Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers

Articles about the big moves (acquisitions, divestitures and mergers)

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A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. Episode 296 is an interview with Matt Kubancik, CEO and Co-Founder of Guardian Baseball Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Episode 296 is an interview with Matt Kubancik (@mattkubancik), CEO and […]
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We’re recording live this week from the just wrapped GroceryShop conference in Las Vegas. Our guest this week is Tim Simmons, SVP & Chief Product Officer of Sam’s Club, who takes  us deep into the transformation process that he’s been helping lead. We learn how Walmart and Sam’s Club have been evolving and accelerating the […]
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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As part of its ongoing quest to meet its customers wherever they are, Walmart on Monday launched two new immersive virtual experiences on Roblox, a metaverse gaming platform. Called Walmart Land and Walmart’s Universe of Play, the spaces are meant to offer unique interactive content and entertainment for Gen Z shoppers, allowing […]
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This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on Chamath Palihapitiya’s decision to close two of his SPACs. He then explains why Wall Street Banks are on the hook for $700 million after the leveraged buyout of Citrix, a software company. And in this week’s deep dive, we take a look at why […]
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Bloomberg has a story about how Circle K owner Alimentation Couche-Tard is developing a series of tactics designed to serve a core strategy – growing its food sales to represent between 20 and 25 percent of sales. The impetus comes from a recognition that the company is too dependent on fuel sales and profits at […]
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With 2 million third-party sellers accounting for more than half of its retail revenue, Amazon’s relationship with the businesses that sell on its platform has become essential to its success. As those sellers have become more successful though, they have also become more powerful …and more demanding. Many are no longer content to exist solely […]
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Petsense by Tractor Supply and pet food brand Canidae are joining forces to offer relief to animal shelters affected by Kentucky’s flash flooding in July. Local Kentucky animal shelters and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will benefit from the partnership, which will deliver 1,560 pounds of dog food to these […]
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Like everybody else, I’ve shopped online significantly more often the last couple of years, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes for convenience and, sure, sometimes out of sheer boredom. In fact, over the past 18 months or so, I’ve bought myself three wristwatches online that, truth be told, I didn’t exactly need. Although the popular watch […]
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Business Insider has a piece about Whole Foods CEO Jason Buechel, who has just succeeded the company’s founder, John Mackey, in the top job. “Buechel plans to roll out more of Amazon’s innovations like its cashier-free Just Walk Out technology and smart shopping carts in stores, he said during a keynote at Groceryshop, an annual […]
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The Nordstrom Board of Directors has adopted a one-year shareholder rights plan, a.k.a. a poison pill, following the purchase earlier this month of 9.9% of the retailer’s stock by Mexican luxury department store Liverpool. The Liverpool stock purchase, valued at $293.8 million, makes the Mexican retailer one of Nordstrom’s largest stakeholders, according to Reuters. While […]
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Instacart yesterday introduced a program it is calling Connected Stores, described as “a bundle of six new Instacart Platform technologies that layer on top of existing offerings, helping grocers bring together the best of online ordering and in-store shopping for consumers.”  The goal, Instacart says, is to “create a unified, personalized experience for customers by […]
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DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced on Tuesday a new leadership structure for its U.S. business segment with Walgreens president John Standley leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. The new segment will now be organized under two leaders: Pharmacy led by Lee Cooper, and Retail led by Tracey Brown, president, Walgreens Retail […]
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CNBC reports that TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen, the co-founders of prescription drug startup PillPack who sold the company to Amazon for $750 million four years ago, will lave the company at the end of the month. The story notes that “after the acquisition, Parker and Cohen helped steer the launch of Amazon Pharmacy, the […]
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There’s been a great deal of hand-wringing around the advertising industry lately as brands deal with rising marketing costs. Marketing budgets are 9.5% of total company revenue so far this year. Direct-to-consumer brands in particular have been hit hard, with many reporting huge increases in marketing spend in Q1.  There are many explanations. Apple’s ad […]
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“The first rule of Retail Fight Club is to tell everybody about Retail Fight Club.” – Michael LeBlanc This week we debut a new segment: Retail Fight Club, where we debate a contentious issue that just about everyone in retail is talking about. Ethan Chernovsky, Placer.ai’s VP of Marketing returns to the pod and steps […]
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Walmart has rolled out a virtual try-on tool that helps shoppers see how a shirt or another piece of clothing would look on their own bodies. It’s the latest feature the company has added to its website, and it comes following the acquisition of Zeekit, a virtual fitting room startup. Walmart launched its first iteration of the tool […]
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Purple Innovation has confirmed that investment firm Coliseum Capital Management made an unsolicited, non-binding proposal to acquire all outstanding capital stock of the digitally native mattress company for $4.35 per share on Sept. 17, 2022. The news of the acquisition bid sent shares of Purple soaring to approximately $3.85 when markets opened Sept. 19, 2022, […]
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For shoppers, the festive season comprises the much-needed break they deserve from their daily lives to spend quality time meeting friends, family, and colleagues; traveling; buying gifts for their loved ones; etc.   However, for e-commerce retail businesses the next 3 months (From Halloween to New Year) are pretty hectic, as they have to come up […]
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Many brands launch gift card programs for all the right reasons: incremental sales, new customer acquisition, brand recognition, build customer loyalty, and more. Plus, consumers thrive on promotions, with 80 percent saying they plan to purchase more gift cards in 2022. However, gift card programs do come with risks. Unfortunately, gift cards are an appealing target […]
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Walmart is expanding its use of AI powered virtual try-on technology for online shoppers. This hails from the retailer’s 2021 acquisition of the startup Zeekit. Earlier this year, it introduced the first implementation of the tech, Choose My Model, enabling Walmart.com customers to select from various models to find one who best looks like them […]
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The New York Times this morning has the story of Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and how, “rather than selling the company or taking it public, Mr. Chouinard, his wife and two adult children have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion, to a specially designed trust and a nonprofit […]
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We are continuing to make bold moves to establish Walmart as a destination for fashion. It started with work over the last few years to expand our assortment of quality, on-trend and accessible apparel and accessories. More recently, it includes prioritizing the creation and introduction of innovative shopping experiences that help customers discover the assortment […]
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Hydroponic greenhouse network operator and plant-based food provider Gotham Greens has raised more than $310 million in new capital, which brings the Certified B Corporation’s total financing to $440 million. The proponent of indoor farming will use the funds to decentralize agricultural production by establishing local operations. Additionally, Gotham Greens will seek to increase access […]
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Amancio Ortega, the founder of Zara’s parent company, Inditex, is in talks to acquire several warehouses in the U.S. for $905 million that are rented by Amazon.com and FedEx . The planned acquisitions follow two others made by Mr. Ortega in recent months. He acquired a distribution center in Wisconsin for $35 million and another […]
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Tuesday Morning has received a $32 million investment from Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV), the parent company of Pier 1 Imports, Linens ‘n Things, Stein Mart and other brands, and Ayon Capital. The funding, along with $3 million in convertible debt financing from certain Tuesday Morning leaders including CEO Fred Hand, will help the troubled retailer […]

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CFO Richard Galanti says customers not trading down to private label Costco Wholesale has followed up one strong fiscal year with another. The Issaquah, Wash.-based warehouse club chain posted double-digit net and comparable sales growth for its fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and full year, while topping Wall Street’s consensus earnings-per-share forecast for both periods. Related: Costco […]
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RTIH rounds up the retail systems ventures whose funding rounds have been making headlines, including Swiftly, Ryft, Instant Commerce, and 1MRobotics. 1. Ryft Ryft, a PSD2 compliant payments system firm, has raised a seed round, led by SFC Capital. Additional investors include the ex-founder of Shutterstock and the founder of LoveFilm. This brings Ryft’s total […]
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Axios reports that “Walmart+ members in some U.S. markets will be able to schedule to have returns picked up from their doorsteps starting the first week in October … ‘Return Pickup from Home’ is scheduled by app.” Walmart says that “members won’t need to provide a box or a label – simply hand off the […]

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