Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/18/12: Home Depot Acquires Blacklocus, Amazon Gamechanger

  “Home Depot Starts Innovation Lab in Austin by Acquiring Blacklocus” by Kira Newman at Tech Cocktail.  “Today, BlackLocus announced that it was acquired by The Home Depot and will become the Home Depot’s Innovation Lab in Austin, Texas.BlackLocus makes business software for retailers that turns lots of data into understandable, actionable information. As part […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/17/12: Walmart Discounts Apple & Cozies up with Facebook

  “Stores offer same-day delivery to compete with Amazon” by Shan Li at LA Times.  “The EBay Now pilot project was launched in August, partnering with the likes of Macy’s, Target and Best Buy. Basically, a customer orders an item on a smartphone and an EBay “valet” personally delivers by the end of the day […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/14/12: Walmart & Home Depot online problems, Kroger & Walmart among Hostess bidders

    “Wal-Mart, Kroger among Hostess bidders: report” at Reuters.  “Hostess Brands Inc, the bankrupt Twinkie and Wonder Bread maker, has received bids for assets being sold by about two dozen parties including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Kroger Co, according to a media report on Thursday.  Some of the bidders are interested in acquiring all […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/13/12: Walmart CEO’s biggest regret, Costco comps jump, Dollar General up in smoke

  “Walmart CEO Mike Duke Shares His Biggest Regret” by Ashley Lutz at Business Insider.  “When Dan Doctoroff, the president of Bloomberg LP, asked Duke his biggest regret, he said:  “When I look back, I wish we had moved faster. We’ve proven ourselves to be successful in many areas, and I simply wonder why we […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet for 12/12/12: Walmart trends report, Amazon mounts your TV, Dollar store growth

  Walmart Economic and Customer Trends Report – Q3 2012.  Highlights: Tradeoff between diaper and baby cream sales signals we’re still in difficult economic times according to Walmart’s unconventional “Diaper Rash Indicator… “Diaper Rash Indicator:  In at attempt to save money in down economic times, parents with children in diapers try to save costs by […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/11/12: Walmart in China, Lowe’s resets, Amazon’s “Yasiv”

  “Sea Bass With Barbie Dolls Challenge Wal-Mart in China” at Bloomberg News (Video and Text).  “Shelves stacked to the ceiling with low-price hot sauce, Barbie dolls, and noodles stand near tanks where shoppers can fish out live sea bass for dinner. Welcome to RT-Mart, China’s version of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.   From Shanghai to Chengdu, […]