Those are among the key elements shared in a list of specialty, discount and department stores considered to be the most “family friendly,” according to a recent survey by Brand Keys, a New York-based brand and customer loyalty research consulting firm.
“People are aggregating their dollars and their loyalty right now,” said Robert Passikoff, president and founder of the firm. “It’s easier for families to shop at places like these, because of their merchandise range.” He noted the top-ranked brands are meeting or exceeding consumers’ expectations.
Number-one-ranked Macy’s is advertising on its Web site that online shoppers can save 20 to 50 percent in the women’s, men’s, juniors, kids’, home, shoes, handbags and jewelry categories. Wal-Mart’s Web site features testimonials from customers on why the store is their preferred shopping destination. One woman responded, “It’s like a big family center — I can get food, school supplies; I can even get a bike for my child.”
And Kohl’s, which operates 1,022 stores in 49 states, is offering deals on everything from women’s shoes to housewares, baking goods and clothing and toys for children. Another section of its site is devoted to gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Family-Friendly Retail Brands
The top specialty, discount and department stores consideredto be the most family-friendly.
1.Macy’s 2.Wal-Mart*, Kohl’s* 4.Old Navy 5. Costco*, J.C.Penney* 7. J. Crew†, Dillard’s† 9. Marshalls 10. H&M*, Kmart*
Source: 2009 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index; The firm surveyed 3,750 male and female respondents, ages 18 and older; * and † indicate ties.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion