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2015

Cornell revamps Target model

The most startling transformation in the mass retailing community is the metamorphosis at Target, a retailer that is shedding every facet of the company it once was, replacing it with a new model in which its only link to the old is its name. The most startling transformation in the mass retailing community is the

Merger to make Delhaize, Ahold more competitive

The merger between Royal Ahold and the Delhaize Group makes sound strategic sense. The merger between Royal Ahold and the Delhaize Group makes sound strategic sense. The European supermarket operators, each of which derives the vast majority of its sales from the U.S. market, are multibillion-dollar companies, but in their present configuration they lack the

Keep eye on Albertsons-Safeway

The retailer to watch in 2015 is the new Albertsons-Safeway organization, the combination recently assembled from parts of the Safeway and Albertsons grocery retailers. The retailer to watch in 2015 is the new Albertsons-Safeway organization, the combination recently assembled from parts of the Safeway and Albertsons grocery retailers. Many reasons lie behind this assessment, most

‘Better for you’ could be better for food retailers

One of the more compelling presentations at the recent FMI Connect conference in Chicago was made by Hank Cardello, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and head of its obesity solutions program. One of the more compelling presentations at the recent FMI Connect conference in Chicago was made by Hank Cardello, a senior fellow

A new model emerges at WBA

The successor company to Walgreens held its first annual shareholders meeting late last month at Chicago’s Civic Opera House. The successor company to Walgreens held its first annual shareholders meeting late last month at Chicago’s Civic Opera House. And the event reconfirmed how little the Walgreens’ shareholders community understands the retailer’s merger with the former

‘Center Store’ comes under more pressure

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reported that Target Corp. has informed many of the nation’s leading packaged food suppliers, including companies with household names like Campbell, Kellogg and Kraft, that their products, long staples of grocery aisles, will be deemphasized. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reported that Target Corp.

Bloom the right man for Fred’s

The overlooked story of the moment in the mass retailing community concerns the status of Fred’s, the general merchandise retailer that recently hired Mike Bloom as its president and chief operating officer. The overlooked story of the moment in the mass retailing community concerns the status of Fred’s, the general merchandise retailer that recently hired

Lure of consolidation entices supermarketers

Executives at Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold earlier this month confirmed that they are exploring a potential merger of the European supermarket operators. Executives at Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold earlier this month confirmed that they are exploring a potential merger of the European supermarket operators. Combining the two companies, each of which derives the