Today’s Tipsheet: Duck Dynasty at Wmart Mtg | JD Power Ranks H.Depot #5 | Costco Comps +5%


“Home Depot No. 5 on J.D. Power Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction rankings” by Jacques Couret at Atlanta Business Journal.  “The Home Depot Inc. ranked fifth place on the J.D. Power 2013 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study.  The Atlanta-based home improvement giant scored 747 (out of 1,000) in the study, which was below the industry average of 758.  Ace Hardware topped the list, followed by Menard’s, Lowe’s and True Value.”  Read more:


“Costco Same-Store Sales +5% in May ” (Co. Press Release).  “For the thirty-nine weeks ended June 2, 2013, the Company reported net sales of $77.13 billion, an increase of eight percent from $71.28 billion during the similar period last year.”  Read more:


“Costco May same-store sales miss expectations” at Reuters.  “Analysts on average were expecting sales to rise 5.5 percent, including the effects of fuel, according to Thomson Reuters Data.  Net sales at the Issaquah, Washington-based retailer rose 7 percent to $8.13 billion for the four-week period ended June 2.”  Read more:


“Duck Dynasty Sings Praises of Association with Walmart” by Kim Souza at The City Wire.  “Willie Robertson said the family’s duck calls got into 40 stores originally from going door-to-door. He said the hit television show, was launched from a series of DVDs first made for distribution at Wal-Mart.  “Back then I told them not to film my uncle Si, and boy was that a mistake. Everywhere I go today, people ask me where is Si and if he is really that way. He is quite the cat for sure,” Robertson said…Korie Robertson said the Robertson men used to shave their beards before calling on Wal-Mart at the home office in Bentonville.  “Nobody could recognize them without the facial hair so Willie said the beards are who we are and they haven’t shaved since,” she said.”  Read more:


“Brand Z Releases 100 Most Valuable Global Brands”

*  #14 – Amazon

*  #18 – Walmart

*  #41 – Home Depot

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“Suppliers benefit from Wal-Mart sourcing goals” by Kim Souza at The City Wire.  “Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of Walmart home, told the media Wednesday afternoon that the retailer is making “great strides” since the (Buy U.S.) initiative was announced earlier this year. She said two-thirds of the products in Walmart U.S. stores are already sourced from the U.S.”  Read more:


“Walgreens May Sales Increase 4.3 Percent”  “Total front-end sales increased 3.4 percent compared with the same month in fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.2 percent. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 3.5 percent while basket size increased 4.7 percent.”  Read more:


“Brands and Retailers Holding Back On Green Message”  “Notably, markedly few executives (less than one in six) felt sustainability was being driven by consumer demand. Communication (or lack thereof) continues to be at the core of this issue.  According to the Market LOHAS Research and Insight Team, “What this means is that shoppers remain unaware of the growing range of sustainable options across category and channel. They may not be able to put their money where their hearts are as much as they’d like.” Read more:


“Consumer Study Says Many Dads Lean in at Home to Share Roles as Caregiver and Shopper”  “Many American fathers are embracing their dual roles at home as nurturer and household manager, with roughly 2 in 5 (43 percent) saying they share equally in acting as a caregiver to their children and nearly half (45 percent) reporting sole responsibility for managing home expenses, according to the Gibbs & Soell Domestic Dads™ Study.”  Read more:


“Consumers Shop Convenience Stores As Regularly As Supermarkets”  “When asked how often consumers shop in a convenience store, 59% of the respondents reported more than once a week, with that number increasing to over 70% among 18-44 year olds. Surprisingly 25% of the consumers surveyed reported that they shop in a convenience store more or as frequently as they shop at the supermarket or grocery store.”  Read more:


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