Unilever has bought Dollar Shave Club, the men's grooming company credited with disrupting the category and offering alternatives to more mainstream brands carried in stores.
Walmart may have backed away from its small-store format but Target is forging ahead, opening four new small-format city stores this week. Story
Macy's is launching a new mobile platform powered by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence and Satisfi, an intelligent engagement platform. "Macy's on Call" is being tested at 10 Macy's locations nationwide. Story
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Amazon reports that more than 7,000 of its warehouse workers have taken courses through the company's Career Choice Program. The program is set up to help workers leave their current hourly positions and move into better-paying careers such as nursing, truck driving, and information technology.
Sephora will relaunch its Sephora Collection private label this fall with the help of new digital features on both on mobile and desktop. The "swipe it, shop it" and "beauty uncomplicator" features will help shoppers find the products they are looking for.
Safeway's e-commerce site topped the list of the 10 most popular U.S. shopping websites in June. According to analytics company SimilarWeb, the online grocer had the most pages viewed per visit on desktop, averaging more than 22 pages per customer visit.
Target has announced the hiring of Ben Cook as senior VP, global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment. Cook comes to Target after most recently serving as director of logistics and supply chain strategy at Apple.
As many as 85 percent of parents said they would use a smartphone for help as they shopped for back-to-school items, according to a report commissioned by location-based mobile advertising platform Retale. And 89 percent of these consumers also reported they would shop based on mobile promotions.
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Verizon has acquired Yahoo's operating business for $4.83 billion, adding to its stable of digital media and advertising holdings.
One of the reasons social media is a popular and impactful channel for marketers is that interactions on social are happening in real time, meaning that marketers need to be quick on their feet when making decisions about social campaign management.