Retail Roundup—Nordstrom cuts 106 jobs, Amazon tests click-and-collect

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Nordstrom said recent improvements have made certain positions obsolete.

Nordstrom to cut 106 jobs

Nordstrom announced it will lay off more than 100 people, including 30 in its hometown of Seattle. The positions being eliminated are all customer-care specialists who answer questions online through chat or email or via phone. The company says easier and more convenient shopping has resulted in a decrease in the number of customers needing to reach out for support. (The Seattle Times)

Amazon tests click-and-collect

Amazon is testing two click-and-collect grocery concept sites in Seattle. Known as AmazonFesh Pickup, the service will offer grocery and household items available for online ordering and free pickup for Prime members located at sites in two neighborhoods. The test is currently open only to Amazon employees. (Supermarket News)

Macy's signs exclusive deal with DKNY

Macy's signed a deal with G-III Apparel Group to be the only U.S. department store granted the rights to sell DKNY women's apparel and accessories, beginning in February 2018. The deal also covers men's outerwear and swim, which will be available in-store and on The contract will also increase and enhance DKNY shop-in-shops at Macy's stores. (Business Wire)

Apple closer to opening Chicago flagship

Construction is underway on Apple's $27 million flagship store in front of 401 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Though Apple hasn't shared details, sources speculate it will open in October. The architectural firm working on the project said the store will be a place for people to hang out, check out products, or simply enjoy the view from the plaza over the river. (Chicago Tribune)