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| December 26, 2018

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Gifting Grace, a JCPenney Company

Gifting Grace, a JCPenney company, is an online retailer offering a curated mix of national brands and unique hard-to-find gifts ideas, backed by editorial authority, and convenient shopping tools for the thoughtful, year-round gift-giver. Gifting Grace is part of JCPenney Company’s Growth Brands Division which pursues high potential growth opportunities in the retail and digital sectors.

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How Retailers Can Deliver the Item at the Top of Shoppers’ Wish Lists: Time

Article | February 24, 2020

For consumers, shopping can either be an exciting experience or a downright stressful one. Finding enough time to shop for the perfect gift or merely everyday staples while attempting to manage the challenges of work, family and everyday life can undoubtedly add to stress levels. Considering all of the expectations and obligations that exist within a consumer’s life, it’s critical for retailers to be respectful of their time when they have so little to spare. It's no secret that consumers’ choices on how, where and when they buy are dramatically redefining the retail industry as we know it. In order to stay relevant and top of mind for consumers, retailers must work to deliver the best possible shopping experience. Perhaps the strongest demonstration of value a retailer can provide to a consumer isn’t just better pricing or a more engaging environment, but instead to give back something their consumers value even more: time.

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Traffic to US retail stores has almost entirely vanished due to Covid-19

Article | April 1, 2020

At many malls and retail stores around the US, foot traffic has been in decline for some time. Even so, they’ve never seen anything like this. In a research note sent to clients today, investment firm Cowen and Company estimated total foot traffic to US retailers was down 97.6% for the week through March 27 compared to the same time last year. It has come to a “near complete halt,” Cowen said, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Many stores across the country are closed, of course, so shoppers couldn’t visit even if they wanted. Retailers have voluntarily shuttered stores to protect workers and help slow the virus’s spread. Simon Property Group, the largest mall owner in the US, closed its malls through at least the end of March.

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How Art Van went from a retail juggernaut to a house afire

Article | March 8, 2020

The Warren-based retailer's sudden announcement that it would wind down operations comes only three years after its late founder, Art Van Elslander, sold the company to a Boston-based private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, in an estimated $550 million deal. How did a seemingly healthy, valuable and beloved company go so wrong so fast? After its 2017 acquisition, Thomas H. Lee set an aggressive strategy to open 200 more stores and double revenue to $2 billion by 2020. But being saddled with roughly $400 million in debt and no financial cushion to respond to the disruption of changing furniture habits left Art Van's business model sitting on a tinderbox. Management missteps were all the fuel needed to burn the house down.

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3 Ways Location Technology is Changing Retail

Article | February 27, 2020

Changes fire rapidly in today’s retail environment, and legacy retailers like J.C. Penney, Walmart and others are seeking innovative new ways to capture shopper attention. While e-commerce gains raise concerns that in-store experiences are obsolete, traditional retailers continually strike back and, ultimately, online sales make up only 10 percent of all retail sales. However, traditional retailers should take heed: online shopping illustrates innovative experiences that capture consumer attention and provide inspiration in stores. Today, e-commerce platforms allow retailers to personalize shopping experiences, uncover data behind every decision, and move customers efficiently through the purchase path. While stores have struggled to do the same, location technology has helped make up the difference.

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Gifting Grace, a JCPenney Company

Gifting Grace, a JCPenney company, is an online retailer offering a curated mix of national brands and unique hard-to-find gifts ideas, backed by editorial authority, and convenient shopping tools for the thoughtful, year-round gift-giver. Gifting Grace is part of JCPenney Company’s Growth Brands Division which pursues high potential growth opportunities in the retail and digital sectors.

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