Dive Brief:

  • Uniqlo is installing 10 vending machines in airports and malls — including in New York, Houston and Oakland, CA, among other U.S. cities — stocked with jackets and other basics, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Japanese apparel retailer already runs the machines elsewhere in the world, according to the report.

  • The machines are six feet tall and their limited selection of basics are dispensed in boxes and cans, according to the Journal.

  • If an item doesn’t work out, it can be returned to a store or by mail.

Dive Insight:

Tadashi Yanai, CEO of Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing, has clearly and often expressed his ambitions to overtake Zara as the largest apparel retailer in the world. But the force and speed of Uniqlo’s expansion in the U.S. has proven to be too much, too soon.

Last year, Yanai said that Fast Retailing plans to “rebuild” its U.S….