Articles on acquisitions in the retail industry.

  1. Data & Insights
After nearly a decade of reliance by marketers, traditional retargeting tactics like third-party cookies are going away. But when one door closes, another opens. Marketers interested in better understanding customer needs and preferences in order to provide more personalized and compelling offers are turning to identity solutions as not just a replacement for third-party cookies, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Google made $31 billion running ads across the web last year, capitalizing on a tech footprint that touches nearly every web page on the internet. The company’s ad server and ad exchange are ubiquitous, behind-the-scenes technology that helps websites make money, and it all dates back to its 2007 acquisition of DoubleClick.  In this month’s […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
I got several reactions to yesterday’s breaking news about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing suit to block Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. MNB fave Glen Terbeek wrote: So much mass marketing mentality.  We are past the 1960’s.   What about maximizing market performance of each local store and its shoppers through creating […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit to block Kroger’s proposed $25 billion merger with Albertsons Cos., contending that consumers will see higher prices and workers will see lower wages if the deal goes through. “This supermarket mega merger comes as American consumers have seen the cost of groceries rise steadily over […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
MNB reader Rich Heiland had a thought about out continuing conversation about CVS’s shortcomings: I consider drug stores a commodity. None of them do anything to distinguish themselves from one another in any significant way. I live in a downtown area. There is a Rite-Aid a block or so away. I go there. If there […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the more than 70 years since Joseph Sherwood bought a bankrupt jewelry store in Bell Gardens, Calif., much has changed in the world, and in retail. That post-WWII period in the Western U.S. was marked by the Dust Bowl Exodus, now a distant memory for most. Since then, the demographic makeup of California has […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Buzzfeed has sold youth culture media company Complex to livestream shopping platform NTWRK, which plans to use the acquisition to build a “next generation content and shopping experience.” The sale of Complex was part of a larger restructuring at Buzzfeed that also included the layoff of 16% of its workforce, as the company looks to […]
  1. Data & Insights
The CPG Guys welcome Daniella Harkins from LiveRamp to discuss the clean room revolution in identity – for both company-company and internal data connectivity.  We specifically focus on LiveRamp’s recent acquisition of clean room specialist Habu and what that means for the future of identity-driven marketing.  LiveRamp enables companies and their partners to better connect, […]
  1. Data & Insights
The shipping and delivery phase of an e-commerce order is filled with opportunities or ‘touchpoints’ that you can capitalize on to convert one-time shoppers into repeat customers and spread positive word of mouth to influence their close ones, all while hoping that you don’t encounter any challenge that can infuriate your customers and get your […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Marc Lore, who ran Walmart’s US e-commerce business from 2016-2021 after he sold it his Jet e-commerce startup for $3.3 billion, has opened a new food hall inside the retailer’s Quakertown, Pennsylvania, store. Inc. reports that Lore’s new food startup, Wonder, dropped its high-tech delivery model last year, opting instead to open what it calls […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Value supermarket retailer Grocery Outlet will acquire United Grocery Outlet, a 40-store chain with a similar business model, to gain a presence in the Southeast. Grocery Outlet, based in Emeryville, Calif., operates more than 460 stores in nine Western and Mid-Atlantic states. Financial details of the transaction, which is expected to close early in Q2, […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Different reactions to my criticisms of CVS. First, the one that took me to task: KC, shame on you! You have “one” customer who has raged, “outrage”  with a CVS experience.  Hello!  There are about 10,000 CVS locations in the US, and you site one disgruntled customer.  You, if ANYONE, should know that one customer […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Beyond, Inc., owner of online retail brands Bed Bath & Beyond (BB&B) and Overstock, will bring back a standalone site in approximately five weeks rather than the September 2024 target date announced earlier. Beyond rechristened its Overstock site with the Bed Bath & Beyond name in June 2023 after it acquired the bankrupt retailer’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Bloomberg reports that “the US Federal Trade Commission and a group of states are poised to sue as soon as next week to block the tie-up between supermarket giants Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos., according to people familiar with the plans. “The suit is expected before Feb. 28, when an agreement not to close the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In the rapidly evolving retail landscape, 2024 is already proving to be a crucial year for retailers to improve customer acquisition and retention. Analysts report that global expenditures on digital transformation initiatives will reach $3.4 trillion by 2026, with software innovation being the driving force behind trends like immersive shopping experiences, redefining the in-store experience, […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Beyond Inc., parent company to, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other online brands, announced Tuesday three leadership changes, including two new CEOs. Chandra Holt, formerly the CEO and president of Conn’s Home Plus, will become the new CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond effective Wednesday. Dave Nielsen, who until now was serving as president […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has agreed to buy TV maker Vizio, the companies announced Tuesday, as the largest U.S. retailer grows its high-profit ad business, reports CNBC. Walmart will acquire Vizio for $2.3 billion, or $11.50 per share, in cash. The big-box retailer announced the acquisition as it reported its fourth-quarter earnings. Walmart and its Sam’s Club warehouse […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Beyond, Inc. — parent company of Bed Bath & Beyond and — has appointed new CEOs for both brands, and also named Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis as Executive Chairman of its board of directors. The appointments follow the abrupt departure of former Beyond CEO Jonathan Johnson in November 2023. Johnson […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target Corp. announced it has launched a new private label product line for price-conscious consumers called dealworthy. The assortment of 400 everyday basics will include apparel and accessories, essentials and beauty, as well as electronics and home items. Items will start at less than $1 and with most under $10, the prices are designed to […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]