Amazon opens new brick-and-mortar concept
Amazon is opening a new store — but this one isn’t a bookstore, an Amazon Go location, or part of the company’s Whole Foods Market fleet.
The online giant announced that on Thursday, Sept. 27, it will open a new store, called Amazon 4-star. The location only sells items that are rated 4 stars or above, are top sellers, or are new and trending on Amazon’s website. The store will be located in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, according to “Day One,” a blog on Amazon’s website.
Amazon 4-star will operate between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Sunday. Featured merchandise will span Amazon’s most popular categories, including devices, consumer electronics, kitchen, home, toys, books and games, and customers can test all products in the store.
Digital price tags will display the Prime price and list price, as well as Prime member savings, average star rating, and the total number of reviews a product has received.
To make it easier to browse the store, Amazon will group merchandise into specific sections, such as “Most-Wished-For,” which features items most added to Amazon Wish Lists; items that are “Trending Around NYC,” merchandise that is “Frequently Bought Together,” and “Amazon Exclusives.” Customer review cards will also accompany merchandise.
Non-Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial in-store, and instantly become eligible for the discounted prices, according to Amazon.
does anyone know if this is just a showroom-type "store" and all you do is place your order & have it shipped to you?
Department store retailer is reopening San Juan location
Nordstrom is preparing to reopen a store damaged last fall during Hurricane Maria.
Nordstrom rebuilt its two-story, 138,000 sq. ft. department store located in the Mall of San Juan in Puerto Rico. The store has been closed since fall 2017, due to severe damage from Hurricane Maria. The new store, which will feature three shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas, as well as three restaurant concepts, will open on Friday, Nov. 9.
Nordstrom is currently hiring 90 local employees to fill sales and restaurant roles. It is also filling support positions, including those in alterations, building services, housekeeping and loss prevention.
All employees will work under a new store manager, Yazmin Rivera. Rivera began her career with Nordstrom in 2015 as part of the initial opening of the store at The Mall of San Juan. She has served as interim store manager since November 2017, where she supported the store’s rebuilding efforts. Prior to Nordstrom, Rivera held a variety of retail roles across San Juan.
“We’re pleased to be able to reopen our doors in Puerto Rico,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores. “We have many loyal customers on the island and we continue to believe there’s opportunity for us to do business there.”
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H&M reportedly testing new concept store
H&M’s newest location could help it better connect with local shoppers.
The fast-fashion retailer is piloting a store in its hometown of Stockholm, Sweden, that features merchandise and services that cater to local tastes, according to Reuters.
The new location is a far cry from H&M’s traditional stores. The new concept features a smaller range of selected clothes displayed on airy shelves and tables in color-coordinated sections. The location also offers shoppers espressos and invitation-only events, the report explained.
The layout and merchandise is based on the expectations of local customers, according to Reuters, a move that shifts from offering relatively standardized assortments across its stores. The change was prompted by two years of sluggish sales and the burden of $4.1 billion of unsold stock.
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