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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 Issue

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  • EDITOR'S LETTER:  Solving big problems and inspiring bold ideas matters now more than ever.
  • BRAND REPORT: Shoppers face abundant choices in an evolving brand landscape, and   brand value is being redefined.
  • GROWTH AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Beth Neumann, CEO and President of Starboard Cruise Services, is overcoming operational challenges to win in one of retail’s hottest sectors.
  • COVER STORY: Retailers talk about differentiation and offering a distinct value proposition, but few bring it to life like Smart & Final.
  • STRATEGY: The competitive dynamics of the retail industry have changed dramatically and so too have regulators’ approach to assessing antitrust risk.
  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:  The leader of the Plant Based Foods Association talks about the new dynamics in the food industry and the definition of milk.
  • FINANCE AND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: A new financial reporting requirement takes effect soon that will have a huge impact on retailers.
  • TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION: New items drive sales, but onboarding products quickly is increasingly challenging. A new startup aims to fix that.
  • MERCHANDISING AND MARKETING: Category management is on the cusp of one of the biggest changes in its 25-year history thanks to the combination of innovative technologies that have given shoppers even more power.
  • RL RESEARCH REPORT: A complete view of the market is required to develop effective growth strategies.
  • WHAT'S NEXT: New GMA CEO Geoff Freeman outlines the priorities to create a high-performing trade association.

 

 

 

 

JULY/AUGUST 2018 Issue

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  • EDITOR'S LETTER: Companies looking to leverage data effectively have to balance their desire for customer intimacy with customers’ desire for anonymity.
  • SUPPLY CHAINDigital technologies are elevating shopper expectations while retail supply chains look to keep pace with customer expectations.
  • HUMAN CAPITAL: In a strong economy, retailers are challenged to hire and retain quality employees just as they are needed most.
  • SPECIAL REPORTResponsible data stewardship has become a C-level priority with the potential to drive growth or destroy consumer trust.
  • COVER STORYCEO Jack Sinclair is intent on transforming perceptions of the company and accelerating growth.
  • TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIONMeet Dr. Pallab Chatterjee. His company, Symphony RetailAI, is helping retail and CPG transform.
  • STRATEGY: NCR executives weigh in on the company’s evolution, the future of retail and what’s next for self-checkout.
  • MERCHANDISING AND MARKETINGHow retailers can win with experience and personalization initiatives.
  • RETAIL PULSE: IRI’s food and beverage New Product Pacesetters show how top CPG brands have captured consumers’ hard-earned dollars.
  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYHow retailers can win with experience and personalization initiatives.
  • WHAT'S NEXTAn increase in self-care among all age groups is creating a new retail health care reality.

 

 

 

SUMMER 2018 Issue

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  • EDITOR'S LETTER. Labels the retail industry uses to categorize formats, channels and shopping centers never mattered to consumers and they shouldn’t concern retailers either.

  • FINANCE AND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT. Malls and neighborhood shopping centers are going to look and feel a lot different in the future. Here’s how.

  • COVER STORY. The RL100 industry ranking and disruption forecast.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Meet the women changing the (retail) world.

  • HUMAN CAPITAL. Walmart increased a robust veterans’ hiring commitment earlier this year and expanded support for a unique organization focused on an issue few knew existed.

  • SUPPLY CHAIN. Girish Rishi, the CEO of JDA Software Group, speaks to Retail Leader about the autonomous, self-learning and prescriptive supply chain — and the role of humans.

  • MERCHANDISING AND MARKETING. Making sense of MAP policies in the age of Amazon.

  • GROWTH AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. Raley’s unconventional approach and extreme measures allowed it to leapfrog natural and organic competitors to set a new natural standard.

  • WHAT'S NEXT. RILA President Sandy Kennedy on what it means to “Be Better,” on gender diversity.

MAy/june 2018 Issue

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  • HOW COME I CAN’T…? So many things in our daily lives are faster, cheaper and better. But those attributes are never used to describe health care.
  • ALDI ACCELERATES GROWTH. The German grocer’s onward march continues, and with few visible weaknesses competitors should be concerned.
  • GETTING COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. Nothing short of business continuity is at stake for retailers and suppliers who fail to achieve diversity – fast.
  • SPONSORED AUTHENTICTY. New standards of accountability and expectations of performance are transforming the growing field of influencer marketing.
  • SKIPPING THE TRIP. Promotion of home delivery will impact store traffic, but the alternative is losing share to competitors.
  • A FRICTIONLESS FUTURE.  Computer vision and machine learning solve the challenge of who took what and receipt accuracy at the Amazon Go store. 
  • MAGIC MAKER. Lolli & Pops’ formula of experiential stores, cutting edge technology and delightful service is a sweet lesson for retailers.
  • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STORE IN AMERICA. After opening a supermarket that helped revitalize downtown Cleveland the Heinen brothers are moving fast to leverage data and serve shoppers in new ways.
  • PROFITING FROM TRUST. Taking a stand on social issues is fraught with risk, but it is also essential to avoid, “no brand’s land.”
  • THINKING LIKE A STARTUP. Philosophy applies to trade associations too, says NACDS CEO Steven Anderson.

MARCH/APRIL 2018 Issue

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  • MORE WITH LESS. Retailers can improve customer service and grow sales by cutting jobs. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
  • GOING VERTICAL. CVS Health’s pending acquisition of Aetna shows how to execute a business model transformation.
  • ON-DEMAND RETAIL. Online retailer Indochino went the clicks-to-bricks route years early and is now opening stores at a record pace.
  • RETAIL PULSE. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • BATTLE OF THE RETAIL BOTS. The Rise of chatbots and conversational AI are ushering in a new era of digitally enabled commerce.
  • MAKING SENSE OF 5G. Prepare now to reap the benefits of a faster, more efficient future enabled by the blinding speed of the next generation wireless network.
  • GROCERY DELIVERED. Retail Leader spoke with Nilam Ganenthiran, Chief Business Officer at Instacart, and Chris Bryson, Founder and CEO of Unata, about the future of food retailing.
  • HUNGRY FOR GROWTH. Consumer goods companies coping with shifting industry dynamics are on the hunt for emerging brands eager to scale.
  • MARKETERS BEWARE. Retailers and brands should pay attention to five key areas to avoid getting burned by federal and state regulators.
  • 9 TRENDS AFFECTING YOUR FUTURE. We detail the most significant trends affecting future shoppers and the industry.
  • LIGHTING THE WAY. How Walmart reduced energy costs by $100 million and fueled sales growth in the process.
  • PRACTICAL INNOVATION. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway, requiring every organization to move with an acute sense of urgency to execute an innovation agenda.

 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Issue

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  • RISE OF THE ANKLE-BITERS. Move faster or be eaten alive by a new breed of competitor swarming at your feet.
  • RADICAL THINKING REQUIRED. Quotient CEO Mir Aamir wants retailers and CPGs to think bigger.
  • THE FUTURE OF MEAT. Plant-based meat alternatives are on the rise, and investors, CPGs and retailers are paying close attention.
  • RETAIL’S DATA DRIVEN FUTURE.  Dunnhumby CEO Guillaume Bacuvier explains the data science company’s evolving business model.
  • 18 LEADERS TO WATCH IN 2018. A look at 18 individuals influencing the retail industry in unconventional and potentially profound ways.
  • IMAGINING RETAIL'S FUTURE. One on one with Daniel Alegre, President of Retail and Shopping at Google.
  • WOMEN IN TECH. These are exciting times in the retail and technology world as new opportunities arise for women.
  • WHOLE FOODS’ SECRET WEAPON. The retailer armed itself with new analytical capabilities by migrating to the cloud five months prior to being acquired by Amazon.
  • BLOCKCHAIN FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN. Blockchain technology is quickly finding a home in the supply chain world.
  • AN APPETITE FOR CHANGE. Retailers use of Jujitsu techniques can help them win in five areas influencing the future of food.

 

 

November/December 2017 Issue

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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

    July Aug 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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