Retail Roundup—Urban Outfitters' sales surge; 36% shopped Amazon Prime Day

Anthropologie store front display
Sales at Anthropologie and Free People boosted Urban Outfitters' most recent quarter.

Targets taps Walmart, General Mills for grocery executives

Target has hired two new senior executives, one from Walmart and one from General Mills, to overhaul its $15 billion a year food business. The new hires include General Mills veteran Liz Nordlie and Walmart's former head of house brands in deli and bakery, Mark Kenny. (Fortune)

BJ's upgrades membership site

BJ's has announced a new desktop site that makes membership management easier and introduces some new convenience perks. For example, members will be able to access BJ's services such as online deli and bakery ordering for buy online and pickup in-store and access to Pick Up & Pay, the reservation of nonperishable products for in-store pickup. (PR Newswire)

Urban Outfitters sales surge for first time in nearly 25 years

Urban Outfitters reported a jump in sales higher than any other quarter since the company went public in 1993. In the latest quarter, the company's brands Free People and Anthropologie performed better than predicted, making the retailer optimistic that fashion apparel trends will help propel sales and improve the retail environment. (Bloomberg)

36% of shoppers bought on Amazon on Prime Day

A Periscope survey asked U.S. shoppers whether they spent money on Amazon Prime Day in 2017, and 36% of respondents said they made a purchase. That is up from 22% on Prime Day last year. It seems that more personalized messages paid off, as 34% of respondents who were not aware of Prime Day in 2016 explored the event for the first time this year. (PR Newswire)