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Pier 1 Explains What Went Wrong and Considers Closing Stores After Disappointing Sales

Pier 1 presented a new action plan to right the ship after sales tanked 19% in its fourth quarter.

Store closings in 2019 have already surpassed all of the US retail closures in 2018. This update comes on the heels of Fred’s announcing plans to shut 159 stores. Review which retailers are opening up shop, while others are closing doors.

The golf and tennis retailer is going live with its latest next-gen, experiential store in South Florida. Learn the details and the retailer’s expansion plans for its interactive retail-tainment experience.

The blockbuster lawsuit alleges Sears’ former CEO drove the company into bankruptcy, stripping the retailer of its assets and preventing it from paying off debts. Learn the latest on these devastating claims.

The revamped app is tailored to customer preferences and provides users with a personal, simple and improved digital retail experience. Learn all about the new app’s next-gen features.

The upscale department store chain has acquired a minority stake in Fashionphile, becoming the first luxury retailer to invest in the billion dollar pre-owned apparel market. Learn the details.

Corie Barry will take the reins of Best Buy, replacing Hubert Joly as CEO. Find out what role Joly will still play at the consumer electronics giant and more on the female executive that will lead the company this June.

Andersen joins PetSmart from Abercrombie & Fitch, where she played an instrumental role in developing the retailer into a complete omnichannel experience. Find out what Anderson will bring to the pet supplies chain.

The long-awaited, narrative-driven retail experience is ready for launch. Learn what the first locations will feature as well as the major retail partners that are onboard as the differentiated experience scales nationwide.

Earning shoppers hearts and minds is the first step to winning their wallets. See which five retailers are the most loved by the American public and which brands have inter-generational appeal.

Deep industry-specific application of artificial intelligence technology simplifies interactions with ERP systems, automates tasks, and facilitates faster operations.

A portfolio of eight projects announced is reducing carbon emissions in the equivalent of planting nearly 2.5 million trees. Learn how the coffee giant is taking a unique approach, investing in solar farms to support a specific group of its stores.

The new offerings were created in collaboration with Google’s ecosystem of retail partners and designed to solve specific business challenges. The solutions leverage Google Cloud’s expertise and innovation in areas like data analytics and AI.

Walgreens Boots Alliance had a tough quarter, announcing it will seek to cut costs by more than $1.5 billion annually. Yet the retail still plans to continue investing heavily in the digitalization of the company. Learn what this includes and the latest plans from the drugstore retailer.

HBC is beginning to benefit from “bold strategic actions taken throughout 2018,” says CEO Helena Foulkes. Examine four ways HBC is using tech to boost its efforts to enhance the customer experience.

Lee Holman, IHL Group; David Dorf, Infor Retail; and Joe Skorupa, RIS News discuss the trends and technology that will play a major role in 2019. The trio of industry leaders also review the results from RIS’ annual Retail Technology Study.

Walmart is expanding its use of robots, or “smart associates,” as well as rolling out a swath of new pickup towers.

Shoppers at Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey can now share their reward benefits across brands. Learn the details and the how the new cross-brand program will improve the customer experience.

Loblaw has led the Canadian grocery market for over a century, and continues to endure relentless competition. To keep its edge, the grocer is in the midst of a transformational journey with artificial intelligence (AI) as a key enabler.

Target is in the midst of a major store remodeling project, with the goal of revamping more than 1,000 locations by the end of next year. Check out this photo montage and video tour of the retailer’s new cutting-edge design and features.

Long-term Kohl’s chief executive Kevin Mansell retired last spring, but the industry vet couldn’t keep away from the industry for long. Learn about his new role and which retailer lured him out of retirement.

To support its ongoing Restock Kroger initiative the retailer has made significant changes to its executive leadership. Check out this list of newly minted Kroger VPs including Mary Ellen Adcock and how they will help support the grocer’s long-term strategic vision.

Last year, the fashion retailer was struggling with big inventory woes, while attempting to modernize its online sales channel. Today, its 47 online markets are now on the new online platform and it’s starting to see some payoff from its turn-around strategy.

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