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Foot Locker launches FLX, Tractor Supply Co. is Expanding & More

Foot Locker announced the North America launch of its new membership rewards program, dubbed FLX. The free program will work across the Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports apps, and users will get free, no-minimum shipping and will earn points for dollars spent as well as for activities like completing online surveys and connecting their social media accounts. Points can be redeemed for different sport and experience awards, as well as to earn a head start on buying sure-to-sell-out launches. “I am so proud of our associates. An incredible amount of thoughtful planning has gone into building FLX, our new global membership program that continues to put our consumers top of mind," Dick Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Foot Locker Inc.

Flip-flop fans and texters, rejoice — the flip-flop emoji is coming. Sandal brand Reef is claiming credit: the Carlsbad, CA-based firm submitted a detailed proposal last year to Unicode, the global governing body for emojis. It was approved, and the unisex style should be available this summer.

Tractor Supply Co. is expanding its own workwear brand, Ridgecut, into footwear and accessories.

Generation Z (73 percent) is willing to pay more for sustainable products than any generation of U.S. consumers, including Millennials (68 percent), GenX (55 percent) and Baby Boomers (42 percent), according to a recent study by First Insight. An estimated 54 percent of Gen Z, meanwhile, say they are willing to spend an incremental 10 percent or more on sustainable products

Wayne Sporting Goods in Radnor, PA is closing this spring after 65 years in business.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is opening new stores in Tyler, TX and Birmingham, AL this month.

Sanuk’s latest collection with legendary band the Grateful Dead launched yesterday online, and will be available in-store on April 1.  Sandal and shoe styles for men, women and kids will feature tie-dye patterns and Grateful Dead dancing bears, and will retail from $36 to $60.