Archive for the ‘RETAIL’ Category

How brands can adapt to the changing in-store model

Retail is in the midst of a stressful transformation that’s producing plenty of collateral damage. As customers’ shopping habits evolve and brands rush to meet them, the end-game for physical stores is taking shape. Stores have suffered — there’s no need to belabor the point. Declines in foot traffic and the convenience of e-commerce have […]

UNFI to acquire SUPERVALU

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), Providence, R.I., announced plans to acquire SUPERVALU INC., Minneapolis, for approximately $2.9 billion. The transaction will greatly expand UNFI’s customer base and exposure across channels, including those where demand for “better for you” products is increasing.

The Retail Real Estate Glut Is Getting Worse

The fall of the Toys “R” Us chain, with more than 700 U.S. stores, shows how much retail real estate has changed in just the last decade. When KKR & Co., Bain Capital, and Vornado Realty Trust took over the company in 2005, the buyers justified the $7.5 billion price, in part, because of the […]

Walmart’s E-Commerce Challenge to Amazon Gets a Reality Check

Walmart proved to be the victim of its own success on Tuesday. The discount retailer’s shares plunged 10% (shedding $31 billion in market cap) after it unnerved investors by reporting a sharper than expected decline in online sales growth. (Most of that was to be expected as it come a year after its 2016 $3 […]

How food, beverage brands are going digital to improve the customer experience

Retailers and brands convened in New York City last week to experience the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, and once of the biggest topics on attendees’ minds was technology. From automation to personalization to social marketing, the growing importance of technology in the shopping experience was definitely top-of-mind for retailers and brands, including those in […]

NRF 2018: RETAIL’S BIG SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION

Over 35,000 retailers and industry partners came to the Javits Center in New York City for NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. Monday marked the second day of the show, with sessions highlighting innovative entrepreneurs, established brands and a range of new retail technologies. Here are some highlights.