Kohl's to restructure some divisions | The Body Shop embraces "open hiring" | Analysts: Outbreak likely to cause US inventory shortages
February 13, 2020
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Kohl's to restructure some divisions
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Kohl's will streamline parts of its workforce in a restructuring that will eliminate 250 positions without closing stores or offices, the company said. The retailer will reorganize teams in its merchant division and eliminate a layer of regional store-leadership positions.
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The Body Shop embraces "open hiring"
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Retailer The Body Shop will start "open hiring," a recruiting process that does not require applicants to submit to background checks or drug screens and hires them on a first-come, first-served basis. The model, pioneered by a bakery in New York, aims to eliminate barriers to employment and reduce turnover.
Full Story: Fast Company online (2/12) 
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Analysts: Outbreak likely to cause US inventory shortages
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Target and Best Buy are among the 19 US retailers likely to see merchandise shortages this spring as the coronavirus outbreak keeps factories in China closed or understaffed, Wells Fargo analysts note. Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods are also on the list of retailers likely to experience shortages by about mid-April.
Full Story: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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Walmart extends its beef supply chain with Ga. plant
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Walmart has opened a case-ready beef plant in Georgia in an effort to improve the quality of its food offerings, and may look to vertically integrate more aspects of its supply chains, according to a CoBank Knowledge Exchange division report. "Walmart is not a new face to the beef industry, but the way that they're going to be playing in the future is going to be very different," said CoBank's Will Sawyer.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (2/11) 
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Retail Trends
No other bidders emerged to challenge the $81 million offer for Forever 21 made by Simon Property Group, Brookfield Property Partners and Authentic Brands Group. Keeping Forever 21 afloat is important partly because the loss of a major tenant might lead smaller mall tenants to seek rent cuts or, in some cases, attempt to terminate their leases.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/11) 
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Department stores including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue are continuing to innovate and stay relevant, said James Miller, CEO of fashion conglomerate The Collected Group. "They have a specific customer who may be different than a Rent the Runway model, and that customer needs to be serviced differently," he said.
Full Story: Glossy (tiered subscription model) (2/12) 
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Independent bookstores that have learned to reinvent themselves and succeed in the age of Amazon could offer lessons for retailers in other segments, said Harvard professor Ryan Raffaelli, who wrote a study on the subject. Successful indies have built communities with their customers and created unique experiences that give shoppers a reason to return.
Full Story: Forbes (2/12) 
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Whether it's two-day shipping, mobile apps that let customers browse their local shop, or services like buy online, pick up in store, retailers have been setting new standards for easily finding and receiving items. In the latest issue of the Consumer View report, NRF surveyed shoppers to uncover the role convenience plays throughout the purchasing process. Learn more.
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About 27% of those celebrating Valentine's Day say they will buy gifts for their pets this year, spending an average of $12.21. Source: NRF/Prosper Insights & Analytics.
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Carl's Jr., Hardee's say "Feed Your Happy"
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72andSunny New York created a "Feed Your Happy" joint campaign for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's that introduces a new limited-time Big Fried Cheese Angus Thickburger and features brand mascot Happy Star. A series of spots show Happy Star bringing some levity to boring "adulting" moments, such as attending work meetings, and the campaign will include Twitter content from the The Brand Amp, radio ads touting a 1-800 number for fans to talk to Happy Star and possible TikTok plans.
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