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The Weekly Closeout: Kohl’s considers packaged foods and Target partners with Tabitha Brown


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

From Walmart’s exclusive savings event for subscribers to Gusher’s limited-edition metaverse sneakers, here’s our closeout for the week.

What you may have missed

Nike’s head of diversity is out after 2 years

Felicia Mayo, who was named chief talent, diversity and culture officer in 2020, is reportedly out after only two years. Financial Times first reported the news, which was based on an internal memo.

Mayo succeeded Kellie Leonard, who was named the company’s first vice president and chief diversity officer in 2018, and was in the role for only two years. At the time of her appointment, Nike made the diversity and inclusion position part of its C-suite. Leonard was one of two women Nike promoted in the spring of 2018, following a number of executives who left the company amid allegations of improper conduct and a toxic work environment. 

Nike did not immediately respond to Retail Dive’s request for comment.

Walmart to launch savings event exclusive to its subscribers

Walmart announced it would host an exclusive sales event for its Walmart+ subscribers from June 2-5. The three-day event will give members “access to the deepest discounts on thousands of the hottest summer items,” including a Shark vacuum, Minnie Mouse playhouse and a Samsung Galaxy S7, the company said in a press release.

“Our Walmart+ members loved early access to our Black Friday events, so we were inspired to create an entire weekend dedicated to the best deals,” Chris Cracchiolo, senior vice president and general manager at Walmart, said in a statement. “Giving members more of what they want with exclusive, unprecedented Black Friday-like savings allows us to celebrate our members in a fun, new way.”

The mass merchant has tapped Jim Gaffigan, Ken Jeong, Franco Escamilla and Iliza Shlesinger to help promote the event by sharing their favorite deals.

To further drive membership signups, consumers who visit one of the mass merchant’s stores and become a subscriber to Walmart+ will receive $20 off their next purchase.

Lush Cosmetics releases ‘Gay is OK’ soap to support Equality Florida

As LGBTQ Pride Month approaches, Lush Cosmetics has launched a gold and glittery soap bar with the phrase “Gay is OK” on it, according to a press release. The launch is in response to a controversial law passed in Florida, which restricts classroom lessons on gender and sexual identity, which many LGBTQ advocates have labeled the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

Courtesy of Lush Cosmetics

 

The bar of soap is available in all Lush Cosmetics stores in Florida and online, with the goal of raising $50,000 for Equality Florida, a civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community, per the release.

“At Lush, we believe the state has a responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children and the Don’t Say Gay legislation does just the opposite. At a time when youth need our support the most, they and those that love them are being targeted,” Carleen Pickard, ethical campaigner at Lush Cosmetics, said in a statement.

Many retailers are announcing new launches and initiatives that benefit specific organizations in anticipation of LGBTQ Pride Month this June. DTC homeware brand Our Place launched a set of rainbow mugs where 20% of net revenue will go toward the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Pride Pantry. Clothing retailer Levi’s released a collection of Pride apparel and noted they make an annual donation of $100,000 to OutRight Action International. Additionally, 1-800 Flowers.com released 14 curated Pride items, with 20% of net proceeds being donated to GLAAD. 

Tabitha Brown makes everything colorful for Target

Target on Tuesday announced it partnered with social media influencer, actress and New York Times bestseller Tabitha Brown on new, limited-time collections.

Courtesy of Target

 

Tabitha Brown for Target includes four collections that will launch over the next year with products like food, kitchenware, accessories, home and office, apparel and swim. The first one drops on June 11 online and in most stores, and features over 75 apparel, swim and accessories items, with most pieces under $30. Sizes go from XXS to 4X.

Brown has worked with Target on social media content for more than two years.



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