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Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Amazon’s Prime Day has solidified its place on the retail calendar along with those more traditional holiday stalwarts. Now positioned as “an epic day (and a half),” the fourth iteration of the Prime-exclusive, global shopping event ...

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Predictions for Christmas 2019/2020

21 Jan 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 4, 2019 It is predictions week. Many retailers have begun to report last year’s performance and give a first glimpse of changes in this year’s approach to winning with consumers. At Retail IQ we celebrate this by publishing pages of predictions ...

 
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Q3 2018 was a quieter quarter for Albertsons Safeway following the decision to call off the merger with Rite Aid in August. Yet, the retailer reported decent results nonetheless. Quarterly sales increased 1.8% to $13.8 billion driven by a 1.9% increase in identical sales and higher fuel sales. ...

 
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The Online Holiday Paradox

14 Jan 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 3, 2019 January 14 is New Year’s Day for those who follow the Julian calendar. So, if I did not get a chance to wish you a Happy Gregorian New Year, please accept my Happy Julian New Year wishes. British retailers have a tradition of reporting their ...

 
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Q3 was another tough quarter for Rite Aid. Despite revenue for the quarter being $5.5 billion up versus the same time a year ago, the retailer still had a net loss of $17.3 million from continuing operations. Now focused on its future as a stand-alone entity following the 2018 collapse of its ...

 
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Walgreens Boots Alliance welcomed fiscal 2019 with a solid Q1 performance. Sales grew 9.9% versus a year ago and 11.4% on a constant currency basis to $33.8 billion. The Retail Pharmacy USA segment sales increased 14.4% in Q1, boosted primarily by the retailer’s acquired Rite Aid stores. ...

 
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Getting a Discounter Facelift

2 Jan 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the (Half) Week Ahead, Week 1 2019 One of the top questions asked by FMCG suppliers when it comes to listing with grocery discounters is: “How do I manage the reaction from the rest of the trade?” This is an excellent question, but very few suppliers ask the more important ...

 
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Following the significant interest in this year’s content, we have expanded our team and are planning to bring you more extensive eCommerce and omnichannel coverage in the new year. In addition to the pieces you rely on to educate your teams, like “The Five Slides You Need” ...

 
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On Wednesday December 12th, Lowe’s held its biennial Investor and Analyst Conference. After a year of significant change in terms of leadership, financial priorities, and key initiatives, Lowe’s new leadership team announced a long-awaited, strategic plan to drive long-term growth ...

 
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Dashing through the … stores? With holiday shopping in full swing, November shopper penetration was positive with nine of the 16 channels tracked reaping significant shopper penetration gains (indices ≥ 103). With retailers vying to be the new toy destination during the holiday season, ...

 
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Who is Number One?

17 Dec 2018  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 51 Quick! Without thinking, write down the answer to this question: “Who is the Number One retailer in the world?” Now, go and ask five other people. Did everyone write down the same answer? Not long ago, that question was relatively easy to answer. ...

 
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Turkish Turbulence

12 Dec 2018  By: Ray Gaul

Have you ever been on an airplane that experiences the type of turbulence that makes you regret you flew that day? When it happens, you are never in doubt that the plane will land, but you suddenly wonder whether you will be feeling 100% when you arrive back on terra firma. Modern Trade Retailing ...

 
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Ulta reported another strong quarter of sales and comps growth in Q3, firing on all cylinders as it heads into the important holiday season. Here’s a quick look at the retailer’s performance and outlook on new initiatives. By the numbers Topline growth of 16% was driven by an 8% ...

 
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Dollar General and Dollar Tree highlighted their growing store bases and a greater commitment to the in-store experience when addressing their third-quarter performance. Both retailers attributed their third-quarter gains to an improved basket size, better in-stocks, and strong Halloween seasonal ...

 
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On Wednesday December 12th, Lowe’s will host its biennial investor meeting, and its first with new CEO Marvin Ellison. In a year of drastic change for Lowe’s, Kantar Consulting’s home improvement team will be listening in for the retailer’s financial guidance and goals ...

 
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Kroger’s 1.6% comparative stores sales were in line with third-quarter guidance, but now set the retailer up for a big task in Q4 to hit its comp guidance for fiscal year 2018. Kroger still anticipates that second-half sales will be in line with first-half sales. Gross margin came in below ...

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