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Forecast calls for strong Black Friday sales

Forecast calls for strong Black Friday sales

NEW YORK  — Retailers are gearing up for what is expected to be a big Thanksgiving weekend with announcement of special deals and tools to make online and in-store shopping easier. The stakes are high, according to a new survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), which found that consumers plan to spend

Target raises the bar with delivery options

Target raises the bar with delivery options

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is upping its delivery game as it vows to be the “easiest place to shop for the holiday season.” Target said Tuesday that it will become first retailer to offer same-day delivery and drive up service coast to coast. The retailer said its will also offer free two-day shipping to all customers,

Giant Food to introduce new urban format

Giant Food to introduce new urban format

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores on Thursday announced plans for a new store format and brand designed for urban neighborhoods. The first of the new Giant Heirloom Market stores is set to open later this year in in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The new store, which is currently under construction, will measure about 9,500 square

Walmart to acquire Eloquii apparel brand

Walmart to acquire Eloquii apparel brand

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is buying the online apparel brand Eloquii, which specializes in plus size clothing. Terms of the deal, expected to close later this quarter, were not disclosed. “Known for its trend-driven, fashion-focused assortment, Eloquii is all about great-fitting and great-looking apparel specifically designed for women size 14 and up,” Andy Dunn, senior

Retailers need to see what consumers want

Retailers need to see what consumers want

The past month has seen retailers from Amazon.com to Target Corp. to Kroger Co. launch new online grocery shopping ­initiatives.Which raises the question: Do consumers really want to shop for their food in this way? A recent Gallup poll suggests that they do not. Gallup’s latest Consumption Habits poll found that 81% of U.S. adults

Kroger picks test market for driverless delivery

Kroger picks test market for driverless delivery

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. said it has picked Scottsdale, Ariz., as the test market for a grocery delivery service using self driving vehicles. Kroger had previously announced a partnership and Nuro to begin testing grocery delivery using Nuro’s technology. The company announced Thursday that the pilot will involve a single Fry’s Food Stores location

United Natural Foods to acquire Supervalu

United Natural Foods to acquire Supervalu

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — United Natural Foods Inc. has agreed to acquire Minneapolis-based wholesaler and retailer Supervalu Inc. The deal is valued at about $2.9 billion, including the assumption of outstanding debt and liabilities. UNFI says the transaction represents an opportunity to diversify its customer base and expand its market reach and scale. The company said

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