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I cover retail, from fashion to grocery, and its dance with technologyCopyright 2019 Forbes LLChttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/7b63dd71b73b4984f81af08d781c1fb8?s=400&d=mm&r=gAndria Chenghttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/feed/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/11/07/party-city-just-lost-two-thirds-of-its-value-but-dont-blame-only-on-helium-shortage-or-halloween-miss/ Party City Blames Helium Shortage And Halloween Miss As It Loses Two-Thirds Of Value, But Issues Go Way DeeperParty City has become its own party pooper: The stock slumped 67% on Thursday to its all-time low of $2 a share after the party-supplies chain posted an unexpected third-quarter loss and cut its annual outlook.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5dc4a70373117600064aa33bThu, 7 Nov 2019 23:45:42 +00002019-11-07T23:45:42ZParty City has become its own party pooper: The stock slumped 67% on Thursday to its all-time low of $2 a share after the party-supplies chain posted an unexpected third-quarter loss and cut its annual outlook.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/11/01/fashion-industrys-old-guards-share-this-big-anxiety-how-to-be-cool-with-gen-z/ Fashion’s Old Guard Is Racing To Figure Out How To Be Cool Enough For Gen ZThanks to the rise of direct-to-consumer rivals like Stitch Fix and changing consumer behavior, the traditional fashion industry has been among the worst hit in the retail sector.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5dbc7ea6165b80000693f461Fri, 1 Nov 2019 20:04:03 +00002019-11-01T20:04:03ZThanks to the rise of direct-to-consumer rivals like Stitch Fix and changing consumer behavior, the traditional fashion industry has been among the worst hit in the retail sector.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/29/amazon-fresh-free-grocery-delivery/ Amazon Will Make Amazon Fresh Free, Moving To Strengthen Its Lead In The Online Grocery MarketOn the heels of a costly bet on one-day shipping that took a big bite out of its profit, Amazon has taken its bid to hook Prime members up a notch: It just dropped the $14.99 monthly fee for the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5db79b3cf6e69a000697ad2eTue, 29 Oct 2019 10:00:00 +00002019-10-29T10:00:00ZOn the heels of a costly bet on one-day shipping that took a big bite out of its profit, Amazon has taken its bid to hook Prime members up a notch: It just dropped the $14.99 monthly fee for the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/24/why-amazons-costly-one-day-shipping-bet-may-pay-big-dividends/ Why Amazon’s Costly One-Day Shipping Bet May Pay Big DividendsAmazon's shares slumped in after-hours trading after its one-day shipping initiative led Q3 shipping costs to balloon by 46% to $9.6 billion, the fastest increase in at least two years and three times what Amazon made in operating profit.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5db247d29bdd150006859950Fri, 25 Oct 2019 01:28:43 +00002019-10-25T01:28:43ZAmazon's shares slumped in after-hours trading after its one-day shipping initiative led Q3 shipping costs to balloon by 46% to $9.6 billion, the fastest increase in at least two years and three times what Amazon made in operating profit.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/22/nordstroms-first-nyc-flagship-seven-years-in-the-making-is-finally-opening-only-times-have-changed/ Nordstrom’s First NYC Flagship, Seven Years In The Making, Is Finally Opening—But Times Have ChangedUpscale department chain Nordstrom will finally realize its decades-long dream of opening its first flagship in Manhattan.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5dae8e8614c1ad00069675cfTue, 22 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +00002019-10-22T12:00:00ZUpscale department chain Nordstrom will finally realize its decades-long dream of opening its first flagship in Manhattan.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/17/more-consumers-want-sustainable-fashion-but-are-brands-delivering-it/ More Consumers Want Sustainable Fashion, But Are Brands Delivering It?With consumers being more environmentally-conscious than ever, it’s no surprise that sustainability has become a familiar refrain in the fashion industry.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5da8eec1d63442000790e736Thu, 17 Oct 2019 23:57:04 +00002019-10-17T23:57:04ZWith consumers being more environmentally-conscious than ever, it’s no surprise that sustainability has become a familiar refrain in the fashion industry.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/11/the-growing-personalized-nutrition-market-has-a-big-new-contender-nestl/ The Growing Personalized Nutrition Market Has A Big New Contender: NestléPlayers in the growing personalized vitamins and supplements market should brace for a big new challenger: global packaged food and beverage giant Nestlé. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d9ff1ec1912dc0006a052acFri, 11 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +00002019-10-11T12:00:00ZPlayers in the growing personalized vitamins and supplements market should brace for a big new challenger: global packaged food and beverage giant Nestlé. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/08/teens-are-shopping-differently-and-that-spells-promise-or-trouble-for-these-brands/ Teens Are Shopping Differently, And That Could Spell Promise, Or Trouble, For These BrandsTeenagers have lowered their self-reported annual spending by 4% from a year earlier, to $2,400, the lowest level in eight years, investment bank Piper Jaffray reported.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d9d1057e79cbd0006d0c4ebTue, 8 Oct 2019 23:56:36 +00002019-10-08T23:56:36ZTeenagers have lowered their self-reported annual spending by 4% from a year earlier, to $2,400, the lowest level in eight years, investment bank Piper Jaffray reported.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/10/03/dont-be-surprised-if-your-holiday-gifts-come-unwrapped-this-year/ What Do People Want This Holiday Season? Gifts, Of Course, But No Wrapping NeededThis holiday season, consumers are cutting back in different ways to lessen their negative environmental impact.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d964f691507390006f9b4deThu, 3 Oct 2019 20:26:27 +00002019-10-03T20:26:27ZThis holiday season, consumers are cutting back in different ways to lessen their negative environmental impact.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/26/more-signs-the-athleisure-trend-isnt-slowing-any-time-soon/ More Signs The Athleisure Trend Isn’t Slowing Anytime SoonThe athleisure trend is getting even more mainstream, as “sport leisure” footwear is about to surpass dressier fashion shoes as the largest U.S. footwear category come next year. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d8d27b887e269000918ff2fThu, 26 Sep 2019 21:43:28 +00002019-09-26T21:43:28ZThe athleisure trend is getting even more mainstream, as “sport leisure” footwear is about to surpass dressier fashion shoes as the largest U.S. footwear category come next year. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/25/how-nike-plans-to-stay-at-the-top-of-its-game-as-stock-hits-another-record-high/ How Nike Plans To Stay At The Top Of Its Game As Stock Hits Another Record HighNike’s shares hit a record high Wednesday as the sneaker giant eased concerns about the U.S.-China trade war and showed how it will continue to capitalize on the athleisure trend. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d8bbd5bd588380009391b95Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:04:26 +00002019-09-25T20:04:26ZNike’s shares hit a record high Wednesday as the sneaker giant eased concerns about the U.S.-China trade war and showed how it will continue to capitalize on the athleisure trend. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/24/this-business-may-eventually-be-bigger-for-best-buy-than-selling-electronics/ Healthcare May Eventually Become A Bigger Business For Best Buy Than Selling ElectronicsBest Buy is known as the largest U. S. specialty electronics retailer, but some day, it may be better identified with healthcare instead.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d8984ad90744b0009ea7804Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +00002019-09-24T12:00:00ZBest Buy is known as the largest U. S. specialty electronics retailer, but some day, it may be better identified with healthcare instead.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/17/chewy-still-wins-pet-parents-hearts-but-investors-its-another--story/ Chewy Still Wins Pet Parents’ Hearts, But Investors? That’s Another StoryThe pet market has huge potential, but Chewy's focus on customer service comes at a high cost, and the company still isn't profitable.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d817b62ca0eba00087a1dffWed, 18 Sep 2019 00:53:37 +00002019-09-18T00:53:37ZThe pet market has huge potential, but Chewy's focus on customer service comes at a high cost, and the company still isn't profitable.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/12/as-traditional-supermarkets-continue-to-lose-share-kroger-is-fighting-to-stay-relevant/ Traditional Supermarkets Are Losing Shoppers, But Kroger, For One, Is Fighting BackThe entire traditional grocery space has seen its hold on American households slide more than half, to a 44% share, from 90% 30 years ago, a study shows.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d7aeb99ca577f0009661f8aFri, 13 Sep 2019 01:52:45 +00002019-09-13T01:52:45ZThe entire traditional grocery space has seen its hold on American households slide more than half, to a 44% share, from 90% 30 years ago, a study shows.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/11/gamestop-wants-to-be-a-social-and-cultural-hub-of-gaming-can-it-deliver/ GameStop Wants To Be The ‘Social And Cultural Hub Of Gaming.’ Can It Deliver?On GameStop’s quarterly earnings call, the video game retailer’s newly minted management team spoke with "urgency" about making the company relevant in the world of digital gaming. But delivering on its promise remains a tall order. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d793e87cd9b180008315b74Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:09:58 +00002019-09-11T19:09:58ZOn GameStop’s quarterly earnings call, the video game retailer’s newly minted management team spoke with "urgency" about making the company relevant in the world of digital gaming. But delivering on its promise remains a tall order. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/09/10/why-mcdonalds-just-struck-its-third-tech-deal-this-year/ Why McDonald’s Just Struck Its Third Tech Deal Of The YearYour drive-through experience at McDonald’s may be about to get more pleasant. The company said it had agreed to buy Apprente, a two-year-old Silicon Valley startup.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d7833196a97af00083bd3c1Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:10:28 +00002019-09-11T00:10:28ZYour drive-through experience at McDonald’s may be about to get more pleasant. The company said it had agreed to buy Apprente, a two-year-old Silicon Valley startup.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/28/two-years-under-amazon-whole-foods-still-has-its-work-cut-out-to-erase-the-whole-paycheck-image/ Two Years After Amazon Deal, Whole Foods Is Still Working To Shed Its ‘Whole Paycheck’ ImageSince Amazon installed its third round of price cuts at Whole Foods in April, prices at the supermarket chain have dropped an average of about 2.5% through August from a year earlier, according to a study.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d6705d2460db40008406436Wed, 28 Aug 2019 23:21:50 +00002019-08-28T23:21:50ZSince Amazon installed its third round of price cuts at Whole Foods in April, prices at the supermarket chain have dropped an average of about 2.5% through August from a year earlier, according to a study.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/28/why-the-fervor-behind-costcos-first-china-store-wont-be-short-lived/ Think The Fervor Around Costco’s First Store In China Is Fleeting? Think AgainWhile Costco’s Western rivals, including online giant Amazon, have given up on selling from within China, the warehouse club isn’t likely to face a similar fate. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d6685c9460db40008ae8a43Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:29:50 +00002019-08-28T14:29:50ZWhile Costco’s Western rivals, including online giant Amazon, have given up on selling from within China, the warehouse club isn’t likely to face a similar fate. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/23/major-fashion-companies-sign-pact-vowing-to-reduce-industrys-environmental-impact/ Major Fashion Companies Sign Pact Vowing To Reduce Industry’s Environmental ImpactAhead of the G7 meeting in France this weekend, 32 major global fashion and textile companies, from H&M and Gap to Hermes and Chanel, signed a Fashion Pact, promising to work together to lower the fashion industry’s negative impact on the environment.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d6032c6f0f4e50008cc1247Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:26:13 +00002019-08-23T19:26:13ZAhead of the G7 meeting in France this weekend, 32 major global fashion and textile companies, from H&M and Gap to Hermes and Chanel, signed a Fashion Pact, promising to work together to lower the fashion industry’s negative impact on the environment.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/22/dont-just-look-at-gen-z-or-millennials-single-women-promise-to-be-formidable-consumers/ Rise Of The SHEconomy Is Good News For These Retailers: StudyWith the U.S. population of prime-working-age single women growing, a Morgan Stanley study finds retailers from Nike and Lululemon to TJX and Sephora are poised to be among the biggest beneficiaries of this group’s appetite for spending.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d5f08043cc4290009f2c512Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:41:55 +00002019-08-22T21:41:55ZWith the U.S. population of prime-working-age single women growing, a Morgan Stanley study finds retailers from Nike and Lululemon to TJX and Sephora are poised to be among the biggest beneficiaries of this group’s appetite for spending.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/21/theres-no-sign-victorias-secret-is-getting-its-sexy-back-yet/ Can Victoria’s Secret Get Its Sexy Back? The Jury Is Still OutVictoria’s Secret’s fall from grace shows little sign of easing. Comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret in the fiscal second quarter that ended Aug. 3 fell a worse-than-expected 6%, led by a 9% decline at its stores.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d5de899f033a7000809c66fThu, 22 Aug 2019 01:50:42 +00002019-08-22T01:50:42ZVictoria’s Secret’s fall from grace shows little sign of easing. Comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret in the fiscal second quarter that ended Aug. 3 fell a worse-than-expected 6%, led by a 9% decline at its stores.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/21/target-walmart-results-show-they-do-have-this-edge-against-amazon/ Target, Walmart Results Show They Do Have An Edge Against AmazonWhile Amazon is busy plowing money into making free Prime one-day shipping the new norm, results from its rivals Walmart and Target suggest their much-larger brick-and-mortar store fleets are proving to be key weapons against the online giant.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d5d996f725ff100089245b9Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:02:31 +00002019-08-21T20:02:31ZWhile Amazon is busy plowing money into making free Prime one-day shipping the new norm, results from its rivals Walmart and Target suggest their much-larger brick-and-mortar store fleets are proving to be key weapons against the online giant.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/08/20/why-targets-making-its-biggest-private-label-bet-on-grocery/ Why Target Is Making Its Biggest Private-Label Bet On GroceryTarget will soon unveil a food and beverage line called Good & Gather in its biggest store-brand launch. Grocery items are a high-stakes battleground in which Target rivals including Walmart and Amazon are trying to drive consumers to stores or online.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d5c4f772847b40009febd84Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:12:54 +00002019-08-20T20:12:54ZTarget will soon unveil a food and beverage line called Good & Gather in its biggest store-brand launch. Grocery items are a high-stakes battleground in which Target rivals including Walmart and Amazon are trying to drive consumers to stores or online.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/29/beyond-meat-q2-sales-quadruples-but-replacing-meat-thats-a-different-story/ Beyond Meat Q2 Sales Quadruple, But Replacing Meat? That’s A Different StoryBeyond Meat is “well positioned for long-term growth,” executive chairman Seth Goldman said on a conference call. But while the product may be revolutionary, the long growth runway that is likely still ahead for Beyond Meat and its rivals including Impossible Foods may face a limit.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d3f7a8ffa92170008a4e892Mon, 29 Jul 2019 23:28:46 +00002019-07-29T23:28:46ZBeyond Meat is “well positioned for long-term growth,” executive chairman Seth Goldman said on a conference call. But while the product may be revolutionary, the long growth runway that is likely still ahead for Beyond Meat and its rivals including Impossible Foods may face a limit.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/26/the-high-cost-of-private-equity-firms-retail-buyout-13-mln-jobs-study-finds/ Study Highlights The High Cost Of Private Equity Firms’ Retail Buyouts: 1.3 Million JobsAmazon may be the retail industry's go-to scapegoat, blamed for its various woes, but a new study finds another culprit behind store closings, bankruptcies and liquidations at retailers from Sears and Toys “R” Us to Payless ShoeSource and RadioShack: private equity firms. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d3b50c3e8a31a0008d88f81Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:55:04 +00002019-07-26T19:55:04ZAmazon may be the retail industry's go-to scapegoat, blamed for its various woes, but a new study finds another culprit behind store closings, bankruptcies and liquidations at retailers from Sears and Toys “R” Us to Payless ShoeSource and RadioShack: private equity firms. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/23/why-starbucks-is-investing-in-this-tech-startup-to-take-a-page-from-amazon/ Starbucks Chases Amazon Into The Cloud With Investment In Tech Startup BrightloomStarbucks said it will license its in-house-built digital technology to startup Brightloom, which sells cloud-based software to the restaurant industry.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d37a1acb5d88f00087c738aWed, 24 Jul 2019 01:00:56 +00002019-07-24T01:00:56ZStarbucks said it will license its in-house-built digital technology to startup Brightloom, which sells cloud-based software to the restaurant industry.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/22/starbucks-will-soon-vie-for-your-wallet-share-in-this-6-billion-category/ Nestlé And Starbucks Bet On Coffee Creamers For A BoostThe introduction comes at a time when U.S. creamer market growth has outpaced that of overall coffee sales.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d3538eb4cdbd90009493127Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +00002019-07-22T12:00:00ZThe introduction comes at a time when U.S. creamer market growth has outpaced that of overall coffee sales.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/17/amazon-prime-day-inks-another-record-but-thats-not-the-only-thing-you-should-take-away/ Amazon Prime Day Inks Another Record, But That’s Not The Big TakeawayAmazon’s two-day Prime Day extravaganza has come and gone, but the takeaways go far beyond the fact that it drew a record number of Prime members who bought more than 175 million items, beating Amazon’s combined Black Friday and Cyber Monday business.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d2f76196b29f400083ef939Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:11:44 +00002019-07-17T20:11:44ZAmazon’s two-day Prime Day extravaganza has come and gone, but the takeaways go far beyond the fact that it drew a record number of Prime members who bought more than 175 million items, beating Amazon’s combined Black Friday and Cyber Monday business.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/14/amazon-and-rival-retailers-are-much-tighter-than-you-think/ Amazon’s Retail Rivals Are Happy To Work With It—As AWS Cloud ClientsEven though Target uses Google Cloud and Walmart has reportedly told its tech vendors to stop using AWS, itself inking a deal to use the Microsoft Azure cloud service, AWS remains the top global cloud service provider and is favored by many rival retailers.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d2bba44e307aa000936c534Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:04:48 +00002019-07-15T00:04:48ZEven though Target uses Google Cloud and Walmart has reportedly told its tech vendors to stop using AWS, itself inking a deal to use the Microsoft Azure cloud service, AWS remains the top global cloud service provider and is favored by many rival retailers.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/07/10/microsofts-first-ever-store-in-europe-will-have-this-particular-customer-in-mind/ A Store Not Just For Shoppers: Microsoft Will Use Its First European Location To Cater To Large BusinessesTen years after its first retail store opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, Microsoft is set to open its first store in Europe on Thursday. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d251e97ac5ce0000824c61fWed, 10 Jul 2019 13:00:00 +00002019-07-10T13:00:00ZTen years after its first retail store opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, Microsoft is set to open its first store in Europe on Thursday. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/30/plant-based-meat-alternatives-still-have--long-growth-runway/ Beyond Meat, Other Plant-Based Alternatives Still Have Long Growth RunwayMeat alternative purchases from indie restaurants and other food services including those at Yellowstone National Park and University of Michigan almost quadrupled last year, following a 22% increase in 2017, according to Dining Alliance study's of a $7.5 billion foodservice buying pool that it’...Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d192c99a212f6000834f457Sun, 30 Jun 2019 22:25:35 +00002019-06-30T22:25:35ZMeat alternative purchases from indie restaurants and other food services including those at Yellowstone National Park and University of Michigan almost quadrupled last year, following a 22% increase in 2017, according to Dining Alliance study's of a $7.5 billion foodservice buying pool that it’...https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/27/tariffs-and-other-takeaways-from-nikes-earnings/ Three Takeaways From Nike’s Earnings Beyond U.S.-China TariffsWith China its key growth market and where it also relies on to make a decent chunk of its products, U.S.-China tariffs war, not surprisingly, was a major discussion point on Nike’s call Thursday night, when the sneaker giant reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d15624aa212f60008461c87Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:57:40 +00002019-06-28T00:57:40ZWith China its key growth market and where it also relies on to make a decent chunk of its products, U.S.-China tariffs war, not surprisingly, was a major discussion point on Nike’s call Thursday night, when the sneaker giant reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/26/lacroix-is-losing-its-fizz-as-parent-national-beverage-reports-another-quarterly-sales-drop/ LaCroix May Be Going Flat: Parent National Beverage Reports Another Quarterly Sales DropFaced with lawsuits and an ever-expanding field of rivals eager to take its share, LaCroix parent National Beverage Corp. reported its second straight quarterly sales drop.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d13d3a6528eab0009038c0dWed, 26 Jun 2019 21:15:07 +00002019-06-26T21:15:07ZFaced with lawsuits and an ever-expanding field of rivals eager to take its share, LaCroix parent National Beverage Corp. reported its second straight quarterly sales drop.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/26/amazon-gos-even-bigger-rollout-is-not-a-matter-of-if-but-when/ New York Proves Amazon Go Works, And An Even Bigger Rollout Is Only A Matter Of TimeAmazon Go's entry in New York has been met with an enthusiastic response, in another sign the cashierless concept holds broad appeal and big expansion opportunities.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d12b1255eba540009a2e1d9Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +00002019-06-26T11:00:00ZAmazon Go's entry in New York has been met with an enthusiastic response, in another sign the cashierless concept holds broad appeal and big expansion opportunities.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/20/mcdonalds-first-major-acquisition-in-years-could-be-a-game-changer/ McDonald’s First Major Acquisition In Years Could Be A Game ChangerBuying tech startups has become a trend for brands of all kinds seeking to sharpen their competitive edge, and McDonald’s purchase this year of Dynamic Yield, a seven-year-old Israeli startup that helps brands personalize offerings, could help the fast-food giant do just that. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d0bcba5bb1c9200099d693dThu, 20 Jun 2019 18:29:56 +00002019-06-20T18:29:56ZBuying tech startups has become a trend for brands of all kinds seeking to sharpen their competitive edge, and McDonald’s purchase this year of Dynamic Yield, a seven-year-old Israeli startup that helps brands personalize offerings, could help the fast-food giant do just that. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/14/retailers-from-walmart-to-macys-join-other-industries-to-deliver-this-message-to-trump/ Retailers From Walmart To Macy’s Join Up To Deliver Anti-Tariff Message To TrumpWith uncertainty over the potential impact of the U.S.-China tariff war still looming large, 661 companies and associations from different industries sent a letter to the White House urging the Trump administration to get back to the negotiating table and resolve the trade spat.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d03f87c1ab7180009ceaadeFri, 14 Jun 2019 19:54:11 +00002019-06-14T19:54:11ZWith uncertainty over the potential impact of the U.S.-China tariff war still looming large, 661 companies and associations from different industries sent a letter to the White House urging the Trump administration to get back to the negotiating table and resolve the trade spat.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/06/12/lululemons-result-is-just-the-latest-sign-that-athleisure-trend-has-long-legs/ Lululemon’s Earnings Release Is The Latest Sign The Athleisure Trend Has LegsIn another sign that the athleisure trend that has been reshaping the fashion landscape has staying power, Lululemon reported another quarter of better-than-expected results despite facing growing competition on all fronts.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5d017cfb35a5eb0008c6edd6Wed, 12 Jun 2019 22:49:53 +00002019-06-12T22:49:53ZIn another sign that the athleisure trend that has been reshaping the fashion landscape has staying power, Lululemon reported another quarter of better-than-expected results despite facing growing competition on all fronts.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/30/against-tariffs-uncertainty-dollar-stores-show-they-have-a-sweet-spot-in-retail/ Despite Tariffs Uncertainty, Dollar General And Dollar Tree Show They're Still Operating In A Sweet SpotNo-frills dollar stores are proving their appeal, at least in terms of enticing low-income and other bargain-hunting shoppers. And despite the uncertainty regarding the U.S.-China trade war, both Dollar General and Dollar Tree are expanding.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cf03ef6f12f5b00081681efThu, 30 May 2019 20:43:43 +00002019-05-30T20:43:43ZNo-frills dollar stores are proving their appeal, at least in terms of enticing low-income and other bargain-hunting shoppers. And despite the uncertainty regarding the U.S.-China trade war, both Dollar General and Dollar Tree are expanding.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/29/why-canada-gooses-28-shares-slump-isnt-a-cause-for-worry/ Why Canada Goose Stock’s 28% Slump Isn’t A Cause For WorryCanada Goose shares slumped 28% after its annual sales outlook fell short of expectations, but its underlying business is doing just fine. Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5ceeee03ae89430008f4ea72Wed, 29 May 2019 20:53:10 +00002019-05-29T20:53:10ZCanada Goose shares slumped 28% after its annual sales outlook fell short of expectations, but its underlying business is doing just fine. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/29/what-abercrombie--fitchs-25-share-slide-signals-about-the-state-of-retail/ Abercrombie & Fitch, Looking To Reconnect With Shoppers, Is Closing 3 Flagship Stores—And May Close MoreAbecrombie & Fitch shares slumped 25% after the clothing retailer reported disappointing sales growth and outlook figures.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5ceeb3a5622b070008188b6cWed, 29 May 2019 16:53:57 +00002019-05-29T16:53:57ZAbecrombie & Fitch shares slumped 25% after the clothing retailer reported disappointing sales growth and outlook figures.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/28/walmarts-new-cto-hire-suggests-its-not-just-eyeing-amazons-share/ Walmart’s CTO Hire Suggests It Is Preparing For More Than A Market Share Fight With AmazonIn another sign that Walmart is eager to live up to its new moniker as a “technology company,” the world’s largest retailer just hired a 25-year tech industry executive whose career history includes stops at giants Google, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon, Walmart’s archnemesis.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cedc8293d7c77000986c4a6Wed, 29 May 2019 00:05:04 +00002019-05-29T00:05:04ZIn another sign that Walmart is eager to live up to its new moniker as a “technology company,” the world’s largest retailer just hired a 25-year tech industry executive whose career history includes stops at giants Google, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon, Walmart’s archnemesis.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/28/ikeas-new-manhattan-planning-studio-spells-growth-and-potentially-missed-opportunities/ How IKEA Is Using A Small Planning Studio In Manhattan To Drive Its Urban And Online GrowthWith its Planning Studio, which opened in New York in April, home furnishings giant IKEA aims to make itself "more accessible and more personalized." But the format may also be costing it some sales.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5ced8f98264d70000820da99Tue, 28 May 2019 20:07:04 +00002019-05-28T20:07:04ZWith its Planning Studio, which opened in New York in April, home furnishings giant IKEA aims to make itself "more accessible and more personalized." But the format may also be costing it some sales.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/09/this-new-nike-fit-feature-could-be-a-game-changer/ Nike Unveils 'A Game-Changing Innovation': A Fit Feature To Fix Shoe Sizing Online And In-StoreNike is introducing Nike Fit, which allows consumers to scan their feet from their camera phones and recommends the fit. But the promise goes beyond just getting the fit right.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cd344c4bb844100084751d7Thu, 9 May 2019 11:30:00 +00002019-05-09T11:30:00ZNike is introducing Nike Fit, which allows consumers to scan their feet from their camera phones and recommends the fit. But the promise goes beyond just getting the fit right.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/05/07/casper-facing-growing-competition-wants-to-take-care-of-your-entire-sleep-business/ Casper, With Competition Growing, Wants To Be More Than A Mattress CompanyOnline mattress-in-a-box pioneer Casper has disrupted the mattress industry, but it, too, is now facing growing competition. CEO Philip Krim isn't fazed.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cd101b5faf51900080ffa5dTue, 7 May 2019 17:56:44 +00002019-05-07T17:56:44ZOnline mattress-in-a-box pioneer Casper has disrupted the mattress industry, but it, too, is now facing growing competition. CEO Philip Krim isn't fazed.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/25/amazon-is-moving-to-make-one-day-prime-shipping-the-new-norm/ Why Amazon Is Moving To Make One-Day Prime Shipping The New NormAmazon just upped the ante for the retail industry once again, saying it is moving fast to evolve its signature two-day free shipping for Prime members into one-day free shipping.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cc223f16842580086eb6ee0Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:17:00 +00002019-04-26T01:17:00ZAmazon just upped the ante for the retail industry once again, saying it is moving fast to evolve its signature two-day free shipping for Prime members into one-day free shipping.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/19/why-this-new-godiva-cafe-in-new-york-is-the-first-of-2000-the-belgium-chocolate-maker-eyes-globally/ Why Godiva Is Opening A Cafe In New York -- And Why It Has Plans For 2,000 Around The WorldBelgian chocolate maker Godiva wants you to think of it when you want a breakfast sandwich, a lunch salad or an afternoon pick-me-up coffee and cookie. With millennials in mind, it opened its first permanent U.S. cafe in New York on Thursday and plans to open 2,000 of these cafes globally.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cb91879e53bd70083e53a89Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:30:00 +00002019-04-19T10:30:00ZBelgian chocolate maker Godiva wants you to think of it when you want a breakfast sandwich, a lunch salad or an afternoon pick-me-up coffee and cookie. With millennials in mind, it opened its first permanent U.S. cafe in New York on Thursday and plans to open 2,000 of these cafes globally.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/17/resale-is-the-new-hot-fashion-neiman-marcus-invests-in-fashionphile-pre-owned-business/ Neiman Marcus Invests In Luxury Reseller Fashionphile, Proving Power Of Re-Commerce And MillennialsNeiman Marcus said it has become the first major luxury retailer to directly invest in the pre-owned business, taking a minority stake in 20-year-old luxury resale player Fashionphile.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cb792d9e53bd70083e535e8Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:25:00 +00002019-04-17T21:25:00ZNeiman Marcus said it has become the first major luxury retailer to directly invest in the pre-owned business, taking a minority stake in 20-year-old luxury resale player Fashionphile.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/17/one-more-sign-best-buy-is-serious-about-health-tech-business/ Best Buy Continues To Bet On Digital Health With New TytoHome DealBest Buy is the first U.S. retailer to exclusively sell the TytoHome medical device kit made by telehealth startup Tyco Care. Consumers can conduct different medical tests and connect with physicians live for diagnosis.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cb6aa2ae53bd70083e53278Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:00:00 +00002019-04-17T13:00:00ZBest Buy is the first U.S. retailer to exclusively sell the TytoHome medical device kit made by telehealth startup Tyco Care. Consumers can conduct different medical tests and connect with physicians live for diagnosis.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/09/with-millennials-in-mind-outdoor-gear-retailer-rei-to-double-down-on-rental-and-used-gear-sales/ With Millennials In Mind, Outdoor Retailer REI Doubles Down On Rentals And Used Gear SalesIn the latest sign that sustainability is a big trend in the retail industry, specialty outdoor gear retailer REI is “significantly” expanding its rental and used gear sales programs and trade-in options.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5cabfc26699e5200881739dfTue, 9 Apr 2019 04:01:00 +00002019-04-09T04:01:00ZIn the latest sign that sustainability is a big trend in the retail industry, specialty outdoor gear retailer REI is “significantly” expanding its rental and used gear sales programs and trade-in options.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/05/hermes-new-york-meatpacking-district-store/ Hermès Opens A Younger, Hipper Store In NYC's Meatpacking District (The Employees Even Wear Sneakers)In its continued bid to attract millennials and other younger customers, French luxury label Hermès has “crossed the line” to open a store in New York’s hip Meatpacking District.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5ca6a468da7dcd0081323287Fri, 5 Apr 2019 11:00:00 +00002019-04-05T11:00:00ZIn its continued bid to attract millennials and other younger customers, French luxury label Hermès has “crossed the line” to open a store in New York’s hip Meatpacking District.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/04/03/why-this-stat-isnt-the-milestone-you-think-it-is/ Online Retail Sales Figure Outstrips Another Sector, But It's Not The Milestone It May Appear To BeSince the Commerce Department reported February retail sales, reports have suggested that online sales have reached a major “tipping point,” overtaking brick-and-mortar sales at general-merchandise retailers. The truth is, online is still a tiny share of the retail market.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5ca50a9cda7dcd0081322db4Wed, 3 Apr 2019 20:14:00 +00002019-04-03T20:14:00ZSince the Commerce Department reported February retail sales, reports have suggested that online sales have reached a major “tipping point,” overtaking brick-and-mortar sales at general-merchandise retailers. The truth is, online is still a tiny share of the retail market.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/29/how-foot-locker-plans-to-stay-at-the-center-of-sneaker-culture/ Foot Locker Gets Back To Center Of Sneaker Culture By Focusing On More Than ShoesFoot Locker no longer wants you to think of it as just a sneaker shop; instead, it's a place for “youth culture empowerment.” The company has invested in four startups this year, including kicks resale business Goat, to help it stay at the forefront of sneaker culture.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c9d7cab64aaf928818cebe0Fri, 29 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +00002019-03-29T11:00:00ZFoot Locker no longer wants you to think of it as just a sneaker shop; instead, it's a place for “youth culture empowerment.” The company has invested in four startups this year, including kicks resale business Goat, to help it stay at the forefront of sneaker culture.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/21/one-key-takeaway-from-nikes-q3-earnings-that-should-worry-lululemon/ One Key Takeaway From Nike's Q3 Earnings That Should Worry LululemonNike reported a 7% increase in fiscal third-quarter earnings, helped by demand online and double-digit growth across footwear and apparel. But its growing women's business and ambition are cause for concern for women's fashion brands like Lululemon.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c942d9564aaf928818cd173Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:18:00 +00002019-03-22T01:18:00ZNike reported a 7% increase in fiscal third-quarter earnings, helped by demand online and double-digit growth across footwear and apparel. But its growing women's business and ambition are cause for concern for women's fashion brands like Lululemon.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/21/levis-returns-to-the-public-stage-with-a-bang-but-how-long-will-the-hype-last/ Levi's Returns To The Public Stage With A Bang, But How Long Will The Hype Last?Levi Strauss & Co. shares surged by more than a third on their first day of trading after the 165-year-old company returned to the public market. The question is, will the second time be the charm?Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c93d95164aaf928818cd04aThu, 21 Mar 2019 19:28:00 +00002019-03-21T19:28:00ZLevi Strauss & Co. shares surged by more than a third on their first day of trading after the 165-year-old company returned to the public market. The question is, will the second time be the charm?https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/14/four-things-you-should-take-away-from-dollar-generals-earnings/ How Dollar General Plans To Keep Its Lead In The Dollar-Store LandscapeDollar General shares sank 7.5% after the dollar-store chain gave a disappointing profit outlook, thanks in part to its plan to increase spending on areas including self-checkout. Here's what its results say about the state of the discount retail market.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c8ac73164aaf9243c765cf1Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:56:00 +00002019-03-14T21:56:00ZDollar General shares sank 7.5% after the dollar-store chain gave a disappointing profit outlook, thanks in part to its plan to increase spending on areas including self-checkout. Here's what its results say about the state of the discount retail market.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/12/neiman-marcus-in-its-first-nyc-store-attempts-retail-theater-at-hudson-yards/ Neiman Marcus Plays Up 'Retail Theater' In Its First New York City Store At Hudson YardsThe competitive luxury market in New York is about to get even busier. Neiman Marcus is set to open its first-ever namesake flagship in the city this Friday as the anchor tenant at Hudson Yards, the largest U.S. private real estate development, described as “a billionaire’s fantasy city.”Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c871b7d64aaf92a9c7a1c48Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +00002019-03-12T13:00:00ZThe competitive luxury market in New York is about to get even busier. Neiman Marcus is set to open its first-ever namesake flagship in the city this Friday as the anchor tenant at Hudson Yards, the largest U.S. private real estate development, described as “a billionaire’s fantasy city.”https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/08/american-eagle-urban-necessities/ American Eagle Puts Its Best Foot Forward With Gen Z, Unveiling A Sneaker Resale ShopAmerican Eagle Outfitters has partnered with trendy Las Vegas sneaker consignment shop Urban Necessities to open an in-store pop-up shop for a year inside its New York SoHo store. American Eagle has also taken a stake in Urban Necessities as it seeks to attract more Gen Z consumers.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c8187d464aaf97e8692cdc2Fri, 8 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +00002019-03-08T11:00:00ZAmerican Eagle Outfitters has partnered with trendy Las Vegas sneaker consignment shop Urban Necessities to open an in-store pop-up shop for a year inside its New York SoHo store. American Eagle has also taken a stake in Urban Necessities as it seeks to attract more Gen Z consumers.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/05/how-kohls-is-making-sure-it-doesnt-get-stuck-in-the-middle/ Kohl's, With Help From Planet Fitness, Is Making Sure It Doesn't Get Stuck In The MiddleThe woes of Sears and J.C. Penney highlight the challenges facing the mid-priced department store sector, but Kohl’s is determined to buck the trend. One way it plans to stay relevant: having Planet Fitness right next door.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c7f00ec64aaf934e66c323bTue, 5 Mar 2019 23:26:00 +00002019-03-05T23:26:00ZThe woes of Sears and J.C. Penney highlight the challenges facing the mid-priced department store sector, but Kohl’s is determined to buck the trend. One way it plans to stay relevant: having Planet Fitness right next door.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/05/barington-capital-fixing-victorias-secrets-dated-brand-image-involves-fixing-its-board/ As Victoria's Secret Scuffles, Activist Investor Says Bath & Body Works May Be Better Off On Its OwnBarington Capital has this message for Victoria's Secret's parent L Brands: Your once-sexy label has a “dated brand image.” It is asking the company to consider separating Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c7e960e64aaf934e66c2f3dTue, 5 Mar 2019 16:03:00 +00002019-03-05T16:03:00ZBarington Capital has this message for Victoria's Secret's parent L Brands: Your once-sexy label has a “dated brand image.” It is asking the company to consider separating Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/04/whats-at-stake-behind-alibaba-office-depots-strategic-collaboration/ Why Alibaba And Office Depot Inked A 'Strategic Collaboration'In a sign that Alibaba may increasingly face off with Amazon on the U.S. online giant's home turf, Office Depot and Alibaba inked a “strategic collaboration” to create a one-stop shop that will go beyond providing office supplies for small and medium-sized U.S. businesses.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c7da86064aaf934e66c2cc5Mon, 4 Mar 2019 23:40:00 +00002019-03-04T23:40:00ZIn a sign that Alibaba may increasingly face off with Amazon on the U.S. online giant's home turf, Office Depot and Alibaba inked a “strategic collaboration” to create a one-stop shop that will go beyond providing office supplies for small and medium-sized U.S. businesses.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/03/01/gap-and-old-navy-are-going-separate-ways-but-whats-really-changed-here/ Gap Says Its Brands Will Benefit From Unity, But What Good Did Unity Do Before The Old Navy Spinoff?Gap Inc. shares shot up after the company surprised investors with a decision to spin off its discount Old Navy chain from the rest of its brand portfolio. But will the separation magically take away the underlying challenges that will face each new company?Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c797e5d64aaf934e66c24aeFri, 1 Mar 2019 19:07:00 +00002019-03-01T19:07:00ZGap Inc. shares shot up after the company surprised investors with a decision to spin off its discount Old Navy chain from the rest of its brand portfolio. But will the separation magically take away the underlying challenges that will face each new company?https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/28/theres-no-sign-of-reprieve-for-victorias-secret-yet/ Victoria's Secret Knows It Has A Problem, But Does It Have Time To Fix It?Victoria’s Secret knows it’s lost its sexy, and it is trying to reclaim it, but knowing there’s a problem and actually fixing it are two different things. The troubles at the lingerie chain have sent parent L Brands shares slumping 75% from its 2015 peak.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c783cc364aaf97953b92a93Thu, 28 Feb 2019 20:37:00 +00002019-02-28T20:37:00ZVictoria’s Secret knows it’s lost its sexy, and it is trying to reclaim it, but knowing there’s a problem and actually fixing it are two different things. The troubles at the lingerie chain have sent parent L Brands shares slumping 75% from its 2015 peak.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/27/best-buy-shares-surge-17-as-it-shows-how-it-can-be-amazon-proof/ Best Buy's Shares Surge 17% As It Again Demonstrates It Can Fend Off AmazonBest Buy, the largest U.S. specialty electronics retailer, was the S&P 500's biggest gainer after reporting a better-than-expected fiscal Q4 comparable U.S. sales gain and once again showing it can remain relevant in the age of Amazon.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c76d6e764aaf967d4a2a15aWed, 27 Feb 2019 18:51:00 +00002019-02-27T18:51:00ZBest Buy, the largest U.S. specialty electronics retailer, was the S&P 500's biggest gainer after reporting a better-than-expected fiscal Q4 comparable U.S. sales gain and once again showing it can remain relevant in the age of Amazon.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/26/four-key-takeaways-from-home-depots-q4-earnings/ 4 Key Takeaways From Home Depot's Q4 EarningsHome Depot, long a retail industry outperformer, saw its shares dip after the largest home improvement retailer reported disappointing fourth-quarter results. But things aren't all bad for the chain.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c75853b64aaf967d4a29c52Tue, 26 Feb 2019 19:04:00 +00002019-02-26T19:04:00ZHome Depot, long a retail industry outperformer, saw its shares dip after the largest home improvement retailer reported disappointing fourth-quarter results. But things aren't all bad for the chain.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/26/not-your-average-7-eleven-why-retailers-can-learn-a-thing-or-two-from-taiwans-convenience-stores/ A 7-Eleven Where You Can Work Out? Why Retailers May Want To Study Taiwan's Convenience StoresIn Taiwan, 7-Eleven and its major rivals offer myriad service features. You can buy a high-speed railway ticket, or a movie ticket, or you can make hotel reservations. You can also choose to have your online orders shipped to be picked up at your local store.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c748d7464aaf967d4a298a2Tue, 26 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +00002019-02-26T12:00:00ZIn Taiwan, 7-Eleven and its major rivals offer myriad service features. You can buy a high-speed railway ticket, or a movie ticket, or you can make hotel reservations. You can also choose to have your online orders shipped to be picked up at your local store.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/21/another-sign-marketers-may-need-to-start-taking-gen-z-more-seriously/ Another Sign Marketers Need To Start Taking Gen Z More SeriouslyIn the latest example of Gen Z's increased importance, a study finds 2018 foodservice delivery orders by Gen Z consumers totaled 552 million, just a million shy of millennials’ delivery orders. But a separate study found only 5% of marketers are focusing on this group, versus 60% with millennials.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c6edd3a64aaf967d4a2886dThu, 21 Feb 2019 18:03:00 +00002019-02-21T18:03:00ZIn the latest example of Gen Z's increased importance, a study finds 2018 foodservice delivery orders by Gen Z consumers totaled 552 million, just a million shy of millennials’ delivery orders. But a separate study found only 5% of marketers are focusing on this group, versus 60% with millennials.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/20/under-armours-new-battleground-against-nike-adidas-goes-beyond-the-u-s/ How Under Armour Is Taking On Nike And Adidas In Asia, The New Battleground For Sports ApparelUnder Armour has trailed behind larger rivals Nike and Adidas in recent years, failing to respond fast enough to the hot athleisure trend in the U.S., but it’s hoping the growing sports business in Asia and an expanding middle class will give its growth a jolt.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c6d2c1564aaf967d4a281cbWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:08:00 +00002019-02-20T12:08:00ZUnder Armour has trailed behind larger rivals Nike and Adidas in recent years, failing to respond fast enough to the hot athleisure trend in the U.S., but it’s hoping the growing sports business in Asia and an expanding middle class will give its growth a jolt.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/02/19/four-takeaways-from-walmarts-q4-earnings/ Four Takeaways From Walmart's Q4 EarningsWalmart shares jumped 3.6% to their highest level this year after the world’s largest retailer reported better-than-expected holiday quarter sales and profit and kept its outlook for the year.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c6c48e364aaf967d4a27f93Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:09:00 +00002019-02-19T19:09:00ZWalmart shares jumped 3.6% to their highest level this year after the world’s largest retailer reported better-than-expected holiday quarter sales and profit and kept its outlook for the year.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/25/how-starbucks-plans-to-roast-its-coffeehouse-competition/ How Starbucks Plans To Roast Its Coffeehouse CompetitionAs Starbucks is faced with more competition than ever, from McDonald’s McCafe on the low end to Blue Bottle Coffee on the upscale end, the company is looking to keep its coffee cachet and keep its customers frequenting its nearly 30,000 regular locations globally.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c4b4b6b64aaf93f2fe417aeFri, 25 Jan 2019 18:39:00 +00002019-01-25T18:39:00ZAs Starbucks is faced with more competition than ever, from McDonald’s McCafe on the low end to Blue Bottle Coffee on the upscale end, the company is looking to keep its coffee cachet and keep its customers frequenting its nearly 30,000 regular locations globally.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/24/plant-based-food-beyond-meat-ipo/ The Craving For Plant-Based Protein Has Beyond Meat And Its Rivals Thinking Big For 2019The appetite for plant-based protein, driven by health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, will only get bigger this year. Beyond Meat's IPO plans are just one of the things to watch.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c48f07964aaf93f2fe41083Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +00002019-01-24T12:00:00ZThe appetite for plant-based protein, driven by health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, will only get bigger this year. Beyond Meat's IPO plans are just one of the things to watch.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/20/six-key-retail-tech-trends-to-watch-for-2019-and-its-not-just-about-amazon/ 6 Retail Tech Trends To Watch For 2019 That Go Beyond Competing With AmazonTech to compete against a disruptive Amazon will continue to be central to retailers' strategy in 2019. But it isn't the only thing that will appear on retailers’ shopping list. These six trends that were evident at the National Retail Federation’s annual show will have a more lasting impact.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c4222d464aaf9368b394e4cSun, 20 Jan 2019 21:00:00 +00002019-01-20T21:00:00ZTech to compete against a disruptive Amazon will continue to be central to retailers' strategy in 2019. But it isn't the only thing that will appear on retailers’ shopping list. These six trends that were evident at the National Retail Federation’s annual show will have a more lasting impact.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/13/why-amazon-go-may-soon-change-the-way-we-want-to-shop/ Why Amazon Go May Soon Change The Way We ShopWith retailers hopping on the cashier-less bandwagon in an effort to attract time-crunched shoppers, Amazon Go, the tech giant’s convenience store concept, looks to be well poised to capitalize on the trend, with sizable growth potential and appeal.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c3a172164aaf93f10ef1903Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:30:00 +00002019-01-13T20:30:00ZWith retailers hopping on the cashier-less bandwagon in an effort to attract time-crunched shoppers, Amazon Go, the tech giant’s convenience store concept, looks to be well poised to capitalize on the trend, with sizable growth potential and appeal.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/10/when-retailers-record-holiday-sales-need-to-be-taken-with-a-grain-of-salt/ Lesson From Macy's: Retailers' Record Holiday Sales Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of SaltMacy's disappointing holiday season results serve as another reminder that the headlines proclaiming record sales often don’t tell the full story. Even for winners, there was a cost.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c37c97b64aaf93f10ef1447Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:38:00 +00002019-01-10T23:38:00ZMacy's disappointing holiday season results serve as another reminder that the headlines proclaiming record sales often don’t tell the full story. Even for winners, there was a cost.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/08/sears-liquidation-lampert/ RIP Sears? Not Yet, But Liquidation Is Still A PossibilitySears Holdings reportedly changed its mind and agreed to consider a revised takeover bid from chairman Eddie Lampert in a last-ditch effort to save itself from liquidation. But its long-term survival is still a big question.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c35085a64aaf93f10ef0b83Tue, 8 Jan 2019 21:30:00 +00002019-01-08T21:30:00ZSears Holdings reportedly changed its mind and agreed to consider a revised takeover bid from chairman Eddie Lampert in a last-ditch effort to save itself from liquidation. But its long-term survival is still a big question.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2019/01/07/with-starboards-involvement-dollar-trees-3-12-year-marriage-to-family-dollar-may-be-at-risk/ Starboard To Dollar Tree: Hoping For Improvement At Family Dollar Is 'No Longer Acceptable'Activist hedge fund Starboard Value, which has acquired a 1.7% stake in Dollar Tree, is urging the company to explore “all strategic alternatives,” including a sale, for its underperforming Family Dollar chain.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c33c39d64aaf93f10ef0740Mon, 7 Jan 2019 21:51:00 +00002019-01-07T21:51:00ZActivist hedge fund Starboard Value, which has acquired a 1.7% stake in Dollar Tree, is urging the company to explore “all strategic alternatives,” including a sale, for its underperforming Family Dollar chain.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/21/at-lord-taylors-nyc-store-closing-sale-a-sobering-lesson-for-retailers/ At Lord & Taylor's NYC Store-Closing Sale, A Sobering Lesson For RetailersAs Lord & Taylor prepares to close its 104-year-old New York flagship early next year, what bargain hunters have to say should serve as a sobering reminder to many department store and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c1c757b64aaf93f10eed958Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +00002018-12-21T13:00:00ZAs Lord & Taylor prepares to close its 104-year-old New York flagship early next year, what bargain hunters have to say should serve as a sobering reminder to many department store and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/20/nike-just-proves-its-still-a-growth-company/ Nike, Already World's Largest Sneaker Maker, Proves It's Still A Growth CompanyOn the homepage of its investor relations website, Nike calls itself “a growth company.” It looks like the company just validated that statement. Fiscal second-quarter earnings topped expectations, and Nike eased worries about the potential impact of the China-U.S. trade spat.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c1c414a64aaf93f10eed8f8Fri, 21 Dec 2018 02:01:00 +00002018-12-21T02:01:00ZOn the homepage of its investor relations website, Nike calls itself “a growth company.” It looks like the company just validated that statement. Fiscal second-quarter earnings topped expectations, and Nike eased worries about the potential impact of the China-U.S. trade spat.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/20/food-trends-2019-delivery/ 3 Trends On The Menu For 2019 As The Food Industry Grapples With Changing Eating HabitsThe changing patterns of what, where and how we eat have disrupted the food industry, whether it be the consumer packaged good giants, supermarkets or restaurants. Against that backdrop, expect M&A and food delivery to be among the major trends of 2019.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c1abc4364aaf93f10eed386Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +00002018-12-20T12:00:00ZThe changing patterns of what, where and how we eat have disrupted the food industry, whether it be the consumer packaged good giants, supermarkets or restaurants. Against that backdrop, expect M&A and food delivery to be among the major trends of 2019.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/19/here-are-the-game-changing-retail-trends-to-watch-for-2019/ Beyond VR And Tariffs: 4 Trends That Will Reshape Retail In 2019While tariffs and the future of U.S. Postal Service are on the minds of retailers as they head into 2019, robots, smaller-format stores, digital-native experiments with brick-and-mortar and cashierless stores are among the more important industry trends to watch.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c1964e664aaf93f10eecec8Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +00002018-12-19T11:00:00ZWhile tariffs and the future of U.S. Postal Service are on the minds of retailers as they head into 2019, robots, smaller-format stores, digital-native experiments with brick-and-mortar and cashierless stores are among the more important industry trends to watch.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/14/starbucks-will-soon-deliver-your-coffee-via-uber-eats-and-that-may-give-its-slowing-growth-a-jolt/ Starbucks Will Soon Deliver Your Coffee Via Uber Eats, And That Will Give Its Growth A Real JoltStarbucks, facing slowing U.S. sales growth, is joining McDonald’s and other foodservice chains on the delivery bandwagon: By early next year, nearly a quarter of its more than 8,000 company-operated U.S. stores will offer Starbucks Delivers via Uber Eats.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c13fbc164aaf93f10eec0e6Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:33:00 +00002018-12-14T19:33:00ZStarbucks, facing slowing U.S. sales growth, is joining McDonald’s and other foodservice chains on the delivery bandwagon: By early next year, nearly a quarter of its more than 8,000 company-operated U.S. stores will offer Starbucks Delivers via Uber Eats.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/13/victorias-secret-parent-l-brands-has-found-a-buyer-for-la-senza/ L Brands Finds A Buyer For La Senza, But Turning Victoria's Secret Around Is Still A Tall OrderL Brands, seeking to stem a decline in cash and focus on turning around the struggling Victoria’s Secret, said it has found a buyer for its La Senza lingerie chain.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c12bc4f64aaf93f10eebd8dThu, 13 Dec 2018 20:34:00 +00002018-12-13T20:34:00ZL Brands, seeking to stem a decline in cash and focus on turning around the struggling Victoria’s Secret, said it has found a buyer for its La Senza lingerie chain.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/13/thanks-to-sneakerheads-kicks-resale-is-hot-farfetch-buys-stadium-goods-is-just-one-example/ Farfetch Acquires Stadium Goods: Why Sneaker Resale Is Becoming Big BusinessThanks to sneakerheads, the business of sneaker and streetwear consignment business has itself become a hot commodity commanding investor interest. The latest example: Farfetch has bought New York-based Stadium Goods sneaker resale business for $250 million to help it expand internationally.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c11a5ac64aaf93f10eeb98eThu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +00002018-12-13T12:00:00ZThanks to sneakerheads, the business of sneaker and streetwear consignment business has itself become a hot commodity commanding investor interest. The latest example: Farfetch has bought New York-based Stadium Goods sneaker resale business for $250 million to help it expand internationally.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/10/amazons-first-new-york-fulfillment-center-should-give-rival-retailers-another-cause-for-worry/ Amazon's Robot-Filled New York Fulfillment Center Gives Rivals Another Reason To WorryAmazon, a thorn in the side of retailers including Walmart and Target, is facing increased competition on all fronts from rivals seeking to chip away at its lead. But the Seattle-based giant may be moving even faster. One telling example: its first fulfillment center inside New York City.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c0df24064aaf961d75743eeMon, 10 Dec 2018 11:30:00 +00002018-12-10T11:30:00ZAmazon, a thorn in the side of retailers including Walmart and Target, is facing increased competition on all fronts from rivals seeking to chip away at its lead. But the Seattle-based giant may be moving even faster. One telling example: its first fulfillment center inside New York City.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/12/05/taking-a-stand-on-controversial-social-issues-makes-good-business-sense-for-brands-study-finds/ Brands May Repel Shoppers With Social Commentary But Take A Bigger Risk Staying Silent, Study SaysAbout 62% of consumers worldwide want companies to take a stand on the social, cultural, environmental and political issues that they care about, according to a survey of nearly 30,000 consumers by Accenture Strategy.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c06fa2764aaf961d75734caWed, 5 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +00002018-12-05T13:00:00ZAbout 62% of consumers worldwide want companies to take a stand on the social, cultural, environmental and political issues that they care about, according to a survey of nearly 30,000 consumers by Accenture Strategy.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/30/how-200-year-old-brooks-brothers-is-embracing-ai-millennials-and-why-it-may-snuggle-up-to-amazon/ How 200-Year-Old Brooks Brothers Is Embracing AI And Millennials -- And Why It May Cozy Up To AmazonBrooks Brothers, the clothier that’s dressed numerous American presidents and celebrated its 200th birthday this year, is working with AI firm ORS Group to help it figure out everything from how many shirts it should have in stock at each store to how much a promotion drives sales.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5c009bf064aaf961d7572408Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +00002018-11-30T12:00:00ZBrooks Brothers, the clothier that’s dressed numerous American presidents and celebrated its 200th birthday this year, is working with AI firm ORS Group to help it figure out everything from how many shirts it should have in stock at each store to how much a promotion drives sales.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/27/retailers-putting-themselves-in-a-bind-holiday-shoppers-buying-on-sale-hit-record-high/ Why Record Holiday Sales May Actually Signal Trouble For RetailersRetailers enticed consumers to open their wallets on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with discounts and promotions, but that strategy may come back to bite them.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bfdb82c64aaf961d7571866Tue, 27 Nov 2018 22:16:00 +00002018-11-27T22:16:00ZRetailers enticed consumers to open their wallets on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with discounts and promotions, but that strategy may come back to bite them.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/26/black-friday-cyber-monday-sales-are-hitting-another-high-but-its-not-time-to-cheer-yet/ Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sales Hit Another High, But It's Not Time To Celebrate YetThe American sport of deal hunting was once again on display amid the Black Friday and Cyber Monday doorbuster deals, but retailers have yet to prove they will have a merry holiday season beyond these initial record sales days.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bfc72dd64aaf961d75713aeMon, 26 Nov 2018 23:09:00 +00002018-11-26T23:09:00ZThe American sport of deal hunting was once again on display amid the Black Friday and Cyber Monday doorbuster deals, but retailers have yet to prove they will have a merry holiday season beyond these initial record sales days.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/19/victorias-secret-facing-a-slide-in-sales-and-profit-is-in-need-of-a-new-brand-pitch-fast/ Victoria's Secret, Facing A Slide In Sales And Profit, Is In Need Of A New Brand Pitch FastVictoria's Secret has lost its sexy among shoppers. The No. 1 U.S. lingerie label, extending a string of comparable-sales declines since 2016, reported another 2% dip, led by a 6% drop at its physical stores, and saw its fiscal third-quarter operating income tumble 89% in the quarter.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bf3698a64aaf961d756fef7Tue, 20 Nov 2018 02:34:00 +00002018-11-20T02:34:00ZVictoria's Secret has lost its sexy among shoppers. The No. 1 U.S. lingerie label, extending a string of comparable-sales declines since 2016, reported another 2% dip, led by a 6% drop at its physical stores, and saw its fiscal third-quarter operating income tumble 89% in the quarter.nostream-twohttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/19/this-holiday-season-retailers-are-bracing-not-just-for-record-sales/ The Dark Side Of Holiday Shopping: As Sales Surge, Retailers Brace For Record Amount Of TheftOrganized retail crime has hit yet another high this year, costing retailers an average of $777,877 per $1 billion in sales in the past year, up 7% from the previous record set last year, according to a study by the National Retail Federation.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bf3246764aaf961d756fdecMon, 19 Nov 2018 21:42:00 +00002018-11-19T21:42:00ZOrganized retail crime has hit yet another high this year, costing retailers an average of $777,877 per $1 billion in sales in the past year, up 7% from the previous record set last year, according to a study by the National Retail Federation.nostream-twohttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/15/walmarts-fight-against-amazon-is-picking-up-steam/ Walmart's Fight Against Amazon Is Picking Up SteamIn Walmart’s bid to take on Amazon, the world’s largest retailer once again showed it's willing to spend and sacrifice profit margin for market share gains and other potential competitive advantages. Walmart U.S. e-commerce sales surged 43% in the fiscal third quarter while gross margin narrowed.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bedb7b964aaf961d756f1b3Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:53:00 +00002018-11-15T18:53:00ZIn Walmart’s bid to take on Amazon, the world’s largest retailer once again showed it's willing to spend and sacrifice profit margin for market share gains and other potential competitive advantages. Walmart U.S. e-commerce sales surged 43% in the fiscal third quarter while gross margin narrowed.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/14/this-is-how-macys-is-proving-its-still-relevant-in-american-malls/ How Macy's Is Proving It's Still Relevant To American MallsThe woes of department stores are a familiar storyline, evidenced by the bankruptcy filing and store closings of Bon-Ton and Sears and the continued losses at J.C. Penney. But Macy’s is making the case that it can thrive even as American malls undergo big changes.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bec72f064aaf961d756ed41Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:52:00 +00002018-11-14T19:52:00ZThe woes of department stores are a familiar storyline, evidenced by the bankruptcy filing and store closings of Bon-Ton and Sears and the continued losses at J.C. Penney. But Macy’s is making the case that it can thrive even as American malls undergo big changes.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/14/macys-posts-fourth-straight-comparable-sales-gain-in-signs-of-continued-turnaround/ Macy's Shows Signs Of A Turnaround, Posts Comparable Sales Gain AgainReversing a streak of sales declines the past three years and offering hope to the department store sector, Macy's posted its fourth straight quarter of comparable sales gains and promised "strong" holiday quarter sales.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bec2a5264aaf961d756eb67Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:47:00 +00002018-11-14T14:47:00ZReversing a streak of sales declines the past three years and offering hope to the department store sector, Macy's posted its fourth straight quarter of comparable sales gains and promised "strong" holiday quarter sales.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/14/microsoft-nielsen-join-forces-to-make-personalized-data-a-closer-reality-to-the-cpg-industry/ Microsoft, Nielsen Partner To Bring Personalized Data Closer To Reality For The CPG IndustryWith personalized offerings a new imperative in the CPG industry, Nielsen and Microsoft have joined forces to unveil Nielsen Connect, using Microsoft's Azure cloud service to help CPG retailers and brands respond to and forecast consumer product demand fast.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5beb5e6764aaf961d756e9d4Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +00002018-11-14T11:00:00ZWith personalized offerings a new imperative in the CPG industry, Nielsen and Microsoft have joined forces to unveil Nielsen Connect, using Microsoft's Azure cloud service to help CPG retailers and brands respond to and forecast consumer product demand fast.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/13/a-new-face-of-brick-and-mortar-retail-mall-owner-macerich-tries-a-date-with-online-brands/ Mall Owner Macerich Is Making It Easier For Online Brands To Open Physical Stores With New ConceptIn another sign that mall operators are thinking outside the box in their attempts to make themselves relevant to today’s consumers, Macerich is unveiling a new concept called BrandBox. The first iteration will come alive this weekend outside Washington, D.C.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5be9f9c864aaf961d756e4bcTue, 13 Nov 2018 05:01:00 +00002018-11-13T05:01:00ZIn another sign that mall operators are thinking outside the box in their attempts to make themselves relevant to today’s consumers, Macerich is unveiling a new concept called BrandBox. The first iteration will come alive this weekend outside Washington, D.C.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/11/alibabas-singles-day-just-hit-record-jd-com-tencent-amazon-walmart-wechat/ Alibaba's Singles' Day Hits Another Record: 3 Takeaways Beyond The Big NumberAlibaba has notched another record sales day, but this Singles' Day—10 years after Alibaba first made 11/11 a shopping event to celebrate those still on their own—offers much more to analyze than that.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5be8f7b464aaf961d756e15fMon, 12 Nov 2018 04:26:00 +00002018-11-12T04:26:00ZAlibaba has notched another record sales day, but this Singles' Day—10 years after Alibaba first made 11/11 a shopping event to celebrate those still on their own—offers much more to analyze than that.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/09/amazon-holiday-ecommerce-walmart-target-kroger-grocery-home-depot/ Walmart May Be Catching Up To Amazon On Prices But Still Has A Ways To Go, Study ShowsThe Seattle giant remains the undisputed price leader on a broad selection of popular items, with its prices on average 13% less than identical items sold by other retailers on their websites, according to a study by online-performance analytics firm Profitero.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5be5237364aaf961d756dab8Fri, 9 Nov 2018 13:30:00 +00002018-11-09T13:30:00ZThe Seattle giant remains the undisputed price leader on a broad selection of popular items, with its prices on average 13% less than identical items sold by other retailers on their websites, according to a study by online-performance analytics firm Profitero.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/08/farfetch-earning-luxury-ipo-public-company-ecommerce-yoox-tiffany-the-300-bln-luxury-market/ Farfetch Poised To Top $1 Billion In Gross Merchandise Value This YearIn its first quarterly earnings report since going public in September, online luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch said third-quarter GMV on its platform surged to $306 million, up 53% from a year earlier.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5be4edd464aaf961d756da73Fri, 9 Nov 2018 02:46:00 +00002018-11-09T02:46:00ZIn its first quarterly earnings report since going public in September, online luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch said third-quarter GMV on its platform surged to $306 million, up 53% from a year earlier.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/05/soon-you-may-be-able-to-skirt-that-checkout-line-at-your-local-7-eleven/ 7-Eleven Wants To Be Even More Convenient, Expands Scan-And-Pay Test7-Eleven, the world's largest convenience store chain, has hopped on the scan-and-pay bandwagon and introduced its own mobile self-checkout service, allowing customers to skip the checkout line.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bdfb91f64aaf957ecafd8ecMon, 5 Nov 2018 14:30:00 +00002018-11-05T14:30:00Z7-Eleven, the world's largest convenience store chain, has hopped on the scan-and-pay bandwagon and introduced its own mobile self-checkout service, allowing customers to skip the checkout line.https://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/11/05/amazon-free-shipping-holiday-minimum-order-walmart-target/ Amazon, Facing Growing Competition, Offers Free Shipping On All Orders For The First TimeThe high-stakes free-shipping battle this holiday season is heating up: For the first time since it introduced free shipping in 2002, Amazon will ship U.S. customers’ orders for free this holiday season without requiring them to meet a minimum order threshold.Andria Cheng, ContributorAndria Cheng, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/5bdf737764aaf957ecafd87bMon, 5 Nov 2018 08:00:00 +00002018-11-05T08:00:00ZThe high-stakes free-shipping battle this holiday season is heating up: For the first time since it introduced free shipping in 2002, Amazon will ship U.S. customers’ orders for free this holiday season without requiring them to meet a minimum order threshold.