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Mike Troy

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November 2018

A strategic alliance between Nielsen and Microsoft is focused on helping consumer goods companies uncover growth and accelerate innovation.

As holiday shopping intensifies this week so will the nonsensical debate over physical vs. digital retail. In what promises to be the most highly integrated season ever, the word “store” has outlived its usefulness.

Restaurant delivery isn’t new, but in the age of meal kit mania and grocerants, where all types of operators are vying for share of stomach, traditional retailers face an expanded market opportunity with new competitive dynamics.

Any retailer bold enough to declare itself, “The Fresh Market,” sets a high expectation among shoppers before they ever set foot in a store. And so it is with Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market, a chain that is taking its name very serious.

The perfect demand forecast is the retail equivalent of Sasquatch or the Lochness Monster. The rumored existence of a perfect forecast, unlike those mythical creatures, will be confirmed in 2019 thanks to the advent of artificial intelligence.

Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner has innovation on his mind and is building a warehouse club retailer for the next generation. Costco should be as concerned about Sam's as Amazon is about Walmart.

The job search web site Indeed asked vets to share their views on which companies support the troops.

Alibaba’s “Singles Day” phenomenon show why retailers such as Kroger and Costco and major CPG brands have teamed with the online platform.

HealthWarehouse.com is growing sales at a rate traditional retailers would love to match.

Ulta Beauty plans to open a lot more stores, but its pace of expansion will slow as the company optimizes its portfolio for digital.

A cruelty-free beauty brand is now available at more than 2,300 Rite Aid stores.

Walmart will give hiring preference to military spouses, becoming the largest U.S. company to make such a commitment.

What do CVS, Target, H-E-B, Jet.com and Walgreens have in common?

The inaugural Groceryshop event held Oct. 28-31 in Las Vegas was focused on innovation and food retailing's uncertain future. Here's eight things you need to know.

October 2018

As the convergence of offline and online shopping accelerates, it’s clear that for today’s consumers, their preferences for the retailers they shop doesn’t just come from what they buy, but more and more its driven by how they buy it.

Veteran merchant Josiah Knutsen has joined one of the West Coast’s leading retailers of alcoholic beverages.

How serious is The Coca-Cola Company about innovation? Serious enough it just named the female executive who help scale Coca-Cola Freestyle to the newly created role of President Global Ventures.

Artificial intelligence can solve a lot of problems, but it takes the creativity of humans to identify and unleash AI’s potential. That’s what the nation’s largest almond producer just did.

Sally Beauty Holdings announced improved sales and made a series of senior executive moves, one of which involved the departure of President Carrie McDermott who left to become CEO of another company.

Walmart is officially a digital first company after being rewarded by Wall Street for slashing its 2019 store expansion and reducing its profit forecast due to e-commerce investments.

The Fresh Market lives up to the value proposition implied in its name at a stunning new prototype store in Charlotte, N.C.

​​​​​​​The big NACS show is underway in Las Vegas where the trade group’s Chairman Joe Sheetz weighed in on the evolving competitive landscape.

More members shopped Costco’s warehouses more often during the retailer’s recently ended fiscal year, but e-commerce grew even faster.

​​​​​​​Global spice and flavorings manufacturer McCormick is growing faster than most major CPG companies and it just gained a new efficiency and sustainability advantage.

New artificial intelligence solutions let retailers increase demand forecast accuracy, grow sales, reduce waste and improve efficiency. Merchants rejoice!

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos counters critics and creates new competitive challenge by advocating for an increase to national minimum wage.

A new pilot program involving two of the nation’s largest retailers highlights unconventional actions companies are willing to take to remain relevant in a disrupted retail landscape.

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