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2018

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

Looking deeper into strong holiday sales

Looking deeper into strong holiday sales

Results from the recently concluded holiday selling season give the nation’s merchants some reason to celebrate. Retail sales rose 4.9% from November 1 through Christmas Eve, the biggest yearly gain since 2011, according to “Mastercard SpendingPulse.” The report, which combines purchasing activity in the Mastercard network and survey-based estimates for other forms of payment, including

Technology at center of competitive battle in retail

Technology at center of competitive battle in retail

Editor’s Note: In this article, the second of our series on all things digital retail, the authors examine how food, drug, and mass (FDM) retailers can leverage technology to raise efficiency and improve the in-store experience. Our first article outlined the evolving competitive and consumer landscape driven by Wal­mart and Amazon. With this article, we

Retailer/supplier exchanges evolve into something better

Retailer/supplier exchanges evolve into something better

At the turn of the millennium, the extended retail business was aglow with technical and operational possibilities. The internet was seen as both a platform for selling things and for making the merchandising and fulfillment process more efficient. Data processing power and storage capacity was growing dramatically, so analysis that previously took weeks could be

Analytics take on new importance

Analytics take on new importance

As the mandate is increasingly on retailers to understand and serve their customer in more varied, broad and transparent ways, predictive analytics has emerged as a powerful, rapidly developing platform that offers strong value across the spectrum of work flows and operations for many different businesses. Analytics has long been a key fixture of effective

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