About 81% of back-to-school shoppers plan to shop at mass merchants, up 24% from last year, and 28% plan to shop at off-price retailers, up from 10% in 2016.

Generation Z prefers shopping malls, the Echo was Prime Day's best-selling product, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Consumers ranked Ace Hardware and Costco as the top choices in the home improvement and furnishings categories.

Best Buy offers connected home services for seniors, Alibaba rolls out a U.S. network, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Whole Foods will open 365 in Florida, Gymboree will shutter 350 stores, Abercrombie is no longer for sale, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Estée Lauder has launched a lipstick adviser that helps customers to find their ideal shade through Facebook.

Brandboom launches AI to keep up with the new pace of retail.

Lululemon and Pottery Barn partner on a home decor line, Yesway introduces a rewards program, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.