Gap is taking its Athleta workout brand to Canada, rival Lululemon’s home turf at CNBC. “It marks the women’s athletic apparel brand’s first expansion outside of the United States. Gap said Athleta will launch online in the Canadian market later this summer, followed by the opening of company-owned retail stores in North York, Ontario, and West Vancouver, British Columbia, this fall.” Read more
…Lululemon is testing a resale program where shoppers can sell and buy used items in its stores at CNBC. “Starting in May, Lululemon customers in California and Texas will be able to trade in gently used Lululemon items, in a store or by mail, in exchange for a Lululemon gift card. The following month, those gently used items will start to be sold to people…” Read more
Jeff Bezos gives Washington governor a tour of homeless shelter attached to Amazon HQ at GeekWire. “…the Amazon CEO is seen touring the year-old facility with Inslee and Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary’s Place. Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez is also present, and at one point in the video she’s seen cradling a baby in her arms while she and Bezos chat with a woman who calls facility staff “amazing” and “100% supportive.” 1:36 video/Read more
BJ’s Wholesale Club appoints Bob Eddy as President and CEO; Laura Felice named EVP, CFO “Paul Cichocki…has been named EVP, Chief Commercial Officer, and will oversee merchandising, membership, marketing and analytics. Bill Werner…has been appointed EVP, Strategy and Development and will lead the Company’s market expansion and key strategic initiatives…” Press release
Procter & Gamble will raise prices in September – price increases announced on baby products, adult diapers and feminine-care brands at Fox Business. Read more
Target taps diverse designers for limited-time dress collection “…featuring three celebrated designers: ALEXIS, Christopher John Rogers and RIXO.” Press release
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H&M is letting customers hire a men’s suit for free for 24 hours at Business Insider. “The brand said it wanted anyone attending a job interview “to make a powerful first impression.” Read more
Amazon is opening a hair salon in London to trial new technology at The Verge. “Unlike the company’s cashierless Go grocery stores (which expanded to London last month), Amazon Salon does not seem to be a beachhead for an industry invasion. “This will be an experiential venue where we showcase new products and technology, and there are no current plans to open any other Amazon Salon locations,” said the company in a blog post.” Read more
Lowe’s Canada recognized as one of the country’s greenest employers Press release
Bed Bath & Beyond launches spa-inspired store brand “…found that 40% of Americans linger in the bathroom longer than they need to just to get more alone time.” Press release
Masiar Tayebi will join SpartanNash as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer “Prior to joining SpartanNash, Mr. Tayebi was Global Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Whirlpool Corporation.” Press release
Why 20-Somethings Are Dressing Like Senior Citizens at Wall Street Journal. “Thanks to Instagram accounts like @Gramparents and books like ‘Chinatown Pretty,’ milllenials and Gen-Z are coming to appreciate their gray-haired elders’ fashion sense.” WSJ subs.
Venmo is joining big brother PayPal in offering cryptocurrencies for the first time
Geico admits fraudsters stole customers’ drivers license numbers for months
IKEA owner sets aside 4 bln euros for green power projects
Report: Biden administration is planning to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes
HBR: Did 4% of Americans Really Drink Bleach Last Year?
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