I cover retail and consumer goods for @FortuneMagazine. Reuters alum. Obsessed with 26.2, Def Leppard, Canadiens.

Wal-Mart shedding management layer with eye on efficiency

fortune.com — Wal-Mart Stores said on Friday it will eliminate a layer of management inside its 4,500 U.S. stores to reduce bureaucracy, improve customer service, and give front-line workers more input into how their section of the store is run.

Etsy, Party City stocks surge on market debuts

fortune.com — Who says there's no more appetite for new retail-oriented stocks? Party goods retailer Party City and online handcrafted goods and apparel marketplace Etsy each saw their shares soar in their stock market debuts on Thursday, superb performances that could buoy an IPO market that has been a bit slow so far this year.

Angie’s List CEO eyeing a political career

fortune.com — Angie's List CEO William Oesterle is stepping down to become more "civically involved," news that comes just weeks after the executive was a leading critic of a controversial religious freedom law in the online consumer rating company's home state of Indiana.

Wal-Mart's ex-CEO advising buyout group Carlyle

fortune.com — Former Wal-Mart Stores CEO Mike Duke has found a new gig: he has joined Carlyle Group as an operating executive advising the private equity giant's dealmakers in their investments in the consumer and retail industries.

AshleyMadison wants to hook up with investors in London

fortune.com — The Toronto-based parent company of AshleyMadison.com is once again taking a stab at listing shares on a public exchange, this time aiming for London in a wager that a stock market in liberal Europe will be more amenable to listing a fast-growing company whose goal is to facilitate adultery.

JD.com takes Alibaba fight to the global market

fortune.com — JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba Group , has launched JD Worldwide, a new sales platform that lets foreign vendors sell directly to Chinese consumers without needing to set up a business there, in a major challenge to its larger rival's Tmall Global site.

Kohl’s building up its fashion firepower in New York

fortune.com — Lewis, who came to Kohl's about two years ago after stints in senior merchandising roles at HSN and Gap Inc's Old Navy, is on a mission with his 160-member team: re-energize Kohl's operation in the fashion world's capital to help feed the department store chain's nascent return to form.

Avon Ladies may be going the way of the dodo

fortune.com — "Ding Dong, Avon's calling," was a familiar sound for decades in the United States, heralding the arrival of an Avon Lady selling beauty products door to door. But according to a Wall Street Journal report, that may become a thing of the past in North America as the struggling direct-selling company looks at so-called "strategic alternatives" that include the 129-year-old New York company possibly selling its business in its home market.

J.C. Penney sales soaring so far this quarter

fortune.com — In terms of e-mail snafus, J.C. Penney could do worse. After a senior executive this week inadvertently sent an e-mail to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company's sales results, the department store chain on Tuesday had to put out a regulatory filing saying comparable sales were up 6% so far this quarter, which started in early February, suggesting the retailer did great business over Easter and has seen a strong start to the spring season.

Men's Wearhouse's plan to turn Joseph Abboud into a $1 billion brand

fortune.com — Nearly two years after Men's Wearhouse bought the Joseph Abboud brand for a song, the company has opened the designer label's first ever flagship store with a view to reviving the brand and tapping a more upscale part of the men's suits market.
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