Retail Roundup—Amazon debuts smart homes; Costco's e-commerce jumps 43%

Costco
Costco had a big jump in e-commerce sales in April. (Mike Mozart/CC BY 2.0)

Amazon debuts model smart homes

Amazon has set up a model smart homes around the U.S. for consumers to experience how the company's technology products work. Amazon has partnered with Lennar Corp. to convert some of the home construction company’s model homes into Alexa showrooms. (Reuters)

Costco e-commerce sales jump 43%

Costco reported that e-commerce sales jumped 43.1% for the month of April. Sales were up all around, as overall sales were up 12.1% in the month, and same-store sales rose 7.3%. (MarketWatch)

Toys R Us executives leaving with bonuses

Toys R Us CEO David Brandon and other top executives are leaving bankrupt Toys R Us next week, and many are exiting with cash bonuses. Sales associates, however, are expected to stay on until the final stores close in late July. (New York Post)

Coach turns to customization

Tapestry, the parent company of Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, is expanding its customization options with two new platforms that allow consumers to personalize products. After launching Coach Create and Kate Spade Make It Mine in 2017, the programs are now incorporating more products, categories and store locations. (Glossy)

Read more on