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We’ve been waiting and waiting, and now we know. According to The Washington Post, Lidl has announced it will open 20 stores in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina in summer 2017. News of the soft launch brought with it more details of what the stores will look like. Below are ...

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Looking Backward to Look Forward – Reachable & Relevant Shoppers Retailing in the Week Ahead – Edition: Week 8, 2017 What’s the future of shopping?  A question that is hard to answer.  Let’s face it, nobody has “the perfect” crystal ball.  ...

 
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We’ve been waiting and waiting, and now we know. According to The Washington Post, Lidl has announced it will open 20 stores in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina in summer 2017. News of the soft launch brought with it more details of what the stores will look like. Below are ...

 
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Several factors are conspiring to push shoppers against the ropes in early 2017. The combined effect of delayed tax refund checks, renewed gasoline inflation, and higher healthcare costs will cause consumer demand to stumble a bit in the first few months of the year, especially among low- ...

 
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In recent weeks, Dollar General threw its hat in the convenience store ring by unveiling its DGX concept format in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The 3,400-square-foot urban “walk up” store is definitely a new and innovative format for the retailer. At a broader level, DGX signals where ...

 
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CEO Out

13 Feb 2017  By: Ray Gaul

CEO Out Retailing in the Week Ahead – Edition: Week 7, 2017 Barack Obama set a new standard for soon-to-be departing CEOs and other VIPs when he delivered the final words of his joke-laden speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April 2016.  In an iconic homage to many ...

 
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Today, it was announced that Aldi had overtaken the Co-op to become the fifth largest supermarket in UK. In the past, Aldi has been accused of being too slow to react to competitive and consumer changes, due to an inward focus. Certainly in direct comparison to competitor Lidl, which is seen ...

 
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Coming off of its best-ever holiday selling season, Amazon continues to record solid growth, with fourth-quarter sales up 22% to USD43.7 billion. While Amazon missed analysts’ USD44.7 billion revenue estimate, the retailer maintained profitability throughout 2016, indicating that the flywheel ...

 
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The Global ePowers of Retail

6 Feb 2017  By: Ray Gaul

The Global ePowers of Retail Retailing in the Week Ahead – Edition: Week 6, 2017 We at Kantar Retail spend a lot of time reading what other analysts write about our industry.  The majority of the time we do this with complete admiration.  However, there is one topic where we ...

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For the all-important fourth quarter, Amazon missed revenue estimates. While no doubt disappointing to investors, delivering year-on-year growth of 22.4% is not to be sniffed at, and no doubt the envy of rivals who’ve at best experienced a rather tepid festive season.  Although intense ...

 
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The Jan. 27 deadline for the Federal Trade Commission to approve the merger between Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Rite Aid came and went quietly without a decision. Although news in December of Fred’s purchasing 865 divested Rite Aid stores seemed like a promising step toward the ...

 
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Given the drama in the U.S. last week and its sudden impact on global trade and travel, U.S. and Latin American companies need to review their status in both the U.S. and Mexico. The 11th largest economy in the world, Mexico is a middle-class country with an established and dynamic consumer ...

 
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We’re barely a month into 2017, and already the first big selling season of the year is upon us as we trade Santa and his elves for Cupid and his arrows. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, retailers are gearing up to help shoppers show how much they love those who are important ...

 
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Primary and Secondary Placements

30 Jan 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Primary and Secondary Placements Retailing in the Week Ahead – Edition: Week 5, 2017 Tesco’s surprise takeover of the UK’s largest wholesaler, Booker, sent ripples of alarm across the portions of the retail industry not involved in the merger.   Terms like ‘buying ...

 
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After a whirlwind exploration of six supermarkets this week in Columbus, Ohio, I was struck by one unexpected similarity. Four of the six had significant space dedicated to bulk foods. A department typical of specialty and natural/organic retailers is making inroads in some mainstream retail ...

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27 January, 2016 – The boards of Tesco PLC and Booker Group PLC announced an agreement to merge their respective companies. Tesco's GBP3.7 billion acquisition of Booker will create the most vertically-integrated food company in British retailing history.  The move is bold and full ...

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