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Gina Acosta

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September 2017

The Kohl's deal with Amazon to handle returns for the online retailer brings the war time proverb "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" to life in the retail industry.

Harris Teeter is leveraging technology to drive sales growth by completely revamping the grocery store shopping experience.

Four out of five companies globally have made investments in technology to change business models and drive revenue but only a fraction have achieved topline growth as a result, according to a new report.

Kroger is embarking on a new, national effort aimed at eliminating waste across the company and ending hunger by 2025.

Walmart plans to build a new headquarters building on J Street in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is poised to become the largest drug chain in the United States.

Dollar Tree has named a new CEO on the heels of the company’s best quarterly performance since 2014.

Back-to-back hurricanes haven’t dampened the spirits of Walmart associates.

The world's largest food manufacturer is betting on high end coffee, and retailing, to accelerate sales growth.

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, retailers rushed to the rescue of shoppers in Florida by quickly opening up stores and restocking shelves after Hurricane Irma.

America’s leading supermarket chain is going after a major growth opportunity by opening its very first restaurant near the company’s Cincinnati headquarters.

The National Retail Federation and other industry associations are telling Congress that any new federal law on data breach notification should apply to all industries that handle consumer data, citing the recent breach at the Equifax credit reporti

The latest entry in the rapidly growing direct-to-consumer alcohol market allows consumers to shop for wine via app.

HelloFresh is changing up the meal kit game by launching a 20-minute meal designed to appeal to busy consumers.

Retailers no longer have the option to be silent on divisive social issues, according to the fourth iteration of FleishmanHillard’s Authenticity Gap report.

Retailers are getting an early start on their seasonal hiring efforts, with Target announcing that it will hire 40% more workers during the holidays this year.

More than half of U.S. grocery sales are digitally-influenced, according to a new report from Deloitte.

Target is fighting back against competition from Amazon and other discounters by lowering prices on groceries.

​​​​​​​Cincinnati’s top two executives, Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen and Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor are under pressure from competitors and activist shareholders. Here’s how they are handling it.

Mars CEO Grant F. Reid says the food industry needs to lead "transformational change" in order to tackle the most urgent threats facing the planet and its people, including a radical overhaul of supply chains.

Kroger touted a 0.7% same store sales increase as demonstrable evidence of the progress the retailer has made when it comes to "redefining the food and grocery customer experience."

Grocery sales are skyrocketing at California-based discounter 99 Cents Only Stores, which reported a 9% spike in comps in the second quarter.

Amazon is accelerating its already frenetic pace of expansion by announcing that it is searching for a location in North America to house its second headquarters.

Walmart has picked the Seattle area to open its 1,000th Online Grocery Pickup location.

Sure, Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is a big deal, but the bigger concern is the astonishing pace of supply chain infrastructure expansion.

Rosalind Brewer will become group president and chief operating officer of Starbucks effective Oct. 2.

The strategic transformation of Fred's Pharmacy seems to be gaining steam as the Memphis-based chain posted improvements in sales trends and named a new chairman.

GNC Holdings has appointed drug chain veteran Ken Martindale as CEO. 

Kroger and Walmart are rolling out the first grocery meal kit solution that can be ordered via pickup or delivery.

Kohl's is hoping that an assortment differentiated by Amazon devices will help it drive sales.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is launching two new websites dedicated to showcasing its two own brands: Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms.

August 2017

Shoppers looking for electronics, fresh food and housewares flocked to Costco in August, as the warehouse retailer reported strong same store sales.

The retail industry was out in force before, during and after Hurricane Harvey making a difference in the lives of those impacted by the storm.

Dollar General's investments in its employee force bore fruit in the form of comp increases in the second quarter, but the same labor expenses also cut into profits.  Dollar General's net income fell to $294.8 million from $30

The next step in the strategic transformation of Fred's Pharmacy is going mobile.

Chef'd, a first-of-its-kind meal kit marketplace, is partnering with Gelson's Markets in a strategic push to expand distribution into retail.  California-based Gelson's, which has 28 locations, will now offer the Chef'd meal kits a

Last month, Chicago-based grocery delivery service Peapod launched Ask Peapod, a skill for hands-free voice ordering to enable immediate, in-the-moment additions to shoppers’ weekly grocery carts.

Grocery delivery giant Instacart is accelerating its growth plans by announcing a new deal with Smart & Final.

Target is rolling out a line of $5 wines, similar to cheap bottles at Trader Joe's, in a bid to woo more millennial and Gen Z shoppers.

CEO Mark Smucker says his company, J.M. Smucker Co., must more quickly overhaul its brands in order to appeal to consumers gravitating toward products they see as more healthy or sustainably produced.

The Amazon era at Whole Foods Market began Monday with markdowns on key grocery items and a few signs of the things to come for the natural foods grocer.

The extraordinary sales growth at Ulta Beauty appears to be slowing, if the retailer's second quarter results are any indication.

The CEO of Sears Holdings says the company is making progress in its strategic turnaround despite plans to close 28 more Kmart stores.

U.S. shoppers can't get enough of Dollar Tree's bargains, as the retailer lifted its guidance on better than expected same store sales.

Big data is a critical competitive advantage for retailers that know how to use it.

Millennials may be digital natives, but they also enjoy shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, according to a survey from SmarterHQ. As retailers adapt to the increased use of digital and online shopping methods, many companies have shifted their o

Amazon has been quietly expanding its network of physical stores even as it accelerates a panoply of digital efforts.

ShopRite is launching a new philanthropic program designed to appeal to its shoppers with children.

Target has hired a new executive to take the retail giant into the next phase of its strategic innovation plan. The company has named Minsok Pak as its new executive vice president, chief strategy and innovation officer.

Walmart is taking a page from Amazon's playbook and rolling out its own voice shopping strategy, with the help of Google.

​​​​​​​Retailers, suppliers will gather in Chicago to discuss ways to meet needs of a changing consumer market.

Florida-based grocer Publix is loading up its real estate team with new key players as the company pursues an aggressive real estate strategy.

New General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening sees e-commerce as a major way to increase sales and remain at the top of mind of shoppers.

Walmart shoppers in Orlando or Dallas will now be able to order groceries on Walmart.com and have them delivered via Uber.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association is accepting applications for its first annual (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards. "As today's top retail leaders gather at RILA's CEO Forum, this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase new

Trader Joe's is marking its 50th anniversary with in-store celebrations designed to appeal to its legions of fans.  

Walmart is accelerating sales growth on the strength of key e-commerce initiatives such as Grocery Pickup, which the retailer has now expanded to 900 stores.

Sephora is giving beauty shoppers what they want: more ways to connect to each other via a new social platform called the Beauty Insider Community.

TJX's treasure hunt assortment is appealing to digitally savvy millennials looking for fancy consumables at a bargain.

We have gone from next day delivery to one hour delivery and now Amazon has launched "instant delivery," in which shoppers can pick up merchandise minutes after placing an order.

The hedge fund that had a big stake in Whole Foods Market has now acquired stakes in Sprouts Farmers Market and Blue Apron.

The wellness retailer is launching a subscription box service called "Spark Auto Delivery."

The Moby Mart is a mobile supermarket that eliminates getting up and going to the store, or placing an order for delivery. Instead, the store comes to the shopper.

Aldi will launch grocery delivery in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles this month, with plans to expand it to other cities in the future.

JCPenney opened 32 more Sephora locations in the second quarter, but that wasn't enough to grow same store sales.

Target is looking to get a leg up on competitors by expanding its pet supply assortment to include products from subscription service Barkbox.

Fiesta Mart has appointed Target veteran Sid Keswani as its CEO, replacing Mike Byars in the role.

Southeastern Grocers has appointed Anthony Hucker President and Chief Executive Officer after a short tryout period.

Oprah Winfrey and Kraft Heinz have unveiled a line of refrigerated comfort food called O, That's Good!

Since March 2016, Walmart has put more than 150,000 of its store supervisors and department managers through Walmart Academy, one of the largest employer training programs in the country.

Profits at Ahold Delhaize soared 68 percent in the second quarter as the company benefited from savings generated by last year's merger of the Ahold and Delhaize groups.

Kellogg's expanding cereal cafe concept in New York City is part of a larger trend of CPG companies opening stores in order to market their products directly to consumers.

Only about 9 percent of U.S. adults are placing grocery orders online once a month, and only 4% of consumers are shopping in this manner weekly, according to a new Gallup poll.

Exclusion from pharmacy networks and efforts to rationalize promotional activity at CVS nearly 10,000 retail locations hurt customer traffic and had a predictable effect on same store sales.

Kevin Turner, former CEO at Sam's Club and COO at Microsoft, has been appointed vice chairman of the board and senior adviser to Albertsons chief Bob Miller.

Rexall has hired a longtime executive at Delhaize to be the Canadian drug chain's next president. Beth Newlands Campbell becomes president of Rexall Drugstore effective Aug.

Strong sales in private label and the deli helped Sprouts Farmers Market once again grow comps and earnings in its latest fiscal quarter. 

Innovative promotions, plus good pharmacy and deli programs, helped Weis Markets beat competitive pressures to deliver an impressive 13th quarter of positive comps. For the second quarter ended July 1, 2017 increased 20.0 percent t

Fred’s Pharmacy says its health and wellness strategy remains well in place despite a decrease in comps in July.

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