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The educational imperative

Retailers’ thoughts are more closely attuned to the needs of students in late summer than at any other time during the year. Back-to-school season represents one of biggest selling opportunities on the industry calendar, as young people prepare for a new school year during which they will need to be equipped with everything from notebooks,

Job done, Boer steps down

Seven years ago, as the newly appointed chief executive officer of Royal Ahold, Dick Boer was focused on implementation of Reshaping Retail, a strategy designed to enable the company to better meet consumers’ changing needs with supermarkets and small-format and specialty stores, as well as an emerging array of omnichannel capabilities. Reshaping Retail proved an

Mission accomplished, Boer steps down

Mission accomplished, Boer steps down

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Seven years ago, as the newly appointed chief executive officer of Royal Ahold, Dick Boer was focused on implementation of Reshaping Retail, a strategy designed to enable the company to better meet consumers’ changing needs with supermarkets and small-format and specialty stores, as well as an emerging array of omnichannel capabilities. Reshaping

Competition in the digital age

Competition in the digital age

Anyone who questions whether the primary battleground for the world’s top retailers has shifted from brick-and-mortar stores to the omnichannel realm would do well to consider the series of significant developments that has unfolded in recent weeks. The lead story in the last edition of Mass Market Retailers was about Walmart’s $16 billion investment for

High standards inspire Amazon

High standards inspire Amazon

Amazon.com late last month reported extraordinarily robust financial results for the quarter ended March 31. Sales at the e-commerce and technology company jumped 43% to $51 billion, while net earnings more than doubled to $1.6 billion. With ad revenue and Amazon Web Services showing notable strength, the company generated gains across the board. Of particular

A new wellness retail paradigm

A new wellness retail paradigm

The pending merger between Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid, which was announced late last month after extensive negotiations, represents a major milestone for the companies involved and a potentially decisive turning point in the ongoing, if sometimes sporadic, effort by mass market retailers to more closely align nutrition, health and wellness in order to better

Albertsons-Rite Aid to be wellness powerhouse

Albertsons-Rite Aid to be wellness powerhouse

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Albertsons Cos. merger with Rite Aid Corp. will create a “truly differentiated” player in the food, health and wellness space, John Standley, chairman and chief executive officer of Rite Aid, said in an interview. The Albertsons-Rite Aid merger deal, announced Tuesday, will transform Rite Aid through the addition of 1,800

Disruption dilemma

MIAMI — A sense of urgency pervaded the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI’s) Midwinter Executive Conference here last month. Faced with the tsunami of change sweeping over the industry, retailers and suppliers were eager, in private meetings and public sessions, to hear new ideas and talk about innovative strategies that will enable them to flourish in

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