Caitlin Palmieri

Caitlin Palmieri
Coach Inc. Rebrands as Tapestry

Fashion company Coach, Inc. has rebranded itself as Tapestry. Over the last few months, Coach has worked to diversify the business, acquiring brands such as Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. The New York Times reports the new name is intended to better express Coach's new shape as a multibrand entity with a variety of unique…

Gap is Selling Subscription Boxes for Baby Clothes

This week, Gap announced it would test the market for subscription services. Yahoo Finance reports the apparel company's baby division has rolled out a subscription box offering. It's been reported that Gap initially offered the service with a limited number of loyal customers, and over time it has been expanded to a larger audience and…

Shopify Rolling Out Shoppable Instagram Feature to Thousands of Merchants

E-commerce platform Shopify is changing the game for retailers to sell on social media. TechCrunch reports Shopify is opening up its Instagram integration to thousands of its merchants leading up to the holiday season. The platform expansion adds yet another sales channel to Shopify sellers, joining Facebook, Messenger and others. The shoppable social feed has been…

Amazon is Testing its Own Delivery Service

Amazon.com is experimenting with a new delivery service for its online sellers to make more products available for two-day shipping. Bloomberg reports the new service, rumored to be titled Seller Flex, will help relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners UPS and FedEx. Amazon will…

Finish Line Appoints Faisal Masud to Board of Directors

Finish Line, an athletic retailer focusing on primarily footwear, has appointed Faisal Masud to its board of directors. Masud, chief technology officer for Staples, brings a wealth of knowledge from his past experience in retail and e-commerce companies such as Groupon, Willams-Sonoma, eBay and Amazon.com. “With his technology expertise across enterprise systems, Faisal will bring…

Fanatics Appoints President of International Business

Fanatics, a leader in licensed sports merchandise, has appointed global e-commerce and brand executive Steve Davis as president of Fanatics International. Davis has over two decades of experience in retail and e-commerce. Most recently, Davis served as the CEO of Rue La La. Reporting to Fanatics CEO, Doug Mack, Davis will be responsible for leading the…

Whole Foods Targeted by Hackers

Whole Foods, which was recently acquired by Amazon.com, said Thursday that hackers were able to gain access to customers’ credit card information who have made purchases from some of its taprooms and restaurants. CNN reports the organic grocery company didn't disclose the locations of the restaurants and taprooms that were targeted, as well as how many…

Serta Simmons Sues Bob's Discount Furniture

Serta Simmons is suing Bob's Discount Furniture for false advertising. The Chicago Tribune reports the lawsuit, filed last week in Chicago, alleges Bob’s took a mattress comparison too far when it said its Black Label Gel mattresses had essentially the same components as Simmons’ Beautyrest Black mattresses, except for the “fancy logo” and the price.…

Albertsons Buys Meal Kit Company Plated

On Wednesday, Albertsons announced that it had acquired meal kit service Plated. CNBC reports the move represents the first in what figure to be many for the 2,300-store grocer as it looks to fortify its business to compete with the Amazon.com/Whole Foods merged entity. "This transaction is the latest example of Albertsons meeting our customers…

Wal-Mart Testing Delivery Service That Will Bring Items Into Your Home

Wal-Mart announced it will try out a new delivery service that will not only deliver items to customers’ doorsteps, but into their homes as well. The big-box retailer has partnered with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart home accessories, for the test. A customer can now place their order online, then a third-party…

Glitch Has Amazon Emailing Gift Alerts for Non-Existent Babies

This past Tuesday, Amazon sent a segment of its customers email alerts that an item on their baby registry had been purchased and was on the way. The problem was many of the email recipients weren't pregnant, much less have a baby registry. MarketWatch reports the notifications were due to a glitch on Amazon's part.…

Wal-Mart, Target Join Apple in Call for ‘Dreamer’ Legislation

On Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and PepsiCo Inc. joined a group of nearly 800 companies calling for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation. Reuters reports the retailers and other companies are asking Congress to pass a permanent replacement for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood…

Experiential Retail Chain, Pirch, Shuttering Most of its Stores

Pirch is planning to shutter most of its locations as it overhauls operations. The high-end appliance and kitchen chain has been praised for its innovative retail experiences, including in-store chefs and try-before-you-buy mentality. Despite just opening up its Austin, Texas location in early May, Pirch is shuttering the storefront. In addition to the Austin location, Bloomberg reports…

Amazon’s ‘1-Click’ Patent Expired This Week

On Monday, Amazon.com’s patent for “1-Click” ordering expired, ending its exclusive hold on one of the most contentious patents on the internet. GeekWire reports Amazon won the patent back in 1997 when the nascent company was still just an online book retailer. The patent allows returning shoppers who have already entered billing and shipping info…

Toys"R"Us Rumored to Be Considering Bankruptcy Filing

Toys"R"Us is rumored to be considering a bankruptcy filing. CNBC reports the toy retailer has hired a law firm to help restructure its roughly $400 million in debt due in 2018, a move that could include the toy store filing for bankruptcy protection. "As we previously discussed on our first quarter earnings call, Toys"R"Us is evaluating…