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Plus-size fashion brand ELOQUII was originally launched by The Limited in 2011 and shut down in 2013. After the closing created an outcry among customers, former employees mobilized and recruited Mariah Chase to lead a rebirth of the privately held company. Chase has spearheaded the brand’s emergence with strategies including capitalizing on digital and social media to engage with customers.

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Offering “on-trend but not trendy” dresses, Maggy London needs sample products for an increasing number of endpoints, including road shows, specialty and department stores, and ecommerce. The company is using a system from Code & Craft to produce non-physical samples of its line that still convey fabric, movement, drape, texture and color.

Spring is a fruitful time for, which specializes in online merchandising and sales of products and supplies for kitchens and bathrooms. To ensure a successful selling season, the company had to address two key financing opportunities: Give customers more purchasing power and offer more financing options.

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After 25 years in business, shoe retailer DSW recognized the need to adopt to changing consumer behavior to create a better brand experience. In this episode of NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast, DSW CEO Roger Rawlins and Chief Financial Officer Jared Poff discuss DSW’s brand revamp along with newly launched retail concepts that better serve modern consumer needs.

Born in 1995 or later, members of Generation Z use their phones to research products, compare prices, look for deals and make purchases. According to a survey conducted by IBM, brands should begin satisfying Gen Zers’ expectations before they come of age.

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JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison began his career in loss prevention and is familiar with the uncertainty of the asset protection business. He will speak at the NRF PROTECT 2018 conference in Dallas in June about how he’s managing change and adversity while leading JCPenney through omnichannel initiatives.

Retail Deals

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company LLC, manufacturer of premium golf clubs and golf bags, has united with global payments provider Klarna to provide simple and instant financing for all Ben Hogan Golf Equipment purchases.


Payless ShoeSource announced a partnership with PayNearMe, a service of Handle Financial, that enables customers to pay for their online orders with cash at more than 27,000 locations across the U.S., including trusted brands such as 7-Eleven and Family Dollar.


Pure Hockey, the largest hockey retailer in the United States, has acquired both of Bauer Hockey’s “Own The Moment” retail stores. The new stores will operate as “Bauer Hockey Experience” locations. With the acquisition, Pure Hockey will now operate 53 retail locations across the United States, as well as three ecommerce sites focused on hockey and goalie equipment.


Crate and Barrel has selected Synchrony, a premier consumer financial services company, as its strategic provider of consumer financing. The partnership provides financing options that will reward customers for loyalty and offer flexible financing in nearly 100 Crate and Barrel stores in major North American markets and digital channels.


Yottaa Inc., the leading SaaS platform for accelerating ecommerce, announced that Successories, a leading producer and retailer of motivational office decorations, has selected the Yottaa platform to optimally deliver web content and improve site performance.


Camping World Holdings Inc., the nation’s largest network of RV-centric retail locations, announced that an agreement has been signed to acquire Cullum & Maxey Camping Center located in Nashville.


Perfect Corp. is excited to announce a global partnership with the multi-level marketing health and beauty company Amway for the launch of a mobile application to redefine the consumer shopping experience for its beauty brand Artistry. The global rollout will launch in Korea this month, with Japan, Thailand and United States markets to follow throughout 2018.


Comcast Business has been selected by Dine Brands Global Inc., one of the world’s largest full-service dining companies and franchisor of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar and IHOP, to deliver a range of managed services, including managed broadband, managed firewall/router, managed switch, managed Wi-Fi premium and managed business continuity.


SessionM, the leading customer data and engagement platform, has been selected by TGI Fridays to enhance the omnichannel Fridays experience. Orchestrating data from across all guest touchpoints, SessionM will enable TGI Fridays to build stronger relationships with friends of the restaurant through more personalized and genuine interactions.


Mastercard and BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. announced that BJ’s members now have more options to pay simply and securely with Masterpass by Mastercard. While shopping online at, members can get all their BJ’s shopping done quickly and confidently with Masterpass.