Retail Apocalypse Or Retail Revival? Five Smart Ways Retailers Are Bucking The Trend

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In case you haven’t noticed, fascinating things are happening in the retail world. The rules have changed, and it’s no longer about who can offer the lowest prices or the widest selection of products. Customer experience is king, and smart brands are adapting to attract more shoppers and entice them to stay longer.

While retailers like Payless and Sears have been shuttering stores, big names like Macy’s and Restoration Hardware are increasing investment in their physical spaces — and getting results. A growing list of digital natives, including Away, Adore Me and Casper also see a need to open physical stores where customers can experience their brand in person. Who said there’s a “retail apocalypse?"

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American Bombshell Joy Corrigan Flaunts Pert Posterior In Neon Green Bodysuit

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American bombshell Joy Corrigan sent temperatures in the desert soaring even higher after showcasing her curves in a neon green bodysuit on Instagram. The model posted the picture while asking fans if they were gearing up for Burning Man, a popular music festival held in late August in Northwest Nevada.

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Secretive Brother Runs Side Bets for $58 Billion Chanel Empire

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They typically sit a few rows back from the runway, a balding and bespectacled pair who prefer to stay out of the spotlight.

“We’re a very discreet family, we never talk,” Gerard Wertheimer whispered to a reporter before a 2001 fashion show in Paris.

He and his brother Alain own Chanel, the luxury empire built on No. 5 perfume, the little black dress and the genius of Karl Lagerfeld. Then there’s the pair’s younger half-brother Charles Heilbronn, a Chanel executive vice president with an even lower profile but equally important role: safeguarding the clan’s fortune at the family office, Mousse Partners.

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KOHL’S TAPS FACEBOOK TO 'CURATE' NEW AND EMERGING BRANDS

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Kohl’s may not be the first retailer that comes to mind when shoppers think of digital pioneers, but the 57-year-old company has made tech innovation a priority in recent years, piloting programs with Amazon and introducing new features like self-checkout and locker pickups. Now, the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based brand is turning to Facebook as a partner in finding new brands it hopes will attract shoppers to its store and website.

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Kohl's turns to Facebook to help it bring digital brands to stores

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Kohl's is known for selling big brands like Nike and Levi's. But to draw Millennials to stores, it needs to start offering niche brands with loyal Facebook and Instagram followings.

Kohl's announced Tuesday that it will partner with Facebook. The social media company will help Kohl's select clothing and homegoods' brands to sell in some stores. Facebook, using what it knows about the interests of its users, will work with Kohl's to identify trendy brands on Instagram and Facebook that have never before appeared in Kohl's stores or on its website.

Facebook (FB) and its Instagram app are trying to become shopping hubs. Kohl's sees an opportunity to glean insights from the social media company to add brands that got their start online. By using Facebook as a funnel for hip digital brands, Kohl's hopes to create an experience that customers can't replicate at rival stores.

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Why lingerie is one of the fastest-growing commerce categories

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Women’s lingerie is undergoing a renaissance.

Online sales for the 12 retailers in the lingerie subcategory increased by 20.8% in 2018, making it one of the fastest-growing apparel subcategories in Internet Retailer’s Top 1000.

Behind the online growth is the emergence of several newcomers to the subcategory that are shaking things up by moving away from the Victoria’s Secret strategy of focusing on lingerie’s sex appeal. These new lingerie brands have a different point of view about what women’s undergarments should be: comfortable and designed for any woman.

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Clicks-to-Bricks, Experiences, and Pop-ups: Transforming Doomed Shopping Centers into High-Traffic Hubs

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It’s survival of the fittest in the retail industry, evolving not only what and how retailers and brands are selling, but the physical environments they serve.

It has long been discussed that the U.S. is hugely over-stored, and that the massive retail footprint cannot be sustained. Malls, department stores and traditional retailers too slow to adapt have been shuttering, bringing the vacancy rate at regional and super-regional malls to 8.6 percent in the second quarter of 2018, up from 8.4 percent in the prior period. This is a high not seen since the third quarter of 2012, when the vacancy rate was 8.7 percent.

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Designer Hayley Paige Engaged to Conrad Louis: Who Is Her New Fiance?

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She has dressed brides for their special day on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Hayley Ever After. And now Hayley Paige is set to walk down the aisle again! She married Danny Wallis in 2015 before they went through a divorce last year. But Paige has since found love again with Conrad Louis. The couple announced their engagement in July 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited! But they’ve been dating on the down low for while. So you’re probably wondering who Conrad Louis is.

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Best Places to Shop for Bathing Suits Online

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Shopping for women's swimwear has long been a commonly dreaded task for even the savviest of shoppers. The expansion of online clothing retailers has helped make this chore somewhat easier by providing more options for a wider net of consumers.

Check out these best sites to shop online for swimwear:

-- Aerie

-- Swimsuits For All

-- Target

-- Amazon

-- Old Navy

-- Summersalt

-- ASOS

-- Adore Me

Read on to see what makes these swimwear retailers great and where they fall short.

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Gilly Hicks Plans 4 Pop-Up Shops

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Gilly Hicks by Hollister, a lingerie brand owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, will open four new pop-up stores inspired by the brand’s updated, more modern format.

Similar to the Abercrombie & Fitch transition toward offering more personalized customer experiences, the stores will operate on a smaller footprint and incorporate elements specific to each market, such as paying homage to local hotspots. The retailer plans to keep the stores open for approximately one year.

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Hollister’s lingerie brand Gilly Hicks is staging a comeback with pop-up shops in malls

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Looking for pockets of growth in a tumultuous retail industry, Abercrombie & Fitch is betting it can find one in selling underwear and bras to teens and tweens.

The retailer has struggled to meet analysts’ sales expectations in recent quarters, with momentum slowing at its Hollister brand, in particular. It continues to shut stores, including some flagships, as it remodels others and focuses on smaller-format versions. But Abercrombie says its recently reinvigorated lingerie brand, Gilly Hicks, has been outperforming other categories and could present one of the company’s biggest growth opportunities.

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American Bombshell Rocky Barnes Sizzles In Polka-Dot Bikini

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Rocky Barnes has taken over Miami, and she has been stunning her Instagram fans with photos of herself enjoying the beach and the city’s overall ambiance. On Monday, the bikini model started off the week just right by taking to the popular social media platform to share a sizzling snapshot of herself rocking a swimsuit that puts her fit physique on full display.

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Joy Corrigan rocks lace-up bikini as she poses in sizzling beach shoot during Miami Swim Week

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Joy Corrigan's star continues to rise.

The 24-year-old model was pictured in a series of flawless modeling shots during a beach photo shoot in Miami Beach on Sunday.

The North Carolina native wore a black two-piece bikini with white trimming as she struck a number of glam poses in the Atlantic Ocean waters on the summer day.

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Store closures accelerate and may top 12,000 in 2019. Here’s what’s closed so far this year

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Despite the year being more than halfway over, the pace of store closures doesn’t appear to be slowing down in the retail industry. More companies piled on the bad news this week.

So far, 7,062 store closures have been announced by U.S. retailers this year, according to a tracking done by Coresight Research. And the tally could top 12,000 by the end of 2019, setting a new record, Coresight says. Last year, Coresight tracked 5,524 store closures, down more than 30% from an all-time high of 8,139 closures announced in 2017.

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Danielle Knudson Sizzles In A Bondage-Inspired Black Bikini With Her BFF

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Canadian stunner Danielle Knudson sent pulses racing after modeling a racy black bondage-inspired bikini with her best friend, Melody Tuyết-Mai de la Fe. The pair stunned in Knudson’s Instagram update, as they reclined on a pink chair while at the beach.

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The Best Travel Swimsuits to Suit Any Type of Vacation

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Swimsuits. The mere word evokes either fear or excitement in your heart, depending on just how confident you are. But if you have an ocean, lake, or pool in your vacation future, you’re going to need one (unless you’re headed to a more risqué destination). Here are some of this season’s best swimsuits for every type of body to help you find something that will flatter you, whether you’re more of a lounger or a hardcore adventurer.

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