Issue 01-08-2018

McMillon named Retailer of the Year by MMR

McMillon named Retailer of the Year by MMR

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — When Doug McMillon, who started his business career as an hourly worker at a Walmart distribution center in 1984, was selected to be president and chief executive officer of the company four years ago, industry observers expressed confidence that he would preserve the ethos established by Sam Walton, the retailer’s legendary founder.

Albertsons’ Sampson is lauded as Top Merchant

Albertsons’ Sampson is lauded as Top Merchant

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has had a remarkable story over the past 11 years, growing from a group of 661 mostly unloved grocery stores into one of the nation’s leading food retailers, with more than 2,300 supermarkets operating under 20 banners and across 35 states and the District of Columbia. As executive vice president

2017 holiday sales shine brightly

NEW YORK — Total retail sales this past holiday selling season increased 4.9% compared to 2016 and set a new record for total dollars spent, according to “Mastercard SpendingPulse” study results. That represents the largest year-over-year  gain since 2011, the report found. Online shopping increased by 18.1%. The study details shopping activity that occurred from

Target to expedite online fulfillment with Shipt

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has purchased online same-day delivery platform Shipt Inc. for $550 million. The discounter will leverage its store network and Shipt’s proprietary technology platform and community of shoppers to provide same-day delivery across the country. The acquisition will accelerate Target’s digital fulfillment efforts, bringing same-day delivery services to approximately half of its

Food Lion marks 60th anniversary

SALISBURY, N.C.— Food Lion recently celebrated its 60th anniversary by holding a number of special events. To commemorate the milestone, the company randomly selected customers to win 60% off purchases at each of its more than 1,000 stores, as well as providing shoppers a chance to win $10 gift cards. The supermarket chain also filled

Retail leaders hail tax revision

NEW YORK — Retail associations were quick to praise the tax overhaul enacted late last year as an elixir for the industry. The sweeping package signed into law by President Donald Trump will dramatically benefit business, workers and consumers, said National Retail Federation president and chief executive officer Matthew Shay. “This is landmark legislation that

Kroger reaches ClickList milestone

CINCINNATI — Kroger has opened its 1,000th ClickList store and launched an upgrade of the integrated digital shopping experience for ClickList. “As part of our Restock Kroger plan, we continually invest in redefining our customers’ grocery shopping experiences by bringing online and offline seamlessly together through digital innovation,” says Yael Cosset, the supermarket operator’s chief

Supervalu offers Instacart delivery at some locations

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, and Supervalu Inc., one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the United States, have entered into an exclusive multiyear contract. Under the agreement, Supervalu has launched refreshed e-commerce sites Powered by Instacart for four of its retail banners — Cub, Farm

Dollar General to construct new DC

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. has announced plans to build a new distribution center in Longview, Texas, which a company spokeswoman says will create around 400 jobs and serve some 1,000 Dollar General stores in Texas and the southeast. Construction on the state-of-the-art one-million-square-foot facility is expected to begin in early 2018. “Dollar General