Editor’s note: Mary Acklin is content writing manager, lifestyle and pop culture, at research firm CivicScience, Pittsburgh. This is an edited version of a post that originally appeared under the title, “Kohl’s updates looks good on them.” 

A household name for some, and a thing of the past for others, Kohl’s is fighting to remain relevant … or maybe become relevant, especially in the eyes of younger consumers. The company is trying out several new strategies to achieve this relevance, including outfit bars, in-house lines, featured brands and celebrity collaborations.

CivicScience studied three strategies pertaining to Kohl’s: Amazon returns (yes, you can make them at Kohl’s locations), cosmetics and the new home goods line designed by HGTV’s Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott. 

First, Amazon returns. This strategy is genius if you think about it. Make a return and inevitably do some shopping. While the company has only offered this perk for the last few months, a survey found that many consumers have gone this route to return an Amazon item at a Kohl’s location.

Among consumers who use Amazon, 26% have either made a return at a Kohl’s location or report being interested in doing so. 

Among Prime members, that number jumps to 33%.

And whether intentional or not, young people are going to Kohl’s to make Amazon returns. 

Women are more likely to be interested in or to have already done this, too. Another win for Kohl’s.

Kohl’s is expanding its selection of cosmetics – one of the biggest markets geared toward women – and therefore the square footage dedicated to cosmetics in its stores. 

From the CivicScience survey conducted on Kohl’s cosmetics, 37% of women said they would purchase cosmetics and beauty there if the brand(s) they love were offered.

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