October 27, 2021
Retail Roundup
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J.C. Penney picks Levi's, Walmart vet as new CEO
Rosen (Amy E. Price/Getty Images)
J.C. Penney has hired former Levi Strauss & Co. executive Marc Rosen as its new CEO, succeeding Stanley Shashoua who has served as interim CEO since January, after the department store retailer was acquired by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management. Rosen, whose resume also includes a 14-year stint at Walmart in a variety of roles, will take up the new post next week.
Full Story: The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (10/26),  Women's Wear Daily (10/26) 
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Costco boosted its starting hourly wage to $17 this week, after raising it from $15 to $16 early this year. More than half the retailer's staffers earn over $25 per hour, and Costco boasts a high retention rate, with staffers staying for an average of nine years.
Full Story: Business Insider (tiered subscription model) (10/26) 
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Sam's Club's approximately 600 stores have been fully staffed for the past three months, even in the midst of a tight labor market, CEO Kathryn McLay said. The Walmart-owned retailer's $15-per-hour minimum wage and $17.30-per-hour average wage, along with clear paths to careers in areas like cake decorating and forklift driving, have kept staffers loyal, McLay said.
Full Story: Business Insider (tiered subscription model) (10/26),  Yahoo (10/26) 
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Target will open a small-format store in Midtown Detroit, marking the retailer's return to a city it left with the closure of its Eight Mile store in August 2003. The new 32,000-square-foot location will be part of a mixed-use apartment and hotel project called City Club Apartments.
Full Story: The Detroit News (10/25) 
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General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness News
Tropicana toothpaste rescues juice fans from aftertaste
PepsiCo's Tropicana brand is addressing the bad aftertaste related to drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth by releasing Tropicana Toothpaste. The product does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to create the aftertaste, and will be available on a limited basis next month via the brand's Instagram account.
Full Story: Thrillist (10/22),  DesignTAXI (10/25) 
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Tenoverten debuted 14 new products on its website Wednesday as the product and service company with two nail salons shifts its focus to product sales. The company plans to sell its nail care line online and continue partnerships with Target, Goop and Violet Grey.
Full Story: Glossy (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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Innovation and Retail Technology
Unseen is bringing its innovative science to the beauty industry with a new eye cream that glitters when photographed but looks gray in real life. Unseen is known for its hair color that changes with the temperature and its headpieces with gemstones that are different colors based on the wearer's brain activity.
Full Story: Wallpaper (10/22) 
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Industry and Consumer trends
Retailers are increasingly opting to own their own industrial space to save money and remain in control of their supply chains, with the 25 largest US retailers acquiring 38 million rentable square feet of new space last year, according to CoStar Group. "These properties are essential to getting the goods that you need into the country and flowing through the supply chain to the consumer," said CoStar's Juan Arias.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (10/26) 
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