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Walmart, Amazon vie for holiday advantage

Walmart, Amazon vie for holiday advantage

The holiday selling season has arrived, and it promises to be a memorable one for several reasons. A decade after the financial crisis that triggered the Great Recession, the U.S. economy has finally stabilized, with low unemployment and strong growth. Those conditions have led retail industry watchers to predict solid sales increases over the next

Albertsons in sync with market shifts

Albertsons in sync with market shifts

Albertsons Cos.’ decision to acquire Plated, one of the leaders in the burgeoning meal kit service business, is further evidence of the ferment in the nation’s grocery sector and the company’s determination to capitalize on the changes under way that are transforming the industry. Established in 2012, Plated leverages technology and data to give consumers

Ahold Delhaize delivers on Better Together strategy

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — A year after the merger that brought Ahold Delhaize into being, the company shows every sign of delivering on the promise that led to the deal. Strong second quarter results, released last month, reflect an organization that is effectively leveraging its newfound scale to operate more efficiently, develop synergies and capitalize on

Retail innovation isn’t just for industry giants

Retail innovation isn’t just for industry giants

Recent moves by retailing giants that will impact the way consumers obtain goods and services have received a great deal of attention from people both inside and outside the industry. Walmart’s new partnership with Google to offer voice-activated shopping, and the completion of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market and the immediate push to start

WBA a change agent in retail pharmacy

WBA a change agent in retail pharmacy

In ways both obvious and subtle, the retail pharmacy landscape continues to be reshaped by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. In less than 24 hours late last month, the company made two moves that demonstrate its profound influence on the future trajectory of the sector. The development that grabbed all the headlines was WBA’s agreement to

Driving ‘Future Value’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Many of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ considerable strengths were on display at the organization’s Annual Meeting here last month. During the four-day event at the Phoenician resort, which brought together 2,250 executives from 400 companies representing the full spectrum of stakeholders in chain pharmacy, the deep involvement of members,

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