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Jeffrey Woldt

McMillon equal to the occasion

Walmart held the series of events that comprise its annual meeting earlier this month on its home turf in northwest Arkansas, and, according to a well-established pattern, the occasion afforded the company the opportunity to celebrate its accomplishments, recognize its workforce and look to the future. Walmart’s eminence as the world’s biggest retailer has long

Seismic changes recast retail

Already intense, the competition among mass market retailers for the allegiance of omnichannel shoppers is becoming more fierce. Not a week goes by without an announcement from a major retailer about how it intends to improve the customer experience. Although the idea that brick-and-mortar stores are passe and will slowly but surely whither away has

Omnichannel a work in progress

Omnichannel a work in progress

The transformation of the retail business continues apace, but the outright revolution promised by the adherents of e-commerce and digital media still appears to be a ways away. That’s one of the insights gleaned from new research conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Forrester. Based on responses from 69 retailers — a mix

Accepting the need for change

Accepting the need for change

Giant Eagle Inc. is one of the nation’s premier regional grocers. With 216 Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets and 258 GetGo convenience stores, the company is a leader in its operating area, which includes western Pennsylvania, where it is headquartered; north central Ohio; northern West Virginia; central Indiana; and Maryland. The stores generate some

MMR’s sister publication hosts CBD Roundtable

MMR’s sister publication hosts CBD Roundtable

CHICAGO — Chain Drug Review, the sister publication of Mass Market Retailers, conducted a CBD Roundtable at the recent ECRM Cough/Cold Show at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Participating in the panel discussion were: Dave Donnan, senior partner, A.T. Kearney. Vincent Porpiglia, president of Hero Brands, internal sales arm for Select CBD. Dave Janowicz, vice president

Turbulent times for retailers

Turbulent times for retailers

The just concluded holiday selling season was a good one for most retailers. Ample anecdotal evidence of strong consumer demand was confirmed shortly after Christmas in a report issued by Mastercard. Based on tracking of retail activity within the credit card company’s network, supplemented with survey-based projections for such forms of payment as cash and

NACDS’ advocacy moves needle

NACDS’ advocacy moves needle

Amid all the turmoil in retailing, health care and government, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores continues to distinguish itself through steadfast advocacy of community pharmacy. By exercising patience and persistence, while at the same time possessing the readiness to seize opportunities whenever and wherever they arise, NACDS delivers meaningful results for its member

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