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  • THE LANGUAGE OF RETAIL. The jargon-filled technology world outdid itself in 2017.
  • WINNING WITH EXPERIENCE. Eataly offers retailers timely lessons in the power of presentation.
  • THE DATA DIFFERENCE. Market Track CEO Dennis Moore and InfoScout CEO Jared Schrieber talk about what’s next for retail.
  • A NEW BREED OF CIO.  Heightened expectations of CIOs mean some may not be re-hired if they applied for their current position today.
  • TOP TECH TRENDS FOR 2018. Retailers should get ready to learn about digital twins, mixed reality and blockchain.
  • THE NEXT BEST THING. We are at the leading edge of an era in which tech will change the way retailers and brands engage with consumers.
  • WHAT IS A MEAL KIT ANYWAY? 2018 promises to be a shakeout year for the meal kit category.
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA! Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen's plan to become America's grocer.
  • DELIVERING AUTOMATION. UPS has big ideas about how it wants to be regarded as an innovative technology company focused on disruption.
  • PLATFORM FOR PROGRESS. Salesforce Founder CEO Marc Benioff has unconventional advice for retailers and CPG companies on their transformation journey.
  • DIGITAL’S PROMISE. Leveraging data and insights to achieve personalization and growth at Kroger.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 Issue

 

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  • WINNING WITH STRUCTURE. As autumn arrives, the season of change is at hand for the retail industry.
  • A COMMON ENEMY. The battle against climate change is providing retailers with a competitive advantage.
  • FRESH GROWTH. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has the backing of Meijer and new capacity in place to drive growth.
  • GOING GLOBAL AND LOCAL. Multiculturalism has changed the American palate and created growth potential for retailers.
  • LIDL GETS PHYSICAL. The German chain is looking to disrupt retail with a brick-and-mortar approach.
  • COVER STORY. Shell EVP István Kapitány’s bold plan to transform a global network of 43,000 locations.
  • THE AUTONOMOUS ASSOCIATE. A robot revolution is coming to retail.
  • CYBER SECRET WEAPON. Retailers are better equipped than ever to defend themselves against digital bad actors. 
  • CARGO IS KING.  Retail supply chains in the central U.S. will be reshaped by a new intermodal facility in Louisiana.
  • CAGE-FREE CONUNDRUM. Retailers’ commitments represent the ultimate chicken or egg scenario.

 

    JULY/AUGUST 2017 Issue

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    • WHAT’S WRONG WITH STORES? Operators of physical stores only have themselves to blame for new attacks from retail’s disruptor class.
    • THE NEW BEAUTY LEADERS. The beauty category is hot and three companies are leading the way. RL profiles Ulta, Sephora and Bluemercury.
    • HOW TO BE A CEO. A landmark study highlights the essential traits required of senior executives with corner office aspirations.
    • OMNICHANNEL APPREHENSION. Executing an omnichannel strategy is costly, challenging and mission critical — and no one has perfected the process.
    • ENABLING THE FUTURE OF FULFILLMENT. Retailers and suppliers have new allies in innovative packaging.
    • MAXIMIZING VALUE. The breakneck pace of change is creating an M&A dynamic.
    • DISRUPTING THE DINOSAURS. Two CPG startups with unconventional business models show why retailers and big brands have more to worry about than Amazon and Lidl.
    • ALIBABA’s JACK MA. Alibaba founder Jack Ma is a brand builder and free trade advocate eager to help U.S. retailers and suppliers grow.
    • WINNING THE STORE. AB InBev has a new JBP process and category management approach to help retailers win with beer.
    • BEYOND CATEGORY MANAGEMENT. Positioning your organization for the shopper of the future.

    Summer 2017 Issue

    Summer 2017 Issue

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    • COVER STORY: The RL100. Top companies and trends transforming commerce.
    • LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: INNOVATION OBSESSION.
    • POWERED BY PRODUCE. Sprouts’ aggressive expansion plans
    • READY TO REBOUND. A host of factors are forecast to restore private brand growth.
    • A MULTICULTURAL MOMENT. How ethnic supermarkets are winning 
    • WHO PAYS BEST. A new study from researchers at Rutgers 
    • PERCEPTION AND REALITY. Headlines about the demise of physical retail have become common, but the 37,000 people who gathered in Las Vegas in May see things differently.
    • BEYOND THE SMARTPHONE. Tech industry innovators are reimagining mobile and envisioning a hands-free future.
    • DYNAMIC PRICING DE-MYSTIFIED. Controversial and misunderstood, dynamic pricing is here to stay and guess what? Shoppers don’t mind.
    • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIVERSITY SCORECARD. Target, Kroger and Walmart outperform peers, while Costco, Amazon and Albertsons lag.
    • STRATEGY: CATMAN 2025: VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE. The category management framework that revolutionized retail two decades ago is adjusting to new marketplace dynamics and huge increases in data volumes.
    • WHAT’S NEXT: CANNABIS BECOMES A CATEGORY

    May/June 2017 Issue

    May/June 2017

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    • COVER STORY DOLLAR GENERAL. CEO Todd Vasos’ formula for growth.
    • LETTER FROM THE EDITOR DAY 1 FOR CPG RETAILERS. Good ideas can be found in any corner of the business world, but two companies stand out as sources of inspiration.
    • IN FOCUS: BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB. The retailer has positioned itself for growth with the backing of private equity owners and the leadership of CEO Chris Baldwin.
    • WORKPLACE IMPROVEMENTS. Retailers are giving an inch to get a lot in return from happier workers.
    • SOLVING THE PHYSICAL/DIGITAL RIDDLE. Nielsen President Chris Morley discusses global trends, changes in the U.S. retail landscape and how to make sense of it all.
    • THE NEW TRADE MARKETING MODEL. Changing shopper behaviors and a challenging growth environment have ushered in a new era for trade marketing.
    • SURVIVING TRUMP. America’s retailers are no fans of regulations, like the president, except when it comes to food safety and their reputation.
    • EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED. Retail Leader gathered industry executives in Washington, D.C., for a first-of-its-kind roundtable luncheon around President Trump’s 100th day in office.
    • IBM’S ANSWER MAN. Darin Archer talks innovation, artificial intelligence, cognitive technologies and what’s new with IBM’s Watson.
    • THE DIGITAL FIRST FUTURE. Two technology trends will revolutionize grocery shopping during the next five years.

    March/April 2017

    March/April 2017

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    • COVER STORY: TARGET’S BIG BET Brian Cornell’s $7 billion plan to reinvent the retailer.
    • LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: THE R-TECH ERA BEGINS There’s a new tech in town. Retailers embrace (R)Tech.
    • YEAR OF THE MEGA-DEAL With three big deals in the books, 2017 is setting up to be a record breaker.
    • DIGITAL DONE RIGHT Ample rewards await brands able to navigate complexities of the rapidly evolving digital landscape.
    • FINDING A WAY FORWARD E-commerce angst is pervasive among retailers who know they should be doing more, but aren’t sure what.
    • TOP WOMEN IN RETAIL: WOMEN TO WATCH Our annual look at top industry executives from the retailer, supplier and service provider worlds.
    • ISLAND OF OPPORTUNITY What retailers need to know about Cuba.
    • CLICK & COLLECT The new normal for retailers.
    • RISE OF THE CHATBOTS Retailers embrace conversational commerce.
    • NOT IF, BUT WHEN Declining consumption and emerging technologies ready to rock food retailing.

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