Trade Shows
IMC Presents Webinar Series On Diversity In Retailing

International Market Centers (IMC) announced it will present a series of four hour-long webinars highlighting diversity and inclusion issues impacting retail. The series, which debuts on Feb. 1, is presented in partnership with Diversify Retail Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to conversation, self-reflection and strategic action to increase diversity in all facets of the retail industry.

Retail
Post-Holiday Appliance, Furniture Sales Slow

Although they’ve generally been on the decline over the past few weeks compared to the holiday period, household appliance purchasing gained slightly in proportion of consumers buying them in stores for the seven-day period ending January 11, while furniture and home decor slipped, according to a Coresight Research U..S. Consumer Tracker study.

Tabletop
Lenox Designed, Gifted Inaugural Vases

Lenox Corporation designed and gifted the official inaugural crystal vases presented to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol after Wednesday’s inauguration.

Retail
Sycamore Negotiates To Keep Belk Out Of Chapter 11

KKR & Co., Blackstone Group Inc. and other big lenders to department store chain  are in talks with the retailer and Sycamore to avoid bankruptcy after the Chapter 11 process proved hard to manage for other retailers during the pandemic, the Journal stated, attributing the information to people in the know.

Retail
Kroger Testing KroGO Smart Cart

The Kroger Co. is testing the KroGO, a smart cart with a built-in scale and camera that offers what the company characterized as an easier shopping experience with less contact and faster checkout.

Retail
IHA Shares Lessons Learned In Adapting During Pandemic

If 2020 was a year that put flexibility and adaptability at the forefront of retailer and supplier considerations, the International Housewares Association has observed that anyone participating in the home goods sector will face new and ongoing challenges, such as rising costs from many factors, as the COVID-19 pandemic fades.

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