Public Relations

GameStop to Close Stores on Thanksgiving This Year
October 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

GameStop has announced its brick-and-mortar locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving, the latest in a new trend this holiday that sees some retailers opting not to compete as aggressively for sales that day. Over the past several years, retailers have increasingly pushed back store opening times to kick off the holiday season. First they inched earlier and…

lululemon's Chip Wilson: I Was Board's ‘Scapegoat’ After Fat-Shaming Women
October 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

lululemon founder (and one of Canada’s richest self-made billionaires) Chip Wilson rarely gives in-depth interviews, and probably for good reason. Confronted about the cult yoga clothier’s costly product recall during a now-infamous 2013 TV spot, Wilson stumbled through an answer, blaming not lululemon’s black Luon material for being too sheer but instead women’s thighs and…

Wal-Mart Criticized for 'Little Amigo' Costume
September 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

It's almost Halloween, which means it's time for retailers to roll out their offensive Halloween costumes. This year, Wal-Mart's "Little Amigo," noticed by Complex, is kicking things off. It's everything you'd expect. The costume includes a serape shirt, sombrero and mustache that you can put on your probably-not-Hispanic kindergartner. The costume was taken off Wal-Mart's website…

Why Whole Foods is Selling Coffee for 25¢
September 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

At "Whole Paycheck," a cup of Joe now only costs a quarter. Without much fanfare, Whole Foods recently launched a special discount aimed at energizing customers — and sales, of course. The deal, valid through the end of September, offers 12-ounce cups of brewed coffee at Whole Foods for just 25 cents apiece. The price is…

Spirit Halloween Faces Outcry Over Caitlyn Jenner Costume
August 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

The largest chain of specialty Halloween stores in the country is facing public outcry after announcing it would be carrying a Caitlyn Jenner costume for this year’s holiday. Advocates for transgender rights and everyday shoppers alike are calling on seasonal retailer Spirit Halloween to rethink its decision to sell a costume in Jenner’s likeness.  

Bloomingdale's Accidentally Gave Shoppers Up to $25,000 in Store Credit
August 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Some Bloomingdale’s Loyallists, aka the department store's loyalty program shoppers, got a major surprise in their inbox when a computer glitch gave them thousands of dollars of store credit. BuzzFeed reports that emails to shoppers seemed to have accidentally added dollar signs to their Loyallist points. For example, 5,000 points usually gets you a $25…

Why We Dropped Trump's Menswear Line: Macy's CEO
August 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Macy's chief Terry Lundgren said Wednesday it was a business decision to end the retailer's 11-year menswear collection partnership with Donald Trump. Trump stirred a storm of criticism by making disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants when he announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in June. Refusing to comment on what Trump said, Lundgren…

Sephora Fans Are Calling Epic Rewards Day an 'Epic Fail'
August 12, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Monday was Epic Rewards day at Sephora, a promotion in which Sephora Beauty Insider Points of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 or 10,000 could be redeemed for really, really good gifts. As in 10,000 points could get you a trip to Paris to visit Lancome, or $500 of Make Up For Ever products along with a training…

Whole Foods: ‘Asparagus Water’ a Mistake
August 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Whole Foods was just kidding with that $6 Asparagus Water. After the bottles — literally three stalks of asparagus in each bottle of water — were spotted on the shelf of a Whole Foods in California earlier this week, a photo of the asparagus water posted by a customer to Instagram started trending on social…

Alibaba Teams Up With Kobe Bryant
August 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Alibaba has partnered with Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant to create and distribute a series of Kobe-branded products in China and to release his documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.” Demand for Bryant’s merchandise in China might seem an oddity to many, but Bryant has a strong fan base among the NBA-crazed Chinese millennials. “We are thrilled…