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Holiday sales outlook

NEW YORK — Retailers can anticipate a merry holiday season, with seasonal sales on the rise at least 5% from last year, according to a recent report from accounting firm Deloitte. Deloitte’s retail and distribution practice predicted sales from November through January (seasonally adjusted and excluding motor vehicles and gasoline) topping $1.1 trillion. Comparable retail

Amazon Go expansion contemplated

SEATTLE — Amazon continues to shake up the industry and expand while making it increasingly difficult for competitors to tread water in its wake. The online giant is considering opening up to 3,000 of its cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores by 2021, Bloomberg News reported last month, based on sources familiar with the potential plans.

Hurricane Florence takes a heavy toll on retailers

NEW YORK — Retailers and food services providers were expected to sustain at least $700 million in lost sales from Hurricane Florence, according to Planalytics Inc., a firm that helps companies assess and proactively address weather-related impacts. In the days before Florence hit land near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., on September 14, retailers in the storm-affected

Aldi, Instacart partner on delivery

BATAVIA, Ill. — Aldi has announced a national partnership with Instacart, bringing online grocery delivery to Aldi stores across the country. After a successful pilot program, online ordering of Aldi products via Instacart will be available across 35 states in 5,000 new ZIP codes by Thanksgiving. The national rollout covers 75 major markets, including San

Bauer returns to Target as senior VP

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. veteran John Bauer has rejoined the company as senior vice president, global inventory management. In this role, Bauer leads the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation. He reports to executive vice president and chief supply chain officer Arthur Valdez Jr. Bauer most recently served as chief

Sprouts moves into Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Sprouts Farmers Market opened its first supermarket here last month, anchoring a mixed-use development project that is bringing new apartment buildings and retail outlets to a reviving area in the city’s culturally diverse South Philly section. Target Corp. is coming to the neighborhood this fall with a new 39,000-square-foot store. For Sprouts, the

A clearer message

ARLINGTON, Va. — Providing in-depth product information is one of the surest paths to take for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies aiming to broaden their base of loyal customers, according to a new report from the Food Marketing Institute and Label Insights Inc. The report finds shoppers increasingly want a closer connection to their

The time is right for a new approach to fixture sets and resets

MILWAUKEE — Adjustments to traditional approaches of beauty fixture sets and resets have become necessary to adapt to the new normal of today’s experiential-driven retail market. This was unanimously confirmed by attendees of the recent SHOP! Association Business Leader Forum, where Hamacher Resource Group presented “Producer Savings Through Efficient Rollout Practices.” The coordinated process between

NACDS’ advocacy moves needle

NACDS’ advocacy moves needle

Amid all the turmoil in retailing, health care and government, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores continues to distinguish itself through steadfast advocacy of community pharmacy. By exercising patience and persistence, while at the same time possessing the readiness to seize opportunities whenever and wherever they arise, NACDS delivers meaningful results for its member

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