Black Friday and Thanksgiving online sales in the United States surged to record highs as shoppers bagged deep discounts and bought more on their mobile devices, heralding a promising start to the key holiday season.
Shoppers splurged more than $1.52 billion online by Thanksgiving evening, up 16.8% over last year, and more bargain hunters turned up at stores this year as retailers opened their doors early on the eve of Black Friday.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Target, PVH, Gap and others have launched Apparel Impact Institute (AII), with a goal to galvanise around collective action in the apparel industry.
Topshop and Topman are linking up with the hugely popular Netflix show Stranger Things for its second series with the fashion retailer entering a “360 relationship” that takes in fashion and entertainment in its stores.
Amazon.com Inc said it would hire 120,000 workers in the United States this holiday season, same as last year, joining a list of U.S. retailers cautious about their hiring plans amid an improving job market.
The mass retailer is following in the steps of other chains such as Sephora in making natural beauty products an important part of its business. The company has also pledged to reduce its chemical footprint.