Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 3/8/13: Kroger’s Robust Sales; Walgreen’s First Net Zero Energy Store

  “Walmart Launches Online Site That Connects Shoppers with Products Supporting Small Women-Owned Businesses Around the World”  “As merchants, we’re always looking for new products to share with our customers that are quality, on-trend and priced right,” said Kelly Thompson, senior vice president of merchandising, Walmart.com. “The products from the Empowering Women Together collection deliver […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 3/7/13: “Big box is so last decade”; Target’s SXSW contest

  “Why Walmart Is Betting Big On Small Stores” by Lydia Dishman at Forbes.  “Big box is so last decade. That’s why Walmart is upping the ante on its expansion efforts with smaller stores. According to Bill Simon, head of Walmart’s U.S. division who spoke on an industry conference call yesterday, “They compete really well against […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 3/6/13: Google’s Rumored Alliance with Walmart & Target

  “Google’s Rumored Target and Walmart Alliance Could Scare the Prime Out of Amazon” by Louis Bedigian at Benzinga.  “Google is reportedly working on a new shopping service to take on Amazon Prime.  According to TechCrunch, the new service (which is being referred to as “Google Shopping Express”) will retail at $64 or $69 a […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 3/5/13: Highlights – H.Depot’s Raymond James Conf.; Safeway Overcharges

  Home Depot Presents at Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference (3/4/13) Presented by Home Depot’s Kevin Hoffman — President, Online Highlights: *  50% of Home Depot sales involve online properties in some shape or form *  Aim to have endless aisles *  600,000 skus online vs. 35,000 in typical store *  One in four hit […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 3/4/13: Amazon’s “#1 weapon”; Marching to Publix

  “Wal-Mart Anxious to Combat Amazon’s Lead in Web Vendors” by Renee Dudley at Bloomberg.  “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is “anxious” to take on Amazon.com Inc.’s Marketplace, where independent merchants sell millions of products.  According to minutes from a Feb. 1 officers meeting led by U.S. Chief Executive Officer Bill Simon, Wal-Mart considers Marketplace Amazon’s “number […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 3/1/13: 2013 World’s Most Admired Co’s; Walmart’s Empty Shelves

  “2013 World’s Most Admired Companies” at Fortune.  “Asked to name the best of the best, 3,800 executives, directors, and analysts chose these businesses.  Highlights: #1 – Apple #3 – Amazon #19 – Whole Foods #22 – Target #23 – Costco #27 – Walmart #45 – Home Depot See the full list:  https://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/most-admired/2013/list/?iid=wma_lp_toprr   “Wal-Mart […]