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May 2018

Albertsons Cos. has hired former Kohl’s executive Gautam Kotwal as its new EVP and chief data and analytics officer.

Tractor Supply Company is proving itself to be a rural lifestyle retailer driving business results with its sustainability efforts.

Ace Hardware has named a former executive at GameStop as its new Vice President of Retail Operations and New Business.

The Kroger Co. is purchasing meal-kit service Home Chef, further accelerating the move of subscription-based, mail-order-only kits into the stores and strategies of brick-and-mortar grocers. 

While stable inflation, low unemployment and new tax cuts are benefitting the economy, consumers still aren't in a spending mood.

The Container Store is overhauling its store format and focusing on private label and digital as it looks to improve productivity and profitability. During a fourth quarter conference call with analysts, CEO Melissa Reiff said the company ha

The off-price business model is not translating into growth for Stage Stores, which had sales and profit declines in its first quarter.

Best Buy's value proposition is luring shoppers to its stores, as the retailer posted an impressive jump in same store sales and earnings in the first quarter.

Target is continuing to overhaul its value proposition for Gen Z shoppers by launching three new brands.

Costco is introducing America's first all-organic, 30-minute meal kits for retail.

A woman with financial security and organizational effectiveness expertise is joining the board of Bed Bath & Beyond.

Sally Beauty Holdings has named the CFO of the Michaels Companies to its board.

A day after naming a new CEO, Lowe's reported that unseasonably cold weather during April put a damper on sales growth during the first quarter, just as it did with Home Depot. 

Join Retail Leader and Salesforce for a look at the future of shopper engagement and personalized insights.

Digital investments hurt profitability at Target in the first quarter but paid off in the form of traffic and sales increases.

Campbell Soup Company has a new leader for its Meals & Beverages division.

Revlon has named the first woman CEO in its 86-year history.

On the heels of a major customer service award, Ace Hardware reported record first quarter revenues of $1.31 billion.

A former financial executive of Ahold USA will become the next chief financial officer at Macy's.

TJX continues to grow same store sales and earnings as a result of the retailer's irresistible value proposition to bargain hunters.

Promotions and its partnership with Amazon helped to drive sales at Kohl's in the first quarter, but the retailer warned that comp growth would slow in the second half of the year.

Albertsons could be the next U.S. food retailer to roll out checkout-free technology similar to Amazon Go’s “just walk out” system.

A little over a year after Amazon moved aggressively into the auto part sector, Advance Auto Parts seems to be struggling.

JCPenney Chairman and CEO Marvin R.

The International Council of Shopping Centers' Board of Trustees has elected Valerie Richardson to serve as the organization’s chairman.

Ahold Delhaize has created a new e-comm unit to drive innovation to meet the changing needs of customers of its brands.

Kohl's is taking the next step in its plan to lure more millennials by announcing a new partnership.

China and the U.S. have hit the pause button on imposing import tariffs.

PetSmart has hired the chief executive of Academy Sports to become its next CEO.

Rite Aid is rolling out a first-of-its-kind opioid disposal solution to all of its stores.

Dollar General is getting ready for a serious growth spurt in the South, as the retailer just picked Georgia to host its 15th distribution center.

The on-demand economy is driving a revolution in grocery retailing, as supermarkets move quickly to create advanced online shopping experiences for their customers.

Sears is financing its turnaround plan in part with a $425 million cash infusion thanks to an expanded credit card deal with Citi.

Walmart is testing an online personal shopping service called Jetblack.

JCPenney says its strategic plan is working despite weak sales in the first quarter, which the retailer blamed on the long winter.

Blue Apron is adding diverse finance and strategy leadership to its C-suite.

Wayfair has added a former Fortune 500 CEO and retail visionary to its board.

A new partnership with Coinstar will allow consumers to exchange their money for Amazon Cash.

Petco shoppers can soon see exactly what goes into their pets’ meals thanks to a new deal between the pet retailer and a pet food company.

America's most trusted mass retailer is Walmart, according to a new survey from Reader's Digest.

After years of debate and controversy, the largest shopping mall in the United States is on its way to becoming a reality.

BJ's Wholesale Club is looking to raise some cash for its next phase of growth.

Target is prioritizing personalization when it comes to its beauty shopping experience.

Lidl is resetting its U.S. strategy by replacing its CEO.

Headlines about the demise of physical retail have become common, but the 37,000 people who gathered in Las Vegas in May see things differently.

Walmart keeps achieving impressive growth in physical sales, digital sales, earnings and profit despite myriad competitive and operational pressures.

Proposed tariffs on Chinese goods would destroy U.S. jobs, disrupt supply chains and increase prices for U.S. consumers during the upcoming back-to-school and holiday seasons. 

Macy's reported its strongest quarterly results in years as efforts to overhaul assortments and launch a new loyalty program paid off.

According to Temkin Group’s  2018 Temkin Trust Ratings, Wegmans Food Markets and H-E-B are among the businesses most trusted by consumers, earning ratings of 79 percent and 77 percent, respectively.

One of the nation's largest retailers has added diversity to its C-suite.

Walmart is launching online sales of Lord & Taylor's products as part of a recently revealed partnership designed to increase digital traffic for both retailers.

Instacart has hired a product development expert from LinkedIn to be its new Chief Product Officer.

BJ's Wholesale Club is continuing its efforts to be the most digital-friendly warehouse retailer in America.

Amazon may have just come up with a way to lure online shoppers back to physical stores: discounts.

The nation's leading online wine retailer has added e-commerce heft to its board.

Amazon is expanding its Amazon Go stores to San Francisco and Chicago. The company has posted job listings for store managers in the cities on its own site, which were first noticed by the Seattle Times. Amazon confirmed its plans for the

Philosophy applies to trade associations too.

When Amazon's data-driven efficiency met the customer-driven culture at Whole Foods, the shelves began to empty. A new Harvard case study offers the reasons why.

Target is making its next-day delivery service for household essentials cheaper as it looks to better compete in the online grocery space.

EnsembleIQ CEO David Shanker speaks with Retail Leader about technology-driven disruption, shiny pennies, failure and his vision for establishing EiQ as the industry’s leading provider of business intelligence and growth enablement solutions.

American shoppers welcomed spring by increasing their spending, most likely thanks to a boost from President Trump's tax cut and wage increases.

HBC has named as president a veteran department store merchant whose two most recent jobs have been in the most disruptive sectors: online subscriptions and off-price.

Home Depot delivered same store sales growth for its 28th straight quarter, although it blamed the long winter for missing its first quarter sales forecast.

Retailers are making sure that the president and other policy-makers get a lesson on the economic impacts of tariffs.

Walmart has abandoned mobile scan-and-go shopping at its U.S.

H-E-B is adding digital expertise to its executive ranks as it continues to aggressively expand its omnichannel offering.

Computer vision and machine learning solve the challenge of who took what and receipt accuracy at the Amazon Go store. Expectations of convenience will never be the same.

Three years after opening a supermarket that helped revitalize downtown Cleveland the Heinen brothers are moving fast to leverage data and serve shoppers in new ways.

A special committee of the board of directors of Sears is initiating a formal process to explore the sale of its Kenmore brand and other related assets.​​​​​​​

New standards of accountability and expectations of performance are transforming the growing field of influencer marketing.

Kroger is making changes to its operational strategy to keep its stores more competitive.  

Aggressive promotion of home delivery will impact store traffic, but the alternative is losing share to competitors moving fast to offer an increasingly in-demand service.

Social shopping is coming to the food retail world thanks to a new feature from Delivery.com.

A week after announcing it would sell its meal kits at Costco, online retailer Blue Apron is rolling out a brick and mortar strategy.

Lolli & Pops’ formula of experiential stores, cutting edge technology and delightful service is a sweet lesson for retailers.

Nothing short of business continuity is at stake for retailers and suppliers who fail to achieve diversity — fast.

Cost Plus World Market has an imaginative new promotion designed to generate store traffic during the summer outdoor entertaining season.

The German grocer’s onward march continues and with few visible weaknesses, competitors should be concerned.

H-E-B is accelerating its growth strategy by building its largest distribution and manufacturing plant ever.

Ingles Markets is leveraging a new focus on store design and an improved shopping experience into strong sales growth.

Gender diversity in retail took a small step forward with one of the nations' largest footwear retailers tapping a former Disney executive to serve as president.

Amazon is reportedly building out a team dedicated to expanding Alexa’s health and wellness capabilities.

Kroger is giving consumers a whole new reason to shop its stores: "wellness your way."

Aldi is showing once again why so many consumers are attracted by its value proposition.

Walmart has ended its partnerships with rideshare services Uber and Lyft for grocery delivery.

As consumers demand better welfare standards for their meats, PCC Community Markets is blazing a trail when it comes to chicken products.

Retail Leader’s parent company EnsembleIQ named a new CEO earlier this year. He promptly did what new CEOs do: assembled senior leadership, assessed our strengths and capabilities, and shared a vision to rally the troops.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has hired a director of regulatory affairs and compliance. 

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

Tractor Supply Co. has added some corporate governance expertise to its board.

Taking a stand on social issues is fraught with risk, but it is also essential to avoid, “no brand’s land."

Blue Apron is partnering with Chrissy Teigen to bring six of her very own recipes into the homes of meal kit subscribers.

Shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club just became more convenient for consumers, after the retailer launched an updated website featuring convenient new services like Shop BJs.com – Pick Up in Club as well as the ability to add digital coupons to select on

Ulta Beauty broke into the Fortune 500 this year thanks to a differentiated business model and a rare approach to gender diversity.

A majority of consumers are planning to shop for Mother's Day gifts in a physical store, and many are planning to buy gifts for not just one but two mothers, according to a new survey.

Sears is looking to boost store traffic by allowing its auto centers to install car tires purchased on Amazon.

Walmart has agreed to buy India's leading online retailer Flipkart, paying $16 billion for a controlling stake of 77%.

At the Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit, experts explained why analytics tools are now a critical component of every necessary retail and CPG technology.

Party City is making good progress on its strategic growth initiatives, with an impressive first quarter of sales growth.

Despite growth in e-commerce, mothers are driving growth in brick-and-mortar stores, according to a new report.

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow this summer despite the prospect of tariffs on goods from China, according to the National Retail Federation.

Macy's is making it easier for all of its shoppers to earn rewards. The retailer is expanding its Star Rewards program to allow all customers to receive benefits including Star Money Days, perks, offers and a birthday surprise.

Kohl's is getting a boost in customer traffic from a program that allows Amazon customers to make returns at Kohl's stores.

Peapod is teaming up with vegan celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli to launch a line of plant-based shoppable recipes, whose ingredients can be added to virtual carts with just the click of a button.

As multiculturalism continues to rise in the United States, retailers should be paying special attention to the purchasing habits of Asian Americans.

Weis Markets is looking to build on the momentum of its 16th straight quarter of same store sales growth.

Chef’d is the latest e-commerce meal kit provider to roll out its products at physical food retailers.

Retailers would lose nearly $16 billion if the United States exits the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Sally Beauty Holdings has hired a new CFO as the company takes steps to return to sustained growth.

Walmart will restrict opioid prescriptions to no more than a seven-day supply as the retailer looks to help curb the American opioid epidemic.

Nestle is paying Starbucks $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to sell the U.S. coffee chain’s products around the world.

Del Monte is investing $4 million in a meal kit company as the CPG giant looks accelerate its e-commerce aspirations.

Whole Foods is reinforcing its commitment to sustainability and customer service by installing EV charge points at its U.S. stores.

GIANT Food Stores is teaming up with another iconic Pennsylvania brand, the Philadelphia Phillies, to boost local communities.

Fred’s Pharmacy is evaluating options for its retail pharmacy portfolio and “actively pursuing a sale” of its specialty pharmacy business as it looks to turn around its business.

Natural Grocers is leveraging promotions into impressive same store sales growth at a time when many food retailers are battling ever-increasing competition.

The labor market saw modest growth in April, with the National Retail Federation reporting today that the retail industry added 3,700 jobs.

Smart & Final is evolving its value proposition by rebranding some of its banners and focusing more on e-commerce.  

Food Lion is continuing to remodel stores as it focuses on improving the shopping experience for customers.

Sprouts Farmers Market says it has ended its delivery partnership with Amazon Prime, and its transition to Instacart will have a drag on its second quarter sales.

​​​​​​​Blue Apron is still working to turn its business around, and it's hoping Costco can help.

Gen Z shoppers are spending more time in physical retail stores but the reasons why may surprise retailers.

​​​​​​​Macy’s is looking to solve the omnichannel dilemma with a new acquisition.

BJ's Wholesale Club is launching an app that allows members to build a wishlist of products.

Walgreens is looking to appeal to more beauty fans by turning its website into a skin care salon. The drug chain is launching an exclusive skincare analysis tool called SkinID on Walgreens.com to evaluate each customer’s skincare needs and build

Sephora is following in the footsteps of fast-growing Ulta Beauty by expanding its store footprint and launching more in-store services.

Sprouts Farmers Market is continuing to expand its grocery delivery offering.

CVS says its acquisition of Aetna is still on track as higher sales of prescription drugs continue to offset retail sales declines at the retailer.

Southeastern Grocers is partnering with Pathstone Health Services to launch specialty pharmacy services for all BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie customers.

Kohl's is putting in place a new chief merchant as the company accelerates its bold new omnichannel strategy.

Instacart plans to spend $40 million ramping up the battle for grocery delivery that pits it against every retailer in America.

The Mars Agency has recruited industry experts to expand its field-based customer solutions and media solutions offerings for Walmart and Kroger.

Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen discusses Target merger talks, Instacart, inflation and wages.

Macy's is staying in the mall but going off-price in its search for growth.

The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by nearly $3 billion and destroy 134,000 American jobs, according to a new study.

Peapod is expanding again as it looks to grab a bigger slice of a market that's expected to be worth $100 billion by 2025.

A new podcast takes listeners inside the grocery chain to answer questions customers frequently ask and reveal never-before-heard stories about the retailer.

Publix just reported its best quarter ever, with record earnings and impressive same store sales.

April 2018

It's hurry up and wait time in the U.K. where Walmart's Asda division and Sainsbury's said their $10 billion merger could take until late 2019 to close.

Amazon is making a big investment in tech hubs across North America.

The Fresh Market has promoted Rich Durante to chief merchandising officer.

Michael K. Bloom is out as the CEO of Fred’s after less than two years in the top job and a failed attempt to buy a chunk of Rite Aid stores.

Modern consumers prefer organics, meal kits and local stores when grocery shopping, according to a new report. A recent study by Valassis found that 33 percent of consumers make an effort to buy only (or mostly) organic and natural prod

Grocer WinCo Foods has a new president to lead the chain's next phase of growth

Millennial shoppers are having children as they reach their 30s, and their shopping behaviors are completely different from previous generations.

Weis Markets is proving itself to be a food retailer driving business results with its sustainability efforts.

Walmart Labs has launched a major hiring effort for technologists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mobile ordering and the loyalty program are driving growth at Starbucks, which reported record revenue of $6 billion in the second quarter.

Smart & Final Stores has promoted one of its presidents to a key supply chain role.

Jeff Bezos says the secret to Amazon's success is having a "future-focused" strategy, and the retailer's first quarter results underscore just how successful that strategy has been.

Wholesale distributor Mitchell Grocery Corp. has joined forces with Emery Jensen Distribution, Ace Hardware’s wholesale division, to expand and improve its general merchandise program.

Office Depot is launching a new associate-driven philanthropy and volunteer initiative that aims to show its commitment to communities.

Outgoing Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell says the retailer's efforts, such as partnering with Amazon and opening smaller locations in more urban metros, are helping drive new shoppers to the retailer.

Coty is launching an augmented reality mirror to help beauty shoppers try on cosmetics.

At a time when many food stores are getting smaller, and many malls are struggling, Wegmans is bucking both trends by opening a massive, multilevel supermarket in a mall.

Walmart is winning the online grocery shopper with its omnichannel offering of grocery pickup, delivery and shipping.

A few weeks after opening its 1,700th store, Tractor Supply Co.'s latest quarterly results show that the retailer is on a path to sustainable long-term growth. 

CVS Health is acquiring one of America's oldest drug chains.

GNC says it is pleased with the progress of its strategic growth initiatives even as the company reported revenue and profits were down in the first quarter.

Walmart is partnering with DoorDash and Postmates on grocery delivery for one very big reason.

Super-hot natural beauty brand Bite Beauty is joining the growing list of manufacturers adding e-commerce to their portfolios.

As it gears up for a proxy fight with an activist investor, Supervalu Inc. posted strong overall sales for its fourth quarter and year end, buttressed by strong wholesale performance, while its shrinking retail store operations continue to lag.

New research reveals that consumers still turn to local stores for last-minute purchases. Netsertive, a marketing technology company that enables brands, publishers and local businesses to execute multi-channel, localized marketing at scale, anno

The Vitamin Shoppe has earned top recognition for its customer service for the third year in a row.

CVS is continuing to advance its corporate sustainability strategy by aligning business growth with social impact initiatives.

Deals and discounts play a critical role in consumers' incremental purchase decisions online, according to a new survey.

Walmart and DoorDash are joining forces to expand the retailer’s popular Online Grocery Delivery option beginning with the Atlanta metro area.

Kraft Heinz Co. is looking to appeal to foodies by teaming up with the Food Network on the first-ever grocery product line from the popular food channel.

UK grocer Sainsbury's has launched a chicken product in straight-to-pan plastic pouches after a survey revealed that many shoppers under the age of 35 are afraid to touch raw meat.

Global Market Development Center has hired an industry veteran as its new vice president of member development.

Amazon’s grocery sales grew by nearly 50% in quarter one of 2018, and consumers are starting to see the e-commerce giant like any other grocery store, according to a new report from One Click Retail.

Amazon turned heads recently with the revelation that Prime membership now exceeds 100 million members, but another huge competitive challenge receives far less attention.

Less than a year after it launched Amazon Key, Amazon is extending that service from the home to the car.

The Vitamin Shoppe is expanding the size of its board by five new independent directors.

Walgreens is expanding a partnership with LabCorp that brings the company's lab testing services directly to consumers by placing them in retail stores.

Dunkin' Donuts has hired one of the top executives at BJ's Wholesale Club to be the coffee chain's new VP in charge of customer loyalty.

The who’s who of the retail and CPG world gathered at The Breakers in Palm Beach for the NACDS Annual Meeting received sound growth advice from two presidents with very different communication styles. Steve Anderson, President and CEO of The Nati

Walmart employees will be able to check out customers wherever they are in the store with the retailer's new mobile Check Out With Me technology.

In celebration of Earth Month, The Kroger Co. is highlighting its commitment to sustainable practices through its annual Sustainability Lives Here event.

Supply chain optimization leader Shelfbucks has added veteran CPG leadership to its board.

Giant Food is leveraging the rising popularity of private brands by launching another line of own brand products.

Wegmans Food Markets is joining Walmart and other food retailers in upping its food waste reduction game.

Consumers are increasingly using their voices to research products, add items to their shopping lists and track packages without lifting a finger.

Food retailers looking for a way to leverage health and wellness trends should consider partnering with hotels.

Kroger has sold its convenience store operations as the company narrows its focus to revitalizing its grocery business via its Restock Kroger plan.

Walmart is testing new dress codes in a small number of U.S. stores, hoping that more relaxed standards could help it attract and retain staff in a tight labor market.

Prime penetration is even deeper than thought!

Whole Foods Market is retiring its Rewards Pilot Program and digital coupons through its mobile app, in a change that appears to have the Austin, Texas-based natural grocer switching over to its parent’s Amazon Prime subscription-based program.

The way consumers shop for consumer packaged goods is rapidly changing as online ordering options grow and shoppers embrace home delivery. 

Walmart says its suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative.

Bon-Ton Stores has won bankruptcy court approval for a sale of its assets, and it will shutter all 250 stores in 23 states by Aug. 31.

Fred’s Pharmacy is looking to sell its specialty pharmacy business and has postponed its fourth quarter and full year earnings report.

CVS Health is following through on its promise to provide a more authentic beauty experience for shoppers.

Wegmans Food Markets is partnering with higi to drive sales in the pharmacy.

Amazon and Best Buy have finalized a deal that will allow Best Buy to tap into Amazon's customer network and Amazon to market its technology to a wider array of shoppers.

CPG firms looking for new sales growth opportunities have a new partner called Cargo.

Home Depot is going on the biggest technology hiring spree in its history to keep its omnichannel edge over other retailers.

Quotient Technology has launched a new tool to help brands measure performance of digital promotion campaigns in near real-time.

Wayfair is following Amazon, Alibaba and other retailers by launching a Black Friday-style day to generate customer excitement and boost sales.

The center store is alive and well at food retailers, and the most successful categories include nonfat ice cream, window cleaners and sparkling water, according to a new report.

Starbucks will close all stores in the U.S. for one day in order to give racial-bias training to employees.

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Retail Industry Leaders Association penned an op-ed in The Hill outlining why the case is so important to retailers.

CVS Health has promoted the chief of its retail division to be president of CVS Pharmacy.

Walmart will launch a revamped website next month with a cleaner, more modern design to encourage browsing and highlight higher-end goods. 

Discount and closeout retailer Big Lots is searching for a new CEO after David Campisi announced his retirement.

Target will expand its beauty section with 150 products from eight new brands, most of them brands aimed at women of color.

The most successful CPG launches in 2017 were heavily influenced by such evolving consumer trends as small brands and innovative flavors.

U.S. retail sales surged in March, suggesting consumer spending was heading into the second quarter with some momentum.

Southeastern Grocers is rebranding some stores and launching a new loyalty program as it looks to turn itself around during bankruptcy. 

As online alcohol-delivery revenue continues to skyrocket, the largest e-commerce marketplace for booze is expanding its service to more cities.

Meijer is unveiling a streamlined shopping checkout program that provides customers yet another way to shop its stores and save time.

The 10 largest food retailers in the U.S. do a poor job of handling food waste, according to a new report.

Kroger is making new investments in employee benefits, education and wages to keep pace with other retailers in a tighter labor market.

More than 80 Sprouts Farmers Market stores are saving an average of $76,000 per store due to new sustainable operating practices.

As obesity rates continue to increase in America, Fry's Food Stores is taking local children on a field trip of healthy eating.

While many retailers go smaller, Wawa is planning to open a large-format C-store in Center City Philadelphia.

CVS Health has a new leader for its retail medical clinic unit.

YouCam Makeup has partnered with beauty retailer Amway on a mobile app that lets shoppers virtually try on its Artistry line of products before buying.

At a time when Walmart and Target are ramping up their curbside pickup offering, Florida-based grocer Publix says it will add the service to more stores this year.

Hostess Brands Inc. has named a veteran consumer packaged-goods leader as its next president and chief executive starting next month.

Costco's efforts to deliver a seamless omnichannel customer experience are driving online and physical sales ever higher.

The food retail industry feeds more than just families – it sustains SNAP as a respectful steward of the government program.

The number of retailers defaulting on loans hit a record high in the first quarter of 2018, Moody’s Investors Service says.

Rite Aid says its merger with Albertsons will create a differentiated health and wellness brand strategy that will drive sustained sales growth in the U.S. 

Just like restaurants, food retailers should be thinking about offering foodservice delivery as a way to overcome stagnating customer traffic.

A group of about 15 farmers and scientists from around the country are creating the standards for an additional organic certification program that would indicate that a plant had been grown in soil.

CVS is launching a program aimed at helping its customers, pharmacists and doctors tackle the rising costs of medication.

Dash In has opened an innovative new convenience store in Virginia that seeks to appeal to evolving consumer tastes.

Tractor Supply Company's Petsense banner is quietly growing to a chain of nearly 200 stores.

Hannaford Supermarkets has teamed up with Home Chef on an innovative new meal kit initiative.

Casey’s General Stores is gearing up for further expansion by shoring up its C-suite.

Gen Z consumers have expectations of retailers that are governed by their usage and attitudes toward technology and what customization means for them.

Leaders from major U.S. retailers traveled to Washington on Wednesday to talk to President Trump about tax reform, deregulation and tariffs on Chinese imports. 

The quick-service format of convenience stores is continuing to resonate with shoppers.

The “Costco for millennials” is taking a page from Amazon’s playbook.

Amazon is looking to capture a bigger chunk of the grocery delivery market by offering free two-hour delivery of Whole Foods products to Prime members in Southern California.

A new report from Verizon shows that ransomware attacks on retailers have doubled since 2017 and now target business critical systems.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association will award its prestigious Hall of Achievement Award to Irene Rosenfeld and Fred Morganthall.

Generation Z is spending more on retail than ever before, and food, beauty and video games make up the majority of their purchases, according to a new survey.

At a time when many retailers are downsizing, Kroger is going on a hiring spree to help the company drive sales growth.

Natural and organic food retailer Lucky’s Market is accelerating expansion plans by signing leases for stores in at least 20 cities.

Walmart is moving to quickly scale up its grocery delivery operation by partnering with Postmates.

Three years after opening a supermarket that helped revitalize downtown Cleveland the Heinen brothers are moving fast to leverage data and serve shoppers in new ways.

A majority of retailers, suppliers and logistics firms expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023, and 40% expect two-hour delivery will be the norm by 2028, according to a new survey.

Delivery startups DoorDash and Postmates are discussing a merger.

A Massachusetts man has been accepted to one of the nation's top music schools after a video of him singing at Russo's Market went viral.

Earth Fare has launched a new curated line of globally inspired products with sophisticated flavor profiles appealing to new consumer tastes.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet says the Toys R Us bankruptcy is putting the discounter in the perfect position to attain even more sales growth.

Retail employment slipped in March but is still stronger than a year ago, the National Retail Federation said.

Food retailers should be leveraging five key trends in 2018, according to a new study by commercial real estate brokerage firm JLL.

Most of the country’s warehouse stock is decades old and ill-suited for the demands of e-commerce, according to a new report from CBRE.

A longtime veteran of Walmart International will become chief executive officer at PriceSmart.

Target will pay more than $3.7 million and overhaul job-screening guidelines to settle a lawsuit alleging the company discriminated against African-Americans and Latinos.

The latest Temkin Experience Ratings show why Wegmans Food Markets have a cult-like following among shoppers.

Kirkland's is looking for a new CEO after Michael Madden, the president, CEO and director of Nashville-based retailer, resigned. The retailer said Madden will serve as an employee-advisor to the board until June 30. Michael B.

Imports at retail container ports are expected to grow 5.8% this month but could be threatened if the trade war between the United States and China continues to escalate, retailers say.

Campbell Soup is launching a strategic reorganization to help the company get ahead of the big changes happening in the CPG landscape.

Walmart is adding its 16-foot-tall Pickup Tower fulfillment machines to an additional 500 stores by the end of 2018, bringing the total number of locations to 700.

Sprouts Farmers Market has shared its plans to open 13 new stores in the third quarter of 2018, which include its entry into Pennsylvania and Washington state.

Sally Beauty Holdings is embarking on a restructuring plan to cut costs and invest in technology and improvements to the store experience.

A majority of U.S. consumers are planning to save or invest their tax refunds, according to a new survey.

Bartell Drugs is accelerating the pace of its expansion by opening its 68th store this month.

Sprouts Farmers Market has shared its plans to open 13 new stores in the third quarter of 2018, which include its entry into Pennsylvania and Washington state.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has added some branding expertise to its board.

J.M. Smucker Co. is looking to jump-start sluggish CPG sales by making a big bet in the pet food category.

Ahold Delhaize has named Frans Muller as its new CEO, with current CEO Dick Boer set to retire July 1.

Instacart has added more money to a previous round of venture financing from February, bringing the total to $350 million. 
 

Target is accelerating its "smaller is better" strategy by opening more small-format stores and launching a new beauty box program online. 

Art Sebastian serves as Vice President of Digital Shopping and E-Commerce at Meijer and foresees rapid adoption of voice shopping.

Kenneth Cassar, Principal Analyst with Slice Intelligence has a unique perspective on shoppers thanks to the firm’s 5.5 million member panel. He shared his view on voice commerce and two predictions for 2018.

Bankruptcy and store closings are not stopping Southeastern Grocers from jumping on the grocery delivery bandwagon. 

The new battleground for growth is shifting to voice assistants, according to Google’s Head of Retail Ted Souder.

“Crushing it with Amazon,” was the title of Clavis Insight Chief Marketing Officer Danny Silverman’s presentation at Summit. Check out his views on how companies can grow with Amazon and also avoid being “CRAPed” by the company.

U.S. retailers are warning that tariffs proposed by President Trump on Chinese imports would raise prices for American consumers on many products.

For brands to grow they must understand their core values, take a stand and become a force for good, according to Path to Purchase Summit keynote speaker Jamie Kieffer, Managing Director of Client Strategy with Edelman.

Neiman Marcus has hired a retail veteran to fill its CFO position.

Buzzfeed’s Tasty division has experienced meteoric growth in two and a half years and there is even more ahead as Tasty’s exuberant General Manager Ashley McCollum explained in her Summit keynote presentation and this video interview.

Ethan Goodman spends a lot of time thinking about the future in his role as Senior Vice President of Innovation with The Mars Agency.

Kroger is expanding its hugely successful Kitchen 1883 restaurant concept to Cincinnati.

Albertson’s Vice President of Digital Partnerships and Shopper Marketing Karen Sales was among the 2018 inductees into the Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame.

As an innovator in the field of personalization, Catalina has been helping brands and retailers target shoppers for more than two decades.

Senior execs from Meijer, Walmart, Google and Albertsons and many more share their views on retail, marketing, Amazon and more in this collection of must-see video interviews.

Del Monte Foods has new leadership to direct its healthy food strategy.

With artificial intelligence making more decisions on behalf of shoppers and new concerns about personal data, landmark research from Integer Group reveals the impact on the shopper journey.

Following attacks by President Trump on Amazon, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it is "inappropriate" for government officials to use their offices to criticize U.S. retailers. 

Walmart Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience Jamie Sohosky was among the inductees into the Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame. Following a gala event at Summit she spoke with Retail Leader.

Nicky Jackson, Founder and CEO of the RangeMe product discovery platform acquired last year by ECRM, discusses the platform’s expansion into new verticals, a growing ecosystem of 100,000 suppliers and why face-to-face meetings remain essential.

A new survey from the Harris Poll suggests that today's "on-demand," device-focused way of life is making Americans fatter.

​​​​​​​Sam Gagliardi, IRI’s Senior Vice President of e-commerce, doesn’t pull punches when talking about e-commerce and the Amazon challenge.

The artful application of “nudging,” long used in physical retail, is the key to unlock digital growth as well, according to Scott Young, Global CEO of the shopper marketing and insights firm PRS IN VIVO.

A little more than a month into his role as CEO of EnsembleIQ, David Shanker details his vision for how the business intelligence provider will serve readers, clients and members.

Retailers who use Facebook to leverage their brands have new obstacles to overcome in marketing.

BJ's Wholesale Club has teamed up with the New York Yankees as an official partner for the 2018 season for the first time in the company's history.

Fast-growing retailer Tractor Supply Co. is laying a solid foundation for future growth.

One of the fastest growing online grocers in the U.S. is positioning itself to grab even more share by expanding its assortment. 

The Home Depot is adding some top customer service expertise to its board.

Walmart is cultivating a new revenue stream by expanding its money transfer services to the rest of the world.

Walmart is in discussions to acquire PillPack, a pharmacy service and software startup that has raised $118 million in funding.

A Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas, briefly tested banners proclaiming 10 percent discounts for Amazon Prime members.

Alibaba is accelerating its efforts to lead the delivery space by taking full control of Chinese startup Ele.me.

Walmart is renewing its efforts to fight hunger in America by kicking off its annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign.

Fast-growing beauty retailer L'Occitane is bringing its French style of retail to shoppers all over the country via truck.

Andrew Balducci, owner of the original Balducci’s food store in New York’s Greenwich Village, died on March 22 in Roslyn, N.Y., of acute leukemia. He was 92 years old.

As a growing number of retailers close up shop in New York City, Mayor de Blasio says he wants to penalize landlords who leave the shopfronts sitting empty.

One local police department has made a viral video designed to teach consumers how they can avoid being the victims of porch pirates.

Amid the evolving retail landscape, Food retail CEOs are sharing their concerns and thoughts on where supermarkets are headed.

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