Omnichannel Investments Pay Off for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

| Erik Morton

While things look dire in physical retail, investments in omnichannel are paying off for some traditional retailers. There are similarities in the playbook across a diverse group of companies, including aligning physical stores with the ecommerce channel, investing in private brands, and aggressively expanding product assortment. See how some of the leaders are staying ahead of the curve.

Walmart Passes on Holiday Hiring, Target Boosts Minimum Wage

| Mike O'Brien

As the peak holiday season hiring frenzy kicks into gear, Walmart has decided to set itself apart by announcing it will once again offer extra shift hours instead of hiring thousands of seasonal staff as many other major retailers do. Target meanwhile plans to raise its minimum wage to $10 per hour and then to $11. See what holiday hiring plans are in the works for other retailers and service providers to meet the seasonal crush.

Amazon Offers Instant Pickup in Five Cities

| Mike O'Brien

Not to be outdone by Target’s attention-getting news of its pending Grand Junction acquisition to bolster its same-day delivery efforts, Amazon announced a new Instant Pickup program that lets customers grab “essential” items at locker facilities in five cities in two minutes or less.

Target Acquires Grand Junction to Boost Same-Day Delivery

| Mike O'Brien

In a move that will help it counter Amazon’s growing Prime Now footprint, Target announced plans to acquire transportation management software firm Grand Junction to expand its same-day delivery capabilities. And a former Amazon supply chain executive is helping Target get there.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Launches Price Match Guarantee

| Daniela Forte

In the never-ending battle with Amazon and other retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods has created a price matching program designed to attract more cost-conscious shoppers. See what criteria the sporting goods retailer has laid out for customers to be eligible.

JC Penney Getting Back Into the Toy Business

| Mike O'Brien

Looking for another avenue to boost flat store sales, JC Penney is opening 500-square-foot toy shops in all of its brick-and-mortar locations, the company announced, pitting it against the likes of Toys R Us and Amazon as well as discount retailers like Walmart and Target in the $20 billion market.

Target Sees 22% Growth in Ecommerce in Q1

| Mike O'Brien

Target’s continued investment and focus on ecommerce is paying off as the company reported a robust 22% increase in online sales for the first quarter, ahead of the industry average, even as revenue decreased 1.1% to $16 billion and store foot traffic and comp sales were also down.