Mergers & Acquisitions

5 Retail Industry Predictions for 2019
January 4, 2019 at 9:03 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan offers five predictions for the retail industry in 2019, from a variety of sources.

Procter & Gamble Acquires Walker & Company
December 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Procter & Gamble, the consumer packaged goods company known for such household staples as Tide and Old Spice, will acquire Walker & Company Brands, the company that makes health and beauty products for people of color launched by entrepreneur Tristan Walker five years ago. Walker & Company Brands will operate as a separate and wholly-owned…

Walmart to Acquire
December 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Walmart announced Thursday that it plans to acquire online artwork retailer According to Business Insider, Walmart will acquire the entire art company for an undisclosed price and will continue to operate it as a standalone site. Walmart will eventually add's product assortment to,, and, two more of the retailer's acquired…

bebe stores Acquires Brookstone
October 31, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Fast-fashion brand bebe has partnered with private equity firm Bluestar Alliance to acquire the Brookstone brand and related assets. The acquisition opens new doors for wholesale distribution of Brookstone products to some of the largest retailers across the U.S. The Associated Press reports as part of the deal that 30 Brookstone airport store locations will…

Coty Tops List of 100 Fastest-Growing Retailers
October 30, 2018 at 3:25 pm

In Total Retail's recently released rankings of the top 100 fastest-growing publicly traded retailers based on year-over-year net sales, a beauty brand found itself at the top of the rankings for the first time. This is the eighth year that Total Retail has produced the list and subsequent report. Coty generated a 75.9 percent year-over-year…

Collaborative Partnerships: Retail’s Evolving Business Model
October 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Between constantly evolving competition and higher customer expectations, brands are feeling pressure to find innovative ways to delight their customers. From this pressure, a new trend in the retail business model surfaced with the emergence of creative partnerships. Kohl's partnership with Aldi supermarkets looks to “right-size” its locations and get creative with shared real estate.…

QVC, HSN to Combine Business Units, Cut 2,000 Jobs
October 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Qurate Retail Group (QRG) announced several initiatives designed to better position its HSN and QVC U.S. businesses for long-term growth. Most important is the formation of an integrated business unit called QXH, which Qurate said will ensure an aligned approach to the U.S. market. As part of the transformation, Qurate will eliminate 350 positions by the…

Walmart Acquires Online Lingerie Retailer Bare Necessities
October 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Walmart announced last week that it has acquired lingerie and sleepwear retailer Bare Necessities for an undisclosed amount. Bare Necessities will join the Walmart U.S. e-commerce portfolio. Founded in 1998, Bare Necessities offers more than 100,000 SKUs from more than 160 brands, including an extensive assortment of bras, swimwear, shapewear and sleepwear. Intimates is a category that…

DSW, Authentic Brands Partner to Acquire Camuto Group for $375M
October 11, 2018 at 1:53 pm

DSW Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the operations of Camuto Group, a footwear and accessory designer and developer responsible for the Vince Camuto brand and the footwear licenses for Jessica Simpson and Lucky Brand. In addition, DSW is teaming with brand development, marketing and entertainment company Authentic Brands Group (ABG) to acquire several intellectual…