Bucherer, the leading European retailer for fine watches and jewelry, has acquired Tourneau, the largest U.S.-based luxury watch retailer, from an investor group led by Green Equity Investors IV L.P., an affiliate of Leonard Green & Partners L.P. Established in 1900 and based in New York, Tourneau has 28 retail locations across 10 states and a fully integrated ecommerce website.
Office Depot Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology, unveiled its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas, including a flagship location — BizBox: Powered by Office Depot — that integrates the company’s recently launched BizBox offering into its retail locations. The reimagined stores offer a first-of-its-kind suite of services for small business owners.
Amazon and Whole Foods Market announced that Treasure Truck will pop up at various Whole Foods Market locations across the country with new offers and incentives. Treasure Truck handpicks new, trending, local or delicious items, loads them on the truck and cruises around town spreading joy for everyone with a smartphone and an appetite for fun.
Le Tote, the largest fashion rental subscription service, announced plans for international expansion with the launch of Le Tote China. A groundbreaking initiative, Le Tote is the first U.S. subscription service to enter the highly competitive Chinese market. Currently in beta, Le Tote China will open to the general public this spring.
Aspect Software has announced a partnership with Lidl UK to deliver a fully automated, AI-powered Facebook Messenger chatbot, which will help U.K. customers easily select the best wine for their meal or moment. Lidl’s new chatbot — named Margot — will become Lidl shoppers’ virtual wine consultant at the tap of a screen.
Mastercard announced that Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have chosen the company to be the network for the outdoor retailer’s combined consumer credit co-brand portfolio, unifying North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company’s portfolios.
Vericool, makers of 100 percent compostable and recyclable thermal packaging, announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract with Raised Real, the subscription-based, meal delivery service created specifically for growing babies and young children. This month, Raised Real will start shipping its organic, nutritious and fresh meals in the world’s most reliable and sustainable packaging — the Vericooler III.
Leading women’s lifestyle brand FabFitFun is partnering with beauty influencer Alex Garza on a new line of products from its makeup line, ISH. Founded in 2016, ISH, which stands for “I’m smoking hot,” is committed to creating fresh and innovative makeup products that celebrate beauty from the inside out. The first product, co-developed by Garza, is an 11-color Lip Statement Palette that will be included in the Spring FabFitFun Box.
Indix, the world’s leading product AI company, announced that the Samsung Mall, which lets users shoot and shop on-the-go, is powered by Indix. The Samsung Mall is built into the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime smartphone and represents the next evolution of mobile shopping.
Aptos Inc., a market leader in retail technology solutions, announced that WSS, a Los Angeles-based premier athletic specialty footwear retailer, has successfully deployed Aptos’ Singular Commerce platform in the cloud to support authentic customer engagements and the expansion of its store footprint to new markets. WSS selected Aptos’ end-to-end technology suite to support its continued growth.
OutMatch, a leader in delivering actionable predictive analytics to build world-class workforces, has been selected by Forest City Realty Trust Inc., an NYSE-listed national real estate company, to provide pre-hire assessment solutions to improve hiring and retention, reduce operating costs, and enhance business performance. Headquartered in Cleveland, Forest City owns, develops, manages and acquires commercial and residential real estate in markets across the United States.
Kibo, the world’s leading cloud-based omnichannel commerce platform, and HOBO, a premier manufacturer of beautiful, authentic leather goods, announced the launch of hobobags.com. The new ecommerce site highlights the exquisite quality, craftmanship and functionality of their handbags, wallets and accessories, and allows shoppers to easily navigate and shop by parameters such as style, color and price.
Woolworths Proprietary Limited, a prominent South African retail chain, has selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management solution for its fashion, beauty and home business. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.