SUPERVALU shareholders have voted to reorganize the company in order to make it easier to sell its retail store operations. As such, sales of banners such as Cub Foods could be concluded before the wholesaler's acquisition by United Natural Foods.
Walmart is working with health insurance provider Anthem to help seniors purchase over-the-counter medications and related health items, the retailer said. In January, Walmart will begin including the items in the Anthem Medicare Advantage plan benefits, either in stores or online.
Americans prefer IKEA for furniture, followed by HomeGoods, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, according to a Market Force survey that ranks retailers on categories including store layout, customer service and merchandise variety. Ace Hardware won with consumers in the hardware category, followed by Menards and Lowe's.
Dr Pepper's new college football campaign features a series of spots that tell the story of a town that loves its local football team. "We conceived what would a world look like that just for college football fans," said Derek Dabrowski, vice president of brand marketing.
Online retailers may have an advantage when it comes to leveraging customer data, but the often negative feedback brick-and-mortar retailers receive can drive positive change as well, executives said during a recent panel. "Engaging with [the consumer] in a way that speaks to what they're looking for and how you meet their needs is how physical retail will thrive," GMDC President and CEO Patrick Spear said.
Amazon's line of Echo Dots Kids Edition devices will get new features, including new skills from Disney, Pac-Man and Hotel Transylvania. The smart speakers will also get "Sleep Sounds," a skill that plays calming sounds to help children sleep.
Texas-based consumer electronics and appliance store Conn's is expanding further in Virginia, with plans to open stores in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Hampton. The company opened its first store in the state a little more than a year ago in Richmond and is planning a second one in Richmond this fall.
A new report from FMI and Acosta details ways grocery retailers can boost sales among health and beauty care products and general merchandise. Suggestions for growth include store placement, competitive pricing and promotions that create awareness.
Ethnic grocers in the Pittsburgh area have thrived by catering to the needs of neighborhood groups and incorporating changes as demographics have changed. That means not only carrying ethnic specialty products that supermarkets will miss but also having products that local students will look for, such as soy milk.
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