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Issue 04-17-2017

Amazon innovates

SEATTLE — Recent moves by Inc. make it clear that the world’s e-commerce behemoth is continuing to ratchet up the pressure on traditional retail. Most recently, Amazon has invited major consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including General Mills Inc. and Mondelez International Inc., to a three-day gathering at its headquarters here in May, according to

Retail gets a lift from high court

WASHINGTON — Retailers have applauded two Supreme Court actions in cases regarding credit cards. Late last month the court overturned a ruling barring retailers from imposing a surcharge on credit card use, sending the case back to a lower court. Two days earlier, the Supreme Court justices declined to hear a bid to resurrect a

Target’s new look

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has unveiled the elements of a redesign aimed at creating a faster, easier experience for a shopper running an errand while encouraging those not in a rush to linger in the aisles. The retailer expects its first fully re-imagined store will open this fall in a Houston suburb. In addition, 40

Dollar General buys 323 stores

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. is acquiring Dollar Express Stores LLC, operator of a chain of 323 discount stores in 36 states that were being run as Family Dollar outlets but had been sold off in 2015 when Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted a buyout offer from then-rival Dollar Tree Inc. The 323 stores

Filing raises concerns about Sears

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Concerns that the parent of Sears and Kmart is headed toward bankruptcy were rekindled when the company offered in a disclosure that it might not be in operation a year from now. “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,”

Merchandising operations are streamlined at Supervalu

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. has consolidated the merchandising staff for three of its retail divisions, eliminating 21 positions, and shuffled some managerial roles. Responsibility for all merchandising for Supervalu’s Farm Fresh, Shoppers and Shop ’n Save East divisions has been shifted to the merchandising department at Shoppers, based in Bowie, Md. As a result, 21

Variety of voices tell Kroger story

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is getting creative. The company, which is one of the world’s largest grocery retailers with 2,796 food stores operating under a number of banners in 35 states and the District of Columbia, launched a new website last month,, that features various formats to help convey how the company is distinguishing

New faces bode well for retail

New faces bode well for retail

For many executives, this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting could just as easily be labeled a weeklong First-Timers Reception. So dramatic has been the turnover of staffers at some of America’s leading mass retailers that many of the attendees at the 2017 event in Scottsdale, Ariz., have never been to an