Walmart and Home Depot were ranked among the top five brands with the biggest impact on U.S. communities, according to consumers.

Ace Hardware reports that sales are up 9% in the latest quarter, Alibaba is investing in Chinese brick-and-mortar, plus more need-to-know news from the world…

Estee Lauder has announced a partnership with Google that will allow consumers to receive personalized beauty advice at home.

Amazon and Calvin Klein partner for holiday pop-ups, Bon-Ton will shutter 40 locations in 2018, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Sears is beginning Black Friday early, Shopify is partnering with UPS for better delivery deals, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Bankrupt Toys R Us is seeking bonuses for top execs, Loblaw is starting online delivery, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

According to an FTI Consulting survey, 61% of retailers agree that adding new stores is critical to their sales growth, compared to 93% of landlords.

It seems consumers are moving away from brand sites and turning toward marketplaces.