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Issue 08-16-2021

Amazon opens 16th Fresh Store

PHILADELPHIA — Amazon has opened its 16th Amazon Fresh location in the Philadelphia suburb of Warrington, Bucks County. It is the company’s first Amazon Fresh outlet in Pennsylvania, although another opening is expected in Bensalem. The Amazon Fresh concept debuted last September in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, followed by additional locations in

Child tax credit, in-store shoppers drive July sales gain

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retail sales in the U.S. grew for the 11th consecutive month in July, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, a survey that measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. Sales for the month increased 10.9% compared to July 2020. That figure, which excludes automotive sales and gasoline, is nearly quadruple

Dollar General extends suburban presence

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. is accelerating its plans for a bigger presence in the suburbs. The retailer last month held grand openings at two stores outside of Nashville, Tenn., that combine features of its new pOpshelf concept with elements of its DG Market format. The combination of the concepts “further demonstrates our innovative

Primary care services are embraced

NEW YORK — Investments by mass retailers to beef up their capabilities in the delivery of primary care services is paying dividends, according to market research from J.D. Power. The research shows that pharmacy consumers are relying on retailer services including vaccinations, screenings and physical exams, and are generally satisfied with their decisions to do

Hottest retailers don’t have stores

WASHINGTON — Online is where the growth is, as evidenced by this year’s Hot 25 Retailers List, released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation. Wine.com and overstock.com topped the list, which aims to highlight the nation’s most impactful and fastest-growing retail companies. The rankings, compiled by Kantar, are based on year-over-year percentage increases in domestic

Analysis: grocers can be ‘the ultimate mealtime solution’

NEW YORK — The pandemic allowed grocery retailers to stem the multiyear trend that had them losing share of consumer spending on food to restaurants and other prepared-food purveyors. And though Americans are again consuming more meals away from home, there’s reason to be optimistic that grocers can maintain some of the market-share gains as

Retailers respond to the scourge of plastic

Retailers respond to the scourge of plastic

Despite COVID-19’s dominance of the spotlight, environmental degradation has continued apace over the past 18 months. Climate change and other factors damaging the natural world have resulted in more frequent instances of severe storms, floods and wildfires. In response, mass market retailers and other businesses, with varying degrees of commitment and varying degrees of success,

Meeting summer demand is a struggle for British retailers

As I write this at the start of July, the U.K. is still in the grip of partial lockdown. Although everything but nightclubs and indoor entertainment is open, social distancing measures and masks are still in place, limiting numbers and making it both uncomfortable and uninspiring to shop. The much vaunted requirement for “experiential” retail