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Gina Acosta

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September 2018

Macy's is partnering with the YouCam beauty app and Cosmopolitan on a multi-platform digital effort with implications for all of retail.

Amazon is making its smart speaker ecosystem even more essential to the American consumer by debuting a slew of new hardware and software products.

A strong economy will prompt Americans to splurge on their favorite candy, costumes and decorations during the Halloween season, according to the National Retail Federation.

Target is showing off what a successful brick-and-mortar strategy looks like by opening a store in its 50th state.

Last mile delivery company Postmates is now worth about $1.2 billion after raising another $300 million in a financing round led by Tiger Global Management.

Mars is launching a new sustainability effort with the aim of fixing what it calls the “broken” cocoa supply chain.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been making the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week, and he made an interesting announcement about the company's second headquarters.

Schnucks is moving to deepen its market penetration thanks to a deal with Supervalu.

Neiman Marcus is making some changes to its senior executive team as it looks to create a culture of innovation at the company.

Ocado is now operating the world's largest robotic fulfillment center in the U.K. and its performance sheds light on the type of disruption U.S. retailers can expect from Kroger's partnership with the U.K.'s leading online grocer.

As the holiday season grows closer, one of America's biggest retailers has launched an effort to thwart the tight labor market and find good workers.

As the perimeter of the grocery store outpaces growth in other food and beverage categories, food retailers looking for ways to drive more sales should be focused on fresh.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has launched a new tool to help retailers solve challenges and accelerate innovation in their companies.

Hormel Foods Corp. has named a new senior vice president as the company looks to even more growth.

A leading provider of technology solutions for CPG manufacturers and retailers has made some changes to its C-suite.

Amazon is making a big play to challenge Etsy by launching a new store.

Overstock.com is getting ready for the busy holiday season by leasing a new distribution center in Kansas City, Kan., where it plans to employ more than 100 workers.

Sally Beauty is making at-home hair color a key part of its transformation strategy. The Texas-based beauty retailer has launched exclusive box hair color kits in its private label brand, ion, and in one other national brand, priced at aroun

Publix is taking its leaner, greener new GreenWise format to Marietta, Georgia.

Walmart is bringing fresh grocery capabilities to its North American operations via new deals in Canada and Latin America.

With the number of Amazon Prime members estimated to more than double by 2029, retailers need to be focused on making the path to purchase as painless as possible.

It was big news in the cereal aisles earlier this year when Lucky Charms revealed a major innovation.

Albertsons Companies announced that Jim Donald, currently the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective immediately.

Retailers talk about differentiation and offering a distinct value proposition, but few bring it to life like Smart & Final.

A new financial reporting requirement takes effect soon that will have a huge impact on how retailers account for leases, make related financial decisions and communicate with investors. Here’s what retailers need to know to be ready for 2019.

As shopper behavior continues to evolve, shopping center owners are exploring new ways of calculating rents that are less dependent on sales.

Category management is on the cusp of the biggest changes in its 25-year history thanks to the combination of innovative technologies that have given shoppers even more power.

The competitive dynamics of the retail industry have changed dramatically and so too have regulators’ approach to assessing antitrust risk.

New items drive sales, but onboarding products quickly, easily and accurately is increasingly challenging. The newest startup to come out of the XRC Labs accelerator aims to fix that.

Think running a retailer on land is hard? Then you haven’t spent time with Beth Neumann, CEO and President of Starboard Cruise Services, a Miami-based retailer with more than 750 stores located on a global fleet of 90 ships.

Priorities to create a high-performing trade association.

The evolution of the retail industry has given rise to all sorts of new titles, including that of CISO, a key C-suite position essential to push back against the growing sophistication of global bad actors eager to exploit vulnerabilities of the rapi

There were times this past summer when it seemed liked things couldn’t get any better for the retail industry.

While everyone is busy worrying about Amazon, Costco is proving every month that it's still king when it comes to sales and customer loyalty.

A new loyalty program from Schnuck Markets is transforming the shopping experience at the Missouri-based grocer.  Shortly after launching last month, the Schnucks Rewards app broke into the “top free shopping” category in the Google Play sto

The executive director of the Plant Based Foods Association speaks to Retail Leader about PFBA’s mission, the new dynamics in the food industry and the definition of milk.  

Sally Beauty has added the former Chief Experience Officer of IBM iX North America to its Board of Directors.

August 2018

Even if same store sales at Ulta continue to decelerate, the beauty retailer has a new secret weapon to reverse that decline.

Publix is accelerating its plans to expand in Appalachia by building a new distribution center.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. says softness in the arts and crafts industry is easing, as the retailer lifted earnings estimates for the year.

In part two of a three-part video series, industry expert Greg Pohlmann discusses how retailers and wholesalers can achieve increased store brand profitability and penetration.

Dollar Tree is working toward a future well beyond 15,000 stores after reporting an impressive quarter of same store sales and profit increases.

BJ's Wholesale Club is driving growth with investments in store experience and merchandise just several weeks after the company returned to the public market.

Meijer is showing why convenience is winning in retail with a new C-store format.

Join Revionics CMO Cheryl Sullivan and Forrester Research VP Brendan Witcher for a webinar that will answer all of your questions about leveraging AI on pricing and promotions and what shoppers expect in terms of price matching and personalization.

In part one of a three-part video series, industry expert Greg Pohlmann discusses why he wrote the book and how it can help retailers and wholesalers enhance their private brands programs.

Amazon’s Treasure Truck was supposed to put the “treasure hunt” business model on wheels, but so far it’s more gimmick than retail innovation.

Rite Aid is revamping its communications strategy just a few weeks after its proposed merger with Albertsons fell through.

Bargain lovers flocked to Ross Stores during the second quarter, enabling the company to top same store sales forecasts and announce that it will accelerate its expansion plans.

One of the fastest growing beauty retailers in the world is taking experiential retail to a new level in New York City.

Target is predicting a blockbuster holiday season after the retailer reported its highest comps in more than a decade during the second quarter and raised its profit outlook for the year.

Investments in supply chain and digital are helping Ace Hardware attract shoppers and increase sales and profit.

TJX's value proposition keeps luring bargain-hungry customers to its brick-and-mortar stores, as the company topped same store sales forecasts during the second quarter and raised its full year earnings guidance.

Things are about to get more interesting for the food industry with former casino association executive Geoff Freeman at the helm of Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Nordstrom has apparently figured out how to attract shoppers back to department stores, both to brick and mortar stores and online.

Family owned and operated Blain's Farm & Fleet is making some aggressive store expansion moves in the Midwest.

SpartanNash got a lift in the second quarter from its military and food distribution businesses, but its retail segment sales were down despite new fresh and private label programs.

JCPenney's effort to reinvent itself as a beauty and apparel retailer is faltering, as the company reported flat sales and a drop in earnings for the second quarter.

7-Eleven is taking its reduced emissions fuel program out of pilot phase and into an expansion phase as the C-store retailer looks to ramp up its sustainability commitments.  

Fast-growing C-store chain Ricker's is rolling out frictionless checkout technology to customers in 58 stores in Indiana.

Walmart's grocery business is helping the retailer achieve stunning sales and revenue growth despite myriad competitive and operational pressures.

Three very specific non-food categories are driving unexpected growth for physical retailers.

American consumers were in a shopping mood in July amid a strong economy and tight labor market.

One of the world’s largest online destinations for the home has come up with another innovative way to attract shoppers. Wayfair has launched a new platform called Design Services.

Investments in technology, stores and loyalty programs weren’t enough for Macy's to lift sales in the second quarter.

Advance Auto Parts' focus on strengthening its value proposition led to impressive sales and profit performance in the second quarter.

Kroger's popular Simple Truth brand will be available on Alibaba's Tmall platform.

Outstanding execution produces expectation-topping results and a stunning U.S. same store sales increase at Home Depot.

The Coca-Cola Company is showing CPG firms how to find new growth via interesting partnerships.

Tractor Supply Company is putting in place new executives to support its long-term growth strategy.

NRF has increased what was already an ambitious growth forecast for the back half of the year.

Hudson Group will expand its footprint at LaGuardia Airport by opening a one-of-its-kind store.

A new Colorado law is imposing a new regulatory compliance hurdle on retailers.

Ingles Markets is showing that you don't have to be omnichannel to grow sales and earnings in the grocery sector.

With retail sales rising and retailers rushing to bring merchandise into the country ahead of proposed new tariffs, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have set new records.

The collapse of their merger raises questions about Rite Aid's future as a standalone company and whether Albertsons can find the cash to revamp its business model. 

Target announced that John Bauer will join the company as senior vice president, global inventory management.

Pet-tech company Petcube has launched sales of pet supplies on its website.

One of the most high profile women CEOs in the CPG world is stepping down. PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi announced she will retire on Oct. 3.

The new CEO of Ahold Delhaize plans to reignite sales growth in the United States with a slew of digital initiatives.

A few weeks after welcoming a new CEO, the Vitamin Shoppe has more good news to celebrate: soaring online sales.

CVS's efforts to transform the consumer health care experience are producing sales gains but also profit losses.

Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith is confident company has a growth strategy in place and has a new executive to help tell the story.

Rite Aid and Albertsons have set a new election deadline related to the companies' proposed merger.

New federal aid will make it easier for low-income shoppers to buy more fruits and vegetables at grocery stores.

Mid-Atlantic food retailer Weis Markets snapped a 16-quarter streak of same store sales increases during its second quarter.

Cities competing to host Amazon's second headquarters are keeping their negotiations with the retailer secret, even from elected officials.

Natural Grocers is leveraging dietary education and store experience into sustained sales and earnings growth on its way to 1,100 stores.

An executive for AB InBev is heading to Mexico to become chief executive officer of one of that nation's largest CPG firms. 

Sally Beauty plans to close as many as 100 stores and launch click and collect as part of its long-term transformation strategy. The beauty retailer made the announcement as part of its fiscal third quarter report, which was less than i

Albertsons Companies is teaming up with a venture capital firm to invest $50 million in developing new technology for the grocery sector.

Retailers can win with experience and personalization initiatives, but doing so requires a fresh perspective and new ways of working with different types of data.

An increase in self-care among all age groups is creating a new retail healthcare reality.

In a strong economy where most people who want a job already have one, retailers are challenged to hire and retain quality employees just as they are needed most.

Jack Sinclair became CEO of 99 Cents Only in January and he’s intent on transforming perceptions of the company and accelerating growth with help from big brands and former executives from Walmart, Sam’s Club and Albertsons.

Data science-based capabilities, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, are gaining momentum in the retail industry as retailers seek to connect more meaningfully with their shoppers.

Want to understand where the retail industry is headed? Start by listening to the vision of Dr. Pallab Chatterjee, the Chairman and CEO of Symphony RetailAI, a company whose artificial intelligence solutions are helping retail and CPG transform.

We’ve all read and heard the many recent stories of artificial intelligence-based computers driving cars, defeating the human champion at GO (a profoundly complex board game that originated in ancient China) and beating humans at ATARI games.

Data is a hot commodity in the age of personalization. Companies looking to leverage it effectively have to balance their desire for customer intimacy with customers’ desire for anonymity.

Retail Leader visited NCR's new digs adjacent to the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Midtown area of Atlanta for a conversation with Dirk Izzo, Senior Vice President of NCR’s Industry Solutions Group and Tom Chittenden, Vice President and Gene

Digital technologies are elevating shopper expectations while retail supply chains look to keep pace with customer expectations for flexible fulfillment and product returns options. 

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