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Mike Troy

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January 2019

Food retailing may be the last major sector to experience digital disruption, but it will make up for lost time in 2019.

A predictable list of America's favorite retailers top dunnhumby's second annual Retailer Preference Index.

​​​​​​​Anheuser-Busch InBev may not be a classic technology company, but it is innovating at the pace of a digital start-up and bringing surprising disruption to the beer and beverage industry.

December 2018

Paint can be tinted an infinite number of colors so why not fabric. Leading fabric and craft retail JOANN, operator of 865 stores, wondered the same thing and decided to do something about it.

The ability to pay without swiping or dipping – contactless payment – is poised to grow dramatically and the good news for retailers is many already have the hardware in place to further reduce friction for shoppers.

A new survey of executives involved in mergers and acquisitions has taken a negative turn heading into 2019.

​​​​​​​Who needs economists when the spending behavior of American shoppers provides a more accurate read on consumer sentiment and their outlook for the future.

Artificial intelligence is impacting every facet of the retail world and consumer experience.

Leveraging artificial intelligence to improve pricing, promotions and profitability is shaping up as one of the most significant retail industry trends of 2019.

The National Retail Federation’s chief economist feels good about the organization’s holiday sales forecast after figures for November retail sales increased 5%.

Technology is changing every aspect of the retail industry, but which solution providers do retailers believe are powering the revolution? The answers can be found in the RIS 2019 LeaderBoard report.

​​​​​​​No retailer does everything right all the time, but Ulta Beauty is coming pretty close. The company is gaining share in every major category, seeing strong traffic and e-commerce growth and new store productivity is high.

Kroger can’t lay claim to being a growth company just yet, but continued progress on business model transformation initiatives dubbed Restock Kroger shows there is hope for traditional grocers looking to remain relevant in the digital age. K

Interested in the future of food but missed the recent webinar, “Foodshift: Winning the Share of Stomach Battle?” Never fear, a transcript is now available.

One of the nation’s leading auto part retailers has completed a major digital initiative aimed at satisfying the needs of a key customer segment.

​​​​​​​Retail Leader has an early Christmas gift for hard to please retailers who want to satisfy shoppers and improve operations. Hint: it involves artificial intelligence, pricing, promotions and profitability.

A new top brands report from Morning Consult describes Amazon as the most loved brand of 2018 but similarly describes Walmart as the brand most people want to buy from.

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