Author Matthew Kramer

Retail
Housewares Vendors Weigh Business Investments Moving Forward Into 2020

A strong economy has helped the housewares industry make new investments, despite continued uncertainty surrounding tariffs and cost pressures from the top and bottom. Many housewares suppliers in 2020 will be introducing new products that differentiate themselves from the competition, developing more ways to connect directly with consumers and continuing to fine-tune business operations.

Retail
Kroger Promotes Executives To Central, Dillons Divisions

Kroger’s Pam Matthews, president of the central division, has retired and the company has promoted Colleen Juergensen— currently president of the Dillons division— to president of the central division and Steve Dreher— currently vp/Dillons— to president of the Dillons division.

Retail
Kohl’s, WW Roll Out Wellness Pop-Up Shops

As part of Kohl’s commitment to health and wellness this year, the department store is continuing to collaborate with wellness company WW (formally Weight Watchers International). Kohl’s and WW are launching WW pop-ups in select stores this January to support customers on their wellness journeys.

Retail
Macy’s And Zola Launch Wedding Registry Partnership

Macy’s and Zola, a registry and wedding planning platform, have launched a wedding registry partnership. Engaged couples can now register for over 2,000 of Macy’s private brand and exclusive gifts across bedding, bath, tabletop, and home, directly on Zola.

Retail
Ulta Beauty’s Dillon To Serve As RILA Chairperson

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said that Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon will serve as the new chairperson of the association’s board of directors, following an election that took place at RILA’s semi-annual board of directors meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

Appliances
Breville Launches Bluicer Pro Appliance

Breville has launched the 3X Bluicer Pro and is touting the kitchen appliance’s versatility as a blender and juicer combination. The company is encouraging consumers to get “bluicing,” by mixing fresh juice with fresh blends using the same appliance.

Retail
Stop & Shop Powers Store Energy Initiative

Stop & Shop will power 40 of its stores in Massachusetts and New York with Bloom Energy servers. The servers will provide clean, reliable, 24/7 electricity in a microgrid configuration that will continue to power each store in the event of a grid power outage, the company said.

Retail
Kirkland’s President Departs, To Close 27 Stores

Kirkland’s has mutually parted ways with president and chief operating officer, Michael Cairnes. Woody Woodward, the company’s CEO, will add the role of president and will oversee operations in addition to his ongoing responsibilities across merchandising and marketing.

Retail
LIRA: Slight Remodeling Gains Expected In 2020

National spending for improvements and repairs on owner-occupied homes is expected to rise only modestly this year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Retail
CVS Expanding HealthHub Store Format

CVS is debuting its HealthHub store format in 15 locations across the Houston community. The retailer’s new store format is said to feature a broader range of health care services to help patients better manage chronic conditions; more products and services focused on overall health and wellness; and trusted advice and personalized care.

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