Whole Foods 365 adds 'friends,' reveals interior

Whole Foods has been slowly releasing information regarding its new 365 by Whole Foods concept, and the latest shows a no-frills, scaled-down format featuring mostly packaged and prepared foods at lower prices.

Gap needs to close more stores

Struggling retailer Gap has been closing stores and refining merchandising initiatives, but the company could need to close another 175 locations to navigate a turnaround. 

Amazon adding college pickup

Amazon is opening new pickup locations on college campuses, giving students more opportunities to order goods from the retailer.

43% of millennials use a mobile app to grocery shop

Mobile app use for grocery shopping is growing quickly, particularly among millennials. Roughly 43 percent of shoppers in this group say they use some kind of mobile app to grocery shop.

Topshop launches Top Pitch

Topshop wants to help developers create wearable technology with a fashionable bent, and the company is now offering an opportunity for startups to pitch and develop new products.

Walmart issues 'Open Call' for innovation

Walmart has issued an "Open Call" for technology innovation as the retailer continues to seek out solutions across all channels of retail.

Spotlight: Inside Ikea's VR app

Ikea's new virtual reality–enhanced mobile app lets shoppers better visualize a newly remodeled kitchen without entering the store.

Grocery retailer revamps mobile and digital

Raley's Family of Fine Stores has updated its omnichannel platform with a new web and mobile commerce program that includes curbside pickup.

Target increases Hispanic marketing

Target is expanding its marketing reach with Hispanics with a new campaign set to air during the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 28. It's part of the retailer's overall efforts to make inroads with this consumer group.

JCPenney to open 60 new Sephora stores

JCPenney is celebrating 10 years of partnering with Sephora stores and is extending the program with plans to open 60 new locations this year, including a flagship in Salinas, California.

Macy's adds Elton John, Lady Gaga to lineup

Macy's is partnering with Sir Elton John and Lady Gaga to create a new line of clothing and accessories with a purpose.

Sports Authority to liquidate

Sports Authority will abandon attempts at reorganization under Chapter 11, choosing instead to liquidate.

The Gap preps for returns from basics

The Gap is hoping that a return to basics will help fuel its transformation. New T-shirts, jeans and khakis will be arriving in stores in May, but there is a lot of uncertainty whether the once storied brand can return to cool, or profitability.

Sears closes New York design office

Sears Holdings isn't just closing stores, the company is also shutting down its apparel design office in New York.

Target tests food transparency

Target's new test into food transparency has begun in Edina, Minnesota, and already the retailer is ready to expand the program to additional locations.

Walmart dropping organic brand

Walmart is discontinuing the Wild Oats store brand of organic foods just two years after its introduction.

Chico's realigns marketing and digital commerce

Chico's FAS has realigned its marketing and digital commerce functions to better support the company's three key brands: Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma.