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Scot Meyer

Trade war top threat to retail employment

The retail industry is a major employer of Americans, with the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimating that the retail trade (including food services and drinking places) accounts for 28,984,100 jobs in the United States. That compares to 19,855,000 jobs in health care and social assistance, and 12,596,500 jobs in manufacturing. It is possible to imagine

Recounting the rise of Dollar General

Recounting the rise of Dollar General

Many companies today embrace some form of continuous improvement process, under which they strive to make their products, services and systems better over time. The CIP concept seems very professional and corporate, but former Dollar General Corp. chief executive officer Cal Turner Jr. had a blunter version of the same idea. “Would you like to

Retailers part ways with Trump on tariffs

Retailers part ways with Trump on tariffs

Despite his fiery rhetoric and sometimes unpredictable policy positions during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump has mostly turned out to be the kind of president that business leaders can appreciate. The National Retail Federation praised the tax reform bill signed into law by President Trump, for example, calling it a “major victory for lawmakers.” And

Online/traditional line in retail disappearing

We are moving quickly toward a world where it no longer makes sense to talk about “online retailers” and “traditional retailers.” Increasingly there are just retailers, who allow their customers to shop however they like. The merging of physical and digital retailing is the main takeaway from this year’s “State of Retail Online” study from

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

New course charted by retailers

New course charted by retailers

The shuttering of brick-and-mortar stores and the continued explosive growth of e-commerce have led to an ongoing series of news articles suggesting that hard times are ahead for the retail industry. One of the latest appeared in Bloomberg earlier this month under the headline “America’s ‘Retail Apocalpse’ is Really Just Beginning.” The article argues that

Tech looms over retail jobs

Tech looms over retail jobs

Retail jobs are changing, and the arrival of robot “workers” in stores will only accelerate that evolutionary shift. Walmart recently acknowledged that it is testing the use of robots that can move down the aisles of its stores, scanning shelves for out-of-stock items, missing shelf tags or other problems. The robots are said to be