November / December 2013

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November / December 2013

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about November / December 2013.

Tesco's disappointing Fresh & Easy experience...Supervalu's divestitures...Bi-Lo Holdings' acquisitions...the Spartan Stores and Nash Finch merger...Kroger's pending Harris Teeter deal...the potential emergence of Amazon as a real player in the retail food industry...and Safeway's selling and c

On a typical Saturday morning in my small town, I was armed with a list of items for various projects around the house and property. My destination: the local DIY warehouse store. Living in a farmhouse built in 1901, I tend to visit this store on a regular basis.

Consumer demand for high-quality food and very low prices has driven sales growth in recent years, but optimizing growth over the long haul will require a serious dive into big data and e-commerce, analysts say. "Companies have got to be progressive in offering value to their customers, and that me

Cold, hard numbers frequently spur mergers, as companies strategically invest in a competitor or supplier to gain capabilities, extend their reach or improve efficiencies. Yet those same numbers can't predict the success of the merger, and studies suggest most deals fall short of expectations.

The U.S. economy has improved following the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but the twists and turns of U.S.

Back in 2005–not long after Hurricane Katrina had devastated New Orleans–Walmart's then-CEO Lee Scott gave a speech titled "21st Century Leadership." Addressing his personal and professional reaction to the disaster, Scott focused on the increasing importance of sustainability, and

Millennials. Gen X-ers. Baby Boomers.

On October 3, senior executives from six major retail and CPG companies participated in a round table discussion on the customer service, inventory tracking and other potentials benefts created by the new generation of tablets running Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 operating system.

Retailers are on the cusp of changing the shopper experience through mobile technology. Within 12 months, pay-by-phone will be available in some grocery stores, experts say, while a growing number of retailers are investing in upgrades such as free Wi-Fi in their stores to allow shoppers to make th

China soon will have more mouths to feed. Its Communist Party signaled willingness to further relax a one-child policy dating to 1979 under Chairman Mao Zedong.

Photography by Vito Palmisano