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Melissa Campanelli is Editor-in-Chief of Total Retail. She is an industry veteran, having covered all aspects of retail, tech, digital, e-commerce, and marketing over the past 20 years. Melissa is also the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that Apple launched a bevy of new products and services yesterday in a star-studded (can you say Bono?) event in Cupertino, Calif. Of all the the major announcements — the launch of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay — the latter is arguably the most important news for retailers.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. will double the number of retail stores it operates in China, according to Bloomberg. The growth in the country will occur over the next two years, and is part of the company’s strategy to counter slowing growth...

Soon anyone will be able to buy an Apple device at most discount stores in the nation -- if Apple has its way. The Cupertino, Calif. company is reportedly in talks with Sam's Club to open its Apple stores within the discount chain's walls. Sams Club, part...

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. reopened its Fifth Avenue store in New York on Nov. 4, after nearly five months of construction, according to As part of the remodel, the entire structure was removed and rebuilt. Apple replaced the 90 panels that previously comprised the store's glass cube with 15 large glass panels. The project involved completely removing the old glass and its hardware, upgrading the surrounding plaza and reinstalling the new cube. In addition, the company currently is building its fifth bricks-and-mortar New York store in Grand Central Terminal. At 23,000 sq. ft., the new location will be

Sears is in an active push to lease surplus space to other retailers. Its real estate division has listed on its website some 4,000 of its namesake and Kmart stores that have space for other merchants or retail operations to lease. According to a report, Sears has secured two lease deals, one with Western Athletic Clubs for 69,000 sq. ft. of a 273,000-sq.-ft. Sears store in Cupertino, Calif.

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