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

Source: Bloomingdale’s PR

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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Amazon’s sales and profit rise as retailer rides wave of pandemic shopping

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), one of the biggest winners of the pandemic, posted record profits on Thursday and signaled that consumers would keep spending in a growing U.S. economy and converts to online shopping are not likely to leave.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, shoppers have relied increasingly on Amazon for delivery of home staples, and the company sees this trend continuing post-pandemic, particularly for groceries.

While brick-and-mortar stores closed, Amazon has now posted four consecutive record quarterly profits, attracted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers, and recruited over 500,000 employees to keep up with surging demand.

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Amazon sales beat estimates as pandemic shopping continues

Amazon.com Inc. reported a big increase in sales and gave a bullish forecast, continuing a streak of rapid growth even as vaccine rollouts raised the prospect of a return to pre-pandemic shopping habits in the U.S.

First-quarter revenue jumped 44% to $108.5 billion, exceeding analysts’ estimates. Earnings were $15.79 a share, also better than Wall Street expected.

Sales will be between $110 billion and $116 billion in the quarter that ends in June, the Seattle company said in a statement Thursday. Analysts, on average, estimated sales of $108.4 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“Fantastic quarter,” said Poonam Goyal,

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The best online shopping deals this weekend: COVID vaccination card holders, Le Creuset cookware, mattress sales

If you need your weekend shopping fix, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you want to update your home, wardrobe, exercise equipment or tech, there’s probably an online sale somewhere that matches what you’re looking for.

Some of the noteworthy deals include COVID-19 vaccination card holders and lanyards; Le Creuset’s “Factory to Table” sale and the Coach X Disney princess-inspired collection.

Amazon: To help avoid misplacing or losing your COVID-19 vaccination card, the online retail giant has plenty of deals on card holders and lanyards.

Here are some noteworthy card holders and lanyards for under $15:

Bear Mattress:

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The Best Spring Sales To Shop

Spring has finally sprung, and so have the spring sales. Retailers across all of our favorite shopping categories have taken the new season as an excuse to mark down their inventory, and the deals are unreal. For your convenience, we’ve rounded up the best deals to shop right now in fashion, beauty, home and tech.

Looking to give your home a little spring refresh? Check out Nectar’s mattress sale or Allform’s site-wide discount on furniture. Retail giants like Amazon, Samsung

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Victoria’s Secret sales spike, Halle Berry’s fashion inspo and the real meaning of ‘dumps like a truck’

Few songs are worthy of their own documentary. But SisQó’s turn-of-the-millennium booty anthem “Thong Song” has just gotten such treatment, thanks to Vice — 21 years after its release, and exactly 20 years after it was nominated for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song, alongside the Dru Hill member’s other Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album (for his solo debut, Unleash the Dragon) and Best New Artist.

Vice’s The Story of Thong Song is a deep dive, so to speak, into the history of SisQó’s biggest hit single. We learn that the instrumental bed was inspired

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