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  1. Data & Insights
WASHINGTON – Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows modest retail sales gains in June despite an uneven pace of spending in recent months, National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “The path of household spending remains difficult to read,” Kleinhenz said. “Spending has been uneven but remains in good condition notwithstanding the […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
NEW YORK, NY — Technology-powered talent advisory Sinecure, Inc. announced today it has acquired recruitment services firm Strategy Source in a move to enhance its unique market position as the only talent company to combine the power of AI with the personal touch of experienced advisors. With this acquisition, Strategy Source brings new capabilities to […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Amazon has made its generative AI-powered conversational shopping assistant Rufus available to all U.S. customers the day before its 10th annual Prime Day sales event kicks off on July 16. Rufus first debuted in beta for a small number of U.S. users in February 2024, and now all U.S. app users will find Rufus ready […]
  1. Data & Insights
The requirements for retail success don’t get much more basic than the ability to accurately forecast customer demand. Even a mom-and-pop bodega should be able to gauge how many people will order a breakfast sandwich and coffee each day. For larger-scale retailers, the ability to develop an accurate forecast only gets complicated, and re-complicated, as […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
With all of the negative factors caused by rising prices and inflation, recent developments are pointing towards signs of some relief. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell by 0.1% from May, slowing the annual inflation rate to 3% from 3.3%. This marks the first monthly decline since May 2020, driven by falling gas and car […]
  1. Stores & Formats
WASHINGTON – Retail sales showed moderate growth in June amid a still-solid economy and near-zero inflation for retail goods, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor released Friday by the National Retail Federation. “Consumers are being thoughtful about their spending, prioritizing non-discretionary purchases as they continue to face high interest rates and lingering inflation,” NRF President […]
  1. Department & Category
What is Hydrogen Storage? Hydrogen storage refers to the methods and technologies used to safely store hydrogen gas for various applications. Since hydrogen is a gas at room temperature and pressure, storing it efficiently is critical for its use as a clean energy source. Common methods include compressing hydrogen gas into high-pressure tanks, liquefying it […]
  1. Retailer Media
Lowe’s Media Network is expanding its offerings to include in-store programmatic audio ads in partnership with Vibenomics, a Mood Media company. Since its 2021 launch, Lowe’s media network has grown significantly and now serves more than 300 brands in the home improvement category. The new partnership with Vibenomics will allow Lowe’s to offer its advertising […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Co-op has signed a new franchise agreement with EG On The Move as the convenience retailer targets significant franchise growth ambitions, it has been announced today (Tuesday 9 July). The agreement will initially see seven new Co-op franchise stores open this summer with the petrol… This story continues at Co-op agreement with EG On The […]
  1. Data & Insights
Women’s sports are having more than just a moment. Thanks to a confluence of forces, elite womens’ sports are enjoying unprecedented highs across interest, viewership and attendance.  This is a boon for everyone: the fans who love sports, the brands who want to sponsor them and the arenas and platforms that make the viewing happen. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. has announced a mega-sales event that promises to give members of its “Boost by Kroger Plus” premium loyalty rewards program exclusive access to more than $60 in savings during a two-week sales event running from July 10 to July 23. “Boost by Kroger Plus offers members incredible savings every day, […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Convenience store retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard will promote current COO Alex Miller to CEO and President, effective Sept. 6, 2024. Miller will replace Brian Hannasch, who will retire from these positions but remain as a special advisor to Miller and Alex Bouchard, Founder and Executive Chairman of the board. The company operates more than 16,700 stores […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
  1. Data & Insights
Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. awarded $50,000 to minority- and women-owned businesses during the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. During the pitch competition component of the event, 15 companies from across the Midwest presented to a panel of judges and more than 150 event attendees. The […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. posted first-quarter earnings that topped expectations. The retailer reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed its guidance for the rest of the fiscal year and told investors that its “Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital” strategy continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth. “Kroger is off to a solid […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Data & Insights
From Humble Beginnings to Grocerant Guru’s Dream: A Look Back Ever since the convenience store (c-store) industry’s inception, it’s battled the stereotype of peddling just “gas station food.” But according to Steven Johnson, the Tacoma, WA-based Grocerant Guru®, a new era is upon us, and ARKO Corp. is at the forefront. The Rise of the […]
  1. Data & Insights
WASHINGTON — Retail sales grew again in May according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. “May’s retail sales give us a snapshot of a reasonably healthy consumer even though spending growth is fluctuating somewhat,” National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “These numbers indicate that the economy continues to expand at […]
  1. Department & Category
  Prepare for an enlightening journey into the world of convenience store leadership, led by none other than Casey’s General Stores. This Midwestern titan has been subtly transforming the grocerant landscape over the past seven years, and their recent financial triumphs are a testament to their innovative approach. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance is working to reenergize the front end at its nearly 9,000 retail pharmacies in the United States and Puerto Rico as it expeditiously responds to consumers’ changing needs and bolsters its competitiveness. The process of revitalizing the front end began with a reassessment of the merchandise mix and an […]
  1. Media & Marketing
TikTok has unveiled two new generative AI tools that will help creators and brands make influencer content at scale that include digital avatars and AI-enabled translation dubbing. The social platform also has  created an advisory board to help facilitate future gen AI development at the company and discuss responsible use. The new tools join a […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — Retail sales in May rebounded from a tepid April, according to the latest CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, released June 10 by the National Retail Federation. Total retail sales, excluding automobiles and gasoline, increased 1.3% seasonally adjusted from April and were up 3% unadjusted year over year, according to the report. May’s month-over-month increase was […]
  1. Department & Category
  The food sector is witnessing a significant shift as Millennials continue their exploration for fresh food options in the grocerant niche. This journey of discovery, trial, and migration is challenging the traditional paradigms of legacy chain restaurants. Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, has been at the forefront of […]

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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]