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The past two years have already, most likely, accelerated your investment in your app’s growth. In case you’re still on the fence, out of the estimated four hours that U.S. adults spend on their phones each day, 88 percent of that time happens within apps. Putting your app at the center of your omnichannel strategy […]
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Dollar Tree reported a 6.5 percent sales gain in the first quarter and the chain’s earnings rose to $2.37 a share, up from $1.60 a year ago. “During the quarter, the Dollar Tree team successfully completed its conversion to the $1.25 price point, contributing to both sales and margin improvements,” CEO Michael Witynski said.
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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Thursday reported net sales of $8.8 billion for its fiscal year 2022 first quarter, an increase of 4.2% over the prior-year period. The net sales increase was primarily driven by positive sales contributions from new stores, partially offset by a slight decline in same-store sales and the impact of […]
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WASHINGTON — March of Dimes hosted its 40th Annual Gourmet Gala in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, and the NACDS Foundation returned as a Platinum Sponsor of the event. The Gourmet Gala makes possible research, education, advocacy and programs that “help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.” This year, the Gourmet Gala brought […]
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Economic volatility and uncertainty have become the order of the day. Some forecasters are using the “R” word (recession). Business is always difficult. In good times firms scramble to add capacity and meet demand while fending off the competition that is inevitably attracted to a robust and growing market. In bad times firms struggle to […]
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Over the past few years, retail businesses have had to adapt to a changing world where customers’ shopping habits have shifted more online. This, together with a growing competitive market, has led retail companies to become increasingly selective over the marketing channels they choose for investment.  Which of those marketing channels are likely to be […]
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On-demand delivery big hitter Zapp has announced a new Period Store, selling the likes of organic tampons and pads, menstrual cups and liners, along with treats like a hot water bottle, magnesium products and chocolate to boost oxytocin and relieve menstrual strain.  This will launch in London on Saturday for National Period Hygiene Day. For […]
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Kohl’s is anticipating that initial bids received from prospective buyers may be revised downward based on slowing sales in the face of inflation. The retailer last week cut its full-year earnings forecast coming off a disappointing first quarter.
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Macy’s raised its annual sales and earnings forecast after a strong start to 2022. “While macroeconomic pressures on consumer spending increased during the quarter, our customers continued to shop,” Macy’s CEO Jeff Genette said. “We saw a notable shift back to occasion-based apparel and in-store shopping, as well as continued strength in sales of luxury […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree reported a 43.2% increase in net income, to $536.4 million for the first quarter ended April 30. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter increased 48.1% to a first-quarter company record $2.37, compared to $1.60 in the prior year’s quarter, the company said Thursday. Consolidated net sales increased 6.5% to $6.90 […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended April 30, 2022. “The team delivered a solid start to the year – with a 6.5% top-line sales expansion, a 19.2% lift to gross profit, and a 48.1% increase to earnings per share. During the quarter, the Dollar Tree […]
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78% of of e-commerce websites in the UK are unable to convert shoppers due to their inability to “understand” natural language and thus, shoppers’ intent, according to a new report from Klevu. This found that over three quarters of the 50 retailers researched delivered zero or irrelevant results when presented with conversational queries. Only 20% […]
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During my conversation with Plastic Bank’s David Katz, above, I reference a piece I read in the Tufts Observer, a student magazine at Tufts University.  Written by an impressive young writer named Meghan Smith, it essentially argues that the benchmarks traditionally used in a capitalist society may not be appropriate when grappling with climate change. […]
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Axios reports that “dozens of Sears Hometown stores are closing and holding liquidation sales, according to Facebook posts from the shuttering locations … Sears Hometown was touted in a November 2019 news release as a ‘network of more than 400 independently-owned and operated, dealer-managed smaller-format stores’ selling ‘a range of home products, including appliances, lawn […]
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “regulators proposed new disclosure and naming requirements for investment funds that tap into public angst regarding climate change or social justice, in an effort to address concerns about ‘greenwashing’ by asset managers seeking higher fees. “The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to issue two proposals that aim to […]
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William Cohan, a founding partner and writer at Puck, as well as a former M&A investment banker, joins Scott to discuss how Elon Musk’s deal to acquire Twitter might shake out, including what options he might have for backing out, how Twitter’s lawyers might respond, and what it all could mean for shareholders. Follow William […]
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DoorDash “added more new consumers than any quarter since Q1 2021” as noted in their Q1 2022 earnings release. The news hinted at a reversal of decelerating customer growth that both DoorDash and the wider industry experienced after peaking during the early pandemic. However, even while adding fewer customers each quarter, Earnest Research transaction data […]
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Costco is expected to report gains in sales and earnings as its combination of low prices and products for everyday life attract shoppers to its warehouse stores. The chain is further buoyed by its gas stations that offer members savings over market rates.
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As marketing professionals, we’d like to share a quick lesson in one of the fundamentals of marketing having to do with relevance, what we call being “meaningfully different.” Marketers know it’s not enough to be merely relevant to be worthy of a customer’s admiration and loyalty. Something must be relevantly different to attain this status. […]
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Starbucks announced yesterday that it is selling its Evolution Fresh business to Bolthouse Farms.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The announcement said that “Evolution Fresh is a leading producer of primarily organic, cold-pressed, premium juice products. By joining forces with Bolthouse Farms – the No. 1 super premium refrigerated beverage brand and largest […]
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Nordstrom announced yesterday via email to members of its Trunk Club shopping service that it is closing the service down, effective the end of the month. On its website and in an email, the retailer said: “As a valued Nordstrom Trunk Club customer, we thank you and appreciate your loyalty. “While we will no longer […]
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Nordstrom is expanding its business through new partnerships with other retailers and streamlining its styling services. The retailer will now offer Allbirds shoes as part of its sustainability push and sell ASOS products in a new immersive experience aimed at young shoppers. It will also eliminate the Trunk Club brand along, which featured the at-home […]
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More venture capital keeps trooping into Africa’s B2B e-commerce retail, a space where startups are digitizing informal trade to get thousands of merchants to operate more efficiently. This time, it’s a startup that was in the news this January: Namibia-based JABU, whose $3.2 million seed round we covered. Now, the last-mile distribution e-commerce company has […]
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Dick’s Sporting Goods is expecting sales to slump between two and eight percent this year and earnings per share to come in between $9.15 and $11.70 per share, down from its previous guidance of $11.70 to $13.10. Dick’s president and CEO Lauren Hobart acknowledged the company is facing macroeconomic challenges, including inflation, and expects her […]

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Thursday reported net sales of $8.8 billion for its fiscal year 2022 first quarter, an increase of 4.2% over the prior-year period. The net sales increase was primarily driven by positive sales contributions from new stores, partially offset by a slight decline in same-store sales and the impact of […]
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced on Thursday the launch of CVS Health Virtual Primary Care, a new virtual care solution available through a single digital platform. The offering connects CVS Health’s services, clinical expertise, and data for a more coordinated and consumer-centric health care experience. The company said the new solution enables consumers to […]
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Retail media networks (RMNs) are an exciting place to run ads, because of the valuable first-party data that retailers have about their customers. RMNs create an ability to target a specific retailer’s customers and provide valuable insights into how people shop. And brands certainly are not hurting for choices. Just last week, Ulta announced a media network and the hotel chain, Marriott, the week prior. 
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In 2022, the perfect store is rooted in constant evolution — a system that maybe isn’t perfect in every moment, but is agile always, malleable when needed, and capable of critical self-reflection. These innate characteristics of the modern perfect store are supported by, and in return support, the adoption of a few important technologies and […]

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