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Issue 08-20-2018

Retailers need to see what consumers want

Retailers need to see what consumers want

The past month has seen retailers from Amazon.com to Target Corp. to Kroger Co. launch new online grocery shopping ­initiatives.Which raises the question: Do consumers really want to shop for their food in this way? A recent Gallup poll suggests that they do not. Gallup’s latest Consumption Habits poll found that 81% of U.S. adults

U.S. trade policies a dark cloud on the economic horizon

If a year ago you didn’t believe that U.S. trade policies would drastically change, believe it now. Trade policies affecting mass market retailers and the manufacturers that supply their products are changing and will impact their business — and there’s no clear outcome in sight. There are the indirect effects of steel and aluminum tariffs