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McDonald's rolls out adult Happy Meals in streetwear collaboration - RetailWire

McDonald’s announced for the first time the release of a Happy Meal aimed at adults in a limited-edition collaboration with cult streetwear label, Cactus Plant Flea Market Box. What trends stand out to you around the launch of the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box?

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Do Nike’s inventory woes foretell a bleak holiday season for apparel? - RetailWire

Nike said sales climbed 10 percent on a currency-neutral basis in the first quarter ended August 30 on strong demand but warned that aggressive markdowns required to clear apparel inventories would drive down gross margins for its fiscal year. Did Nike make the right move in ramping up promotions to realign inventories instead of seeking to soften the margin hit?

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Does Sephora need a same-day delivery subscription? - RetailWire

Sephora has launched a subscription program that allows shoppers to get unlimited same-day delivery in as little as two hours for $49 a year. Do you see enough consumer appeal for Sephora’s Same-Day Unlimited offering?

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Are younger generations less creeped out by online personalization? - RetailWire

A new survey finds many targeted ads and personalized emails make consumers feel “creepy,” but more so with Boomers than younger generations. What should marketers take away from evidence that younger generations may be more open to personal data-driven online marketing schemes?

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Are marketers shortchanging product placement’s reach? - RetailWire

Product placement is expected to see robust growth in coming years as audiences, particularly younger ones, ignore traditional advertising. Is product placement positioned to become a more frequent opportunity for brands or is it already being used too obtrusively?

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Will Amazon’s $1 billion payroll investment work to keep front lines staffed? - RetailWire

Amazon.com yesterday said it will invest $1 billion over the next year to raise the pay of frontline workers and that it was introducing a new perk that would give these employees early access to a portion of their paychecks. What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Amazon.com when it comes to recruiting and retaining frontline employees?

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A bag ban is all part of the brand at Wegmans - RetailWire

No matter which Wegmans a customer is shopping at in the U.S., they will not find single-use plastic bags available at checkout. Does Wegmans’ chainwide ban on single-use plastic bags make business sense for the grocer?

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Is the customer really the most important thing in retail? - RetailWire

BrainTrust panelist Ron Margulis says, "Pardon my cynicism, but if I had a dollar every time I heard some variant of the phrase 'the customer must be at the center of every retail decision' at Groceryshop last week, I’d be able to buy a nice meal at one of the many overpriced restaurants in Las Vegas." Does the customer really need to be the primary focus of every retail decision?

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From IRI and NYU Stern CSB: Sustainability and the Consumer - RetailWire

Get this new report to learn the sustainability attributes that matter most today and the packaging, marketing, signage and innovation tactics that can help brands and retailers capitalize on them effectively.

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Rivals take notice as ads account for five percent of Amazon’s retail revenues - RetailWire

A GroupM study estimates advertising accounts for five percent of Amazon.com’s revenues from commerce-related activity and rated that as a “reasonable target” for other retailers working to catch up. Is it realistic for retailers to set a goal of getting about five percent of sales from advertising?