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The naturals evolution: A look at the retail expansion of CBD products

22 Oct 2018

By: Brian Owens

As shoppers shift more of their discretionary spending to natural products, shoppers are increasingly seeking the benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, in areas ranging from pain relief to skin care.

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September retail sales: Spending slows as growth hits a five-month low

19 Oct 2018

By: Doug Hermanson

Retail sales growth slowed in September, but there were some notable bright spots. Find out in this article the macro factors that contributed to the mixed trends and what they mean for holiday.

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Kroger’s Wellness Your Way Festival: Elevating the retailer as a holistic health and wellness player

19 Oct 2018

By: Elley Symmes

During the first week of October, Kroger hosted its first-ever Wellness Your Way Festival in Cincinnati. The festival’s mission was to inspire healthy lifestyles in your own way, complementing Kroger’s larger corporate “Wellness Your Way” marketing campaign.

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The legalization of cannabis in Canada: The grass is looking greener for CPG suppliers

17 Oct 2018

By: Catherine Lang

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

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Followers: 142

Walmart’s Investor Day 2018: Necessary boldness

16 Oct 2018

By: Timothy Campbell

“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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Followers: 54

Albertsons Q2 results: Moderate improvement with still a long way to go

16 Oct 2018

By: Elley Symmes

Albertsons saw moderate improvement in its business in Q2 2018. The retailer will remain focused on improving its digital capabilities, building out its private label portfolio, revamping its store experience, and integrating its loyalty card programs.

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Amazon Go: Walking the box

15 Oct 2018

By: David Marcotte

Amazon pitched Amazon Go as a convenience store alternative, but is the store ready for mass replication on the level of a c-store chain like Wawa? We visited Amazon Go in Chicago to see how the format is working out.

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Followers: 414

Walmart’s Investor Day: What we’re listening for

15 Oct 2018

By: Laura Kennedy, Timothy Campbell

Tomorrow at its Meeting for the Investment Community, Walmart will make its annual announcements around shifts in its go-to-market strategy. Given Walmart’s continued efforts to evolve its business we will be listening closely for the retailer’s plans in a few key areas.

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Shopper: Albertsons Safeway: Annual Shopper Review

12 Oct 2018

By: Elley Symmes, Rachel McGuire

As Albertsons/Safeway faces shopper retention challenges, it will be critical for suppliers to support the retailer in efforts to drive comps, re-frame the value conversation, and expand Just 4 U.

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Followers: 621

The strange collapse of Sears: Five thoughts

12 Oct 2018

By: David Marcotte

The end may finally be in sight for Sears after years of decline. Here are five things you should know about the collapse of this once-iconic retailer.

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Followers: 419

The ‘new NAFTA’: Assessing the impacts

11 Oct 2018

By: Doug Hermanson

The signing of the “new NAFTA” is likely a relief to many retailers, but there are economic and political implications that could shape North American and global retail in the long run.