Target to revive Toys R Us online | Walgreens, Kroger to end e-cigarette sales | Best Buy bets on national job fairs to recruit holiday hires
October 8, 2019
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Target to revive Toys R Us online
Target to revive Toys R Us online
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Target will team with TRU Kids, the new owner of Toys R Us, to manage the relaunch of the brand's online retail arm. The site will roll out as ToysRUs.com, and customers who click to buy will be redirected to Target, which will handle sales and order fulfillment.
CNBC (10/8),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (10/8) 
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Walgreens, Kroger to end e-cigarette sales
Walgreens, Kroger to end e-cigarette sales
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Kroger and Walgreens have both announced plans to stop selling e-cigarettes amid health concerns and increasingly complex regulations around the products. Walgreens hasn't publicly announced a timeline for removing the products from its 9,500 stores and Kroger plans to stop after selling through its current inventory.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (10/7),  The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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Best Buy bets on national job fairs to recruit holiday hires
Best Buy bets on national job fairs to recruit holiday hires
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Best Buy will hold a series of hiring events across the country this month to recruit thousands of seasonal staffers in a tight labor market, the retailer said. US retailers are expected to hire between 530,000 and 590,000 temporary staffers this holiday season, according to an NRF forecast.
CNBC (10/7) 
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Walmart's Bonobos plans to trim staff
Walmart-owned men's clothing retailer Bonobos will trim dozens of jobs from its 600-person staff as Walmart seeks to stem losses from its e-commerce division. Bonobos launched in 2007 as an online brand, expanded with brick-and-mortar showrooms and was acquired by Walmart in 2017.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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Gander Outdoors to shutter some Midwest stores
Gander Outdoors is preparing to close stores in Eden Prairie and Bemidji, Minn., store employees said, as well as several other locations Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama, Illinois and New York. The moves are part of the retailer's plan to sell, shutter or repurpose 37 locations as it continues to expand its focus on recreational vehicles.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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Retail Trends
Survey: Teens trim spending this fall
Teen spending has dipped 4% from the same time last year and 10% from the spring, according to Piper Jaffray's biannual survey of US teens from households with an average income of $65,400. Food remains the biggest spending category for male teens and the second-biggest for females, with Chick-fil-A topping the list of favorite eateries, and Nike and American Eagle Outfitters rank first and second among fashion brands, which represent the top spending category for female teens.
CNBC (10/8) 
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Lego gives customers an easy way to donate old bricks
Lego gives customers an easy way to donate old bricks
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Lego has launched Lego Replay, a program that will provide free mailing labels to customers who want to turn in old Lego bricks, which the company will clean up and donate to after-school programs that need them. The program stemmed from customer requests for an eco-friendly way to find new uses for the old toys, said Lego executive Tim Brooks.
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    Target has pledged $250,000 to the University of Minnesota to fund scholarships, grants, fellowships, curriculum and networking opportunities with the goal of graduating more students with cybersecurity skills. "Of course I'll be happy if we get a bunch of energetic, smart students from the U to work here at Target, but really the bigger mission is inspiring the next generation of cybersecurity leaders," said Rich Agostino, Target's chief information security officer.
    Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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    NRF announces Microsoft CEO as opening keynote for Big Show
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail's Big Show in New York City in January. He will share his thoughts on the future of retail and how technology can help the industry transform. Learn more and register.
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    NRF SmartStat: Oct. 8, 2019
    About 87% of parents say their children influence at least some aspect of their purchases, either for household items or for themselves. Source: NRF Consumer View Fall 2019.
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    Fall networking dinners bring retailers together
    NRF will host regional dinners in three cities this month, giving retailers the chance to network, share insights and grow the retail community. Upcoming dinners will take place in Columbus, Ohio; San Francisco and Seattle. Space is limited, so register early to secure a spot. Learn more.
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