Retailers from Bloomingdale’s to Petco test livestreaming to win sales

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On a recent weeknight, Jimmy Choo’s creative director, Sandra Choi, logged into Zoom to broadcast live to dozens of Bloomingdale’s customers.

The livestreamed event, organized by the department store, ran for about 45 minutes, during which Choi highlighted some of the biggest trends she’s seeing in footwear this spring — chunky, jeweled sandals, and ballet flats with ribbons. She eventually pivoted to discuss inspirations for post-pandemic fashion and gave viewers a first look at Jimmy Choo’s upcoming summer collection.

Participants who had signed up in advance received a complimentary cocktail and macarons, sent in the mail ahead

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‘Pre-loved’ fashion moves from niche to mainstream as retailers join the fray | Fashion

Younger shoppers are driving a surge in sales of secondhand clothing and furnishings, spurred by the desire to help the environment and find alternative looks to fast fashion.

On eBay, sales of “pre-loved” fashion and homewares have shot up in the UK over the past year, with the company selling more than 60 million used items. Murray Lambell, general manager of eBay’s UK business, said: “There is definitely a change in mindset, driven by younger consumers up to the age of 30.”

A ‘preloved vintage’ secondhand clothing point in Asda, Leeds. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

While fashion-conscious teens have been trading

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How Retailers Can Hire for the Post-Pandemic Shopping Boom | BoF Professional, News & Analysis

The fashion industry is gearing up for the mother of all hiring binges.

Retailers big and small are staffing up fast in anticipation of a shopping surge this summer as more people are vaccinated and restrictions on indoor activities significantly lift. In March, clothing and accessories retailers added 16,000 jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a hiring pace more typically seen around the holiday shopping season. And that only counts roles in physical stores; retailers are also hiring thousands of workers to handle online orders in warehouses, customer service representatives and even sanitation specialists, according to Mark

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Retailers See Shopping Boomlet After Stimulus Checks

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The Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia, Calif.


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Direct payments of $1,400 hit the bank accounts of millions of Americans last week. Spending data from

Bank of America

shows a big spike in retail sales since then.

In a note on Friday, BofA Securities analyst Lorraine Hutchinson wrote that weekly retail sales through March 20 were up 31.7% year over year on a seasonally adjusted basis, and up 28.8% from pre-pandemic times in 2019, according to BofA credit- and debit-card data. The prior week was only up 2% year over year.

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‘I will continue happily shopping there forever’: Costco customers react to retailer’s new $16 minimum wage

As if mega-toilet-paper rolls and rotisserie chickens weren’t enough to get members through the door, Costco
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announced Thursday it would raise employees’ base pay from $15 to $16 an hour — prompting shoppers’ calls to support the warehouse retailer.

Some 180,000 U.S.-based Costco employees will begin earning a minimum of $16 an hour starting next week, Costco CEO Craig Jelinek announced Thursday at a Senate hearing on minimum wage. 

“This isn’t altruism,” he said. “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages and providing affordable benefits makes sense for our business and constitutes a significant competitive advantage

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Costco customers react to retailer’s new $16 minimum wage



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As if mega-toilet-paper rolls and rotisserie chickens weren’t enough to get members through the door, Costco announced Thursday it would raise employees’ base pay from $15 to $16 an hour — prompting shoppers’ calls to support the warehouse retailer.

Some 180,000 U.S.-based Costco employees will begin earning a minimum of $16 an hour starting next week, Costco CEO Craig Jelinek announced Thursday at a Senate hearing on minimum wage. 

“This isn’t altruism,” he said. “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages and providing affordable benefits makes sense for our

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