Weekly shutdown: Home Depot workers unionize, Nike launches Alipay recycling program

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It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we’ll break down some of the things you may have missed during the week and what we’re still thinking about.

From guitar lessons at Guitar Center to increased holiday hiring, here’s our closing for the week.

Something you may have missed

Nordstrom Rack continues to grow

September was a busy month for Nordstrom’s affordable Rack banner. The retailer announced this week that California will get three new Rack stores next year in Anaheim Hills, Clovis and San Clemente; earlier this month the company said that three will open in the Pacific Northwest (in Union Gap and Olympia, Washington, and Salem, Oregon) next fall, and one will open in Delray BeachFlorida, next spring.

With the addition of the three locations in California, Nordstrom will operate 57 Rack stores, 23 full-line stores, five Nordstrom Locals and one Asos | Nordstrom in California, the company said in a press release. This move came despite the difficulty Rack has faltering compared to rivalsin a wider segment unusual challenge these days.

Nike launches mini shoe recycling program on Alipay

Nike announced on Monday that it partnered with Ant Group’s Green Energy Initiative to launch a program on Alipay to encourage consumers to recycle shoes.

Chinese consumers can search the “Recycle-A-Shoe” mini-program on the Alipay app and collect worn-out Nike shoes for recycling. The shoes will then be dismantled and recycled to create sustainable sports surfaces.

“In China, Nike continues to pursue its goal of ‘Moving to Zero’ and encourages the public to participate in environmental protection. The innovative collaboration with Ant Group allows the Nike Recycle-A-Shoe program to reach more consumers through digital solutions on the Alipay platform and integrates Nike’s sustainability efforts into everyday life, which is our long-term commitment,” said Stanley Chang, VP president of operations. and Nike Greater China logistics, the statement said.

Home Depot workers petition to form a union

Home Depot workers in Philadelphia filed a union petition this week, according to a Document to the National Council on Labor Relations. The petition, which includes 274 merchandising, specialty and operations employees, lists the union as “Home Depot Workers United.”

The move comes as more retail workers look to unionize. Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island in April voted for the mergerand earlier this month an NLRB officer it is recommended that the objection be rejected made Amazon in opposition to the union. And workers at outdoor retailer REI successfully voted earlier this year to unionize its stores in Berkeley, California, and New York.

Sixty Home Depot Delivery Drivers in 2019 voted to join the unionwho the Teamsters said at the time were the first workers at a home goods retailer to join a union.

Retail therapy

Guitar Center has partnered with Southwest Airlines to create a new version of Hell on Earth

Giving customers the opposite of peace and quiet, Guitar Center announced Saturday that it has partnered with Southwest Airlines to “wow” customers ukulele class in flightsays the press release.

Yes, that’s right—Guitar Center and Southwest Airlines have brought the nightmare scenario to real life. Customers on a flight from Long Beach to Honolulu last Friday received a Mitchell MU40 Soprano, a Road Runner carrying case and a lesson in how to play the song “Hello, Aloha. How are you?” during the flight, according to the release.

To celebrate this joyous occasion, which we all hope our flight customers have agreed to, the companies are holding a raffle for a chance to win a round-trip flight on Southwest for the winner and a guest, as well as two Hawaiian guitars.

Athleta creates a new image

When Christian Dior debuted The New Look in 1947 changed the history of fashion. This week Athleta debuted The Athleta Lookwhich is nothing like it.

A man wearing a crop top, high-waisted leggings and a quilted long sleeveless vest. And a hat.

Dude, you can just say you want to go out in your pajamas and a blanket.

Courtesy of Athleta

Gap Inc. brand. introduced a “unique style formula” with an eight-piece capsule collection that promises to transition throughout the day “without compromising function or style.” The goal is to have a rational way to assemble clothing by layering pieces.

Clothing in The Athleta Look consists of three parts:

  1. Starting with a “morning yoga flow” performance layer.
  2. Adding to this base an active product throughout the day “for those post-workout things”.
  3. Adding a layer of outerwear for a ‘chic way to keep warm’.

The capsule collection is a way for shoppers to shop and create a look, and includes 20 different outfits. Prices range from $54 to $229, and items come in sizes XXS to 3X, as well as petite and tall.

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