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Target Reports Robust Holiday Sales, Reaffirms Guidance

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Target Corp.’s omni-channel strategy paid off during the holiday period when online orders picked up in stores and at drive-up areas fueled brick-and-mortar traffic. Based on solid results for the November and December holiday period, Target on Thursday said it was maintaining its guidance for the fourth quarter. Same-store sales for the two months surged 5.7 percent compared with a 3.4 percent increase in the same period in 2017, driven by traffic and a small increase in average ticket sales. Store pick-up and drive-up grew 60 percent and accounted for one-fourth of the company’s total sales. Comparable digital sales shot up 29 percent and Target said it expects 2018 to be the fifth consecutive year in which its digital sales grew more than 25 percent. The retailer said it saw the strongest performance in toys, baby and seasonal gift items. Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target, said, “We’re very pleased with Target’s holiday season performance, which came on top of really strong results in the same period last year. This performance demonstrates the benefit of placing our stores at the center of every way we serve our guests, including both in-store shopping and digital fulfillment.” Given Target’s fourth quarter outlook, the retailer is

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Lands’ End Names Chief Product Officer

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Chieh Tsai, the Lands’ End designer most responsible for getting the brand’s signature look back on track, has been promoted to chief product officer, overseeing all design, merchandising, and global sourcing activities. “Chieh has been working for us for a couple of years. All of her designs and ideas have helped give us six consecutive quarters of positive sales results,” Jerome Griffith, president and chief executive officer of Lands’ End, told WWD. Tsai, who was senior vice president of design, reports to Griffith. Chieh Tsai  Courtesy Photo Griffith said her designs have resonated with Lands’ End customers and that she’s “championed” the Americana heritage of the brand and its emphasis on comfort. She demonstrates “a good split between left and right sides of the brain. She understands the business side of design and has been an integral part of the success of the company.” Griffith said that as chief product officer, Tsai assumes a new role at the company. Giving Tsai wider responsibilities “makes us a lot more streamlined. We really have quite a good team atmosphere here but we had product organized in silos,” Griffith said. Tsai joined Lands’ End in May 2016 as designer for women’s and six months later became head designer. Earlier in

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Alibaba to Display Hema Supermarket Innovations at NRF Big Show

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At the NRF Big Show next week, Alibaba Group will be showcasing its supermarket chain, Hema, which is part of the company’s New Retail initiative and is described as the “future of retail.” Hema, which also goes by the brand Freshippo, has more than 100 units in China “with each store providing a three-in-one experience that combines speedy fulfillment of online delivery, seamless in-store purchases, and interactive in-store consumption,” a spokeswomen said. Consumers use a shopping app for in-store purchases. Items can be scanned, and detailed product information is revealed as well as comparable product recommendations. Payment are done via Alipay, and since the store app also serves as a membership program, personalization plays a key role. “Established in early 2016, Hema integrates online and off-line shopping into one seamless experience for customers, allowing to shop with a few clicks on their phones,” the company noted in a statement. “With its in-store fulfillment system, orders can be delivered in as fast as 30 minutes to those who live within three kilometers of a Hema.The supermarket chain also has opened a ‘robot restaurant’ at one of its stores, in Shanghai, as part of its continued push to create new consumer experiences.” At the NRF show, AI-driven

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