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08/17/2022

Macy’s Appoints Emilie Arel to Board of Directors

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Emilie Arel, president and chief executive officer of Casper Sleep, has been appointed to Macy’s board of directors, effective August 15, 2022. The board will now comprise 14 members and Arel will serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

“I am honored to partner with a leading retailer like Macy’s, Inc. and look forward to leveraging my omnichannel retail experience to build on the momentum the company has achieved in recent years,” said Arel.

Arel oversees all facets of business at Casper Sleep, taking the lead in 2021. She manages the company’s commercial, brand, and wholesale strategy, as well as develops retail partnerships. 

[Read more: The Workshop at Macy’s Makes Its Return, Boasting an Enhanced Program]

With over 20 years of leadership experience across the retail and CPG industry, Arel brings with her a background working with companies like Target, Gap, FULLBEAUTY Brands, and Quidsi, an Amazon company.

“We are pleased to welcome Emilie to the Macy’s, Inc. board of directors,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “She brings two decades of impressive, digital-first and brick-and-mortar retail experience to our board, including leading the digital transformation at FULLBEAUTY Brands and implementing Casper’s omnichannel strategy to drive consistency for consumers. Emilie’s experience putting customers at the center of the shopping experience will benefit our board and the broader organization as we continue to provide Macy’s, Inc. shoppers with a more personalized and immersive brand experience.”

“We are confident Emilie’s insights, retail merchandising expertise and proven ability to maximize the customer experience will be a valuable addition to our board as we engage both new and existing customers with our leading assortment of categories, products and brands via our omnichannel ecosystem,” said Paul Varga, Macy’s, Inc. lead independent director. “We look forward to her contributions as we continue to deliver against our long-term Polaris growth strategy, while positioning Macy’s, Inc. to capture additional consumer demand and market share.”

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08/17/2022

Office Depot to Deliver Office and School Supplies Nationwide

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Thanks to a new partnership, consumers will be able to get school supplies dropped at their door in time for the new school year.  

Office Depot, a wholly owned subsidiary of The ODP Corporation, and Uber Technologies, Inc. are teaming up to bring business, office and school essentials to customers nationwide. Office Depot is the first business solutions and office supply retailer to be available on Uber Eats.

[See also: Back to School: Tips, Trends, and Predictions]

Over 900 Office Depot and OfficeMax stores across the country are now available to shop through the Uber Eats platform. Consumers can shop for thousands of items and Uber One members benefit from a $0 Delivery Fee and 5% discount on all Office Depot orders with a $15 minimum purchase.  

“With the start of a new school year and new busy schedules for many, we’re excited to team up with Uber Eats to provide students, parents, teachers, small business owners and home office workers with an additional on-demand delivery option to help them get the tools they need, when they need them,” said Jamie Columbus, VP of eCommerce for Office Depot. “We’re proud to offer a wide assortment of business, teaching and learning products on the Uber Eats platform, with significant savings off our best-selling school supplies available through Sept. 10.”

“We know this is the busiest time of year for many, with back to school and even going back to the office, at Uber, we’re always looking for ways to make peoples’ lives easier by helping them get whatever they need—whenever they need it—delivered to their doorstep,” said Christian Freese, head of New Verticals for Uber Eats in the US & Canada. “Whether it’s a printer paper shortage or a school project glue stick emergency, Uber Eats customers can find what they need to handle any business or school supply need with Office Depot on the platform.”

08/15/2022

IKEA U.S. Launching Public and Fleet Charging Across 25 Locations

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IKEA is looking to improve accessibility to electric vehicle charging, offering public charging stations and delivery fleet electric vehicle charging at more than 25 IKEA retail locations across the U.S.  

The effort is part of IKEA’s goal to be a climate positive business by 2030. To do so, the company has partnered with Electrify America and Electrify Commercial — a collaboration that will allow IKEA to quadruple its total number of EV chargers. 

There will now be a total of more than 200 individual ultra-fast chargers being offered at IKEA retail locations across the country in states like Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. 

The first locations are expected to open in late 2022 and be completed by the end of 2023.  

[Read more: Amazon Rolling Out Electric Delivery Vehicles Across the U.S.]

“At IKEA, we believe that we must work together with our partners to tackle climate change and create solutions for a greener future. This collaboration with Electrify America will not only bring ultra-fast public chargers to our stores for the first time, but it will also help us take a big leap as we work towards our targets to become circular and climate positive,” said Javier Quiñones, CEO and chief sustainability officer, IKEA U.S. “We look forward to continuing to innovate around new ways we can make our everyday lives more sustainable.” 

“We are excited to establish both public and commercial fleet charging stations with IKEA — a brand that shares our goal of a more sustainable future,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “Through this collaboration, Electrify America, Electrify Commercial and IKEA U.S. are leading a path forward for customers and businesses toward zero-emission transportation.” 

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08/15/2022

IKEA U.S. Launching Public and Fleet Charging Across 25 Locations

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electric vehicle charging

IKEA is looking to improve accessibility to electric vehicle charging, offering public charging stations and delivery fleet electric vehicle charging at more than 25 IKEA retail locations across the U.S.  

The effort is part of IKEA’s goal to be a climate positive business by 2030. To do so, the company has partnered with Electrify America and Electrify Commercial — a collaboration that will allow IKEA to quadruple its total number of EV chargers. 

There will now be a total of more than 200 individual ultra-fast chargers being offered at IKEA retail locations across the country in states like Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. 

The first locations are expected to open in late 2022 and be completed by the end of 2023.  

“At IKEA, we believe that we must work together with our partners to tackle climate change and create solutions for a greener future. This collaboration with Electrify America will not only bring ultra-fast public chargers to our stores for the first time, but it will also help us take a big leap as we work towards our targets to become circular and climate positive,” said Javier Quiñones, CEO and chief sustainability officer, IKEA U.S. “We look forward to continuing to innovate around new ways we can make our everyday lives more sustainable.” 

“We are excited to establish both public and commercial fleet charging stations with IKEA — a brand that shares our goal of a more sustainable future,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “Through this collaboration, Electrify America, Electrify Commercial and IKEA U.S. are leading a path forward for customers and businesses toward zero-emission transportation.” 

08/15/2022

IKEA U.S. Launching Public and Fleet Charging Across 25 Locations

Image
electric vehicle charging

IKEA is looking to improve accessibility to electric vehicle charging, offering public charging stations and delivery fleet electric vehicle charging at more than 25 IKEA retail locations across the U.S.  

The effort is part of IKEA’s goal to be a climate positive business by 2030. To do so, the company has partnered with Electrify America and Electrify Commercial — a collaboration that will allow IKEA to quadruple its total number of EV chargers. 

There will now be a total of more than 200 individual ultra-fast chargers being offered at IKEA retail locations across the country in states like Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. 

The first locations are expected to open in late 2022 and be completed by the end of 2023.  

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“At IKEA, we believe that we must work together with our partners to tackle climate change and create solutions for a greener future. This collaboration with Electrify America will not only bring ultra-fast public chargers to our stores for the first time, but it will also help us take a big leap as we work towards our targets to become circular and climate positive,” said Javier Quiñones, CEO and chief sustainability officer, IKEA U.S. “We look forward to continuing to innovate around new ways we can make our everyday lives more sustainable.” 

“We are excited to establish both public and commercial fleet charging stations with IKEA — a brand that shares our goal of a more sustainable future,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “Through this collaboration, Electrify America, Electrify Commercial and IKEA U.S. are leading a path forward for customers and businesses toward zero-emission transportation.” 

08/10/2022

Kohl’s Expands Self-Pickup Ahead of the Holiday Shopping Season

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Kohl’s Self-Pickup is now available at all stores across the U.S. for eligible Kohls.com orders. The expanded service is helping the brand prepare for a pick-up in online orders ahead of the holiday shopping season. 

More than 1,100 stores across the country will provide the service, which allows consumers to select “in-store pickup” for their online order, which can be ready within two hours. Consumers are then directed to pick up their order within the store through a quick, email-guided process

The company stated consumers can also take advantage of the Kohl’s App and Kohl’s Pay for shopping on the go:

  • Kohl’s App: Shoppers can scan and store Kohl’s gift cards, Kohl’s Cash coupons and savings offers, and manage and redeem Kohl’s Rewards in the mobile wallet for easy access at checkout.
  • Kohl’s Pay: Shoppers can quickly pay by connecting to a Kohl’s Card account and applying offers and coupons with one scan.

“Our teams have been working hard to ensure Kohl’s Self-Pickup service was available for all of our customers ahead of the holiday rush,” said Siobhán Mc Feeney, Kohl’s chief technology officer. “At Kohl’s, we’re focused on listening to what shoppers want, and using technology to make it as easy as possible for families to get everything they need quickly, and through a simple experience.”

“Our customers love the convenience of same-day Buy Online, Pickup In-Store, and now we’re taking the experience to the next level. With some of the busiest months ahead for both customers and associates, we’re excited to offer Self-Pickup at every store for an easier and more efficient omnichannel experience,” added Mc Feeney.