, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #blues-music, #chicago-ill, #deaths-obituaries, #delmark-records, #jazz, #jazz-record-mart-chicago-ill-retailer, #koester-bob-1932-2021, #shopping-and-retail

A Tahini Lemon Cranberry Bar Dreams of Whole Foods

With workers at home and stores stingy with shelf space, how is a new protein bar supposed to introduce itself? Even the food giants had to adjust.

#consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #frito-lay-inc, #lupii, #milkboy, #milkboy-swiss-chocolates, #mondelez-international-inc, #pepsico-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #smpl, #snack-foods, #snackmagic, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #whole-foods-market-inc

Retail Sales Were Flat in April

Retail sales held steady in April after rising 10.7 percent the previous month, as Americans continued to spend government stimulus payments.

#commerce-department, #shopping-and-retail

The Beauty Stores, Near and Far, That Are Destinations in Their Own Right

Sought-out spots for picking up finely milled soaps, hand-sculpted makeup brushes, exquisite scents and more.

#beauty-concept, #cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #content-type-service, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #shopping-and-retail, #skin

The Brands Reimagining Natural Hair Care

Lines like Tracee Ellis Ross’s Pattern Beauty and Flawless by Gabrielle Union are offering customers more choices than ever — and helping to remake the industry at large.

#beauty-concept, #black-people, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #hair, #shampoos-and-hair-products, #shopping-and-retail

Pharmacies Are Entering the Mental Health Market

Call it the ultimate in ‘retail therapy.’ Now you can shop for mental health services at CVS, Rite Aid and other national chains.

#albertsons-inc, #anxiety-and-stress, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugstores, #mental-health-and-disorders, #rite-aid-corporation, #shopping-and-retail, #walmart-stores-inc

Covid in Hamburg: How Small Businesses Are Coping

Shops in Hamburg, Germany, have been pushed to the brink by lockdowns and curfews in the pandemic and the uncertainty of when a return to something like normal may happen.

#e-commerce, #hamburg-germany, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

To Save Penn Station, New York Wants to Build 10 Skyscrapers

The state says revenue from the new towers can finance the rebuilding of the rail terminal. But the pandemic has upended the need for office space.

#34th-street-partnership, #amtrak, #brewer-gale-a, #de-blasio-bill, #eminent-domain, #empire-state-building-manhattan-ny, #empire-state-development-corp, #infrastructure-public-works, #madison-square-garden, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #real-estate-commercial, #shopping-and-retail, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #subways, #vornado-realty-trust

‘We’re Suffering’: How Remote Work Is Killing Manhattan’s Storefronts

Landlords cut small retailers a break on rent during the pandemic, but stores are still struggling because too few office workers and tourists have returned.

#empire-state-building-manhattan-ny, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #labor-and-jobs, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #rockefeller-center-manhattan-ny, #rothmans, #rudin-management-co, #rudin-william-c, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #strausman-mark, #union-square-manhattan-ny

Where Should You Buy Your Books?

Bookstore or Amazon? Curbside pickup or delivery? We answer common questions readers might have.

#amazon-com-inc, #barnesnoble-inc, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #bookshop-org, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #shopping-and-retail

Consumer Goods Are Going to Get More Expensive

Retailers used to absorb much of the cost of goods when suppliers raised prices. Now, the difference is being passed on to shoppers.

#bureau-of-labor-statistics, #general-mills-inc, #inflation-economics, #kimberly-clark-corporation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #proctergamble-co, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states-economy