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October 25, 2016 Subscribe Our Team Contact Us

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  1. Amazon Prime growth slows
  2. Chicago Cubs World Series could break retail records
  3. Nation’s largest malls to open on Thanksgiving
  4. QVC to launch new channel, Beauty iQ
  5. Alibaba hosts 8-hour fashion show
  6. Should Kroger go after Whole Foods?
  7. Dick’s wins $70M bid for Golfsmith
  8. REI to close Black Friday and grow #OptOutside

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Amazon Prime growth slows

October 25, 2016 | By Laura Heller

There are some 65 million Amazon Prime members in the United States, an increase of 38 percent in just one year, according to a new report.

Top Stories

Chicago Cubs World Series could break retail records

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The World Series is always a big event in sports, but this year it promises to be a big retail event, thanks to the long-absent Chicago Cubs.

Nation’s largest malls to open on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The two largest mall owners are bucking the recent trend to close on Thanksgiving Day. Both Simon Property Management and GGP, which owns the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, anticipate tenant merchants to open that day.

QVC to launch new channel, Beauty iQ

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

QVC is going after a larger share of the red-hot beauty category and plans to launch a TV network devoted to related products and topics.

Alibaba hosts 8-hour fashion show

Monday, October 24, 2016

Alibaba hosted an eight-hour fashion show as part of its run-up to Singles Day on Nov. 11 and announced new programs designed to drive traffic and sales.

Should Kroger go after Whole Foods?

Monday, October 24, 2016

The business press headlines blew up earlier this month over an analyst’s tweet that Kroger might be looking to acquire Whole Foods. The tweet was speculative – both companies refused to comment – as were all the articles that followed, but there are reasons that one could give to either fan the flames of this story or douse them.

Dick’s wins $70M bid for Golfsmith

Monday, October 24, 2016

Dick’s Sporting Goods has won a bankruptcy auction bid for the assets of Golfsmith for roughly $70 million.

REI to close Black Friday and grow #OptOutside

Monday, October 24, 2016

REI will once again close on Black Friday and encourage shoppers to #OptOutside instead. The move last year was so successful for the outdoor co-operative that it now boasts a national movement of more than 275 organizations that have been inspired to do the same.

News of Note

Amazon debuts new cloud service Silicon Angle

REI CEO shames Macy’s for early opening Business Insider

Brands get ready for Gen Z Fortune

Teavana’s new store design Chain Store Age

Under Armour tumbles Bloomberg

And Finally… The Trump brand losing favor with wealthy consumers CNBC

October 25, 2016

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