7-Eleven now delivering to parks and beaches | Prada to make nylon bags from plastic waste | ALDI grows test of smaller-format Local stores
June 25, 2019
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7-Eleven now delivering to parks and beaches
7-Eleven now delivering to parks and beaches
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7-Eleven has expanded its delivery app to include 2,000 public "hot spots" like parks and beaches, with plans to reach 200,000 places. The convenience retailer charges a flat $3.99 delivery fee with no minimum purchase.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/24) 
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Prada to make nylon bags from plastic waste
Italian luxury brand Prada will start making nylon bags with recycled material under the "Re-Nylon" brand and phase out virgin nylon altogether by 2021. The nylon will be sourced from Aquafil, a synthetic fiber company that turns plastic waste into nylon yarn.
The Business of Fashion (6/24) 
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ALDI grows test of smaller-format Local stores
ALDI will open its second Local store in the UK this week and convert six other locations to the small format. The moves are part of an expanded test by the retailer to determine whether it will make the concept permanent.
RetailGazette.co.uk (U.K.) (6/24) 
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Fred Segal to export Los Angeles style to Asia
Iconic Los Angeles fashion retailer Fred Segal is sealing partnership deals to expand to international markets, starting with China, Japan and Korea, Chairman Jeff Lotman said. "L.A. is a space we've owned for a long time, and it's one that is truly exportable. People want to do business with us," he said.
Glossy (tiered subscription model) (6/25) 
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Retail Trends
Retailers see growth potential on campus
Retailers see growth potential on campus
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Back-to-school spending hit a record $55.3 billion last year, according to NRF, and retailers are more frequently eyeing college campuses as a place to win more of students' year-round spending and build customer loyalty. About one-quarter of Target's 100 small-format stores are on campuses, and Amazon has created fulfillment centers near campuses for easy pickup of online orders.
Footwear News (6/24) 
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Sam's Club partners with Instacart on alcohol delivery
Walmart-owned Sam's Club announced its launch of same-day alcohol delivery through Instacart. The service is now offered in 12 states and a total of 215 stores, with plans for expansion, and members can order from the in-house Member's Mark brand as well as major brands like Tito's Handmade Vodka and Kendall Jackson.
TechCrunch (6/24) 
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Indy bookstores find success in community building
Once at the mercy of huge chains such as Barnes and Noble, independent bookstores have experienced a resurgence by branching out into nonbook merchandise, putting on events and investing in their local communities. "Independent bookstores have become anchors of authenticity. This is almost like a social movement," said assistant professor Ryan Raffaelli, who has studied these new business practices.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/23) 
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    Retail Technology
    Walmart debuts WhatsApp delivery service in Mexico
    Walmart has joined with mobile messaging app WhatsApp to offer grocery delivery at its Superama locations in Mexico. Users can send a message with their grocery list to the Walmart WhatsApp number as a photo of a handwritten list or a text message, and the order will be delivered within 90 minutes or can be scheduled for a later time.
    Reuters (6/24) 
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    NRF News
    Barnes & Noble goes back to school to attract Generation Z
    With 1,400 campus bookstores across the United States, Barnes & Noble College has a front-row seat to the retail preferences of a demographic group that changes ever four-to-five years. One result is that B&N College has changed its delivery model, reimagining its retail locations into dynamic, interactive hubs. Learn more about why this bricks-and-mortar retailer has become a campus hub in NRF's STORES magazine. Read more.
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    NRF SmartStat: June 25, 2019
    About 26% of those celebrating the Fourth of July plan to purchase patriotic merchandise this year. Source: NRF/Prosper Insights & Analytics.
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    Lessons in mobile, machine learning from Zulily
    Online retailer Zulily uses intelligent automation as part of a daily personalization process that serves up the right message at the right time on the right channel. Brian Doherty, head of partnerships, will discuss strategies for retailers who want to reap the benefits of data-driven techniques next month at the NRF NXT 2019 conference in Las Vegas. Register.
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    Chain Restaurant News
    Fresh beef gave McDonald's burger market share a boost
    McDonald's Quarter Pounder reports its sales were up by 40 million burgers in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, after the chain switched to fresh beef. The change helped McDonald's increase its share of the informal-dining burger market for the first time since 2014.
    Restaurant Business online (6/24),  CNBC (6/24) 
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