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With disruptions coming from both physical and digital challengers, Walgreens, CVS, and other drug players will need to evolve if they hope to remain at the top of the channel. Through this lens, we can better understand Walgreens’ recent announcement to close 200 stores. While signaling ...

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Followers: 118

With disruptions coming from both physical and digital challengers, Walgreens, CVS, and other drug players will need to evolve if they hope to remain at the top of the channel. Through this lens, we can better understand Walgreens’ recent announcement to close 200 stores. While signaling ...

 
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Two and a half years ago, Sam’s Club CEO John Furner promised a revamped Sam’s Club with renewed growth, relevance, and vision. In its most recent quarter, Sam’s Club continues to demonstrate proof that its strategy is working with strong performance and room to grow in the ...

 
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Aldi and Lidl are finding growth in ways never imagined from ‘hard discounters’. For the past 15 years, both retailers have been investing heavily in fresh food supply chain including in-store bakeries, food-to-go range, and seasonal fruits, veg, meats, and fish. This has helped ...

 
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Despite the summer’s generally strong role in driving home improvement project demand, Home Depot’s performance softened in Q2, with total sales increasing by 1.2% compared to the same period in 2018. In addition to slowing sales growth, the retailer’s comps took a relative ...

 
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Target reported yet another strong quarter of growth in Q2. With comps up 3.4% on top of the impressive 6.5% comp it achieved in the year-ago quarter, Target is proving that its strategies have staying power and are resonating with guests. Stores contributed a 1.5% comp while online sales grew ...

 
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We are excited to provide on-demand access to our recent webinar: The New Tech Consumer and Canadian Retail. During the session, Dave Marcotte and Casey Ferrell outlined the blended relationship Canadian consumers and retailers have with technology. In addition to providing a range of balanced ...

 
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In our most recent loyalty research Kantar found that attaining consumer loyalty is a continuous challenge for suppliers facing a multitude of external factors in their attempts to understand complex drivers behind shopper decision-making. At the same time, new data insights are increasingly ...

 
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CVS Health posted healthy second-quarter results, driven by growth across the enterprise, with the Retail/Long-Term Care and Pharmacy Services segments performing particularly well. Within the Retail/LTC segment, CVS’s front-store continued its positive trend, with comparable sales growing ...

 
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The widening gap between Haves and Have Nots continues to polarize shoppers with distinctly different needs. The obvious response from both suppliers and retailers has been to reposition their offer to address the specific needs of two sets of shoppers. In some respects, this has created an ...

 
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Ahold Delhaize USA reported 0.2% growth in Q2 2019 for both comparable sales without fuel and net sales. This growth amounted to USD10.9 billion in net sales for the quarter when a strike at its Stop & Shop banner cost the company $345 million in sales. For the first half of the year, the ...

 
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Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week 32, 2019 Whenever a financial director talks about “the Delta”, they typically mean the difference between two points in time or between two lines in a spreadsheet. However, the word can have multiple meanings, one of these being a triangle. ...

 
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Retailers and brands are putting the finishing touches on their final back-to-school displays in time for the height of the season. This year, time- and cash-constrained shoppers are looking for practical solutions to common problems. While back-to-school spending is still expected to rise, ...

 
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The Sustainability Gap

29 Jul 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week 31, 2019 There can be little doubt that retailers are accelerating their investments in sustainability. A review of two statistics should be enough to convince doubters that this is a serious topic for retailers. First, the number of pages each retailer ...

 
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Last week Walmart announced it will integrate the finance and supply chain teams for its stores and eCommerce businesses. Michael Dastugue, Walmart US Chief Financial Officer, will lead the finance organization and report into Walmart Inc. CFO Brett Biggs; Steve Schmitt, will move from his role ...

 
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Amazon reported another quarter of double-digit net sales growth, but operating income slowed considerably due to the rollout of one-day free shipping and other investments. Here’s a quick summary of the highlights from Amazon North America’s second-quarter earnings call yesterday: One-day ...

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