Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 4/4/13: What Dollar General could teach Apple; H.Depot’s “Spring Black Friday”


“The Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday” at El Editor.  “The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced it will implement its fourth annual Spring Black Friday event, a weekend of regional savings on hundreds of items to improve the home in preparation for spring starting April 4, 2013.”  Read more:  https://www.eleditor.com/noticiashispanicprwire/23987/spring-black-friday-marks-the-start-of-home-improvements-busiest-shopping-season


“What a Discount Retailer Could Teach Apple” by Suzanne McGee at Fiscal Times.  “Dollar General is well aware of what kind of company it is, its target audience and how to serve them better: its version of innovation, for instance, is to add tobacco products to the list of goods available in its stores. Apple, however, is a business whose model is caught in between the wariness of non-devotees – why should we pay up just for the brand name and the design, these folks argue? – and a lack of new products to appeal to its fans.”  Read more:  https://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/04/04/What-a-Discount-Retailer-Could-Teach-Apple.aspx#0ouRDijbZtgwLg8s.99


“Apple, Walmart Fight Back After Chinese Media Attack” by Doug Young at Forbes.  “Chinese media have feasted on the fact that the world’s biggest retailer has closed a number of stores recently in the cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou…Walmart is finally fighting back with a rare series of media interviews aimed to show how the company is still expanding in China. The articles themselves are rather dull, pointing out that Walmart plans to open 30 new stores this year and spend 500 million yuan to upgrade 50 existing ones.”  Read more:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougyoung/2013/04/03/apple-walmart-fight-back-after-chinese-media-attack/


“Target Takes Bigger Steps Into Home Furnishings” at Fox Business.  “Target could use a boost in home-product sales. Home furnishings and decor made up 18% of Target’s annual sales in 2012, the same as the prior year and down from 19% in 2010. As part of the rollout, Target plans to advertise heavily in print, television and social media, although a spokeswoman declined to say how much the retailer is spending.  “Home decor is the new fashion,” independent analyst Marie Driscoll said. “The consumer is tired of buying another pair of jeans and turning to housewares for fashion and newness.”  Read more:  https://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/04/03/target-takes-bigger-steps-into-home-furnishings/


“Walmart Allegedly Keeps Changing ‘Best By’ Date On Its Donuts” by Carey Polis at Huff Po.  “When you look at “best by” dates on grocery items, you want to trust them — but if different dates are on stickers slapped atop one another, it makes it rather difficult.  Redditor Planet_Rock discovered some apparently not-so-fresh donuts at Walmart. He said he ate them anyway, despite the staleness.”  Read more:  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/walmart-donuts-best-by-date_n_3001563.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003


“Walgreen Clinics Add Care of Chronic Illnesses to Boost Sales” at Bloomberg.   “More than 330 of Walgreen’s roughly 370 Take Care Clinics in stores are now offering chronic-care services as well as advising consumers on whether to seek preventive care such as laboratory tests, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company said today in a statement.”  Read more:  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-04/walgreen-clinics-add-care-of-chronic-illnesses-to-boost-sales.html


“Google Glass Testing Goes To High School” by Ellis Booker at Information Week.  “”I found out Saturday morning. They sent an email and a tweet,” Wettrick told InformationWeek Education in a phone interview. Although happy about being selected, Wettrick said he wasn’t all that surprised, because his class was, he said, a “perfect match.”  “I hate to sound arrogant, but a lot of applicants wanted to film a wedding or a basketball game,” he said. “We represent Google’s spirit.”  Read more:  https://www.informationweek.com/development/mobility/google-glass-testing-goes-to-high-school/240152117


“Family Dollar Stores to Host Second Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call”  WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Read more:  https://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsLang=en&newsId=20130403006402&div=-1245645151


“SUPERVALU Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team”  “Sherry Smith, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company at the end of May. Smith has served as the company’s CFO since her appointment in December 2010. She has spent 26 years with SUPERVALU and previously served as senior vice president, finance. The company plans to announce a new CFO at a later date.”  Read more:  https://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsLang=en&newsId=20130403005733&div=-1245645151


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