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A collection of featured Retail Leader Profiles.

In Focus: BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's Wholesale Club has always defied neat classification. Even with the words "wholesale" and "club" in its name, it has never fit the mold of Costco or Sam's Club.

Bluemercury Macy's Brand

Macy’s Has a secret weapon

​​​​​​​Bluemercury has already doubled in size since its acquisition by Macy’s two years ago and co-founder Barry Beck sees an opportunity for 500 locations.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s vision and determination built the world’s largest retail commerce company in a span of 18 years. Now the e-commerce giant is on track to become the world’s first $1 trillion company by making it easy to do business anywhere.

Retail Leader's annual look at top industry executives from the retailer, supplier and service provider worlds.

If you’re a CEO, or other senior level leader, feeling the weight of expectations on you, here’s how to humanize yourself while still living up to your responsibilities, according to leadership coach and CEO "whisperer" Daniel Doucette.

A revamped joint business planning process and insights-driven approach to category management are helping Anheuser-Busch InBev drive growth with major national accounts. 

The retail industry gained a more comprehensive provider of category sourcing solutions in June when Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) acquired RangeMe, a hot new online product discovery platform.

Steve Matthesen joined Acosta, a full-service sales and marketing agency, last fall, succeeding long-time CEO Robert Hill.

Brian Cornell goes to Washington to speak out against a proposed 20 percent tax on imported goods. 

Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert is defending his strategy for rehabilitating the department-store chain, as the retailer fends off mounting speculation that it is headed toward bankruptcy.

Marc Lore has emerged as Walmart’s newest digital savior after the company he founded ( was acquired and Lore assumed the role of President and CEO of U.S. eCommerce at Walmart.    

Alibaba is hosting an event called Gateway ’17 next month in Detroit as part of Ma’s strategy to serve Chinese consumers and in the process create 1 million American jobs and opportunities for U.S. suppliers.

 Why Scott Schnuck is investing in his stores despite tighter grocery margins.

Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos leads an army of more than 120,000 employees tasked with executing the company's strategy of serving others at a network of stores that will surpass 14,000 locations in 2017. It's not easy being Dollar General.

The retail industry is not where it should be when it comes to diversity. No research reports or statistics are needed to make that claim.

The retail industry is awash with tech industry buzzwords that no one wants to admit they don't understand. That's okay, IBM's Darin Archer is here to help.

German billionaire and heir to the Aldi supermarket chain Berthold Albrecht died in November at the age of 58, Reuters said Friday.

South African multibillionaire Nathan Kirsh, who controls New York-based Jetro Holdings, plans to expand to new markets with Jetro stores in Latin America and Asia, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

After a 50-year career in the supermarket industry, Delaware Supermarkets Inc. founder Bernard “Bernie” Kenny is stepping down, giving the leadership role to his 36-year-old son Chris Kenny, who had been chief operating officer, The News Journal of Delaware said.

Phoenix.-based Sprouts Farmers Markets named president Doug Sanders CEO Thursday, replacing Shon Boney, who has served as CEO since the company's founding in 2002.

Italy-based pasta giant Barilla has named Unilever veteran Claudio Colzani chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. Colzani, a 28-year veteran of Unilever who has been chief customer officer since 2010, is replacing Massimo Potenza who left the family owned firm in November, Reuters said.

Stater Bros. Markets has named Peter Van Helden president and chief operating officer effective June 1, when Jim Lee retires, Progressive Grocer said.

Safeway has named Kelly Griffith, president of merchandising, its new executive vice president, replacing Bruce Everette, who is retiring after 44 years with the company.

Supervalu announced a series of leadership changes Monday, including the appointment of Mark Van Buskirk, a former Kroger executive, to the position of executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said.

The Kroger Co. appointed Lynn Gust as president of its 133-store Fred Meyer chain, succeeding Michael Ellis, who was promoted to an executive post at Kroger headquarters, said Portland Business Journal.

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Hillshire Brands Co., the former Sara Lee meat business that was recently spun off, on Wednesday named Dennis Belcastro vice president, government and industry affairs, effective July 30.

Safeway Chairman and CEO Steve Burd is planning to retire in May, and the board of directors has begun its search for a successor, The Wall Street Journal said.

Sam Martin, the CEO who led the 320-unit Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea out of bankruptcy protection earlier this year, plans to focus on an improved customer experience as he creates neighborhood-oriented stores that cater to local tastes, The Record of New Jersey reported.

Two months after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Montvale, N.J.-based Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. is preparing to launch TV ads where president and CEO Sam Martin welcomes consumers back to the stores, The Record of New Jersey said.

In a special report on women in business, The Wall Street Journal today reports that Campbell Soup Co. CEO Denise Morrison credits setting personal goals for her successful advancement to a top leadership position.

Kroger has appointed Tim Brown president of its Memphis-based Delta division, Memphis Business Journal said.

Doug Scovanner plans to retire as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Target Corp. on March 31, 2012, reported Bloomberg Businessweek.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer has named current COO J.K. Symancyk president and has elevated current president Mark Murray to the position of co-CEO with CEO Hank Meijer, said.

Walmart Stores named Lev Khasis president and CEO of new formats for Walmart International, a newly created position that will experiment with store formats, such as bodega-style stores that have proved popular with shoppers in Mexico, said

Delhaize America named former Hannaford Supermarkets executive Beth Newlands Campbell as president of its 1,200-store Food Lion banner, replacing Cathy Green Burns, the Charlotte Observer said.

As New York-based Fairway Market prepares to go public, it has announced a CEO transition that occurred six months ago with little notice, Crain's New York Business said.

Regional player favors slow growth to better serve customers.

Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates, a provider of innovation and knowledge management solutions to the food industry, has named Randall Skoda as president and CEO.

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