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2014

The uncertain state of retailing

In the retailer and supplier communities these are truly the days of diminished expectations. So it is that at the approach of Christmas, retailers have accepted the fact that the holiday selling season now coming to a close will be one just as soon forgotten as remembered. In the retailer and supplier communities these are

Dillon to leave Kroger poised for more gains

At the end the month a remarkable career in mass market retailing will draw to a close when David Dillon steps down as chairman of Kroger Co. At the end the month a remarkable career in mass market retailing will draw to a close when David Dillon steps down as chairman of Kroger Co. During

Walmart adopts new stance

The Christmas selling season has begun. Not officially, since the formal start of the season begins the day following Thanksgiving. But holiday merchandise can already be seen in the stores — and marketing and promotional programs have even now been launched. The Christmas selling season has begun. Not officially, since the formal start of the

Merger extends field of vision for Rx sector

In this issue Mass Market Retailers takes an in-depth look at Walgreen Co.’s upcoming merger with Alliance Boots. In this issue Mass Market Retailers takes an in-depth look at Walgreen Co.’s upcoming merger with Alliance Boots. Although the two-part transaction, the second phase of which is expected to be finalized early next year, has garnered

CVS able to rise to challenge

Among the companies in transition these days — those retail organizations trying to remake themselves — several have made impressive first steps, bringing new senior managers onboard, reorganizing strategic initiatives, rethinking the kinds of stores they plan to open going forward. Among the companies in transition these days — those retail organizations trying to remake

Sam’s, Walmart stretch boundaries of retailing

Like it or not, more and more health care services are migrating to a retail setting. Like it or not, more and more health care services are migrating to a retail setting. Traditionally the primary source of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, community pharmacies in recent years have significantly expanded the scope of their offerings.

Retailers can’t neglect holidays

Christmas Day is just two months away. Yet the holiday selling season, which is about to begin, remains a murky proposition for most retailers, who still don’t know which products and categories will most appeal to consumers in this questionable economic climate. Christmas Day is just two months away. Yet the holiday selling season, which

Right balance sought in omnichannel world

The publication of a recent report that says Amazon is preparing to open its first brick-and-mortar store at a high-profile location across from the Empire State Building in New York City has triggered a good deal of discussion about what the move implies for the future of mass market retailing. The publication of a recent

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