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  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
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The Street has a story about how in the summer of 2022, as the consumer spending that typified the pandemic slammed headfirst into inflation and a post-recession mindset, “Walmart and Target both publicly declared that they had warehouses full of the wrong merchandise for the holiday season. “To fix that, both chains heavily discounted certain […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart last week launched a dedicated e-commerce site tailored to small and midsize business (SMB) customers. The website, Walmart Business, will offer “a curated assortment of more than 100,000 items with categorization and navigation tailored to busy organizational shoppers, Walmart said in a press release. The product categories include office supplies and furniture, food and beverage, restroom, […]
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As we were roaming the halls of CES in Las Vegas, one product category stood out across the board; there’s a lot of focus on portable (and less portable) power storage. These are more than your average charge-your-phone-once-or-twice battery packs, ranging from simple small power packs, to sophisticated power stations that can connect to portable […]
  1. Channel: Club
[[“value”:”Club holding Costco Wholesale (COST) delivered strong sales growth in December, demonstrating the retailer’s ability to consistently attract customers despite gathering economic headwinds. For the 5 weeks ended Jan. 1, Costco’s net sales increased 7% year-over year, to $23.8 billion, the company reported Thursday. Total comparable sales, which excludes the impact of fluctuations in gasoline […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Boxed, which gained attention when it launched as a e-commerce site offering club-style SKUs without requiring a membership in the style of Costco or Sam’s Club, yesterday said it “has launched a process to explore strategic alternatives, including, among other alternatives, a possible sale of the Company. In addition, the Company is, in parallel, actively […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
South Pasadena, CA – July 23: Pete Dinero, right, eyes a shot as his partner David Valera looks on as they play pickleball at the Arroyo Seco Racquet Club in South Pasadena on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Keith Birmingham Getty Images Terri Graham, the co-founder of the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships, the largest event […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
January is typically an overlooked month for retailers. Shoppers make returns and exchanges. They come to stores with gift cards in hand. And they may spring for workout clothes or other items to follow through on New Year’s resolutions. But this year, January carries higher stakes. The next few weeks, which close out many retailers’ […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
The Investing Club holds its “Morning Meeting” every weekday at 10:20 a.m. ET.[[“value”:”Every weekday the CNBC Investing Club with Jim Cramer holds a “Morning Meeting” livestream at 10:20 a.m. ET. Here’s a recap of Friday’s key moments. The Fed isn’t ready to stop Investing mantra reminder Looking to buy 1. The Fed isn’t ready to […]
  1. Channel: Club
There’s a reason so many people love shopping at Costco despite having to pay a membership fee to be able to walk through the door. Costco is known for its competitive prices across a wide range of grocery and household products. Plus, Costco’s rotational products also tend to be heavily discounted, so all told, there’s a lot […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
From the Dallas Morning News, a story about how “the owners of nearby retail properties and buyers of land near future H-E-B stores are also excited to see the popular grocer expanding to Dallas-Fort Worth.”  These companies believe in the aphorism that a rising tide will lift all boats, generating new occupants for shopping centers […]
  1. Data & Insights
The Earnest Analytics Spend Index (EASI) fell below year ago levels in November, as both in-store and online sales decelerated meaningfully. Fashion Resale and Active & Athleisure stood out among Apparel & Accessories, growing low single digits headed into the holiday season. Gyms and Workout continue to recover from the pandemic, while Home Fitness declined […]
  1. Stores & Formats
CNBC reports that Dollar General, which already is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy for its eponymous chain, also is planning to ramp up expansion plans for its Popshelf format, which “caters to suburban shoppers with higher incomes, but sells most items for $5 or less” and is “designed to be a treasure hunt that keeps […]
  1. Channel: Club
ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. posted gains in first quarter sales and profits, but they fell short of analysts’ estimates. Adjusted earnings per share of $3.07 in the quarter ended November 20 were up from $2.98 a year earlier, but missed Wall Street’s forecast of $3.11 per share. Sales were $53.44 billion, up 8.1% […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Key takeaways Almost 1-in-4 shoppers spent the most at Amazon during Cyber-5 Home goods and furnishings retailers lost top wallet share lapping difficult pandemic comps Dollar stores and warehouse clubs gained top wallet share as consumers traded down on inflation Earnest Analytics First Choice Retailer Methodology The Earnest First Choice Retailer Rankings are based on […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Regular reader of this blog know that the halo of ‘better for you’ is one of the key drivers of the successful growth and consumer adoption of the grocerant niche.  According to Steven JohnsonGrocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Trader Joe’s focus on food quality, variety, portion size, combined with a true understanding […]
  1. Channel: Club
The warehouse club operator received high marks for its revenues and stock performance Citing the accomplishment by Costco Wholesale Corp. of keeping its prices competitive while boosting sales, Yahoo Finance has named the warehouse club operator its 2022 Company of the Year. “In a year of rampant inflation—not seen since the early 1980s—Costco  was a […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Top executives from Kroger and Albertsons defended their proposed merger at a congressional hearing, saying the combined company would be in a better position to compete with grocery giants Walmart, Costco and Amazon. Critics of the nearly $25 million deal testified that it would worsen food deserts and lead to higher prices. Since the merger […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
What people think about when they focus on retail innovation is the tech side of the business — next-generation marketing tools, cutting-edge last mile vehicles, frictionless checkout — but there is still plenty of innovation happening in the more foundational strategies of running a retail business. Fordham University’s American Innovation Index (Aii) follows the logic […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
What people think about when they focus on retail innovation is the tech side of the business — next-generation marketing tools, cutting-edge last mile vehicles, frictionless checkout — but there is still plenty of innovation happening in the more foundational strategies of running a retail business. Fordham University’s American Innovation Index (Aii) follows the logic […]

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