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Target axes kids’ shopping carts

BY CSA STAFF

Target Corp. is putting the kibosh on what probably sounded like a good idea, but turned into what some shoppers called a nightmare.

In a pilot program that started in August, the discounter rolled out mini-shopping carts for kids in approximately 70 stores. But some kids apparently went wild with the little red carts, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported, crashing them into other shoppers, dumping merchandise into them and bruising their ankles and shins. Complaints about the kiddie carts went viral.

Target wasted little time in pulling the plug, telling the Star-Tribune it made the decision to stop the pilot “after reviewing guest and stores feedback.”

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L.Stjohn says:
Sep-26-2016 03:18 pm

TARGET: Selling off the kids carts

Target. As a mom of a preschool age girl, I'd like to think I'm your ideal demographic for those kid shopping carts. I would love it, if you offered those use carts as an incentive to shoppers who buy their preschooler supplies at your stores. Maybe a cartwheel-type of deal, offering to sell us a used kids shopping cart, with $50 in pull-ups or night-time-bed supplies purchase - at an amazing price of $20 (+$50 purchase). Those little metal carts are typically over $40 each, and those little plastic american-toys models are not made to survive more than 1 child's playtime. Although I do not live in the 2 states that piloted this program, our local grocery store has 1 or 2 kids carts in the store. My daughter loves using it, but I also keep her very well supervised when using it. Anyway, I am sure there are enough moms who would love to buy those off of you, and show their shopping loyalty to prove it.

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Foot Locker has totally transformed its flagship in Manhattan’s Herald Square, with in-store shops, state-of-the-art digital imagery, sleek materials and a new layout.

The 10,000-sq.-ft. store is easy to shop, thanks to a layout that merchandises most products by brand as opposed to category. Top brands have their own designated spaces, and there are also five in-store shops: House of Hoops (Foot Locker’s basketball shop); The Foundation only at Foot Locker (adidas); Puma Lab; and Six:02 (Foot Locker’s new women’s format). Each shop has its own unique look and feel.

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Shakeup at American Apparel: CEO to step down

BY Marianne Wilson

The saga continues at American Apparel.

Paula Schneider plans to step down as CEO of the apparel retailer on Oct. 3, according to yahoo.com, which cited a report by Women’s Wear Daily. Schneider will be replaced by the company’s general counsel and chief administrative officer, Chelsea Grayson.

It was also revealed that Paul Charron, former CEO and chairman of Liz Claiborne Inc., stepped down as board chairman of American Apparel in August. Charron was appointed to the board in March.

American Apparel is known to be exploring a possible sale of all or parts of the business

Schneider, a seasoned retail veteran, joined American Apparel in late 2014. She helped steer the chain through bankruptcy and initiated the first stages of a comprehensive turnaround plan. She also fought all attempts by founder and deposed CEO Dov Charney to return and take over the company.

In her resignation letter to the board, which was also obtained by WWD, Schneider said “the [turnaround] plan has been laid out and much of the heavy lifting and the hard work has been done.”

She went on to say “the sale process currently underway for all or part of the company may not enable us to pursue the course of action necessary for the plan to succeed nor allow the brand to stay true to its ideals. Therefore, after much deliberation, and with a heavy heart, I’ve come to the conclusion it is time for me to resign as CEO.”

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