A collection of news, articles and other featured content about Fall 2013.

Fall 2013

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  • Basking in the Glow of Recognition?

    As I sit here writing this issue's column on the Monday before Thanksgiving, my thoughts race ahead to the coming holiday season and how I might spend the precious vacation time I've accrued.
  • 2014 Leading Retailers: Lessons from experience, and an eye to the future.

    Retail stores come in almost as many sizes and shapes as the products they sell.
  • Getting Bigger and Healthier

    7-Eleven in the U.S. is, in some respects, like a child: It's expected to grow big and healthy by following its parent's example. America's largest convenience-store chain is on the brink of both a major expansion and a fundamental shift in its identity.
  • Food is Walmart's Toughest CHallenge

    Food is the final frontier for Walmart. And it's turning out to be one of the toughest the company has ever encountered. Walmart already is the biggest U.S. grocer, with sales of $274.5 billion in the last fiscal year.
  • Target Takes Aim at a Boost from Food

    For a long time, Target Corp.'s target has been just above Walmart. The Minneapolis-based retailer has long honed an image for its stores as places that carry everything Walmart does, with quality a notch higher.
  • Family Fortune

    Wegmans is a testament to the importance of family. The Rochester, N.Y.-based chain of 81 supermarkets tends to attract coverage with headlines like "Could This Be the Best Company in the World?" It consistently stays ahead of trends in product innovation, merchandising, technology and customer
  • Multiply and Diversify

    Many grocers are experimenting with new formats lately, hoping to find the perfect mix of products and features that match their customers' busy, value-conscious lifestyles. Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Giant Eagle has stores located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
  • Amazon Freshens up for New Venture

    First Amazon became the world's biggest bookseller.
  • An Offer They Can't Refuse

    As many retailers struggle with unwieldy loyalty programs and the resulting mountains of data they create, CVS Caremark is working hard to create a best-in-class loyalty program that merges the latest technology with consumer insights. Headquartered in Woonsocket, R.I., CVS Caremark op
  • Form follows Function

    Hard discounter Aldi has carved out a niche in the hyper-competitive grocery space as an "exclusive brand" retailer of a relatively limited assortment of grocery products in a spartan, but highly efficient store environment.
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Channel Migration - Frugal shoppers target value

    Today's shoppers have become much more adept at finding value. They are "channel surfing" with increased frequency to research products and find deals, and shopping more channel types in search of value and trip mission fit.
  • Pride of Texas

    HEB Grocery Co. (H-E-B) prides itself on serving the Texas community as only a true Texan can. Based in San Antonio, the independently owned retailer takes its curious name from Harold E.

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about Fall 2013.