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The news sounds bleak if you listen to the latest on store closings and how the in-store experience is dying, with many citing a disconnect in shopper experience. However, that view would be wrong, according to Market Track's most recent Shopper Insight Survey.

With all of the new technology available to consumers enabling online shopping, how do you continue to drive store traffic and purchases? Brands and retailers need to consider the role trip drivers play in their overall strategy.

It's not hard to remember a time where grocers competed with other grocers, consumers made weekly trips to the store, and they could only find out what was on sale by checking out the circular. Those days are forever gone, as now grocers compete with everyone from drug to dollar to e-tailers.

Retailers and CPGs are employing high-ranking supply chain talent as they strive to ensure on-shelf product availability, according to exclusive new research from Retail Leader. About half of respondents have vice presidents or higher assigned to supply chain.

It's not hard to remember a time where grocers competed with other grocers, consumers made weekly trips to the store, and they could only find out what was on sale by checking out the circular. Those days are forever gone, as now grocers compete with everyone from drug to dollar to e-tailers.

The holidays are fast approaching, and shifting consumer behaviors are driving innovation and change in retail.

How's private label trending? Depends on what category you examine. The average food category has seen a 5 percent increase in private label feature ad share compared to 2015.

Food-at-home prices in 2016 are predicted to reflect a 0.25 percent to 1.25 percent decline, according to the USDA Economic Research Service, making the past year the first time since 1967 that retail food prices reflected annual deflation.

Workforce turnover is a real problem for most retailers, according to the latest exclusive Retail Leader survey.

The market for mergers and acquisitions might be heating up, but exclusive research from Retail Leader indicates fewer than half of companies expect to buy or sell a business unit in 2013. About four out of 10 survey respondents indicated their companies had completed an acquisition in the past 12

Organic, natural and similar products have gained great momentum in the U.S.

While they might not dominate assortment or function as primary sales drivers at most retailers, better-for-you (BFY) foods and beverages, including natural, organic, low-in and free-from products, do play an important strategic role for many retailers, according to results from the latest exclusiv

Retailers are generally satisfied with the degree of cooperation they get from their suppliers, according to the latest exclusive Retail Leader survey.

Before they commit to mobile payment systems, most retailers are waiting to see which ones emerge as marketplace winners. Only 6.1 percent of the companies responding to an exclusive Retail Leader survey accept mobile payment systems, or "digital wallets," but many of the others are t

Retailers today are confronting a series of demographic changes, most notably wage stagnation.

Many, if not most, CPG retailers have a wealth of consumer data available to them, and many of them are making various uses of this so-called Big Data. More than three-quarters of CPG retailers responding to an exclusive Retail Leader survey use and analyze store-level and shopper-level data.

Strong leadership often is considered a key driver of company performance, and integrity and communication skills are regarded as the most important attributes for executives in positions of power. More than three-quarters of executives surveyed by Retail Leader identified integrity as extremely or

While not everyone in the world of consumer packaged goods retailing has jumped on the digital bandwagon, a large number clearly have and intend to dig deeper here in the near future, according to the results from the latest exclusive Retail Leader survey.

Some 84 percent of retailers have some sort of formal "onboarding" program for new hires, according to an exclusive Retail Leader survey. It's an aspect of personnel management that gets attention, with 79 percent of respondents calling it "very important" or "extremely important." And it gets t

More than four out of 10 retail and CPG executives surveyed expect to change their health care benefits policies due to the Affordable Care Act.

Social media has taken hold in CPG retailing, according to the latest exclusive Retail Leader survey.

Diversity recruitment is the most popular type of diversity program currently offered by retailers responding to a recent survey conducted by Retail Leader, followed by in-company diversity networking groups, alternative avenues for recruiting minority candidates and financial incentives to in

Challenges for retailers and CPG manufacturers abound in a slow-growing economy that has bred continued uncertainty.

Food execs' opinions reflect economic woes—and strategies to survive. The first Retail Leader Business Conditions Survey found retailers feeling just as you might expect: uneasy.

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