April 30, 2015

A look at brands and categories that are growingI read CSA editor-in-chief Marianne Wilson’s recent “From the Editor’s Desk” column (page 8, March 2015 issue, Chain Store Age) with great interest. Her piece — “The store is back (even though it never left)” — touched on the topic of brick-and-mortar retail expansion and “the relevance of offline retail in an omnichannel world.”The article got me thinking in more detail about the retail expansion we are seeing in 2015. What brands are growing?

April 15, 2015

Chinese direct sales company JD.com Inc. is launching JD Worldwide, its new cross-border e-commerce platform that directly challenges Alibaba.

April 6, 2015

Amazon.com Inc. has expanded Prime Now service to Atlanta. The expedited delivery service, offered exclusively as a benefit to Prime members, provides one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items through a mobile app.

April 6, 2015

Nordstrom has implemented new Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management and Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management solutions to support its expansion in Canada.

March 13, 2015

Fashion-forward retailer H&M will open a new store at Golden Triangle Mall, in Denton, Texas.

March 10, 2015

Tween and teen retailer Five Below will open three stores in Alabama, its first ever in the state, on March 13.

March 2, 2015

Samsung Electronics Co. added new fire to the mobile payment market and its competition with Apple, unveiling two new flagship Galaxy smartphones and a mobile payments system in partnership with MasterCard.

March 2, 2015

The Running Specialty Group (RSG), a division of The Finish Line, has expanded its presence in the New York City area with the addition of JackRabbit Sports, consisting of four locations.

February 13, 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart, which was acquired by grocer Loblaw nearly a year ago, is testing the sale of fresh foods in select locations, according to published reports.

February 12, 2015

Technology lovers who fall in love have a new online wedding registry option.

February 11, 2015

Amazon.com keeps on rolling out new products, technologies and services.

February 11, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores is giving a big boost to its Canadian operations even as Target shuts downs its failed Canadian venture.

February 9, 2015

Alibaba Holding Group Inc. is bolstering its mobile commerce position by purchasing a $590 million minority stake in Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu.

January 26, 2015

Uniqlo will enter Canada in the fall of 2016, opening a store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto, and one at the Toronto Eaton Centre.

January 8, 2015

The Shopping Center Group announced its continued expansion with the addition of a California brokerage team of industry veterans.

December 17, 2014

Baidu, China’s leading search engine, is investing an unspecified amount of money in U.S. online transportation service Uber.

December 10, 2014

Costco Wholesale Corp. beat Wall Street expectations for net income and sales during the first quarter of fiscal 2015. 

December 9, 2014

JDA Software announced the creation of JDA Labs – a research and development group assembled to drive game-changing innovation.

December 4, 2014

While some retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, are ramping up their store presence in China,  Best Buy Co. is pulling up stakes. 

December 4, 2014

Starbucks Coffee Company isn’t resting on its laurels. The chain’s five-year strategic growth plan—unveiled Thursday at its biennial Investor Day—includes new store formats,  expanded food offerings, and digital initiatives.

December 3, 2014

Academy Service Group, a nationwide provider of facility maintenance services, has acquired Absolute Maintenance, a Northern New Jersey-based facilities maintenance fleet.

November 25, 2014

The country as a whole has weathered some difficult economic times in the past several years, with the Northeast among the hardest-hit regions. The Northeast retail real estate market felt the impact of both fewer shoppers as consumers moved to areas of the country with better job opportunities, and reductions in the size and frequency of shopping trips.

However, just as the economic prospects of the country have started improving of late, so too have the economic prospects of the Northeast started improving, with the regional real estate market benefiting.

November 21, 2014

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has entered into a franchise agreement with Grupo AXO to establish a retail store presence in Mexico.

November 18, 2014

Action Services Group, a national lighting maintenance, sign maintenance and electrical services company, has formed a strategic LED Lighting Business Group dedicated to meeting the growing demands of LED lighting retrofits and installations across retail markets.