After December strength made up for a shaky November, holiday retail sales for 2019 increased 4.1% versus the year-prior period to $730.2 billion, the National Retail Federation reported.
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.
Story at Macy’s, the narrative-driven retail concept inside 36 Macy’s stores nationwide, has unveiled its latest theme: “Feel Good.” Through April 2020, the Feel Good Story brings a fresh focus on wellness and uses merchandise curation and events to explore simple and actionable ways for customers to find greater balance, energy and nourishment.
The NPD Group reported that holiday sales for key general merchandise categories it covers were up just 0.2% in 2019 versus 2018, according to weekly point-of-sales results, although critical housewares segments were strong.
As it also unveiled executive changes, Target reported that November/December holiday season comparable sales registered a 1.4% increase but that home department comps were off slightly.
Dollar Tree plans to hire store managers and assistant store managers during its Nationwide Management Hiring Event hosted at participating Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores across the country on Wednesday, January 22.
After a year of fluctuations driven by the uncertainty of the trade dispute with China, volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to return to its usual seasonal patterns during the first few months of 2020, according to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Among the early highlights of the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, former Target, Apple and J.C. Penney executive Ron Johnson discussed how his new company, Enjoy, is helping to make electronics, including smartphones and, potentially, smart home products, more user friendly by providing a helping hand in setting them up, right in consumer homes.
Black Friday was tops again for holiday traffic during the 2019 retail season, according to ShopperTrak.
Bed Bath & Beyond suffered a rough third quarter, with earnings dipping into the red, but in his first conference call as the company’s CEO, Mark Tritton provided his view of how the company would turn things around, including an expansion of in-store pickup and the launch of a new vendor collaboration program.
Ross Stores said that Bernie Brautigan, president, merchandising of Ross Dress for Less since 2016, is leaving the company. Senior merchant executives under his areas of responsibility will now report to CEO Barbara Rentler.