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November 2018

Consumers plan to spend an average of $554.90 this holiday season, with $207.30 dedicated to gifts, according to a new survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Walmart is planning to build what it is calling an Intelligent Retail Lab inside one of its stores in Levittown, New York.

In addition to being named a top workplace for women and millennials, Publix Super Markets has been named as one of the Top-Rated Workplaces for Veterans.

Walgreens plans to hire at least 5,000 U.S.

Kroger is hosting another Natural Foods Innovation Summit, but this time it's being keynoted by the leader of fast-growing meat substitute brand Beyond Meat. 

Walmart is narrowing the online price gap with Amazon and is beating Amazon on prices for baby products, according to a new study.

One of the fastest growing subscription boxes, ButcherBox, is running a promotion that should scare every food retailer.

Giant Food has rolled out a new campaign highlighting the retailer's new strategies when it comes to assortment and store experience. The regional grocery chain unveiled a new marketing campaign with a new tagline, "The Little

Ahold Delhaize has named a new president to accelerate growth at Peapod.

Amazon has crafted a deal with Hallmark to sell live Christmas trees -- shipped free-- beginning Nov. 21.

Despite a booming U.S. economy, more than half of U.S. consumers are choosing store brands in an effort to save money.

The footprint of Casey's General Stores in Wisconsin just grew by seven.

PepsiCo has earned the top position among suppliers in Kantar’s 2018 US PoweRanking report for the third consecutive year. PepsiCo solidified its position as a best-in-class partner, topping the competition in all nine metrics measured by th

Costco is continuing to leverage its physical and digital momentum into sustained sales growth.

Amazon is picking up where Toys R Us left off with its first-ever printed holiday shopping catalog.

Ahold Delhaize says it delivered strong sales and earnings growth due to a roaring U.S. economy.

George S. Barrett, former chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, Inc., has joined the Target board as a new director.

The Vitamin Shoppe's transformation strategy netted higher sales and profit in the third quarter.

About half of online shoppers plan to purchase grocery items more often in the coming year, according to a new survey.

Giant Food Stores has entered into an agreement with Supervalu Inc., a newly acquired subsidiary of United Natural Foods, to purchase five corporately owned Shop ‘n Save locations.

ShopRite is ramping up its wellness focus by hosting free diabetes-themed classes, food demonstrations and store tours led by its team of over 100 in-store dietitians.

Steve Farley has been named president of Hallmark's retail business and will be responsible for leading its network of nearly 2,000 Hallmark Gold Crown stores as well as its ornament and gift businesses. "I'm excited about Steve and the important

Pier 1 Imports has created a new position in its C-suite that will oversee merchandising, stores, marketing and e-commerce. The retailer named Donna Noce Colaco to serve as its first Chief Customer Officer, effective Dec. 3, 2018.

Walmart is joining Albertsons and other food retailers on an effort to merge e-commerce orders and recipes.

Dollar Shave Club is launching men's fragrances and looking at testing vending machines in major urban areas.

CVS has revealed plans to pilot stores that prioritize treatment for five chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma and behavioral health.

Weis Markets attributed its strong third quarter to improved fresh sales stemming from remodeled produce departments.

C-store chain QuickChek has signed a deal to transfer its prescription records to CVS Pharmacy.

CEO Marvin Ellison was brought in earlier this year to transform the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer, and that's exactly what he's doing.

A majority of shoppers say they would spend more this holiday season if they had a wider variety of payment options.

There's more disruption ahead for America's food retailers. Find out how.

7-Eleven Inc. is piloting mobile self-checkout at 14 convenience stores in the Dallas area.

Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities, with each housing 25,000 workers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Macy's is hoping that personalization, pop-up shops and technology will help it attract more holiday shoppers this year.

Fast and free shipping is the No. 1 preference of holiday shoppers this year, according to Deloitte's 33rd annual survey of consumer spending intentions and trends.

Lowe's has hired the architect of Target's digital transformation to advance the home improvement retailer technology efforts. Lowe's announced that Seemantini Godbole has been hired as its chief information officer, effective Nov. 12.

Weis Markets is showing other retailers how to leverage wellness trends by hosting free, diabetes-focused events throughout November. To help customers impacted by diabetes and to raise awareness for the largely preventable disease, Weis Die

Online holiday sales will hit $124.1 billion during the 2018 holiday season, a new record and a 14.8% increase over the 2017 totals, according to Adobe.

A new report from Etsy shows that consumer gifting behavior is shifting along with their shopping preferences.

Kroger is partnering with Geoffrey's Toy Box to bring toy shops to nearly 600 Kroger stores across the country.

Target has decided to get ahead of holiday ad leaks and roll out its Black Friday strategy three weeks early.

Kohl's is looking to attract more holiday shoppers this year by ramping up its loyalty program. 

A global consumer marketing and branding veteran is bringing her expertise to the Honest Company board.

Sprouts Farmers Market is generating double-digit revenue growth but its same store sales are decelerating. 

Earnings growth keeps accelerating at Publix, although the company did blame a dip in same store sales on Hurricane Irma.

Red-hot discounter Old Time Pottery is upping the ante on holiday toy assortments.

One of CPG's most widely known veterans has been recognized for her career-long commitment to women's leadership and gender equality.

October 2018

The tighter labor market is a large factor in the slowing rate of growth in the gig economy, according to a new report.

PepsiCo is adding an on-trend brand to its portfolio by acquiring a maker of plant-based snack bars and other related foods called Health Warrior.

At Schnucks supermarkets, the future is robots, and the future is already here.

CVS is piloting an Amazon Prime-like membership program that aims to generate loyalty among shoppers.

Starship Technologies, the maker of autonomous six-wheeled robots that carry groceries to consumer homes, is expanding into the world of package delivery.

Albertsons is looking to automate a new micro-fulfillment center in one of its grocery stores using robot-powered technology.

Amazon just earned a whole new slew of shoppers in foreign countries thanks to a new partnership with Western Union.

Convenience stores are among the least-trust brands, while grocers are the highest, according to a new consumer study from InMoment. Grocers are the most trusted brands, with an average of 37 percent, followed by big-box retailers at 20 percent a

Rite Aid has decided to separate the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 

Deliv, a startup that provides same-day deliveries for Walmart Inc.

Wegmans, Publix and other food retailers have been named as Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Retailers will seek to cap a strong year this holiday season by doubling down on strategies to draw online shoppers into stores, reward their loyalty in new ways and ensure that toys are available at every turn, according to a new report from CBRE.

Raley’s has reimagined meal kits by launching a range of new solutions that aim to solve a variety of meal problems for shoppers. The grocer has launched  a meal kit line that includes full meal kits, quick kits, creative kits, sides an

Kroger is expected to soon order the first three highly automated warehouses called for under its deal with British grocer Ocado. According to Reuters, Kroger is expected to order the first three of 20 high-tech warehouses from online grocer

Walmart is continuing to push the boundaries of retail by getting rid of a shopper's most dreaded part of the holiday shopping experience: checkouts.

A former longtime adviser to Target has joined the board of directors at Williams-Sonoma.

Amazon's separate portal for charitable donations has attracted so many shoppers that the company says it has donated more than $100 million to charity causes since the launch of Amazon Smile five years ago.

Hibbett Sports has signed a definitive agreement to acquire City Gear, a specialty retailer with 135 stores in 15 states.

Bebe Stores, Inc. has partnered with Bluestar Alliance to acquire the Brookstone brand and its related assets.

Fetch Robotics has announced that Tim Kimmet, former vice president of cloud computing platform at Walmart, has joined the company as vice president of engineering.

Walmart's Jet division has just tapped Blue Apron to offer an assortment of its meal kits for purchase on Jet’s online and mobile platforms.

We now know what Walmart's response is to Amazon Go, and it's not going to be at Walmart at all. At least not yet.

Price Rite Marketplace has just unveiled a new store format focused on discounts, enhanced fresh offerings and an improved shopping experience.

Goodyear has rolled out a pilot retail concept for tire sales and installation that is almost unrecognizable as an auto supply store. 

PepsiCo is promising to use 25% recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025.

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine online suggests eating organic food could lower the risk of cancer.

Halloween is still a few days away, but new holiday spending data could haunt retailers all through the holidays.

Conagra has just ramped up its portfolio of foods that are increasingly popular with consumers.

PriceSmart is looking for a new CEO after Jose Luis Laparte resigned. The company said it has begun a search for a new CEO and that Sherry S. Bahrambeygui, a director of the company, has been named interim CEO.

Sally Beauty is transforming its loyalty program in an effort to up the ante on the kind of rewards programs that attract so many beauty fans to Ulta and other retailers.

Amazon is headed into the all-important holiday period by posting its fourth straight quarter of $1 billion in sales.

Consumers chased “Christmas in July” sales to get a head start on their holiday shopping this year, with 40 percent completing a portion of their gift purchases on Amazon Prime Day.

Just a few days after raising $40 million in new funding, Chicago-based e-comm company ShopRunner has acquired Spring, a mobile shopping app.

Meijer says it will be using Shipt to offer not only delivery but also store pickup to its customers across the Midwest. Meijer is expanding its Meijer Home Delivery program to include a pick-up option at stores across the Midwest, building on a

A new national research study defines for the first time a new and increasingly influential category of Americans: the Food Connected Consumer (FCC).

Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the National Grocers Association, will retire from NGA on Dec. 31.

When it comes to pricing, promotion and markdown optimization, nobody does it better than these three retailers.

Kellogg is promising to use 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025.

While online grocery adoption is growing, the vast majority of consumers want to touch their cantaloupes and smell their strawberries in person before they buy them.

Costco is having such a tough time keeping up with demand for its $4.99 rotisserie chickens that the retailer is building a rotisserie chicken production facility in Nebraska.

Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 they said they would spend last year. The data comes from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analyti

Kroger will hire more than 10,000 seasonal employees for the holiday season, which represents a big decline from last year's seasonal hiring plans.

Target is looking to one-up Amazon and Walmart when it comes to order fulfillment this holiday season.

Kroger is teaming up again with Cardinal Health to host drug take-back events on at more than 200 Kroger pharmacies.

Almost half (48%) of consumers in the U.S. now do some or all of their grocery shopping online, while 59 percent are planning to do so in the future, according to a new study.

On the same day that it opened its sixth Amazon Go store in the U.S., all signs point to the concept coming to New York City. According to Recode, Amazon’s version of a futuristic 7-Eleven store is coming to New York City, and it’s going to be lo

Shoppers will be spending more this season, and a growing share will be spent online, according to Deloitte’s 33rd annual holiday survey. Celebrating the season with others – including entertaining at home and socializing away from home – account

Walmart is looking to make shopping online just as elegant and effortless as it is on Amazon.com and other sites.

From regional tastes to plant-based alternatives, the year ahead will focus on flexible eating styles, according to a new report from Kroger. Kroger announced its top food trend predictions for 2019, curated by its team of Our Brands new product

Walmart has signed a deal with SunPower that will greatly ramp up its renewable energy efforts. The retailer will have SunPower install solar systems at 19 stores and two distribution centers in Illinois. As part of the project,

Today's shopper is not just evolving when it comes to food preferences and buying preferences, she's also evolving when it comes to loyalty programs. A new report from card-linked app Dosh sheds light on consumer shopping decisions, and show

Raley's is on a mission to help consumers make better food choices and has launched a new video series tackling the issues facing the food industry.

Walmart is breaking ground on a project that has implications for all of the food retail industry.

A CPG veteran has been named as the new CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Retailers and suppliers of beauty products whose advertisements do not depict women in realistic ways, or include women of a variety of ages, may lose customers, according to a new survey.

Several retail and consumer goods executives have made the list of Harvard Business Review's annual list of 100 best-performing CEOs.

Publix is making some big changes to its executive ranks as it looks to keep expanding across the U.S.

The proposed uptick in shipping and mailing fees at the U.S. Postal Service could cost Amazon more than $1 billion in 2019, according to Credit Suisse.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner has signaled that electronic cigarettes and vapor products may no longer be available at convenience stores.

The Vitamin Shoppe has created and filled a new executive role that aims to elevate the customer experience at the company.

The next phase of Raley's personalization-focused strategy is a new website.

The main source of growth behind the retail success of Amazon Prime may be sputtering, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

With its acquisition of United Natural Foods now complete, Supervalu has secured a strong presence in the hottest segment of food retailing.

PetSmart has expanded its latest format designed to offer a whole new level of store experience for the pet parent.

Kellogg is teaming up with Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi on a holiday promotion designed to inspire consumers to consume cereal in a new way.

Leading online retailer Wine.com has an aggressive hiring plan for the upcoming holiday season.

Lucky Supermarkets is launching an innovative partnership with the Plant Based Foods Association to educate shoppers about plant-based foods, and help the grocer drive sales at the same time. 

Qurate Retail Group, the owner of QVC and HSN, is reorganizing itself once again as it looks to accelerate the businesses' digital transformation.

BJ's Wholesale Club is suspending its membership requirement for nearly a month as it looks to attract new shoppers to its doors.

Alibaba-owned Tmall has joined forces with some of the world’s leading market research consultancies to help brands drive product development.

Walmart is making another play for online shoppers with the acquisition of Bare Necessities, a leading e-comm retailer for intimates.

California retail real estate developer Rick Caruso offers a lesson in why "retail has gotten sideways."

Not Colorado, where a fast-growing retailer is about to open a 220,000 square foot store complete with an indoor ferris wheel. 

Sharing is caring when it comes to cybersecurity. That’s why a select group of companies were honored recently for their efforts to thwart global bad actors.

Walmart is teaming up with PayPal in a blockbuster move that will allow shoppers to withdraw and deposit PayPal funds at Walmart stores. 

Walgreens touted its partnership strategy as key to driving growth on the same day that a new earnings report showed same store sales continue to decline at the drug chain.

Walmart has shuffled some senior managers in its U.S. division, bringing fresh leadership to critical growth areas like e-commerce and food.

One of the largest retailers of pet supplies in North America is looking to leverage the popularity of Halloween among pet parents into big sales this year.

Ride-sharing company Uber's restaurant delivery business is doing so much business that the company's CEO says grocery delivery is next. According to Yahoo Finance, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said given the success in the delivery of food, the ne

CVS has won initial approval to acquire Aetna in a deal that has the potential to transform the health care and retail industries.

The National Association of Convenience Stores has named its first European-based chairman in the group's 57-year history. NACS announced that Frank Gleeson, president of Aramark Northern Europe, has been named 2018-19 NACS Chairman. “It’

Kroger's new "responsible food" project focused on kids is the latest in a long list of sustainability efforts by the company as it looks to reduce food waste.

New research from the National Association of Convenience Stores shows that C-stores have an advantage when it comes to finding talent in a historically tight labor market.

Mondelēz International will make all of its packaging fully recyclable by 2025. The company says it will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world. This new commitment is part of the

Walmart is embarking on a new effort to help create mobility for the adult workforce in the United States -- and to solve one of retail's major problems.

Premium Retail Services has a new Executive Vice President and General Manager for its Walmart team.

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