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  1. Trends & External Forces
Retail theft and organized retail crime (ORC) have been cited as serious problems and the leading cause of inventory shrink by leading retail CEOs during first quarter earnings calls and media interviews over the past week. Indeed, retailers are being hit with a large number of thefts and in some cases are closing stores and pulling out […]
  1. Media & Marketing
This week we go guest free to tackle some of the more pernicious misperceptions, missteps, and false narratives that continue to get in the way of retailers’ making the strategic progress they so urgently need. As the Covid sales bump disappears and consumer demand wanes we will–as Warren Buffet famously said–“get to see who’s been […]
  1. Channel: Mass
CNBC reports that as Target released its quarterly numbers this week, it also pointed out a major drag on earnings – organized retail theft, which was $763 million in 2022 and is projected to be as much as $1 billion this year. The story notes that “organized retail crime has become a hot-button issue in […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart raised its full-year forecast Thursday, as fiscal first-quarter sales rose nearly 8 percent and its large grocery business helped offset weaker sales of clothing and electronics. The retailer now anticipates consolidated net sales will rise about 3.5 percent in the fiscal year. Nearly 60 percent of Walmart’s annual U.S. sales come from groceries. In the quarter, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Consumers barely kept up with inflation in April, as retail sales increased but fell short of expectations, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The advanced sales report showed an increase of 0.4 percent, below the Dow Jones estimate for 0.8 percent. Excluding auto-related figures, sales increased 0.4 percent, which was in line with expectations. As the numbers are not […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Home Depot posted its weakest quarter in years, with Q1 2023 seeing a 4.5% comparable sales decline year-over-year. Total sales were $37.3 billion, down 4.2% from Q1 2022. The declines were attributed to a slowdown following three years of “unprecedented growth” in which the retailer boosted its sales by over $47 billion, according to […]
  1. Associates & Employees
CNBC reports on Home Depot’s decision to invest $1 billion this year “to increase hourly wages for every one of its frontline workers,” despite projections that its annual sales and profits will be flat this year.  (Economic realities mean that people aren;’t spending as much money on home improvement products, plus many did all that […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Home Depot is going ahead with its plan to invest $1 billion in employee wages even as the economy is slowing. CFO Richard McPhail told analysts on the chain’s earnings call in February that it is focused on gaining market share and that its “orange-blooded associates” give it a “unique advantage” over its competition.
  1. Retailer Media
The Home Depot has named Melanie Babcock to the new position of VP, Retail Media+ and Monetization, responsible for providing improved supplier experiences while driving new sources of ad revenue, profitability and sales. Launched in 2019, the Retail Media+ organization offers suppliers managed service and self-service media buying opportunities on both physical and digital retailer-owned […]
  1. Retailer Media
The Home Depot has named Melanie Babcock to the new position of VP, Retail Media+ and Monetization, responsible for providing improved supplier experiences while driving new sources of ad revenue, profitability and sales. Launched in 2019, the Retail Media+ organization offers suppliers managed service and self-service media buying opportunities on both physical and digital retailer-owned […]
  1. Merchandising
As a retailer, getting shoppers into your store is the first big hurdle, but then comes an even more complex beast—getting them to make a purchase. One essential component of this is using the best retail assortment strategy for your store. For some retailers, simply offering a wide variety of items is the key, even […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
The Home Depot Foundation, the charitable arm of The Home Depot, has pledged to invest $10 million in community service projects for 2023 in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, Team Depot. The Home Depot Foundation has partnered with more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations since 2011, with Team Depot […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Retailers and law enforcement agree that organized retail theft is a significant problem. How big a problem remains in question as there are currently no independent means to verify industry reports. Home Depot says theft increased in the double digits over the past year. Walgreens said it might have “cried too much” when talking about […]
  1. Channel: Mass
WASHINGTON – Walmart maintains its No. 1 position on the National Retail Federation’s latest list of the Top 50 Global Retailers. Conducted by Kantar, the 2023 list ranks the world’s most impactful retailers based on their operations at the beginning of 2022. Kantar’s ranking system gives points to retailers according to their domestic and international […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Kroger will make a more than $770 million incremental investment in its associates during 2023 in order to raise average hourly rates, improve healthcare options and build new training and development opportunities, among other plans. This initiative builds on the $1.9 billion Kroger has invested in its workers since 2018. The grocer’s investments in its […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Specialty arts and crafts retailer Michaels is getting into the online marketplace game, announcing Monday it would feature a curated selection of third-party sellers and increase its U.S. online assortment by 750,000 SKUs. “The launch of Michaels’ curated marketplace for arts, crafts and décor is the next phase of our ongoing digital transformation to be […]
  1. Merchandising
Michaels has launched an online marketplace featuring an expanded product assortment from a curated selection of third-party sellers. The marketplace is designed to exponentially grow Michaels’ online assortment in both new and existing categories by taking the product assortment on its U.S. site from 250,000 to more than 1 million SKUs. Michaels’ marketplace also is […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
This week we do a deep dive into the rapidly changing world of retail real estate with Tom McGee, the CEO of the ICSC, the industry’s biggest trade association. In a wide ranging conversation we get Tom’s view of how the industry continues to evolve from legacy concepts to marketplaces, what the pandemic did to […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
This week on Prof G Markets, Scott breaks down why Home Depot’s disappointing earnings are indicative of healthy market trends. He also takes a look at promising earnings from Stellantis, the second largest EV seller in Europe behind Volkswagen and ahead of Tesla. Finally, Scott explains why companies and resources are nationalized, and discusses what […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
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Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
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The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]