Advance Auto Parts Buying DieHard Brand from Sears for $200 Million

| Mike O'Brien

Another Sears brand is being peeled off as Advance Auto Parts will acquire the DieHard brand and its popular, iconic battery line from Sears’ parent company for $200 million, providing a much-needed cash infusion, according to CNBC. This follows acquisitions of Craftsmen and Sears Hometown brands.

Holiday Ecommerce Up 18.8%; Retail Up 3.4%; Amazon Sets Records

| Douglas P. Clement

Ecommerce holiday sales rose 18.8% over 2018, driving 3.4% overall growth in seasonal retail, delivering a very merry season for merchants, according to the Mastercard SpendingPulse holiday report. Ecommerce growth was up slightly from an 18.4% gain in 2018, accounting for 14.6% of total retail, according to Mastercard.

Hourly Workforce Trends to Watch in 2020

| Adam Roston

With historically low unemployment, the competition for reliable hourly workers has never been so stiff. Traditional employers are further hampered by gig companies luring workers with promises of flexible schedules. Here are some hiring and workforce trends to watch out for in 2020 that can impact your business.

New Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Takes Broom to C-Suite in Shakeup Move

| Mike O'Brien

Just a month into the job from Target, new Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Mark Tritton has let go six executives as part of a major shakeup at the struggling home goods retailer after years of negative results. Tritton saw great success as chief merchandising officer at Target, launching private label brands, some now north of $1 billion.

Accel Robotics Raises $30 Million In Series A Funding

| Douglas P. Clement

Accel Robotics, a startup using AI and computer vision to enable checkout-free stores, has raised $30 million in a Series A round led by SoftBank. The system lets shoppers in grocery and convenience stores, quick service restaurants and drugstore chains grab items and go, getting a receipt sent via text or app to their phone.