CVS to roll out HealthHUB concept to more US markets | Lululemon serves lunch at its newest store | Dollar General courts more affluent shoppers with home, party goods
July 12, 2019
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CVS to roll out HealthHUB concept to more US markets
CVS to roll out HealthHUB concept to more US markets
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CVS will expand its HealthHUB concept to a slew of new markets in early 2020, in an effort to grow the concept to 1,500 locations in the next two years. As part of the retailer's $70 billion acquisition of Aetna, many of the new HealthHUBs will be located in markets forecast to have higher levels of consumers with chronic diseases.
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Lululemon serves lunch at its newest store
Lululemon Athletica opened a 20,000-square-foot Chicago flagship this week that includes a restaurant called Fuel, which will serve healthy dishes, burgers and draft beer. The store will also feature space for up to 10 daily workout classes, and give customers the option of borrowing workout wear for their sessions.
Eater/Chicago (7/11),  Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (7/11) 
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Dollar General courts more affluent shoppers with home, party goods
Dollar General courts more affluent shoppers with home, party goods
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Dollar General aims to boost profits and attract higher-income shoppers with higher-margin goods including home decor items, candles and gift bags, now available at more than 1,000 of its stores. The new home and party sections will roll out to about 1,400 more of the discount retailer's 15,000 US stores by year's end.
CNN (7/11) 
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Charming Charlie to close all stores, end online sales
Charming Charlie to close all stores, end online sales
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Fashion and accessories retailer Charming Charlie will shutter all 261 of its remaining locations by the end of next month. The retailer has also ceased online sales after filing for bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than two years.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (7/11),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/11) 
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Retail Trends
American Eagle, Sephora expand into CBD category
Sephora and American Eagle Outfitters are joining the growing list of retailers with plans to sell CBD health and beauty products. Sephora has begun rolling out the CBD-infused Lord Jones skin care line, and in October American Eagle will start selling products from Green Growth Brands, which recently struck similar deals to sell its body care line at Abercrombie & Fitch and DSW.
Glossy (tiered subscription model) (7/12),  CNBC (7/11) 
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Walmart, Target, Kohl's to win BTS shoe shoppers in Payless' stead
Payless ShoeSource generated nearly 4% of US kids' shoe sales last year, according to NPD Group, and the chain's store closures this year could mean bigger back-to-school footwear sales for some other retailers. Parents who bought shoes at Payless also spent at Walmart, Target and Kohl's, NPD found.
Footwear News (7/11) 
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    Retail Technology
    IKEA to expand smart home products
    IKEA to expand smart home products
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    IKEA plans to release a new lineup of smart home products, including a water-resistant wireless remote, motion sensor, spotlights, its first Tradfri filament LED bulb and an E12 bulb for ceiling fans and chandeliers. The products will be compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
    The Verge (7/11) 
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    Kroger to build next robotic fulfillment center in Ga.
    Kroger to build next robotic fulfillment center in Ga.
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    Kroger will build its next robotic fulfillment center near Atlanta in partnership with Ocado. The $55 million facility will be outfitted with automated, robot-driven solutions and is one of 20 planned centers.
    The Spoon (7/11),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Cincinnati (7/11) 
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    NRF News
    How Zulily built a culture of data-driven decision making
    As manager of media and partnerships for Zulily, Brian Doherty leverages "both the art and science of retail marketing" to create "compelling, engaging and effective" campaigns that he says build bridges between brands and customers. Ahead of his presentation at the NRF NXT conference later this month in Las Vegas, Doherty explains how non-engineers can work with advanced technology and embrace a data-driven culture. Read more.
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    NRF SmartStat: July 12, 2019
    About 59% of back-to-school and back-to-college shoppers plan to look for deals during Amazon's Prime Day event next week. Source: NRF/Prosper Insights & Analytics.
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    Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass named "The Visionary" 2020
    NRF will name Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass as "The Visionary," an award given each year to an outstanding leader in the retail industry. The award will be presented during the sixth annual NRF Foundation Honors next January in New York City. Gass will also be a keynote speaker at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail's Big Show. Read more.
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    A&W's recipe for growth calls for dashes of past, future
    A&W's recipe for growth calls for dashes of past, future
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    A&W turns 100 this year, and the brand's growth strategy melds the past and the future. The chain has resumed brewing its signature root beer in each of its 600 US locations and serving it in frosty glass mugs instead of paper cups, and a meatless burger was added to the menu in a nod to the current plant-based craze.
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