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Charming Shoppes expands online presence globally

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bensalem, Pa. — Plus-size retailer Charming Shoppes said Tuesday that it expanded its online reach globally, allowing worldwide online access to fashion brands Lane Bryant, Cacique, Catherines, Fashion Bug and Loop 18, as well as the more than 300 brands offered at the company’s new plus-size shopping hub, Sonsi.com.

Charming Shoppes’ partnership with New York City-based e-commerce provider FiftyOne has expanded online shopping to more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. According to the company, all international orders are inclusive of duty, VAT and customs clearance with no surprise C.O.D. charges.

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Belk names new operations leadership

BY Staff Writer

Charlotte, N.C. — Department store retailer Belk said Tuesday it has named Mark Chandler as executive VP operations, reporting to Johnny Belk, president and COO.

Chandler was previously senior VP supply chain for Price Chopper Supermarkets.

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Survey: U.K. online grocery shopping to nearly double in five years

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London — A Monday report by Bloomberg said that U.K. online grocery sales are expected to nearly double in the next five years, as more shoppers use mobile phones and the internet to buy food.

According to a survey conducted by the Institute of Grocery Distribution and released by Bloomberg, online purchases will surge to $17.6 billion in 2016 from $9.2 billion this year.

According to the industry group, which polled 170 food and grocery manufacturers, U.K. grocers are building more advanced websites and smart-phone applications to tap shopper demand for home deliveries.

More than four in 10 adults plan to shop online for groceries in the next five to 10 years, compared with 17% doing so now, the group said.

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