Deborah Belgum

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WithMe: Meet the Store of the future

Store of the Future

On May 26, WithMe took the wraps off its first permanent mall-based store, housed inside Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif., where an arsenal of high-tech gadgets is used to make shopping easier for customers and retailing more efficient.

Footwear Brand EMU Australia Moving Back to California

Manufacturing

After five years in the Midwest, Emu Australia has decided to bring its U.S. headquarters back to California.

Study Finds Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Have Little Effect on Apparel Imports and Export

Import/Export

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published an independent study of the free-trade accord and found that U.S. apparel imports would inch up 1.4 percent with a $1.9 billion increase by the year 2032 while exports would barely budge, seeing a 0.3 percent rise, or a $10 million increase.

ModCloth Names New Chief Technology Officer

Retail

ModCloth—the San Francisco–based online purveyor of its own clothing brand as well as an e-commerce site that offers an assortment of fashion, accessories, shoes and home décor from independent designers—has named Nicolas Genest as its chief technology officer.

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Sports Authority Holds Going-Out-of-Business Sale

Retail

All 450 Sports Authority stores are holding a going-out-of-business sale.

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Designer Monique Lhuillier Expands Into Stationery

Fashion

Bridal and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier launches stationery brand.

Gap Closing All Old Navy Stores in Japan, Plus Select Banana Republic Stores

After reporting dismal sales for its first quarter, Gap Inc. announced it is closing all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan and 75 Banana Republic stores in mostly overseas locations as it concentrates on other geographies.

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Store of the Future Opening at Santa Monica Place

Retail

WithMe debuts its first mall location with shopping lineup that changes all the time.

AAFA Names Joseph Abboud ‘Person of the Year’

Fashion

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has named Abboud the 2016 “Person of the Year.” The award is being presented to the designer at the AAFA’s 38th annual American Images Awards in New York on May 24.

Retailers Relying More on Promotions This Year to Clinch a Sale

Retail

Statistics show that during the first three months of this year, retailers were putting up more signs for special promotions than during the same period last year.

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