Costco's decision to stop serving Polish hot dogs at its food courts in favor of healthier menu items has drawn opposition, and two online petitions to bring the dogs back have garnered about 25,000 signatures. Costco kept its best-selling regular hot dog on the menu, and rival Sam's Club recently brought back its Polish hot dog nationwide.
Swiss watch brand Swatch Group added more than 800 new staffers in the first half of 2018 as a result of growing demand that could generate a double-digit rise in sales this year, CEO Nick Hayek said. The company has also boosted its investment in diamonds and gold, raising inventory levels to a record high.
Summer pop-ups are proving increasingly popular, especially in upscale vacation destinations like the Hamptons. "The experience of leisure shopping and capturing customers while they're relaxed and have time to browse and discover can be a very effective way to expand market share," Abrams Global founder and CEO Andrea Abrams said.
Build-a-Bear has revamped a pay-your-age promotion that overwhelmed the retailer with long lines and delays during a one-day event last week. The new deal limits the promotion to bonus club members up to age 14, who can pay their age to buy the Birthday Treat Bear during their birthday month.
Eighty-year-old retailer Paul Stuart is using machine learning to gain insights into its customers and tailor digital marketing messages based on shopper profiles. The effort began with the goal of creating a combined database for in-store and online shoppers, and the first marketing efforts focused on email messaging.
Automaker Hyundai has created an online showroom on Amazon's auto research site, Amazon Vehicles. The showroom will provide a dealership locator and give users the ability to see inventory listings and schedule test drives.
Amazon's Prime Day sales event generated an estimated $4.2 billion in sales, a 33% increase from Prime Day 2017, according to Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst. Shoppers bought more than 100 million items, according to Amazon, and gadgets including the Echo Show and the Fire TV Stick proved particularly popular.
Costco Wholesale has launched online sales of non-perishable groceries in Southern Ontario, marking the retailer's first Canadian e-commerce effort. Costco already offers online shopping in the US and expects to eventually expand the service to more markets in Canada.
Upscale lingerie brand La Perla will launch an online retail site in India later this year to sell its lingerie, accessories and other fashions. The company will also add a men's line and grow its shop-at-home network in the country.
Demand for self-checkout is growing from both retailers and consumers. As retailers adopt new payment and scanning technologies, though, the systems could be further opening the door to theft, creating more headaches for loss prevention departments. Read more in STORES.
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