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2015

Holiday sales picture unclear

The holiday selling season is here. It is, or will be, the most complex, confusing, difficult-to-decipher period that mass retailing has embarked on in some time. The holiday selling season is here. It is, or will be, the most complex, confusing, difficult-to-decipher period that mass retailing has embarked on in some time. Few mass retailers

Amazon begins to test omnichannel waters

Amazon, the company synonymous with online retailing, made news earlier this month by opening its first brick-and-mortar outlet, a 7,500-square-foot bookstore in University Village, a high-end shopping center in Seattle. Amazon, the company synonymous with online retailing, made news earlier this month by opening its first brick-and-mortar outlet, a 7,500-square-foot bookstore in University Village, a

Old chains try new approaches

Christmas is here — at retail. For the nation’s mass retailers, the clearly defined holiday selling season has begun. Not that the merchandise is yet on the shelves. Not that the holiday promotional programs have been launched. Christmas is here — at retail. For the nation’s mass retailers, the clearly defined holiday selling season has

Change is new normal for grocery retailers

It’s sometimes said by people involved in community pharmacy that health care will change more during the next decade than it has in the past 50 years. The same applies to food retailing. Evidence supporting that position isn’t hard to come by. It’s sometimes said by people involved in community pharmacy that health care will

Retailers get back to the basics

Globally, retail companies recently at the top of their game have begun to struggle to keep up. Not that they’re in imminent danger of losing the battle, but rather because they’ve lost sight of the basics that keep great retailers atop their trade. Globally, retail companies recently at the top of their game have begun

Rumors of Walmart’s decline exaggerated

A recent story on Time.com that appears under the headline "This Is Why Amazon Is Dominating Walmart Now" paints an unflattering portrait of the world’s largest retailer. A recent story on Time.com that appears under the headline "This Is Why Amazon Is Dominating Walmart Now" paints an unflattering portrait of the world’s largest retailer. It

Can fresh save the center store for supermarketers?

Is the fresh perimeter killing the center store? Is the fresh perimeter killing the center store? With sales growth in meat, deli, produce, bakery and seafood surpassing that of center-store mainstays, including dry and frozen grocery, it’s not surprising that retailers and suppliers blame the fresh perimeter for the soft sales in packaged food aisles

Small grocers make big impact

Most of the important mass retailing news this year is being made by grocery retailers. Most of the important mass retailing news this year is being made by grocery retailers. Moreover, it is news not concentrated or focused on one or two major retailers, but rather on a large and impressive group of regional supermarket

Retail evolves together with consumer habits

Evidence of e-commerce’s power to recast the way consumers shop continues to accumulate. Evidence of e-commerce’s power to recast the way consumers shop continues to accumulate. Whole Foods Market and Instacart disclosed some telling statics earlier this month when they observed the first anniversary of their partnership, which uses digital technology to connect customers with