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Anthroplogie & Co., Westport, Connecticut

BY CSA STAFF

Anthropologie has brought its large format retail concept, Anthropologie & Co., to the new Bedford Square development in downtown Westport, Connecticut.

The 35,000-sq.-ft. store boasts dedicated spaces for clothing, footwear, furniture, jewelry, home decor, and more — accented with one-of-a-kind decor from the retailer’s talented visual team. It also features a beauty boutique and wedding gown department.

Architects preserved the Tudor-style facade of the building in which the store is located, also exposed much of the original brick on the interior. And conveniently located next door is a new outpost of Amis Trattoria, part of a restaurant group that Anthropologie parent company Urban Outfitters acquired in 2015.

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Target expanding its college store footprint

BY Marianne Wilson

Target is hitting the books.

The discounter opened four small-format stores on or near college campuses in July, including one in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (University of North Carolina), Los Angeles (University of Southern California), Irvine, California (University of California) and Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati). Three more locations are set to debut this fall. (Click here to take a look inside one of Target's small-format campus stores.)

According to Target, food, especially grab-and-go lunch and snack items, tops the list of what college students shop for the most. Essentials like toothpaste, toothbrushes and body wash are big too, along with dorm décor and apparel. And quick stops for school supplies and tech accessories are popular.

"Going off to college is a new life stage — students are making their own shopping decisions for the first time,” said Mark Schindele, senior VP, Target Properties. “We want to help make students’ experiences fun and easy, serve up products and services they’ll love and show them the best that Target has to offer, so they become lifelong guests.”

The new college stores of part of Target's plan to open nearly 30 new small-format stores by the end of 2017, doubling its presence in dense urban and suburban markets and on college campuses. Currently, the retailer operates 45 small-format stores nationwide. It will operate more than 130 of them by the end of 2019.

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FedEx pivots in holiday shipping charges — except in some instances

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

FedEx is giving its customers an early holiday gift — while taking a stab at its rival UPS.

The delivery service announced that it will forego additional surcharges on deliveries this holiday season — unless packages require additional handling, are oversized or unauthorized. FedEx made the decision based on the growing volume of large packages moving through the FedEx Ground network during the holidays.

Specifically, this volume increased by approximately 240% over the past 10 years. It also comprises approximately 10% of all volume handled by FedEx Ground.

FedEx is taking steps to manage the volume including adding sortation and delivery capabilities that accommodate the continued rise in demand for larger, heavier packages. This also includes temporarily dedicating entire facilities to oversized packages.

The holiday season surcharge will launch Nov. 20, and run through Dec. 24. FedEx Express and FedEx Ground in the U.S. and Canada will increase handling by $3 per package. Oversized goods are subject to an additional $25 per package, and unauthorized shipments will be $300 per package.

“Packages that are oversized, unauthorized or require additional handling consume an inordinate amount of cubic space in FedEx Ground and FedEx Express equipment in the U.S. and Canada,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior VP, integrated marketing and communications, FedEx.

One way to accommodate these packages is to adopt a new standard for delivery trailers.

“An important solution to this issue is for Congress to adopt a nationwide standard of twin trailers at 33 ft. versus 28 ft.,” according to Fitzgerald.

“This would increase package capacity per trip, increase safety on the highways and use less fuel,” he added. “Thirty-three ft. twin trailers are currently permitted in only 20 states, and FedEx advocates for a nationwide standard of twin trailers at 33 ft., but no increase in total weight.”

FedEx’s decision to only tax these three package categories also takes a clear swing at rival UPS. The delivery company announced in June that for the first time, it will add a surcharge for orders delivered to homes during peak holiday times.

During the 2016 holiday season, UPS' average daily volume exceeded 30 million packages on more than half of the available shipping days. In contrast, on an average non-peak day, the company ships more than 19 million packages. UPS said it hired about 95,000 seasonal employees during the peak shipping period.

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