May/June 2018

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May/June 2018

Ulta Beauty broke into the Fortune 500 this year thanks to a differentiated business model and a rare approach to gender diversity.

Retail Leader’s parent company EnsembleIQ named a new CEO earlier this year. He promptly did what new CEOs do: assembled senior leadership, assessed our strengths and capabilities, and shared a vision to rally the troops.

Taking a stand on social issues is fraught with risk, but it is also essential to avoid, “no brand’s land."

Three years after opening a supermarket that helped revitalize downtown Cleveland the Heinen brothers are moving fast to leverage data and serve shoppers in new ways.

Aggressive promotion of home delivery will impact store traffic, but the alternative is losing share to competitors moving fast to offer an increasingly in-demand service.

Nothing short of business continuity is at stake for retailers and suppliers who fail to achieve diversity — fast.

New standards of accountability and expectations of performance are transforming the growing field of influencer marketing.

Computer vision and machine learning solve the challenge of who took what and receipt accuracy at the Amazon Go store. Expectations of convenience will never be the same.

EnsembleIQ CEO David Shanker speaks with Retail Leader about technology-driven disruption, shiny pennies, failure and his vision for establishing EiQ as the industry’s leading provider of business intelligence and growth enablement solutions.

Lolli & Pops’ formula of experiential stores, cutting edge technology and delightful service is a sweet lesson for retailers.

Philosophy applies to trade associations too.

The German grocer’s onward march continues and with few visible weaknesses, competitors should be concerned.