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. 

Estée Lauder to Acquire Tom Ford in $2.8 Billion Deal

Estée Lauder Companies is acquiring its longtime partner Tom Ford, bringing the two American luxury beauty and fashion labels together, the companies announced Tuesday. Tom Ford, who created the high-end apparel, beauty, eyewear and accessories brand in 2005, will sell for $2.8 billion, making this the largest deal in the luxury industry this year, according…

Ralph Lauren is Outfitting Digital Characters and Changing its Logo in Fortnite

Apparel brand Ralph Lauren and digital game world Fortnite are collaborating to create a digital and physical fashion collection that will live in the online game platform owned by Epic Games and be available for purchase in the real world. The digital collection includes outfits containing "sport graphics and bold designs" with "eye-catching color palettes,"…

Adidas Severs Ties With Kanye West; Other Retailers Remove His Products Amid Backlash

Footwear and apparel company Adidas announced Tuesday that it has cut ties with the musician Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, following antisemitic comments and hate speech he recently posted on social media. Adidas, known for its sporting goods wear based out of Germany, had a nearly decade-long partnership with Ye that included his Yeezy…

Circle K, Leading Cannabis Brand Announce Partnership

Circle K, a Canada-based convenience store and gas station operator, announced it was partnering with Green Thumb, a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, to sell its products at a handful of Circle K locations next year. About 10 "RISE Express"-branded dispensaries will open adjacent to Circle K stores in various Florida locations, Green…

Prime Shoppers Buying Gifts at Lower Rates During Amazon Early Access Sale, Data Shows

Thirty hours into Amazon.com's Prime Early Access Sale — the first time the e-commerce giant is introducing a second Prime-like deal in the same year — data shows Prime members are taking advantage of the early holiday sale by buying gifts. However, the Early Access Sale's numbers are lower than Amazon's July Prime Day event, according to…

Amazon to Invest $150M in VC Funds Backing Underrepresented Founders

Amazon.com announced Wednesday it would spend $150 million in venture capital funds on firms that are backing companies founded by underrepresented founders. The online retail giant dubbed the initiative "Amazon Catalytic Capital" and expects to support more than 10 funds and over 200 companies through the next year, it said in a press release. The company…

Walmart Joins the Metaverse on Roblox

Walmart is diving into the metaverse with two immersive experiences on the Web3 platform Roblox, the retail giant announced Monday. In Walmart Land and Walmart's Universe of Play, Roblox users can shop in a virtual store of merchandise, go on a Ferris wheel, and unlock tokens and badges by playing various games and competitions. The…

JCPenney to Expand Beauty Concept in Stores Nationwide

JCPenney on Monday announced its plans to debut its beauty concept in stores nationwide, following a successful pilot launch in fall 2021 with 10 brick-and-mortar locations. JCPenney Beauty will expand to 300 stores by early 2023 and 600 stores by the spring, the company announced in a press release. The beauty concept within JCPenney stores…

Target CEO Exempt From Retirement Rules, Will Stay on 3 More Years

Target CEO Brian Cornell will stay on to lead the retailer for three more years, bypassing the company's policy of retiring at 65, Target announced Wednesday. Cornell, 63, has led the company since 2014. Target said in a press release Wednesday that in allowing Cornell to stay on for three additional years, the company had…

Bath & Body Works Launches Loyalty Program, App

Bath & Body Works announced Monday that it's launching a new rewards program in the U.S., giving loyal customers exclusive offers and a chance to earn free products. In a press release, the personal care and home fragrance company said the loyalty program, dubbed My Bath & Body Works Rewards, is rolling out at the same…

U.S. Retail Sales Flat in July as Consumers See Relief From Gas Prices

Retail sales in the U.S. were stagnant in July according to the latest Census Bureau numbers, which analysts say is an indication of inflation's impact on consumer spending. A collective $682.8 billion was spent in July, relatively unchanged from the previous month. The national average gasoline price dropped to about $4.27 per gallon in the…

Warby Parker Cuts 15% of Corporate Workforce

The direct-to-consumer pioneer and eyeware brand Warby Parker is eliminating 63 corporate positions, or 15 percent of its corporate workforce, Business Insider first reported this week. In an internal memo to employees, Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa said the layoffs included customer-facing roles on the retail and consumer experience teams, as well…

Amazon to Acquire iRobot for $1.7 Billion

Amazon.com is adding a new device to its collection of tech products with the acquisition of iRobot, which is best known for its automatic home vacuum, the Roomba. The e-commerce giant announced Friday that it had purchased the builder of consumer robots for $1.7 billion, or $61 per share. Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices, said…

Ulta Beauty Launches Digital Innovation Fund, Prisma Ventures

Ulta Beauty has become the latest retailer to launch a venture capital arm after announcing a new digital innovation fund Wednesday. The fund, called Prisma Ventures, earmarks $20 million for digital innovation in beauty, according to a company press release. The fund will invest in emerging technology startups that "seek to shape future online and in-store…