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July 2018

Publix is adding a little hometown flair to its stores by partnering with Kahwa Coffee.

Walmart is planning to offer same-day delivery of fresh and frozen food, as well as other wares, to most of the country within five years.

Southeastern Grocers is ramping up its value proposition to shoppers by introducing a new loyalty program focused on the everyday things customers value most: food and fuel.

Target’s One-Day sale appears to be a test of the retailer’s omnichannel capabilities ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer has increased its commitment to sustainability with a major initiative that will dramatically curtail energy usage at its more than 230 superstores.

Amazon sold more than 100 million items and had more sign-ups for its Prime membership on Prime Day 2018 than any previous day in the company's history, despite widespread website outages. 

Amazon offered few details on Prime Day results in contrast to prior years.

Meal-kit service Chef’d has shut down and laid off its employees, Business Insider has reported,citing four sources with knowledge of the situation and an internal company e-mail. The company reported to its 350 employees yest

Sun Basket is following the latest meal kit trend by launching a product that takes only 20 minutes to prepare.

A 44-year veteran is retiring and two other executives are being promoted.

FreshDirect is opening a new campus in New York City to help it ramp up its business to more states.

Meal planning service eMeals is driving grocery sales, both in-store and online, by providing an alternative to meal kits. According to a recent survey, eMeals, a meal planning service that has sent healthy home-cooked meals to over 1 million fam

Petco is launching a new store format based on the components of an app.

Walmart celebrated Prime Day on Tuesday by making an announcement about a partnership with one of Amazon’s biggest rivals.

Walmart has named a former executive at Humana to run the retailer's health care business. According to Bloomberg, Sean Slovenski most has been named as senior vice president of health and wellness for Walmart, effective Aug. 1. The

The Albertsons Cos. saw e-commerce sales more than double during the first quarter of its fiscal 2018, a period that also realized a small lift in same store sales and strong growth in private-label penetration.

The global president of the Wrigley Company has been appointed CEO of Peet's Coffee.

DHL is responding to the skyrocketing demand in cross-border e-commerce sales with a huge new fleet investment.

Dollar General has achieved a significant milestone on the road to opening approximately 900 new stores this year.

Kroger has officially launched a new app to help shoppers make healthier purchase decisions.

Karv sends monthly packages of frozen meats, all sourced from U.S. farms, to its shoppers.

As Prime Day 2018 gets underway, Amazon is poised to reach a new milestone in conversational commerce.

Spending at health and personal care stores surged in June while Americans shifted more of their shopping online.

The top executive over research and development at Kellogg has joined Sabra Dipping Company as Chief Technology Officer.  

Target is appealing to Amazon Prime Day shoppers by offering access to special deals that do not require a membership fee.

Kroger is hosting its third Natural Foods Innovation Summit as the grocer looks to better address evolving consumer preferences for healthy foods.

At Home is adding some expertise to its board as it ramps up expansion plans nationwide.

The back-to-school and college shopping season is in full swing -- but retailers may not be getting the sales they expect.

Albertsons Companies is leveraging several growth opportunities in food retail with the help of Instacart.

Dollar Tree Inc. has reached an important milestone in its journey toward a 26,000-store footprint nationwide.

H-E-B has lost a major merchandising and supply chain executive to the Container Store.

Target has a new app for superfans, and you’re probably not invited. The app, known as Studio Connect, was developed by Target in 2016 and is used to connect the Target design team to customers.  “Studio Connect enables our designers to i

Campbell Soup Company has hired a new executive to guide its iconic brands into their next stage of development.
 

Wakefern Food Corp. has chosen an Ahold Delhaize veteran to serve as senior vice president of marketing.

The parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts has elevated the man behind the company's recent branding and menu changes to be its new CEO.

Shoe Carnival has joined the slew of retailers revamping their loyalty programs.

Former Home Depot and JCPenney executive Mike Amend has joined CommerceHub in a key operations role.

Colgate-Palmolive is making changes to its executive team as it looks to accelerate e-commerce growth.
 

A new startup is hoping to put pressure on food retailers by offering balanced baby food meals delivered right to consumer doors.
 

ExxonMobil is launching a new loyalty program that will enable customers to earn and redeem points on fuel, car washes and convenience store purchases at participating Exxon and Mobil stations across the United States.

Retailers may be expecting most back to school shopping to be conducted online, but a recent Deloitte survey suggests otherwise.  

Bed Bath & Beyond’s turnaround plan apparently includes the possible closure of 40 stores. 
 

Walmart is rolling out its largest slew of shopper tools ever for the back-to-school shopping season.

Nordstrom is bringing a new customer experience tactic to its stores.
 

Private brand performance within the grocery channel dramatically increased in the past year, according to new insights from Food Marketing Institute and IRI.

The cut-throat competition in the food retail space is forcing the Fresh Market to reduce its store footprint.

A veteran merchandising executive at Target has been hired as the new Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer at Christopher & Banks. Andrea Kellick will be joining the company on July 16 and she will be responsible for mercha

Kroger is shoring up its supply chain for further expansion on the East Coast with a new $17 million investment in Kentucky.

Retailers looking for an edge in this extremely competitive retail landscape need to focus on garnering loyalty from shoppers, according to a new survey. Fresh research from Valassis reveals that 34 percent of shoppers – and 47 per

Symphony RetailAI is making another key executive move by naming a new leader to manage and accelerate customer growth.

Just days after starting his new job, newly appointed CEO Marvin Ellison is making drastic cuts to the executive leadership of Lowe's Companies.

Petsmart is expanding in-store events in hopes of bringing in more in-store traffic.

99 Ranch Market is hoping to give Chinese shoppers a more familiar path to purchase.

Starbucks Coffee Company is making a big move toward sustainability.

A majority of executives in the U.S. retail and consumer goods industries are confident about the growth prospects of their companies over the next three years – far more optimistic than their global counterparts.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is continuing its efforts to drive online shopper traffic. 

Kroger plans to introduce a new innovative clothing line this fall. The company has partnered with fashion designer Joe Mimran to introduce a new apparel brand.

New research from the National Retail Federation shows why millennial parents may be a key demographic for retailers to target.
 

While a record number of stores closed in 2017, discounters and high-end retailers are thriving, and the mainstream media is finally taking notice.

The retail industry lost more than 21,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Target hopes to attract more holiday shoppers this year by introducing a new, more “magical” Harry Potter assortment.

Bed Bath & Beyond has launched an Amazon Prime-like membership program called Beyond + in hopes of a company turnaround.

Retailers and brands have never had more data, but insights into the behavior of the omnichannel shopper are challenged. Join Retail Leader and Infoscout for a webinar on how to leverage these insights.

Retailers are warning that consumers are one step closer to feeling the full extent of the trade war.

Costco is switching up its food court menu in hopes of appealing to more health-conscious shoppers.

Amazon is going ahead with expanding its Amazon Go concept but it's making one major change to the format.

Barnes & Noble has fired its CEO Demos Parneros after only one year on the job.

Amazon is preparing to publish a holiday toy guide to leverage the opportunity left by the demise of Toys R Us. The catalog will be mailed to millions of U.S.

References to artificial intelligence and machine learning are coming thick and fast in retail. Learn the differences between vendor hype and mature, applied technology by registering now for Retail Leader's July 11 webinar. 

EBay is firing back against Amazon’s annual Prime Day with a deals event of its own.

Walmart is embroiled in another viral controversy online, this time for  allowing a third-party marketplace to sell a T-shirt with the words “Impeach 45” on it, referring to President Donald Trump. According to CNBC, consumers took to Twitte

The Hershey Company has named Damien Atkins as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

Walmart is adding more women executives to its C-suite. Walmart recently named Janey Whiteside to serve in the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer for Walmart U.S., effective Aug 1.

The retail industry is set to make a big comeback in the second half of 2018, according to CNBC analysts. 

A Rite Aid stockholder is suing to stop the drugstore chain's merger with the Albertsons grocery business.

Instacart might be evolving into a competitor for the very companies that they work for.

German meal-kit company HelloFresh may start selling ready-made meals to tap into demand from consumers who prefer not to cook, co-founder Thomas Griesel told a German newspaper.

Amazon's Prime Day, arguably the third biggest shopping day of the year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will offer 36 hours of deals that for the first time will push into food and consumables.

The former president of Cabelas has joined the board of one of the earliest and most successful clicks to bricks retailers.

Home Depot is making some new sustainability commitments designed to attract employees and shoppers.

EBay is ramping up its value proposition to shoppers, and threatening traditional retailers with more competition.

Two of the world’s biggest grocery chains are teaming up to collaborate on how they buy from suppliers.

Supply chain software provider JDA Software is elevating its next-gen capabilities by acquiring Blue Yonder, a leading AI company.

A positive customer experience is only half the battle in gaining consumer loyalty, according to a new study.

June 2018

The negative trends affecting some retailers were evident in Bed, Bath and Beyond's fiscal first quarter report.

The Home Depot is adding even more omnichannel convenience to its stores.

EnsembleIQ, the Chicago-based retail intelligence firm and parent of Retail Leader, has purchased substantially all media, digital and event assets from New York-based media company Lebhar-Friedman.

Pier 1 Imports plans to shake up its assortment and lower prices to appeal to more millennials as it looks to reignite sales growth.

Colorado food startup FoodMaven is gaining steam by adding an Oracle executive to its C-suite.

A Calfornia-based maker of meat substitutes is more than tripling its manufacturing footprint in order to meet rising consumer demand.

Retailers are calling Calfornia's new data privacy law "deeply flawed" and a potential blow to customer service.

Rite Aid is managing to boost its profit margins even as its proposed merger with Albertsons comes down to a special meeting of stockholders.

Amazon is making it more clear than ever that it intends to disrupt the drug store sector.

A few months after announcing it would launch cashierless checkout, Kroger is bringing that same innovative spunk to grocery delivery.

The differentiated warehouse club retailer will raise an estimated $563 million.

Amazon is looking to keep up with skyrocketing demand for delivery by launching an initiative that encourages people to start their own small package delivery businesses for the company.

Publix is buying and closing three Safeway supermarkets in Florida, eliminating the last remnants of Albertsons Cos.' presence in that state.

Walgreens Boots Alliance shares sank to a 52-week low Thursday as the retailer reported dismal sales results on the same day that Amazon made its pharmaceutical aspirations official.

The Container Store is making shopping for kitchen and laundry supplies a lot more high-tech.

Amazon is getting ahead of school supply season by launching a new and improved back to school supply store.

Wayfair is entering a new category with Archie & Oscar, a new furniture and household accessory line for pets.

Merger and acquisition activity in the consumer goods industry is intensifying once again with a big move from Conagra. 

Shoppers are increasingly uncomfortable about the potential privacy violations associated with augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Staples is following the lead of rival Office Depot in enhancing its business services.

Artificial intelligence can and will have a profoundly positive and exciting impact in the retail industry, and those companies who lead with A.I. will survive and remain competitive.

Consumers are opting for convenience over privacy.

Consumers have high technology expectations for their retail experiences

Party City is aiming to fill the gaps left by the demise of Toys “R” Us.

One of the nation’s leading C-store chains is upping its value proposition for motorists on the go.

Amazon is expanding its Prime Now delivery service from Whole Foods Market to an additional five major cities in the United States.

Publix is getting kudos once again, this time for being one of the best workplaces for millennials.

Amazon's foray into private label is turning into a full-blown business model.

When Keurig acquires Dr Pepper Snapple Group next month, the newly formed Keurig Dr Pepper company will be led by a new C-suite.

B-Stock, a B2B marketplace solution for retailers to sell their returned, excess and other liquidation inventory, has acquired $65 million in funding from Spectrum Equity.

Former Toys “R” Us CEO Jerry Storch has been actively working with multiple investors on a plan to revamp and reintroduce the former children’s toy store to the U.S.

Retailers are blasting a Supreme Court decision in favor of American Express rules that prevent merchants from encouraging the use of other credit cards with lower processing fees.

HSN has dreamed up an innovative new value proposition for shoppers.

​​​​​​​Urban Remedy partners with celebrity to create a “sister” to re-launched Meta-Morphosis Program.

GIANT Food Stores is opening an e-commerce hub in Pennsylvania to meet surging demand for online grocery.

Whole Food Market is poised to play an integral role in Amazon’s Prime Day Promotion in July with the nationwide rollout of the Prime member savings program now complete.

As people shop more online, Amazon and other retailers are turning to independent contractors to drop parcels at homes and businesses. 

Drizly is leveraging Americans’ desires to kick back and order their drinks online into explosive growth.

Tractor Supply is backing up its pledge to honor military veterans by showing them special attention on the Fourth of July holiday.

E-commerce giant fills one of the few holes in its supply chain with location of new fulfillment center.

It looks like the proposed merger between Albertsons and Rite Aid will come down to a special meeting of stockholders.

TravelCenters of America plans to accelerate its growth plans with a new store format.

Blue Apron is elevating its value proposition to consumers by elevating its food standards.

Retailers that fail to use promotions or discounts to lure shoppers may be missing out on a big chance to increase sales.

While many retailers look to reduce their store footprints, Dollar General said Thursday it will create about 7,000 new jobs to grow its footprint even faster.

It may have taken two decades, but a ruling by the U.S.

Wegmans Food Markets has once more been crowned America’s favorite grocer in an annual consumer study of 12,800-plus shoppers conducted by Market Force Information.

Retailers should seize the opportunity to eliminate pain points when it comes to the brick and mortar shopping experience.

Supervalu has inked a reseller deal with Instacart to provide its retailers with online shopping and delivery services.

Kroger's strategy to win America's evolving grocery market delivered stronger than expected earnings and sales growth in the first quarter thanks to booming digital sales.

The health care venture created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase has named a widely known surgeon and writer as its leader.

The head of Walmart Relations at Regis Corp. has been elevated to a new role.

Publix is taking its "Where Shopping Is a Pleasure" motto to new heights with an Instacart expansion.

Starbucks is planning ramp up growth and revenue with a slew of new initiatives.

When it comes to gender diversity, the retail industry is in a better place than it was a decade ago, but clearly not where it wants to be positioned for the coming years.

The retail industry is heading in the wrong direction on gender diversity, despite bold talk about inclusion. What went wrong?

Startup Memebox is relaunching its U.S. e-commerce business to leverage the growth opportunity in online beauty.

Walmart is sending its chief marketing officer, Tony Rogers, to fortify sibling Sam's Club in the newly created role of chief member officer.

Walmart is teaming up with Nintendo to create a “Summer of Fun” in parking lots at 100 Walmart locations around the country. 

Retailers are calling on Congress to rein in an escalating trade war with China. On Tuesday President Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods if China does not yield to U.S. demands.

Blue Apron has hired a CPG veteran with over three decades of experience to lead the company's operations and supply chain infrastructure. Blue Apron has named Alan Blake as Chief Supply Chain Officer, with an expected started date

Dole Food Company has named a new leader to take fresh to the next level.

Unilever is calling for greater transparency in the world of influencer marketing.

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods has brought new retail business models and partnerships for Google.

Labels the retail industry uses to categorize formats, channels and shopping centers never mattered to consumers and they shouldn’t concern retailers either.

Grocer Tom Thumb will open its first convenience store June 20, ahead of a nearby supermarket that is still under construction.

The demise of Toys R Us serves as cautionery tale to brands and retailers about the importance of distinguishing between shoppers and consumers.

When Walmart increased an already robust veterans’ hiring commitment earlier this year it also expanded support for a unique organization focused on an issue few knew existed.

As retailers try to speed up checkout for shoppers, many are experimenting with adding scan & go mobile apps to improve the customer experience.

A year after Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, numerous executives from Amazon have been given key roles in the Whole Foods operation.

With interest in the Amazon Go store heating up, there is a new resource available to retailers eager to make sense of the rapidly evolving world of frictionless commerce.

Top CPG performers are generating growth by distinguishing themselves in three ways: differentiating their offerings, targeting consumers with greater precision and complementing organic growth with inorganic growth.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is relocating 1,800 employees to downtown Chicago, where it hopes it can attract and retain top talent.

Retailers that stock their stores with Chinese-made goods won't see an immediate impact from the tariffs on China announced Friday.

Walmart plans to open a (much) smaller, high-tech version of Sam's Club in a 32,000-square-foot box in the Dallas area.

The former CEO of Bath and Body Works has been appointed president and CEO of Gap.

Adopt a “be better” mindset to make a difference on diversity and inclusion.

Retailers and suppliers have an opportunity to realign their approach based on how consumers experience their grocery shopping occasions as "total food shoppers." 

U.S. retail sales rose in May by the most in six months, the latest indication of an acceleration in consumer spending in the second quarter.

Macy is turning to a veteran of Home Depot and Target to fill a key role in its omnichannel agenda.

The CEO of stationery chain Paper Source is lending her e-commerce expertise to the board at Express.

Making sense of MAP policies in the age of Amazon.

An executive with HP is leaving the tech world for the world of speciality pet retailing.

Chef’d is rolling out its meal kits to 30 select Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in the metropolitan New York area.

Malls and neighborhood shopping centers are going to look and feel a lot different in the future as they make the shift to become consumer engagement spaces.

Sprouts Farmers Market has opened its 300th store as the company continues with its bold growth plans.

It turns out that "retail therapy" is an even more powerful opportunity for retailers to leverage when the shopper is online.

In a bid to make shopping even more of a pleasure, Publix is expanding valet parking to more stores.

Instagram is taking social shopping to new, storied heights.

The nation’s leading craft and fabric retailer is reimagining the craft and fabric shopping experience at its first-ever concept store in Columbus, Ohio.

The company has a new leader responsible for morning foods, snacks and frozen products in the U.S, and has made another key appointment in Europe.

How Raley’s unconventional approach and extreme measures allowed it to leapfrog natural and organic competitors.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute are rolling out a major consumer campaign around SmartLabel.

Girish Rishi, the CEO of JDA Software Group, discusses moon shots, a new developer conference and a philosophy of co-creation that comes to life at the company’s new 13,200-sq.-ft. Customer Experience Center.

Mars has elevated its chief marketing and customer officer to be its next Global President.

Casey's General Stores says its turnaround strategy is working despite earnings and comp declines in the fourth quarter.

C-store chain 7-Eleven is looking for a new CMO after Jesus Delgado-Jenkins announced he is retiring.

Weis Markets is helping customers take a step toward a healthier lifestyle with the launch of a plant-based health and wellness program called Plant Powered. 

A few weeks after launching a discount for Prime members at Whole Foods stores, Amazon is expanding the initiative to more stores.

Despite the growing popularity of online shopping, many consumers won't make a purchase because they don't have the chance to see the item first.

A majority of Gen Z shoppers prefer to shop online, but they also value the tactile experience of feeling, touching and trying on products in-store.

The NRF Foundation is ramping up its efforts to connect retailers with qualified candidates.

As the food retail industry faces increasing competition from all angles, a new report shows the impact of national and private label brands on shopper purchasing habits.

Molson Coors has acquired Clearly Kombucha, marking the multinational brewing company’s first purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage brand.

More than 90 percent of America's online shoppers say they have bought something on Amazon.com.

The first female CEO at a major U.S. beer company is not going to work for Coors or Budweiser.

American shoppers appear to be giving Lidl a pass despite what were seen as some early missteps by the company when it entered U.S. last year.

Amazon is expanding its presence in the beauty business by launching an Indie Beauty Shop this month that will sell color cosmetics, skin care, and men's products from small brands. 

Revlon's new CEO hits the ground running by approving an unconventional new global brand ambassador.

Target is looking to woo millennials away from Ikea and other retailers with a new value priced home line.

Retailers and two of the nation’s best-known ATM networks have formed a new coalition to improve the security of the U.S. electronic payments system.

Thefts, fraud and losses from other retail “shrink” decreased to $46.8 billion in 2017, according to data from the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida.

CVS Health and Aetna named a senior leadership team for the combined company, including a former cardiologist who will lead transformation efforts.

While rumors swirl that Procter & Gamble is looking to acquire Jessica Alba's The Honest Company, the firm has raised a $200 million strategic minority investment from L Catterton.

A new report from IRI details how retailers have a great opportunity to capture more shopping dollars from Hispanic consumers, if they understand key nuances in their attitudes and preferences regarding new products.

The future of brick and mortar retail lies in supporting consumers’ health and wellness goals by providing in-store expert advice and authentic shopping experiences. That's what the latest research from GMDC shows. It has been commonly accepte

Online grocer Peapod has officially relocated its headquarters from Skokie, Ill., to downtown Chicago, a move first announced last fall.

A new report from InfoScout shows significant sales growth in "blind spot" retail channels.

Bed Bath and Beyond may be keeping its CEO for now, but the retailer seems to be putting in the bench to replace him if sales and earnings don't improve.

Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz, who grew a small coffee company into a global retail and CPG giant, has announced he is stepping down effective June 26.

The Hershey Company has unveiled a five-pronged sustainability strategy.

Hudson's Bay Co. will shut down 20% of its store footprint through 2019 as the company looks to create a new department store model less dependant on physical presence.

Walmart is continuing to overhaul its international strategy by selling its majority stake in Walmart Brazil to a private equity firm.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has named Geoff Freeman as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer effective Aug. 1.

Sears has won additional time to repay money borrowed from lenders.

One of the leading makers of meal kits is launching 100% recyclable packaging. Designed to help the company and its customers minimize the environmental footprint associated with its meal kits, Purple Carrot's new corrugated boxes are made f

HelloFresh is following in the footsteps of other online subscription meal kits by heading to the grocery store.

Sephora is inviting shoppers to an immersive two-day-long event of “psychical and digital” encounters as part of the retailer's 20th birth celebration.

One of the most innovative companies in food retail is marking several milestones in its efforts to accelerate local food sharing.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association is launching its first-ever (R)Tech Global Retail Challenge in partnership with the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University.

Slower food and consumables traffic dragged on sales and earnings at Big Lots during the first quarter. 

The technology chief at CVS is moving into a similar role at HBC.

One of the best stories in retail turned the page on the first quarter by once again posting earnings growth, but same store sales continue to decelerate.

Food Marketing Institute has launched Emerge, a subscription-based online community for emerging food and beverage brands that will provide education, mentoring, nurturing and access to sources of capital.

While record-low unemployment may be good news for the economy, it's bad news for retailers looking to hire and retain workers.

Already one of the best performing companies in retail, Costco is giving its employees a raise as it looks to keep its earnings and sales growth streaks going.

Natural Grocers is expanding a concept that offers specialty alcoholic beverages, including local, organic and gluten-free beer options.

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