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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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