(Author : Zack Palm)
Clothing retailer Gap officially launches its new subscription boxes designed for newborns called BabyGap OutfitBox. Gap first started testing the program with select customers earlier this year in May.

Gap Has Rolled Out A Subscription Clothing Service For Babies

When a customer signs up for the program they list their child’s gender, size, and choose from one of four different themes for their box: classic, newborn essentials, fun, or surprise. The box arrives every three months and the customer may change the theme of their box prior to the delivery. Inside the OutfitBox a customer receives six different clothing items for their child. The style of clothing is determined by the quarter the customer receives their box, with warmer choices for winter and more comfortable ones for summer.

The BabyGap OutfitBox subscription costs $70 every three months.

Source : psfk.com

(Author : Oscar Williams-Grut)
The CEO of Tesco insists the supermarket can be as innovative as the likes of HelloFresh and Amazon, and says it is experimenting with new ideas such as meal kits and checkout-free stores.

Tesco is experimenting with meal kits and checkout-free stores like Amazon

Dave Lewis was peppered with questions about competition with Amazon at a press conference in London this week, following Amazon’s acquisition of US grocer Whole Foods earlier this year. Amazon has also been experimenting with checkout-free stores in the US and plans to launch them out in the UK too. Lewis said that Tesco is also looking at this model.

“We’re trial lots and lots of things — the thing you refer to, yes — but we’ll only talk about it when we’ve done it everywhere,” Lewis said.

“The idea that I would come to the market and say, in this one shop we are — I’ve got 3,600 shops. When we’re at a place where we’ve got something we want to launch to all customers, we’ll launch it and we’ll communicate it. We’ve been doing it for a while. Nothing to announce.”

Business Insider also asked Lewis if he was concerned about the rise of subscription meal boxes such as HelloFresh and Gusto that deliver pre-measured ingredients for recipes.

Lewis said: “There’s no reason we couldn’t put together ingredients and serve it to customers as a meal kit in stores if that’s what they want from us. There are a number of trials in our stores about exactly that so we can change our offer if ultimately that’s how customers want us to operate.”

He added: “We test a whole lot.”

Lewis highlighted the success of Tesco Now, the supermarket’s new one-hour delivery service, as an example of a recent successfully launched innovation.

Source : uk.businessinsider.com

(Author : Lauren Kirkwood)
Retail pharmacy Walgreens has partnered with a community of customers to create YourGoodSkin, a new skin care line made up of products that seek to eliminate skin problems before they occur.

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The products are available at Walgreens.com, select U.S. Walgreens stores, Boots.com and Boots stores in the U.K. and Ireland. An online community at Yourgoodskin.com provides a forum for consumers to seek and offer skincare advice.

Collaborating with consumers is a new and unique venture on the part of Walgreens. In an interview with Drug Store News, Kristof Neirynck, VP and global brand director of skin care for Walgreens Boots Alliance said, “This is the first time we’ve codeveloped a brand with a community and are leveraging a community as part of marketing a brand.”

Source : psfk.com

(Author : Zac Estrada)
Porsche will start a “subscription service” for customers that could give them access to a number of their sports cars and SUVs, from $2,000 per month.

Porsche launches a car subscription service

Porsche Passport will start in November in Atlanta, the German company’s North American affiliate announced Tuesday. The automaker calls it a “white-glove” service intended to give users app-driven access to a different Porsche on a flexible schedule.

The pilot program being rolled out in metro Atlanta first is made possible through Clutch Technologies, LLC, which is part of the company’s Strategy 2025 that wants to cater to, “customers’ desire to experience our sports cars,” Porsche Cars North America president and CEO Klaus Zellmer said in a news release. Expansion into other markets will be determined after feedback from Atlanta customers, a company spokesperson told The Vergeon Tuesday.

A $2,000-per-month Porsche Passport membership would give customers access to models such as the 718 Boxster, the 718 Cayman S, and six other Porsche models; the more expensive $3,000-per-month plan gives a user the ability to drive one of 22 models, such as a Cayenne E-Hybrid.

A subscription to Porsche Passport covers vehicle tax and registration, insurance, maintenance, and detailing. There is a $500 activation fee at first and a credit check, but Apple iOS and Android users can then download the app and schedule same-day or future vehicle exchanges through the Porsche Passport app.

Porsche Passport now stands between fellow Volkswagen Group’s Audi on Demand service that currently operates in San Francisco as sort of a concierge rental service, as well as the subscription plan Care By Volvo. The Swedish automaker plans to debut that early next year with the new XC40 SUV, which will bundle insurance, maintenance, and washing into one flat fee with the car. And for Porsche’s well-heeled customers, jumping into a different Porsche every day may seem like a perfect fit.

Source  : theverge.com

(Author : Matt Vitone)
Uniquely J promises higher-end products with quality ingredients targeted at urban consumers.

Walmart’s Jet.com Has Developed A Grocery Service Just For Millennials

Walmart thinks it knows the secret to getting inside the elusive Millennial wallet, and is using its Jet.com property as a testing ground for a new online delivery service specifically catered towards the young demographic. Uniquely J, set to launch in the next two months, is a new private label brand under Jet.com that promises to deliver on things that Millennials supposedly care about, including daily essentials and organic items with high-quality ingredients. The site’s offerings will reportedly cross “dozens” of different product categories, and will eventually arrive on Walmart.com in their second year.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the whole deal is the packaging, which is intended to attract younger buyers with “bold, edgy” designs that differentiate the products from other similar offerings. Words like “organic” and “fair trade” are displayed prominently on the front, while the products themselves boast names like “badass expresso.”

Uniquely J is yet another way Jet.com is innovating for the metro millennial,” said Jet.com PR Director Meredith Klein in a statement to TechCrunch. “From the boldly designed packaging, to the fun, witty label copy and quality ingredients — everything was designed with this metro consumer in mind.”

Though it’s not exactly clear who this “metro millennial” is, or if they are in the market for “badass expresso,” Uniquely J is just another way Walmart is trying to compete with Amazon and grab a different segment of the market. Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods has significantly ramped up competition in the grocery space, and Walmart has been trying several strategies to differentiate its offerings.

Source : psfk.com

(Author : Kati Chitrakorn)
The Chinese e-commerce giant has launched a luxury-specific platform to tap affluent consumers in the country’s booming online space.

JD.com Launches Luxury Platform

JD.com, China’s second largest online retailer, has launched Toplife, a luxury-focused online platform that aims to bring the personalised shopping experience of luxury brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce. Launching Tuesday, Toplife offers products across a range of categories, from clothes and beauty to watches, jewellery and home furnishing, from brands like Trussardi, Rimowa, Emporio Armani and La Perla. Additional brands will be revealed in the coming weeks — for some it will be their first ever online presence in China.

“Luxury brands understand that the entire retail game in China is online, but they’ve been late to enter,” Xia Ding, president of JD.com’s fashion division, tells BoF. “They’ve been waiting for a luxury-branded site that can give the full experience of going into their offline stores — and that’s what we’ve built.”

Chinese shoppers buy more luxury products than those in any other country, accounting for about one-third of global sales, according to London-based consultancy firm Bain & Company. However, the challenge for global retailers lies in the final leg of delivery, known in logistics circles as “the last mile,” when poor infrastructure makes shipping and delivery slow and expensive.

Through Toplife, brands not only control and customise all aspects of their store on the platform, but also have access to JD.com’s sophisticated local logistics network — manned by more than 70,000 employees operating out of 250 warehouses — and can leverage the retailer’s premium white-glove delivery service, currently available in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

“Working with Toplife, luxury brands are able to directly provide customers throughout China with a true luxury shopping experience previously only associated with high-end offline stores,” says Richard Liu, chairman and chief executive officer of JD.com. “[Toplife] is a luxury e-commerce ecosystem that provides a truly premium shopping experience, and helps [our] partners tell their brand story to local consumers.”

This isn’t JD.com’s first move into luxury. Earlier in June, the e-commerce giant invested $350 million in billion-dollar fashion “unicorn” Farfetch. “[JD.com] really provides us with a last-mile service, which is unrivalled. No Western company has, so far, had access to that,” Farfetch founder and CEO José Neves told BoF.

“We understand what brands want, from protecting their IP to offering a truly luxury service, including specialised delivery and expert consultants. This is not simply carving out a corner of our existing platform — it’s building out an entirely new online luxury experience,” says Ding.

Source : businessoffashion.com

(Author : Ellen Smith)
More often than not, homeowners are left sacrificing their interior aesthetic to incorporate pet-friendly furniture, which is why IKEA recently launched the ‘LURVIG’ pet product range — a new line of gorgeous pet products for cats and dogs that homeowners can display with pride. 

IKEA's 'LURVIG' Pet Product Range Boasts Furniture and Accessories

The line ranges from beautifully minimalist cat scratching posts, to relaxing pet abodes that can be hidden in cabinets that come complete with everything a furry friend needs to thrive. The collection demonstrates a thorough understanding of pet ownership, retailing stylish feeding bowls, traveling cases and even wall hooks designed specifically to hold the multiple leashes and accessories one might have laying around. Each product is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, ensuring each item can properly reflect the functional and aesthetic requirements of a homeowner.

Source : trendhunter.com

(Author : Retail in Asia)
Amazon is opening a pop-up bar for only 10 days in Japan on 20 October 2017. Amazon Bar, according to the company’s website, will be located in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza area and serve a variety of drinks, including beer, wine, and whiskey.

In August 2017, the company quietly expanded its one-hour wine delivery service in select U.S. cities.

But it comes with one caveat: there is no menu. The bar will instead deploy a recommendation system with Amazon sommeliers offering suggestions for different types of drinks. It will also serve special drinks that are only available at Amazon Bar, the website says.

Amazon did not say why it is opening the bar and for such a short period. The company has been introducing physical book stores and pop-up stores of late, while also expanding into the grocery space with the Whole Foods acquisition. At the same time, Amazon has been moving into the alcohol business.

In August 2017, the company quietly expanded its one-hour wine delivery service in select U.S. cities. In 2016, Amazon Japan launched a wine recommendation service by phone that featured its own in-house sommeliers.

Source : retailinasia

(Auteur : Josh Kolm)
A new social video brings the importance of the little things into the retailer’s new brand platform.

IKEA explores the possibilities of good deeds

IKEA Canada has embarked on a mission to making the world a better place, and a new social video aims to show that includes little things people can do every day. The video suggests that everyone doing the occasional good deed will motivate more good deeds and lead to a better world. It proves this by asking its own employees to get the ball rolling. At the retailer’s location in Vaughan, employees do things like provide decor for customers’ meals in the cafeteria, pay for an entire family’s lunch and throw an anniversary party to recognize a long-time coworker.

The video is the next installment in IKEA Canada’s recently-launched “Beautiful Possibilities” brand platform. The launch spot for the platform focused on “big picture” issues like diversity, inclusion, sustainable energy and supporting vulnerable populations like refugees and the elderly to reflect the optimistic point of view IKEA wants to have about the world we could live in.

Lauren MacDonald, country marketing manager for IKEA Canada, says the idea behind the broader integrated campaign is that even little things can help people create the world they want.

“Acts both big and small all contribute to creating a better world,” MacDonald says. “Our objective with all of this is to inspire and enable Canadians to see what is possible in their homes and in the world. We truly believe if we all started with small actions to make the world a little better, the world will actually become a better place.”

MacDonald says the idea of “good deeds” fits with IKEA’s focus on creating a better life for the “many,” and anyone can do a good deed. Part of the reason behind launching this video in social channels was to share it in a platform that encouraged sharing and engagement so people might be motivated to join in to the “movement” themselves.

“One Good Deed A Day” has also become an internal initiative within IKEA Canada that began a few weeks ago, and has resulted in things like an employee at the Vaughan location giving out small toys to children in the store that include advice on how they might do a good deed for someone else.

MacDonald couldn’t give specifics about what other world-improving topics IKEA might tackle in the future, but said there would be more work coming ahead of the holiday season.

Source : strategyonline.ca

(Author : Marianne Wilson)
Nordstrom opened the doors on Tuesday to its newest full-line store, one that includes new store design concepts and services.

Nordstrom unveils updated store concept

In addition to its new store, which is located at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles (a relocation from Westside Pavilion), the retailer also opened its newest retail concept, Nordstrom Local, in Los Angeles. The 3,000-sq.-ft. format, which has no inventory, is designed as a neighborhood hub where customers can access the company’s best services,

The three-level, 154,000-sq.ft. Century City Nordstrom boasts the company’s latest store design concept, which includes more windows to incorporate natural light. It houses several different merchandise concepts, including the fifth ‘Nordstrom x Nike’ sneaker boutique in the company a women’s-only lifestyle concept that blurs the lines of fitness and fashion, and two shops curated by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom VP of creative projects.

It also features Nordstrom’s new “extended sizing” initiative, which launched in the denim department. Mannequins in varying sizes – rather than the typical size 2 – are featured, and all denim sizes are displayed side-by-side in one department rather than separating the petite and plus sizes.

The store houses the first West Coast MAC Makeup Studio, a shop concept dedicated to applications and lessons by licensed professionals. Other features include ‘Style Bar,’ a drop-in area where customers can meet with complimentary personal stylists; ‘Nordstrom to You,’ a personal stylist service on wheels; and Bar Verde, a full-service, seasonally-focused restaurant and bar. An expanded range of delivery options are available, including buy online and pick up in-store, curbside pickup and two-hour delivery.

In related news, Nordstrom announced plans to open its tenth Nordstrom Rack location in Los Angeles, at the FIGat7thshopping center downtown on Oct. 26.

Source : chainstoreage.com