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Thad Rueter

Senior Editor

Thad Rueter is senior editor of Retail Leader and sister brand Progressive Grocer. Reach Thad by email at [email protected] 


October 2020

Home Depot Launches Virtual Field Trips

Effort is latest digital program in the retailer’s ecosystem

Retailer joins real-time rewards redemption network

Brand partners with Loop on zero-waste packaging test

Bed Bath & Beyond Hires Two Executives

The retailer is undergoing an omnichannel upgrade

New lawsuit comes amid other anti-fraud efforts

Restaurants and other retailers also embrace more sustainability

Move is among latest boosts to returns as holidays approach

Extended deal with Synchrony comes amid larger push

Retailer announces holiday theme and deals

ACI report highlights risk of increased BOPIS use

Move comes amid delivery hub push

2020 holiday season brings more changes

New certification comes after employee feedback

Retailer adds order pickup and store fulfillment programs

Food and beverage sales increased 11.5% over Sept. 2019

NACS report gives reasons for optimism and concern

Grocery operations helped drive that growth

Bed Bath & Beyond Sheds Some Retail Weight

Retailer also selling New Jersey distribution center

Retailer will have three separate ‘events’

Entrees are certified as climate-friendly in new push

Belk Launches Same-Day Delivery

Retailer keeps expanding omnichannel services

The tech enables consumers to have ‘fun’ with delivery boxes

But Deloitte report also finds problems for retailers

CBRE report describes what will matter to consumers in 2020

Walmart Launches Fall Pandemic-Friendly Events

The programs focus on Halloween and college game days

NRF discussion highlights how warmer winter can impact retail

Retailer reportedly testing new online notification technology

Nielsen report highlights issues facing retailers in Q4

Retailer also revises holiday deals plan

Program will launch right after holidays

Move comes as retailer ups e-commerce game

Lowe’s Provides $100M in New Bonuses

Extra pay goes to workers on Oct. 16

Lyft Pink members also get Grubhub perks

Bartell Drugs serves consumers in Washington state

Grocer works with ClusterTruck on new on-premise concept

Effort comes as part of broader health and wellness push

The tools are attached to the platform’s video offerings

Louis XIII brand launches ‘immersive e-boutique’

Retailers offering more subscription-based health care

The program becomes more mobile and personalized

Nordstrom’s Treasure & Bond Partners With Nonprofits

Treasure & Bond donates portion of net sales to community groups

Retailer offers flexible roles in preparation for more digital sales

Retailer also makes other leadership moves

That number represents 1.44% of Amazon’s 1.372 million frontline workers.

NRF Detects Positive Signs for Holiday Shopping

But many uncertainties remain for retailers facing Q4

Kwik Check Convenience Stores Will Become Texas Born

The rebranding effort will happen over 3 years

The spike in digital retail since spring is creating opportunities for criminals

A survey also finds consumers like retailers that support workers

Can Retailers Handle the Holiday E-Commerce Surge?

A new report predicts holiday season delivery delays

The convenience store chain also pushes forward with e-commerce

Former Walmart Exec Joins Retail AI Firm Everseen

Josh Osmon also worked for Australian food retailer Coles

September 2020

The retailer’s ‘new look’ will start rolling out to Supercenters first

As Amazon Prime Day approaches, merchants seek early season sales

Tests involve food retail for now but are likely to expand to other areas

Sezzle tech can help reduce cart abandonment

Poshmark’s upcoming IPO signals new growth for e-commerce area

Food waste prevention is top of mind for many families as they continue to enjoy more meals together at home.

But new NRF report shows that more help is needed

Retailers increase efforts to protect the environment

Consumers can get free food for using 7Now app

Delivery service continues to expand beyond food retail

The retailer’s plans reflect pandemic trends

The sporting goods retailer is making gains from e-commerce

Uncle Ben’s Branding Retired

Ben’s Original rice will start appearing in stores in 2021

Quotient Launches Brand Engagement Tools

Move reflects rise of precision ads for retailers and brands

Amazon’s New Prime Day Could Make for a Busy October

Retailer reportedly reschedules Prime Day and sets early Black Friday deals

Consumers use barcodes to open the lockers and get products

Retailer taps into the growing use of telehealth services

Millennial and Gen Z consumers are driving pet retail growth

Amazon earlier launched Goldman Sachs offering

Dick’s Sporting Goods Names New Board Members

Appointments come as consumers spend more on health and fitness

California store opening comes with wildfire relief donations

Bed Bath & Beyond Presses Gas on Omnichannel

Retailer aims to improve personalization, fulfillment and other areas

Foot Locker Will ‘Rock the Vote’ in September

The retailer launches a program to encourage Gen Z voter registrations

The retailer revises its leadership structure at Supercenters

A report says that Amazon plans to open 1,000 hubs in the U.S.

Retailers hope for renewed stimulus before holidays

Lowe’s Enlists ‘Shark Tank’ Star to Find New Suppliers

Daymond John wants to help boost minority-owned small businesses

Swisslog will provide the technology for the food retailer

As holidays approach, Amazon is opening 100 fulfillment facilities

Juan Guerrero worked at FleetPride and Bloomin’ Brands

Layout and other features reflect changing commerce trends

The value retailer also expands its distribution network

The online pet products merchant expands fulfillment

The program applies to sanitizer, face masks and traditional school items

Walmart, eBay Help SMBs Weather the Pandemic

Retailers and financing provider Kiva focus on small- and medium-sized businesses led by women, minorities

Keith Alexander led NSA from 2005 until 2014

As football season begins, delivery services prepare for more growth

Home Depot Launches Hurricane Livestream Workshop

The storm season runs through November

Tractor Supply Co. Funds Rural Internet Access

The retailer is encouraging downloads of its new mobile app

Arts and Crafts Retailer Michaels Transforms Stores

Two Texas locations get new designs catering to ‘makers’

The second Amazon Go grocery store opens in Washington

Guillaume Bagal becomes its first vice president of diversity and inclusion

Two members resign as GOJO CEO Carey Jaros joins

Bed Bath & Beyond Hires a Gap Vet to Help Oversee Stores

Rick Wilkins is the latest hire by the retailer as it revamps its organization

Merchants gear up for Q4 unlike any other

Retailer already claims 30M loyalty members

The retailer’s first virtual Open Call event happens Oct. 1

Consumers are battling food insecurity during the pandemic

The move comes as the retailer offers quicker shipments to consumers

Neighboring Bellevue will be home to 10,000 employees

The move comes as pressure increases for marketplace regulation

People magazine teamed up with Great Place to Work to produce the rankings

The retailer opens facilities in Texas and Florida

Wade Haddad becomes SVP for real estate and construction

Consumers can use Alexa to buy fuel from 11,500 gas stations

Maurice Cooper will help shape the retailer’s holiday efforts

Amazon wants to offer drone deliveries of 30 minutes or less

The program also includes a retail partnership with Staples

Allen will report directly to IRI President and CEO Andrew Appel

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