Retail Roundup—Walmart seeks foreign vendors; Amazon's consumables jump

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Walmart.com is looking outside the U.S. for vendors.

Walmart.com looks for foreign vendors

Walmart.com is recruiting vendors in China and other countries in an effort to boost its online offerings. Veering away from its Made-in-American campaign, Walmart’s move is out of necessity to keep up with the digital success of Amazon. (Reuters)

Staples considers sale to Office Depot

Staples is considering spinning off its 1,500 retail stores to rival Office Depot. Estimated at a sale price of between $625 million and $700 million, this deal would create the only U.S. office-supply chain, with thousands of locations. (New York Post)

JCPenney launches first-ever “Project Runway” brand

JCPenney will feature its first-ever Project Runway brand inspired by the Lifetime television series. The women’s apparel line will debut in more than 500 stores and will feature designs inspired by the season 15 winner. JCPenney will continue to be the exclusive retail partner for “Project Runway” seasons 16 and 17. (GlobeNewswire)

Amazon’s consumables up 45%

Despite a total market decline, Amazon’s sales of consumables jumped 45% from Q1 to Q2. And health and personal care products along with pet products grew an average of 46% year over year in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and France. (PR Newswire)

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