Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/20/12: Walmart MBA, RadioShack in Afghanistan

  Follow us on Twitter @retaileyeretail “Extreme Franchising: Bringing RadioShack to Afghanistan” by Nick Leiber at Bloomberg Businessweek.  “The next time you stroll through downtown Kabul, you might be able to buy batteries from a RadioShack outlet, the result of a new effort by the U.S. to shore up Afghanistan’s economy: selling American franchises to […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 12/19/12: “How Walmart Used Payoffs in Mexico”, Kroger/Dollar Stores May Benefit from Food Inflation

  “The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico” by David Barstow in NY Times.  “But 30 miles away in Mexico City, at the headquarters of Wal-Mart de Mexico, executives were not about to be thwarted by an unfavorable zoning decision. Instead, records and interviews show, they decided to undo […]

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 […]