Retail Roundup—Sam's Club offers online sampling, Sears Canada goes off-price

Sears Canada
Sears Canada has opened a pop-up store in Toronto to introduce its new off-price division.

American Apparel starts making goods outside U.S.

For the first time in 28 years, American Apparel will start making items outside of the United States. Previously priding itself on being a domestic apparel maker, the company is now producing shirts in Honduras and Nicaragua. (New York Post)

Eastern Outfitters wants to expedite store closings

Eastern Outfitters won a court order for an expedited hearing on its plan to shutter 48 of the 86 stores it operates under the Bob's Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports banners. The bankrupt company filed for Chapter 11 protection in February. (Reuters)

Sam's Club offers online sampling

This month, Sam's Club is introducing online sampling. Free with any purchase through April 30, members will receive six to eight products inside a Taste & Tips Sampler Bag. The bag also includes a coupon for a free hot dog in order to drive consumers to the store. (Progressive Grocer)

Sears Canada launches off-price concept

Sears Canada has opened a pop-up store in Toronto in an attempt to reverse the decline of the brand. The store introduced the new off-price division, The Cut @ Sears, which offers fashion, essentials and housewares at lower prices. (The Star)