Retail Roundup—American Eagle offers free laundry service; Albertsons' home delivery up 19%

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American Eagle's new store concept features a jean gallery.

American Eagle's new concept includes free laundry

American Eagle Outfitters has launched a new store format in New York City that focuses on denim. The AE Studio will have a first-floor jeans gallery, a repurposed apparel section and a free laundry wall for students. Students can hang out in the studio bar and seating area while their clothes are being washed. (Release)

Albertsons' home delivery up 19%

Albertsons has reported that its self-operated home delivery sales were up 19% in the latest quarter and that it will expand its click-and-collect offering. The supermarket chain said it will increase its focus on e-commerce after revenues fell 0.2%, same-store sales fell 1.8% and traffic was reportedly down 4%. (Supermarket News article)

Nordstrom to fill more than 13,000 positions for holidays

Nordstrom is planning to fill about 13,650 employee positions at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, Trunk Club and fulfillment centers for the holidays. The majority of the positions—seasonal and permanent—will be available at 122 stores in the U.S. and Canada. (Release)

Amazon accepts cash in Mexico

Amazon has launched a cash payment service in Mexico, aimed at attracting a large customer base where shoppers mostly carry paper currency. The strategy is also aimed at taking away market share from rival Walmart de Mexico, known as Walmex. (Reuters article)