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Today recreational cannabis became legal in Canada under the country’s Cannabis Act, making the nation the first G7 country to legalize recreational consumption. Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s cannabis legalization: Who can consume? Canada’s domestic cannabis ...

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Three questions and no answers

22 Oct 2018  By: Ray Gaul

Last week was a busy week.  It was one of those weeks you dream about – full of friendly meetings with friendly people who, in general, are finding success in the current retail market. The only trouble – each meeting raised a central question or dilemma that has no answer. ...

 
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Today recreational cannabis became legal in Canada under the country’s Cannabis Act, making the nation the first G7 country to legalize recreational consumption. Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s cannabis legalization: Who can consume? Canada’s domestic cannabis ...

 
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“Necessary boldness” was the unspoken theme that emerged during Walmart’s 2018 Investor Day meeting. Company executives outlined investments in numerous projects, yet also conceded these changes were necessary to keep up with an ever more demanding shopper and competitive landscape. ...

 
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Albertsons saw moderate improvement in its business in Q2 2018. Quarterly sales increased 1.4% to $14 billion, driven by fuel sales. Identical store sales increased 1%, partially impacted by lost sales from the closing of 30 stores during the first half of H1 2018. Still, this was the third ...

 
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Tomorrow at its Meeting for the Investment Community, Walmart will make its annual announcements around shifts in its go-to-market strategy. The Kantar Consulting Walmart team will be reviewing the presentation for the key headlines, including Walmart’s capital expenditure plans, CEO Doug ...

 
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Discounters on the move

15 Oct 2018  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 42 Kantar Consulting recently held a workshop in Frankfurt for International Key Accounts leaders calling on European Grocery Discounters – specifically Aldi Nord, Aldi Sued, and Lidl.  This was Kantar Consulting’s 15th Annual workshop on these ...

 
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The recent onslaught of news that Sears has stopped paying vendors is reinforcing concerns — and our opinion at Kantar Consulting — that Sears’ rapid decline may very well be final this time. Or not. Very few companies in the world are as complex as Sears Holdings and the surrounding ...

 
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North American retailers and suppliers breathed a sigh of relief last week when the United States, Mexico, and Canada reached a tentative new trade agreement to replace NAFTA. The direct effects on core retail are small, but there are large economic and political implications to consider inside ...

 
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Taking convenience outside the box

10 Oct 2018  By: Derya Guvenc

Small-box is dead… Today, convenience is no longer limited to the strict definition of being ‘a small close-proximity store selling impulse items and household essentials’. Convenience today is ‘everywhere retail by everyone’. Catchment areas have been redefined ...

 
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As organizations look to adapt to a world of interconnected commerce, many are adapting and rethinking traditional structures, roles, systems, and processes. There is no one size fits all approach to organizational design, but the importance of cross-functional collaboration and agility are ...

 
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Costco rounded out its fiscal 2018 with a strong showing. Excluding the effects of gas and foreign exchange, Q4 same store comps rose 7.2% and eCommerce comps rose 26.3%. Overall sales performance rose significantly once adjusted for FY2018’s shorter fiscal year versus FY2017. Even-keeled ...

 
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Kroger and Walgreens announced this week that they are testing a new format and concept that allows shoppers to pick up their online Kroger grocery orders at 13 northern Kentucky Walgreens stores that will also carry Kroger store-brand grocery items, including Simple Truth, the largest natural ...

 
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Rite Aid’s Q2: Strategic focus

28 Sep 2018  By: Kate Senzamici

Rite Aid announced its second quarter results for fiscal year 2019. Revenue for the quarter was $5.4 billion, up vs. the same time a year ago with a net loss of $352.2 million from continuing operations.  During Q2, Rite Aid and Albertsons announced the mutually agreed-upon termination ...

 
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This week, Lidl began an app-based eGrocery trial across five postcodes of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. The service excludes general merchandise but offers rapid delivery of items from Lidl’s core assortment. Chilled, frozen and ambient goods are covered by the offer, along with BWS. Shoppers ...

 
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Snap and Amazon are testing a new visual search feature that allows users to shop for products using the Snapchat app. Users who point the Snapchat camera at a physical product or bar code are directed to a similar item’s product detail page on Amazon’s website or mobile app to complete ...

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