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.
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.
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.
Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have opened updated urban department store formats in New York City, and while they are heavily apparel oriented, they have significant, meticulously merchandised housewares assortments with some home furnishings.
During the third quarter, Hudson’s Bay continued to reposition its department store business even as its off-price Saks Off 5th operation generated positive comps in a period when the company’s luxury customers were bargain shopping.
J.C. Penney has appointed Karl Walsh, an executive with more than 18 years of e-commerce experience, as senior vice president, chief digital officer, to lead strategic advancements of the company’s digital platforms, most notably in its flagship store jcp.com.
The third quarter was a tough one for Macy’s, so much so that the company reduced its full-year earnings per share guidance by 28 cents and its comparable store sales from flat to slightly up to negative territory, down 1.5% to 1% in its owned plus licensed stores.
Kohl’s may have improved its momentum as the third quarter ended with a comparable store sales increase, but it missed a Wall Street estimate for the period.