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Aldi accelerates growth

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

BJ’s drives hard bargain with tire promo

Costco and Sam’s Club will need to up their game to keep pace with the latest tire promotion from rival BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Target hit the trifecta in the fourth quarter with increased customer traffic, e-commerce fueled same store sales growth and better than expected profits.

Walmart and social food network Tasty just launched a licensed cookware line that marks a new development in a strategic partnership begun last year.

​​​​​​​The dollar and convenience store channels expanded in 2017 while the drug and supermarket channels contracted slightly.

Dollar General’s 4.3% third quarter same store sales increase handily exceeded analysts’ estimates and the company disclosed a massive, even by Dollar General standards, 2018 real estate plan involving new and remodeled stores.

The nation’s leading retail and consumer goods trade organizations quickly praised passage of tax reform legislation Wednesday afternoon as a holiday gift for retailers and Americans.

​​​​​​​During a year in which the retail industry saw record store closings, value retailer Five Below bucked the trend with more than 100 store openings with even more on tap for next year.

Investor affinity for grocery-anchored shopping centers has endured through market cycles and the continually evolving landscape of retail, itself.

Everything that could go right did go right for Dollar Tree in the third quarter leading President and CEO Gary Philbin to increase the company’s full year outlook.

Alibaba recorded an eye-popping $25.3 billion in sales during its one day 11.11 Global Shopping Festival and brands such as Mondelez, Mattel, Gap, Gerber and L’Oreal were part of the action. The massive sales figure during the 24-hour November 11 period was a 39% increase from the prior yea

Living the jerky lifestyle is now a lot easier in Minnesota where leading meat snack supplier Jack Link’s has opened its first Wild Side store, an exercise in brand building that doubles as a product testing lab. Inspired by the brand’s Wild Side ad campaign featuring the mythical creature Sasqu

Dollar General made a second key hire as the operator of 14,000 stores shows it is taking digital a lot more seriously.

New Wegmans in N.C. approved

Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit with more than 100 billion consumed annually, but there is so much more to the story of this fresh department commodity. Bananas are found in all types of retailers and more than 1,000 varieties are grown in 150 countries. However, most U.S.

PetSmart continues rapid store expansion amid major digital investments.

Fresh Market's private equity owners recruit former Winn-Dixie ops exec as CEO.

As with much of retail, the private brand industry has undergone a dramatic transformation during the past decade. The recession that began in 2007 spurred demand for store brands, and thanks to satisfaction with product quality demand remained intact as economic conditions improved.

Fiesta Mart

Ethnic grocers are playing an increasingly important role for communities as a gathering place that provides a sense of culture and connection.

An hour before the May grand opening of a new Sprouts store in Tampa, Fla., dozens of shoppers were lined up in 90-degree heat to try their hand at milking a cow.

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.

Slow and steady does win the race, or so it seems with FreshDirect.

Al Carey's 40-year CPG career began in the mid-'70s at Procter & Gamble followed by 35 years with PepsiCo. Such tenure gives Carey a unique perspective on how the industry has evolved to deal with emerging threats and capitalize on new opportunities.

The biggest question for the future of online grocery commerce comes down to the last mile. As in, who's going to drive it—retailers or customers? Food retailers who want to use online commerce will have to make a hard choice between three major options: delivery, store pickup or both.

The normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014 and the death of long-time dictator Fidel Castro last November were huge developments for the isolated nation.