German discount supermarket chain ALDI has grown from a single suburban store to a 10,000-location global giant with a simple "less is more" strategy. Plans to grow to 2,500 US locations put the retailer on track to become the country's third-largest grocer behind Walmart and Kroger.
Toys R Us will move forward with plans to hire seasonal staffers for the holidays, despite its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week. The toy retailer has created the new position of toy demonstrator, and it expects to hire more than 12,500 part-time employees in its six largest markets.
Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.
JFL Enterprises' candy-scented hand sanitizer was the highest-rated product at GMDC's 2017 Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference. Global Brands Group's children's bath products and Bela soaps from Value Max Products came in second and third, respectively.
Forever 21 will open 10 Riley Rose specialty beauty stores this year, starting with a location in Glendale, Calif., set to debut on Sept. 30. Other fashion retailers have been expanding into the beauty category recently, including Urban Outfitters and H&M.
Birchbox turns 7 this month and will commemorate the anniversary with customer appreciation promotions and three collectible boxes. The company, which began as a beauty subscription service and expanded into e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail, turned its first profit earlier this year.
Walmart will start testing a service that gives August smart-home device users the option of having groceries and other deliveries left inside their homes. Deliv will handle delivery of the purchases, which includes putting cold food items in refrigerators and freezers, and customers will be able to use their in-home devices to watch deliveries.
Facebook is rolling out Custom Audiences for advertisers that enable them to automatically target users based on whether they have visited a brand's physical location, phoned their call center or made an in-store purchase in the previous month. The new targeting can be applied across Facebook, Instagram and Audience Network.