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The Weekly Closeout: The Container Store Brings New Brands, Toys R Us’ Latest Return

It’s been another week with a lot more retail information than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you might have missed over the week and what we’re still thinking about.

From Amazon’s latest union issues to pet holiday sweaters, here’s our close of the week.

What you might have missed

Saks partners with The RealReal

Retailers Saks and The RealReal have teamed up to open a pop-up in Miami on November 26, which will run until February 28, according to a company announcement. At Saks x The RealReal, customers can have free consignment assessments and appointments. In addition, each new sender will receive a $ 100 Saks gift card.

“The partnership with Saks gives us the opportunity to bring more people into the circular economy, helping buyers understand the enduring value of their luxury investments and sustainably purchase unique pieces that reflect their style. staff, ”said Rati Sahi Levesque, President of The RealReal. in a statement “The ability to obtain information and advice from our experts is a critical part of our in-store experience. We are delighted to offer this service to Saks customers and to expand our presence in Miami.”

A Pea in the Pod partners with Something Navy

A pea in the pod announced this week he will associate with fashion media company Something Navy on a maternity vacation collection, which includes dresses, jumpsuits and jogging sets.

“This year, more than ever, we’re excited to offer something new, in partnership with Something Navy, that promises a touch of glamor and femininity, as well as stylish comfort for the holidays,” Marla Ryan, vice -Executive chairman of A Pea in the Pod, said in a statement. Whether the occasion calls for a festive evening dress, a special look for a date, or you want to have the perfect outfit that is both comfortable and chic to entertain family and friends at home, there is something thing for all of our mothers-to-be. “

The collection is available online at A Pea in the Pod and Something Navy, as well as in the Something Navy store in New York.

The Container Store expands its assortment thanks to new partnerships

The Container Store announced it this week added new supplier partners: Cricut, The Home Edit, the cleaning brand DTC Blueland, the Food 52’s Five Two brand and The Laundress.

Through these partnerships, the retailer has introduced a number of new products to its assortment, including smart cutting machines from Cricut, cook sets from Five Two, and dishwasher and laundry detergents from Blueland. In December, The Container Store will add The Laundress new scent, Way Out West, created with singer John Mayer.

“The Container Store’s purchasing team sources from around the world to keep the assortment fresh and appealing as consumer needs and interests evolve,” said John Gehre, Director of Merchandising, The Container Store, in a press release. “Sustainability and supporting small businesses are not only priorities for our company, but also for our customers, and are all reflected in these new introductions. “

Proactiv goes beyond acne with a new branding

Proactiv has made a name for itself with skincare products designed to eliminate acne. Now, the brand wants to go beyond. The Proactiv company is changing its name to Alchemee, according to details emailed to Retail Dive this week, and alongside the rebranding it will also expand its product offering. Alchemee will offer skin care products aimed at addressing other common problems besides acne, including discoloration, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

During the year, the company incubated two new brands, called Restorative Elements and In Defense of Skin, both listed as “coming soon” on the company’s website. Alchemee has developed its new offers using data from its DTC model, and will offer its new categories on several channels, including retail and DTC. The company also works with dermatologists and skin care experts to form its products.

New union vote ordered in Amazon warehouse in Alabama

Monday, the director of The National Labor Relations Board’s regional office in Atlanta made the unusual decision to order a new election at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, and the e-commerce giant is not too happy about it.

“During the critical period and throughout the election,” Amazon used a variety of tactics, including security cameras and rumors, according to a report by NLRB regional director Lisa Henderson.

The retail, wholesale and department store union quickly filed objections to Amazon’s conduct before and during the union vote, which took place in April and failed. Monday’s “ruling confirms what we’ve been saying from the start – that Amazon’s intimidation and interference has kept workers from having a say in whether they want a union in their workplace – and as the regional director said, this is both unacceptable and illegal, ”RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement.

Unsurprisingly, Amazon doesn’t see it that way. In an email, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said the NLRB’s decision was a disappointment.

“Our employees have always had the choice of whether or not to join a union, and they overwhelmingly chose not to join RWDSU earlier this year,” Nantel said. “It is disappointing that the NLRB has now decided that these votes should not count. As a company, we don’t think unions are the best answer for our employees. Every day we empower people to find ways to improve their jobs, and when they do what we want to make those changes – quickly. “

The company statement rejects the value of work organization in general, saying Amazon’s goals of empowerment and job improvement are harder to achieve. “with unions in the middle. “

“The benefits of direct relationships between managers and employees cannot be overstated – these relationships allow the voice of every employee to be heard, not just the voice of the privileged few,” said Nantel. “While we’ve made great strides in important areas like Compensation and Safety, we know there is a lot we can continue to do better, both in our distribution centers and in our offices. , and that’s our goal – to work directly with our employees to continue to improve every day. “

It is possible that RWDSU the effort had an effect despite its loss in Alabama, as Amazon announced wage increases for 500,000 workers soon after. In any case, there will be a new election, with the date and method to be determined.

Retail therapy

A match made in PetSmart

Courtesy of PetSmart

PetSmart takes matchmaking to a whole new level. This holiday parents of pets and their pets can have each other’s faces embroidered on their sweaters through PetSmart Limited Edition Pawliday Sweater Sets. The Pawliday sweater for humans is a red cardigan, and it’s paired with a matching red sweater for their furry friends.

“We want to bring pet parents and their pets closer together – and you can’t get much closer than putting each other’s photo on your sweaters,” said Will Smith, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at PetSmart, in a statement.

Sweaters are free, but unfortunately all sweaters were ripped off.

Microsoft sells ugly minesweeper-themed sweater

Ugly sweaters, it seems, are a profitable business. Tech giant Microsoft recently joined the list of companies entering the ugly sweaters market this holiday. The Ugly minesweeper-themed sweater, valued at $ 74.99, is sold out in all available sizes, from small to 3XL.

This isn’t Microsoft’s first rodeo in the ugly sweater game. Last year he published a ugly window themed sweater in which every product sold benefits the Girls Who Code non-profit organization.

Retrieved from Microsoft on December 02, 2021

What we still think about


This is the number of stores under the Popshelf banner Dollar General plans to build by the end of fiscal year 2025. The concept launched last year as a means of reach middle-income commuters in an atmosphere of treasure hunting. Executives are already excited about the sales and margins generated by the stores.

Dollar General is set to add 50 Popshelf stores this year, and the company said it plans to nearly triple the total number of its Popshelf stores next year. All in all, the company sees 3,000 possible locations under the banner – but that’s only a fraction of the massive expansion (on top of an already massive footprint) Dollar General is planning in the years to come.


How much is it Allbirds’ net loss widened in the third quarter compared to the previous year. While sneaker brand DTC was able to increase its net revenues by 33% and 40% compared to last year and 2019, respectively, making a profit remains a struggle, which many other brands online are grappling with. .

Allbirds, however, continues to build on its offline presence: in the third quarter, the brand opened four stores, bringing the total number of stores to 35.

What we watch

Toys R Us’s latest comeback

Toys R Us is making – another – a comeback in brick and mortar. This time it’s in the form of a new two-story flagship store in the American Dream Mall in New Jersey. The store is slated to open in mid-December and will feature experiential gadgets like a double-decker slide and ice cream parlor. This will be the first new store in the United States under WHP Global, which bought a majority stake in the toy brand reconstituted this year.

It will also be the only Toys R Us store in the United States for now, since two pop-up stores that the Toys R Us brand have opened in joint venture with b8ta closed earlier this year. In addition to the flagship, Toys R Us also teamed up with Macy’s for about 400 shop-in-shops inside the latter’s department stores. Will this Toys R Us comeback hold up?