Retail

The Spanish fashion retailer, Mango, announced its plans to open 30 new stores in the United States by the end of 2024. This is just a part of the retailer's global expansion, as there are also plans to open new stores in Europe and India. Although it had a lot of success in online sales during the pandemic, the company still believes that the brick-and-mortar experience is key to its growth.  The retailer currently has only six locations in the US and plans to start its expansion on Fifth Avenue in New York. The 2,100-square-foot flagship store is set to open in May. Besides this, the company targets Florida and has plans to open stores in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Boca Raton. This expansion will be followed by Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California.  According to the company, the United States is currently a top-ten market, and the goal is to make it a top-five market. Last year, Mango had 2,447 stores worldwide, an increase of around 10% compared to 2020, and now the goal is to widen the market even more. Toni Ruiz, Chief executive at Mango, said: “The role of the store will evolve. We are sure that sometimes it’s more logistics, sometimes it’s more about experiences, but we are convinced human contact is very important.” One of the goals of this expansion is to enhance the shopping process and make it more interactive and engaging for customers. The customer will have the possibility to order eCommerce products while doing their in-store shopping.  There will also be a click-and-collect option for when they want to order products online and pick them up in-store. The company also plans to improve data collection to provide a more personalized experience for its customers. Mango wants to expand its homeware business to the US market, too. Laura Vila, the home director at Mango, commented on this, saying: “Entering the United States homeware market is a significant step forward in our strategy to diversify our business and at the same time strengthen our international expansion plan in one of the most strategic markets for the company.” 

By Julija A. April 14,2022

According to a recent report, the Maersk eCommerce Logistics business unit is getting into business in the US in a push to capitalize on the $600B eCommerce market there. Maersk boasts a network of over 70 strategically placed e-fulfillment centers capable of delivering to 75% of the population in the US within 24 hours and 95% within 48 hours. Casey Adams, head of Maersk eCommerce logistics in North America, said the following in a recent press release:  “Business gets more competitive every day as US consumer online shopping demand continues to grow. Our fulfillment network is designed to bring B2C expertise and scale to Maersk customers with direct-to-consumer fulfillment, parcel delivery, and supply chain visibility in an end-to-end offering. By making eCommerce supply chains easier and more robust, we can deliver factory-to-sofa service.”  Before emerging in the US market, Maersk has rapidly expanded its eCommerce presence with recent acquisitions, purchasing Visible Supply Chain Management – a notable US-based eCommerce fulfillment firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company also acquired two European eCommerce firms: B2C Europe and HUUB and Asia's LF Logistics. Maersk hopes that the previous acquisitions will provide integrated logistics solutions in the North American market, especially in B2B warehousing and distribution. The Danish shipping company Maersk already has a significant presence in Europe and Asia, serving over 100,000 clients with B2B supply chains and transporting 12 million containers per year. Its services include order and transportation management, customs clearance, and a range of eCommerce fulfillment options. Its Californian-based branch, Performance Team (acquired in April 2020), will offer warehousing and distribution solutions and a full range of transportation services for the North American market. Mr. Adams and the Maersk team were in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2022 Shoptalk event from March 27-30. The agenda of the conference, which attracts over 8,000 people each year, covered the latest retail technologies, trends, and business models and discussed consumers’ behavior.   

By Nemanja Vasiljevic April 06,2022

According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, a platform that helps track and visualize consumer spending patterns, US holiday sales shot up 8.5% compared to last year.

By Damjan Jugovic Spajic December 29,2021

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. announced on September 1 that, starting from October, it will raise the minimum wages for all its employees to $15 an hour.   The pharmacy store chain’s move aimed at retaining and luring more people to work after the COVID-19 outbreak is just one more in a series of similar announcements from other US drugstores. Rival CVS Health announced it would increase the minimum wage to the same amount earlier, but the implementation will not start before July next year. With the nationwide labor shortage brought on by the pandemic, many other companies announced raising wages, including Walmart and Chipotle. “Investing in and rewarding our team members is not only the right thing to do; it’s highly important to retaining and attracting a talented workforce,” said Chief Executive Officer Roz Brewer. Currently, about half of Walgreens’s 190,000 employees are already earning $15 an hour, but the starting wage stands at $10. Walgreens will invest nearly $450 million in the wage increase in the course of the next three years. One-third of the amount will be invested in fiscal 2022.  Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, and Walmart will likely also play a key role in administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines. These booster shots are currently available solely to the immunocompromised. Still, if US health regulators give it the green light, the booster dose will likely be available to anyone starting September 20.  President of Kroger Health Colleen Lindholz said in an interview that dedicated workers providing vaccinations would be working in about a hundred of Kroger’s US locations.  Meanwhile, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and using debit and credit cards for payments instead of cash are still recommended in pharmacies and other stores, even for fully vaccinated Americans. 

By Julija A. September 03,2021