Walmart is shutting down its Manhattan-based concierge delivery service Jetblack two years after its experimental launch, as it continued to lose money while not gaining customers or finding a buyer, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walmart had been in talks with potential buyers last year but the talks ended without bearing any fruit.
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) retailer Brandless, which sold beauty products, non-GMO snacks and everyday items under its own non-brand austere label in a radical departure from the norm, is halting operations. Brandless is laying off 70 employees and retaining 10 to fulfill remaining orders, which stopped being accepted Feb. 10.
Children everywhere can rejoice, as Toys R Us plans to make a comeback with stores in time for the holiday season. A year after shuttering operations in the U.S., Toys R Us will return with half a dozen stores and an ecommerce site. Here is a look at the plans the the recently-defunct-and-now-back toy company has for the holidays.
The seemingly weekly drumbeat of retailers either closing stores or filing for bankruptcy is evidence of the ongoing seismic shift in customer demands and expectations, and the failure of many to pivot fast enough to meet them. Here is how retailers should navigate through the changing tides of the industry.