Marie Albiges

Marie Albiges

Marie Albiges is a senior editor for NAPCO Media’s Retail & Travel Group, including Total Retail, Women in Retail, and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality. She is responsible for content development, management and production for the group. Marie is a former journalist, a travel aficionado, a French native and fitness enthusiast who lives in Philadelphia with her partner, stepdaughter and dog. 

Adobe Forecasts Record Online Sales, Continued Supply Chain Issues

Adobe Analytics is out with its latest holiday shopping forecast, and the analytics firm is predicting record online shopping sales even as supply chain issues continue to challenge retailers. “We're entering a second holiday season where the pandemic will dictate the terms,” Patrick Brown, vice president of growth marketing and insights at Adobe, said in…

Walmart, FedEx and Others Extending Hours to Combat Supply Chain Issues

Citing supply chain disruptions, the White House on Wednesday said major retailers like Walmart, Target and The Home Depot will expand working hours to move more cargo off docks. Walmart announced it would commit to extending nighttime hours by as much as 50 percent. The goal, according to a White House press release, is for ships to…

Walmart to Start Delivering Products for The Home Depot

The Home Depot on Wednesday became the first retailer to announce it was using Walmart's new delivery business, GoLocal, and would engage Walmart's drivers to deliver home improvement products purchased online to customers' doors in the coming weeks. In a press release Wednesday, Stephanie Smith, senior vice president of supply chain for The Home Depot,…

Why Lands' End is Paying Attention to Gen X Consumers

Lands’ End’s chief customer officer, Sarah Rasmusen, thinks a lot of brands are forgetting about her generation. At the CommerceNext IRL conference last month in New York City, Rasmusen made the argument for why companies should be paying greater attention to the customer segment known as Generation X, defined by the Pew Research Center as…

Macy's Fights Amazon Billboard Atop its Iconic New York Store

Saying it would cause "immeasurable" harm to its business, Macy's filed a lawsuit asking a court to prevent a real estate company from allowing Amazon.com to advertise on a billboard connected to the department store's Herald Square location in New York City. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Friday, said the…

Bed Bath & Beyond Extends Partnership With DoorDash

Bed Bath & Beyond will become the first home retailer to make its products available on DoorDash marketplace's app and website, allowing customers to order and receive goods directly through the delivery platform. The companies announced the extension of their partnership — first formed in May — on Wednesday, saying more than 60,000 Bed Bath…

Kroger, Instacart Partnering to Offer 30-Minute 'Delivery Now' Service

Kroger, the country's largest grocery retailer, announced Tuesday it's partnering with online platform Instacart to offer customers 30-minute delivery service. Called Kroger Delivery Now, the service will include 25,000 items, including food and household essentials, from Kroger and its banner stores for customers to order and receive at their homes. Kroger and Instacart have been partners…

Amazon Begins Shipping Cargo From Outside Customers

In an effort to compete with commercial shippers like FedEx and UPS, Amazon.com has started shipping non-Amazon packages, according to a new report by CNBC. The e-commerce giant spent 80 percent more in the first quarter on capital expenditures than the same time last year, mostly to grow its in-house logistics network, which includes a…

Walgreens Raising Employee Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Hourly employees at Walgreens will see an increase in the minimum wage to $15 by Nov. 1, 2022, the company said in a press release Tuesday. The changes apply to all hourly employees across the company's 9,000 U.S. locations and will begin in October, Walgreens said. "“Investing in and rewarding our team members is not…

Urban Outfitters Joins Resale Marketplace, Launching Nuuly Thrift

Urban Outfitters announced Tuesday it would launch a secondhand apparel and accessories marketplace for consumers to resell their clothes. The new online thrift store, called Nuuly Thrift, is launching in the fall in the form of an iPhone app. Users will be able to post their clothing and accessories from any brand and can choose…

Old Navy Integrating Plus Sizing to Be More Inclusive

Old Navy is getting rid of its plus-sized section and making sizes zero to 30 available online and in all stores, the retailer announced Wednesday. Starting Friday, the Gap Inc.-owned brand is launching "BODEQUALITY," with no price difference between sizes, in an effort to make the shopping experience more inclusive. “BODEQUALITY is not a one-time…

U.S. Postal Service Proposes Hiking Shipping Rates During Holiday Season

The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday it wants to raise the rates for sending packages during the holiday season, saying the increases would cover the anticipated heightened package and shipping demand, which typically brings extra handling costs for the agency. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the new rates would be in effect from…

Target Becomes Latest Retailer to Offer Employees Free College Tuition

Following in the footsteps of one of its largest competitors, Target announced Wednesday that it would cover the cost of college for its more than 340,000 U.S.-based part-time and full-time employees working in Target stores, distribution centers and headquarters beginning this fall. The move comes days after Walmart announced it would cover college tuition and books…