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Industry insights from our journalists

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    How Target went from loud and proud — to silent

    The mass retailer remained quiet after pulling Pride merchandise from some stores out of safety concerns. LGBTQ+ groups, human rights advocates and marketers say that sends the wrong message.

    Daphne Howland • June 5, 2023
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    After last year’s inventory tidal wave, where do retailers go from here?

    Bare shelves are still a recent memory, but many are learning to live on leaner inventories after overstocking in 2022.

    Ben Unglesbee • May 18, 2023
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    Out of fashion: Apparel manufacturing needs a tech update

    Tied to fax machines and Excel spreadsheets, many companies are resistant to change and slow to adapt to new ways of doing business.

    Krishna Thakker • May 15, 2023
  • A round mirror with a small shelf holding a plant hangs above a blue bookcase. Items there include a lamp, another plant, books and decorative bowls. A bed with a white pillow is seen on the left.
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    Why Bed Bath & Beyond’s private labels were a bust

    The now-bankrupt home goods retailer hired the merchant who led the development of billion-dollar store brands at Target. What went wrong?

    Daphne Howland • May 10, 2023
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    What’s behind Walmart’s DTC selloffs?

    The retail giant has been ditching its e-commerce acquisitions for years to refocus on its core. But it could also mean a fresh start for Eloquii and Bonobos.

    Dani James • May 3, 2023
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    An unglamorous solution to fashion’s sustainability problem: make less stuff

    Overproduction, greenwashing and unchecked growth have created a huge problem. Experts say regulation may be the only solution, but it won't be easy.

    Lauren Schenkman • April 17, 2023
  • Four anoraks, (brown, green, blue and navy) hang on a black rack. their collars and the background are cream-colored.
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    Resale’s big secret? It may need stores

    To join the secondhand market boom, many apparel retailers and brands have turned to third-party platforms that struggle to sustain a profit.

    Daphne Howland • April 17, 2023
  • A large sign marks the entrance to an outdoor mall, with shops along a walkway, lights strung overhead and bikes parked to one side. A cloudy blue sky in the background.
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    Which mall in this California city can survive?

    A real estate mogul made his mark on three major shopping centers in Sonoma County wine country. His original vision from 1950 may be the winner.

    Daphne Howland • April 5, 2023
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    3 years later: How COVID-19 exposed the vulnerability of suppliers and workers to the power of big buyers

    A tidal wave of order cancellations in early 2020 had dire repercussions for laborers and their families. The consequences are still being felt.

    Ben Unglesbee • April 3, 2023
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    What happened to Birchbox?

    Over a year after being acquired by a women’s health company, the subscription beauty brand has a disabled website and outstanding vendor debts.

    Dani James • March 2, 2023
  • The indoor main entrance to Sweetwater music's retail store in Fort Wayne, Indiana
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    YouTubers, podcasters help Sweetwater reach a record sales year

    The pandemic led musicians to buy streaming equipment, pushing the retailer to over $1 billion in sales – all with only one physical store. 

    Nate Delesline III • Feb. 21, 2023
  • ‘MetaBirkin’ NFT creator to appeal Hermès trademark verdict

    A jury ruled against Mason Rothschild and his drawings of fur-covered luxury bags. His attorneys say the new technology doesn’t cancel the First Amendment’s protection of artwork.

    Daphne Howland • Feb. 10, 2023
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    Grocers weigh the pros and cons of scan-and-go

    Despite Wegmans’ decision to abandon the technology last year, other retailers continue to offer the convenience-focused service — and more are showing interest in it, industry officials said.

    Sam Silverstein • Jan. 25, 2023
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    9 retail trends to watch in 2023

    With the threat of a recession looming, the new year brings about a slew of challenges for retailers — but not all is gloomy.

    Retail Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2023
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    How small businesses are navigating the holiday season

    With the impact of the pandemic ongoing and inflation adding pressure, neighborhood stores are facing similar challenges as their big-box counterparts.

    Kaarin Vembar • Dec. 19, 2022
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    What is Revlon’s next chapter?

    The brand was exploring a sale even before the pandemic, but the current environment isn’t ideal for a bankrupt company trying to figure out next steps. 

    Kaarin Vembar • Dec. 14, 2022
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    Retail looks beyond its old love — the movies

    Toys and feature films go together like butter and popcorn. But with lower ticket sales and fewer blockbusters, “it's not just about movies anymore.”

    Cara Salpini • Dec. 12, 2022
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    Is Amazon done disrupting retail?

    The e-commerce giant is looking past the industry to expand its reach, and rivals have figured out ways to compete.

    Daphne Howland • Dec. 5, 2022
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    Gift giving meets revenge living: Why experiences are so important this holiday season

    Consumer spending this year could meet last year’s totals, but with fewer gifts expected to be given, landing the sale just got harder.

    Jessica Deyo • Nov. 15, 2022
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    Lululemon didn’t change activewear, it changed apparel

    The Canadian brand introduced retail to athleisure. Now Brooks Brothers sells stretch dress shirts and Levi’s owns a yoga business.

    Cara Salpini • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Holiday hangovers: Can retailers clear out their inventory piles as the season ramps up?

    After declarations about “decisive” actions to clear excess goods earlier this year, levels are still high and markdowns rampant. 

    Ben Unglesbee • Oct. 31, 2022
  • Lana Provost, a UPS package handler, loads packages into a truck at the UPS Centennial Ground Hub on December 6, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    UPS and FedEx rate increases are coming. Here’s how shippers can prepare.

    Experts note that shipping rates are negotiable, but how amenable the delivery giants will be to concessions is up for debate.

    Max Garland • Oct. 28, 2022
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    Gap’s real Yeezy problem

    The struggling brand is left with garbage bags full of clothes from a collaboration meant to revitalize its fortunes.

    Daphne Howland • Oct. 25, 2022
  • Retail would like to buy a vowel

    Brands are turning to naming strategies like spelling words incorrectly and cutting out vowels. But it’s about much more than domain availability.

    Cara Salpini • Oct. 24, 2022
  • A brown-brick facade with a white "Kohl's" sign decorates a cream-colored building and main entrance of a store, with small trees in the foreground.
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    Is Kohl’s ready for a change?

    Activists are at it again, pushing the department store to improve its results. But some observers say it must do more than shake up its board.

    Daphne Howland • Oct. 17, 2022