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Gap Inc. launches another subscription box for kids

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

A specialty retailer is once again expanding its subscription box portfolio.

Gap Inc.’s newest subscription box, called BedtimeBox, features children’s sleepwear in sizes ranging between 6 months to 5T. The box is filled with three sleep sets, and is offered every three months.

Customers create their subscription box account on a website separate from Gap and BabyGap. They create a profile by answering a few questions about their child, including gender, sizes and style preferences, and Gap stylists use these details to fill the box with merchandise.

Each shipment costs $49, which is approximately 40% off the retail price. All returns are free and there are no styling fees, according to a blog on Gap’s website.

“The new BedtimeBox is another way for us to move closer to the customer, and fulfill their needs with sleepwear, which is a category we know parents need to restock constantly as their child grows,” said Margaret Yang, senior director of buying, Gap Kids & Baby Online.

The Bedtime Box is the third offering in Gap’s subscription box portfolio. Last fall, the company launched its BabyGap Outfit box , followed by the Old Navy Superbox, which targets kids ages 5 through 12.

Gap is not the only company targeting shoppers with curated children’s merchandise. Target also recently launched a clothing subscription box featuring its popular kids line, Cat & Jack. Called the Cat & Jack Outfit Box, the program gives customers the option to subscribe on a quarterly basis or through a single order.

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Labor management goes social at Sprinkles

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

A growing bakery chain is using an interactive social network to deliver training courses and track performance.

Los Angeles-based Sprinkles is bolstering its workforce solutions with a cloud-based learning and performance management solution from HotSchedules. The technology will help the company create a social learning platform.

The platform will be integrated within Sprinkle’s existing forecasting, scheduling and labor management solution, also from HotSchedules. The combination will support the company’s goal to deliver a social network where its associates, from corporate departments to bakery managers and hourly associates, can share their wins, show how they are getting their jobs done, and take training courses.

“We’ve uploaded tons of meaningful content, company documents, and several micro-learning videos to build out our robust library,” said Ashley Leonard, training managers, Sprinkles. “Managers love how easy it is to find what they need.”

Associates and managers already use the site to collaborate with their colleagues and find content they need. For example, managers and associates can use the network to share videos, photos, and personal stories.

Meanwhile, the training team is focused on developing and launching job-specific courses, and assigning courses to new associates, according to the company.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our engagement numbers continue to grow, and tracking who is taking the training as we launch courses.” said Kristin Burk, talent development consultant at Sprinkles. “That’s going to be a big bonus for our manager and leadership teams.”

Sprinkles employs 1,000 associates across 24 locations.

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Walmart’s Flipkart deal grows complicated—thanks to eBay

BY CSA Staff

Before Walmart can officially buy a majority stake in India’s leading e-commerce provider, it may have to strike another deal first.

The discount giant is likely to reach a deal to become a majority stakeholder in Flipkart by the end of June. However, to seal the deal, the discount giant will likely have to first work out a deal with Flipkart’s investor and partner, eBay, according to ReCode.

Last year, eBay invested approximately $500 million in the Indian e-commerce company, taking a 5% stake in the business, and giving up its eBay India operation in the process. eBay also signed a four-year exclusive commercial arrangement to partner with Flipkart, the report said.

The agreement was designed to give merchants who sell on Flipkart access to more than 150 million new customers from eBay world-wide. The deal also provides eBay sellers outside of India with access to a new group of consumers inside of that country, ReCode reported.

If Walmart can work through the details with eBay, Flipkart will be the discount giant’s biggest acquisition of an online business, as it has offered to between $10 billion and $12 billion for a 51% stake in the company, the report added.

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