October 13, 2021
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Target and the Target Foundation have committed to invest $100 million over the next four years in programs, nonprofits and other groups dedicated to amplifying Black voices. The plan includes scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the retailer will also be a founding supporter of Detroit's Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design, which is slated to reopen in March.
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Macy's courts sports fans with new Fanatics deal
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Macy's has signed a long-term deal with sports gear merchandiser Fanatics to expand Macy's offerings of sports apparel, fan gear and other sports-related merchandise through its digital channels. The products will be available on Macy's website and mobile app, and Fanatics will handle order fulfillment and shipping.
Full Story: Women's Wear Daily (10/12) 
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Target wants to add its cool factor to grocery
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Target's rapid grocery growth is being built on the same "cool factor" that has earned the retailer a cult following in many nonfood categories, and future strategy calls for "generating guest love in food and beverage by leaning into the strengths that differentiate us," Target's Rick Gomez said. Gomez breaks down the "Tarjay" approach to grocery, both in-store and online, and says it is finding success by being "unapologetically Target."
Full Story: Progressive Grocer (10/12) 
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Nordstrom aims to hire 28,600 staffers in the US and Canada in preparation for the holidays, up from 22,000 last year. The new regular and seasonal hires will fill posts at namesake and Nordstrom Rack stores, warehouses and customer care centers.
Full Story: Women's Wear Daily (10/12) 
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Retail Trends
Bloomingdale's small-format Bloomie's store that opened in Virginia this summer features rotating curated collections of luxury goods, tailored to local tastes and designed with millennials and Gen Zers in mind. The store is the first Bloomie's location and the retailer expects to learn from shoppers as it makes plans for the concept, Bloomingdale's executive Denise Magid said.
Full Story: Modern Retail (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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President Joe Biden is expected to release a plan to ease West Coast port congestion by expanding operating hours at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., to 24 hours. Representatives from Walmart, Home Depot, FedEx and UPS are on a list of attendees scheduled to meet virtually with Biden today, as are NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and representatives from the ports and the groups that represent supply chain workers.
Full Story: CNBC (10/13) 
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Whole Foods foragers focus on local suppliers
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The local options at Whole Foods Market are among the key reasons for its success and the grocer's regionally based teams of foragers are tasked with ensuring plenty of locally sourced items are available. Forager Chris Manca discusses his job and the role he played in helping launch a new Whole Foods store in Massapequa, N.Y.
Full Story: Winsight Grocery Business (10/12) 
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NRF News
Join NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz and Senior Director for Industry and Consumer Insights Katherine Cullen as they discuss NRF's 2021 holiday sales forecast and consumer spending and shopping trends. Register for the webinar, taking place Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
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About 36% of consumers are getting Halloween inspiration via online search. Source: NRF's Annual 2021 Halloween Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.
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In Women's Wear Daily's new consumer journey report, developed in partnership with American Express, retail leaders and industry experts provide insights on how brands and merchants can maintain a strong shopper experience. Understanding the new customer journey requires investing in safety, prioritizing sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion, and leveraging data. Read more.
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Chain Restaurant News
CKE Restaurants Holdings has combined the operations and supply chain functions of its Hardee's and Carl's Jr. chains and promoted longtime executive John Dunion to chief operating officer. Dunion, who will lead the combined divisions, has held several roles since joining the company in 1996, and his earlier resume includes stints at Taco Bell and Jack in the Box.
Full Story: Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (10/12) 
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