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Anticounterfeiting Group Kicks Out Alibaba For Perceived Failure To Act Against Fake Products

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding's membership in the AntiCounterfeiting Coalition has been revoked by the anti-counterfeiting organization. According to a letter sent by the group to its 250 members, the coalition’s board of directors said it decided to suspend a recently created membership category under which Alibaba was admitted in April 2016. Also, the group cited concern from global brands about the Chinese e-commerce company's commitment to fighting fake products.
Kathy Chu, "Alibaba Suspended From Anticounterfeiting Group", The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Carrefour Announces France Unit Reorganization And Executive Appointments

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Carrefour announced several executive appointments and details of a recent corporate reorganization in France. Director of French supermarkets Alain Rabec is appointed director of French hypermarkets, succeeding Eric Bourgeois who has left the company. Jerome Hamrit is named commercial and marketing director for French hypermarkets. Herve Flambard is appointed director of French supermarkets, while Vince Abello is named director for merchandise and supply chain of Carrefour France.
"Carrefour: New organization in France", Carrefour, May 13, 2016, © Carrefour
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Retail Sales Recovered Slightly In April 2016, U.S. Government Report Says

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Retail sales rose 1.3 percent in April 2016, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Data from the agency revealed online retailers, including Amazon and eBay, jumped 10.7 percent, compared from the same period in the previous year. NPD Group chief industry analyst Marshal Cohen said, “online is cannibalizing the store business.” Sales at department stores have recovered slightly; however, for the past 12 months, they were down 1.7 percent. According to NPD Group, impulse buys account for 45 percent of in-store purchases, but only 23 percent of online purchases.
Josh Boak et al, "How Online Shopping Is Cannibalising Mall Stores", Business of Fashion, May 13, 2016, © The Business of Fashion
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Walmart Unveils Two-Day Free Shipping To Battle Amazon Online

May 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart is testing a two-day free shipping membership service as part of its efforts to compete with online retailer Amazon.com’s Prime service. According to the retailer, the service is an expansion of the program it tested in June 2015 when it launched a three-day delivery service. Called ShippingPass, Walmart’s service costs $49 a year and is supported by eight massive e-commerce warehouses across the US. Also, Walmart is using 80 of its 4,600 stores to send orders, get closer to customers, and reduce delivery time.
Phil Wahba, "Walmart Launches Two-Day Free Shipping to Take On Amazon", Fortune, May 12, 2016, © Time Inc.
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Carrefour Launches Women's Rights Campaign In Italy

May 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Carrefour launched its Carrefour for Her campaign for gender equality in Italy. Part of the retailer’s Women Leaders corporate project, the campaign aims to raise awareness of gender equality among its employees and the general public. During May 2016, in all Carrefour stores and franchise stores across the country, part of the proceeds from three different floral bouquets will go to UN Women, the United Nations agency promoting gender equality and women’s rights.
"Carrefour Italy launches Carrefour for Her campaign to promote the inclusion of women and cultivate their potential", EPR Retail News, May 12, 2016, © EPR Retail News
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Kroger Receives Honor From Rainforest Alliance For Forest-Friendly Sourcing Program

May 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kroger Co. received the Supply Chain Partnership Award from the Rainforest Alliance in recognition of the retailer’s development of responsible sourcing program for its Home Sense line of tissue products. Rainforest Alliance’s third-party certification process is designed to ensure the management of millions of acres of working forest is done according to sustainability standards. Kroger stores sell many products, such as Private Selection Coffees, Private Selection Roses, and Home Sense tissues, that feature the green frog seal of forest-friendliness and sustainability.
"Kroger Honored by Rainforest Alliance's Inaugural Supply Chain Partnership Award", Kroger , May 12, 2016, © The Kroger Company
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Kroger Adopts Multi-Format Strategy To Prepare For Growing Competition

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kroger aims to improve its ability to compete in the retail market by acquiring smaller operators with different formats. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum, Kroger chief financial officer Michael Schlotman said the retailer creates its business plan with a focus on what it perceives as a constantly growing competition in the market. Lessons Kroger learns from its acquired companies help the retailer stay relevant to its customers in different markets. For example, its acquisition of Roundy’s has taught Kroger how to operate in downtown locations, while its Ruler Foods unit helps the retailer compete with Aldi and other discount retailers. Kroger also competes in the high-end fresh and natural food segment through its Main & Vine unit, while its private label “Simple Truth” helps it to focus on the growing market for organics.
"Why Kroger is deploying a multi-format strategy", Retail Analysis, May 11, 2016, © The Institute of Grocery Distribution and IGD Services Limited
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Stocks Of Major US Retailers Fall While Amazon.com Soars

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shares of stocks of leading US retailers have fallen significantly after reports of weak sales in April 2016. Macy’s shares dropped 15 percent after the retailer posted poor results for its April quarter, dragging down with it many of the major retailers, including Target, Kohl, and Walmart. Retailers saw their shares fall much steeper than the 1.2 percent fall in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and in contrast to online retailer Amazon.com’s 1.5 percent jump. Data from market research firm eMarketer revealed Amazon’s e-commerce revenue grew 15.8 percent in the last 12 months to $82.7 billion.
Phil Wahba, "In Two Charts, How Amazon Is Killing Its Traditional Competitors", Fortune, May 11, 2016, © Time Inc.
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Carrefour Launches Online Store In Beijing

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
French retailer Carrefour launched its O2O online store in Beijing, China. Integrating store delivery and multiple payment methods, the online store will offer dual-language services, and will allow product returns and exchange at all of the retailer’s locations. Carrefour launched its O2O business in Shanghai in June 2015.
"Carrefour Unveils O2O E-commerce Services In Beijing", China Retail News, May 11, 2016, © Chinaretailnews.Com
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Beautycounter Joins Target To Launch Limited-Edition Line Of Skincare And Cosmetics Products

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beautycounter partnered with Target to launch a collection of skincare and cosmetics products that will be sold at the retailer’s 1,500 stores. To be available in September 12 to November 5, 2016, while supplies last, the collection is Target’s first limited-edition partnership with a beauty brand. According to the companies, the collection will include 17 products with prices ranging from $12 to $39, including 11 of Beautycounter’s bestselling products, five kits, and a new product called Nourishing Face Oil. Also, the partnership deal represents Beautycounter’s debut in the mass-market retail segment.
Rachel Brown, "Beautycounter and Target Collaborate on Limited-Edition Collection", Women’s Wear Daily, May 10, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Retailing In Americas Had Both Good And Bad In 2015, Euromonitor International Says

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In 2015, retailers in the Americas opened 24,300 new stores, adding 8.5 million square meters to total retail space in the region, according to Euromonitor International. Data from the market research firm revealed the market generated $4.2 trillion in sales during the year; however, 2015 had good and bad developments, with most countries in Latin America recording moderate to healthy growth in their local currencies. Also, non-store retailing has been growing across the region, with online sales in North America accounting for 70 percent of non-store sales and 42 percent in Latin America. North American consumers spent $12 out of every $100 shopping on purchases made through non-store channels, while their Latin American counterparts spent $6 out of $100. Online sales’ lower share of non-store retail in Latin America was due to the popularity of direct selling and low access to the internet and low penetration of credit cards in some countries in the region.
"Retailing in the Americas: Key Stories", Euromonitor International, May 10, 2016, © Euromonitor International
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Jet.com Launches Grocery Delivery Service In Some US Locations

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Startup online retailer Jet.com expanded its product offerings to include groceries. Seeking to compete with online giant Amazon.com, the company is pilot testing grocery delivery service in parts of New York City and New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Delivery will be free for purchases worth more than $35, the company said. Jet.com's free delivery service is expected to help the company compete with more established rivals, such as Peapod, FreshDirect, and Instacart.
Jason Del Rey, "Amazon rival Jet.com just started selling fresh groceries like milk and eggs", Recode, May 10, 2016, © Vox Media, Inc.
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N.J. Bakery Transforms The Italian Rainbow Cookie Into A Doughnut

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Yet another variation on the basic, simple product proves that doughnuts are endlessly malleable and mashable. A New Jersey bakery has taken a cue from the time-honored Italian rainbow cookie to create the rainbow cookie doughnut. The concoction is essentially three layers of marzipan and jelly doughnuts – green, white, and red – drizzled with a chocolate coating. The owner of the Glaze Doughnuts bakery, which sells 138 doughnut varieties, has also invented Nutella s'mores doughnuts and prosciutto and cantaloupe doughnuts.
Alexandra Martell, "You Have to See What This Doughnut Looks Like When You Bite Into It", Cosmopolitan, May 10, 2016, © Hearst Communications, Inc.
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Tesco Signs Wholesale Deal To Sell UK Favorites In Spain Through El Corte Ingles

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
UK retailer Tesco signed a wholesale deal with Spain-based department store El Corte Ingles. As part of the deal, Tesco will sell British favorites, such as teas, biscuits, and cereals. For its part, Tesco will sell El Corte Ingles products, including sherry vinegar, sliced meats, and extra virgin olive oil, in the UK. Tesco and El Corte Ingles started in late 2015 a test marketing of the products in five Tesco stores in London.
Sarah Butler, "Tesco to sell British favourites in Spain via El Corte Ingles", The Guardian, May 09, 2016, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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Saks Fifth Avenue Adds 360-Degree VR Video To Glam Gardens Campaign

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Saks Fifth Avenue launched the “Glam Gardens 2016: The Secret Garden,” a 360-degree virtual reality video supporting the department store chain’s 2016 Glam Gardens campaign. According to the company, the VR video is designed to provide consumers who are unable to personally experience the marketing initiative a chance to experience the beauty brands offered by the retailer. Now on its second year, the campaign comes with the theme “The Secret Garden.” It is presented by Mastercard and will integrate multichannel platforms, including a blog, store window displays, and digital experiences, such as Snapchat geofilters.
Jen King, "Saks’ Glam Gardens blossom in virtual reality-enabled film", Luxury Daily, May 09, 2016, © Napean LLC
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Physical Stores Grab 69.8 Percent Of Consumer Spending On Entertainment In April Quarter 2016

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In the UK entertainment industry, high street and grocery stores accounted for 69.8 percent of entertainment spend for the 12-week period ending April 10, 2016, compared with 67.5 percent in the previous year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Music with its 1 percent decline was the best performing category in the physical entertainment industry, compared with games and video falling 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. During the quarter, 77 percent of games were purchased in physical stores.
"Bricks and mortar outshine online retailers in the UK", Kantar Worldpanel, May 09, 2016, © Kantar Worldpanel
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Kiehl's Expands Atlanta Store; Adds More Grooming Products For Men

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kiehl’s USA expanded its store in Atlanta, Georgia, to 1,200 square feet. While retaining its signature apothecary aesthetic and design, which includes design elements from the original pharmacy, a teaching skeleton, and a signature motorcycle, the upgraded Lenox Square store features a men’s grooming segment designed for specialized grooming education and product demonstrations. Company president Chris Salgado is keen on introducing men to proper skincare, believing it is both a teaching and a marketing process. According to Salgado, about 18 percent of the company’s products sold in Atlanta are targeted at men, and approximately 30 percent of its customers are men.
Mary Welch, "Kiehl's expands store and men's grooming products", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 09, 2016, © The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Supermarkets Post Strong Sales Growth In April Quarter 2016, Kantar Worldpanel Says

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Supermarket sales in Ireland grew 3.8 percent in the 12-week period ending April 24, 2016, compared with the same period in the previous year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. SuperValu retained its dominant position in the market, accounting for 23 percent of consumer spend on groceries, with sales increasing 2.8 percent during the period. Tesco stays in second place, with 22.2 percent of the market and volume sales rising 2.7 percent. Dunnes Stores saw its sales growing 8.0 percent, while Lidl maintained its position as fastest-growing retailer, with 11.2 percent of the market.
"Grocery spend rises in Ireland", Kantar Worldpanel, May 09, 2016, © Kantar Worldpanel
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Amazon Launches New Way For Paying For Prime Membership In UK

May 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Online retailer Amazon introduced a new way of paying for its Prime service in the UK, with shoppers now able to pay a monthly fee of £7.99. Currently in testing and with a full launch in the UK expected to come soon, the monthly option offers the same benefits as those of the £79 yearly service and can be cancelled at any time. Amazon Prime membership offers unlimited one-day delivery and access to Amazon movies and TV programs and other services.
Rebecca Rutt, "Amazon to offer flexible Prime membership for £7.99 a month - but that's £96 if you stay for a year", Mail Online, May 07, 2016, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Tesco Rethinks Large Stores To Better Serve Shoppers

May 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
UK retailer Tesco is renovating and updating its large-format stores to improve its ability to connect with shoppers. Steps are being taken to better serve customers who shop more frequently and buy fewer things compared with traditional weekly family shoppers. Also, Tesco took steps to make its produce section look better and improve how it connects with other parts of the store. Tesco is also working to create categories that will attract consumers and to maintain its lead in the online retail sector by letting shoppers use multichannel platforms for buying.
"How Tesco is reinventing the large format store", Retail Analysis, May 05, 2016, © The Institute of Grocery Distribution and IGD Services Limited
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EBay Agrees To Buy Machine-Learning Firm Expertmaker

May 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Online auction and retail platform eBay said it has agreed to acquire Sweden-based machine-learning technology firm Expertmaker. Since 2010, Expertmaker has been a partner of eBay as part of the online seller’s structured data initiative. According to eBay, the acquisition is part of its efforts to improve its product catalog and make it easier for users to find products they want to buy from the website’s more than 900 million listings.
Natalie Gagliordi, "eBay buys Swedish machine learning startup Expertmaker", ZD Net, May 05, 2016, © CBS Interactive
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Branded Manufacturers Build Partnerships With Discount Retailers; Discounters Sell More Branded Products

May 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Discount retailers in Europe are selling more products from branded manufacturers as part of their efforts to sustain growth and respond to shoppers' needs. Nestle and Procter & Gamble in Germany, already partners with Aldi Sud for a while, increased the number of their products sold at the discounter's stores. Branded manufacturers need to sell their products through discounters; however, they face the risks of price spirals, price erosion, as well as creating strains in relationships with conventional retailers.
Miloš Ryba, "More brands on Aldi’s shelves", Retail Analysis, May 05, 2016, © The Institute of Grocery Distribution and IGD Services Limited
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UK Supermarket Sales Growth Slows Down In April Quarter 2016

May 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In the UK, supermarkets saw their sales increase by only 0.1 percent for the 12-week period ending April 24, 2016, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Data revealed sales growth for the period was slower than the 1.1 percent growth rate reported in April 2016. According to analyst Fraser McKevitt, the market's overall volume growth of 1 percent is in line with the country's population growth. Amid the market conditions, the Co-operative growth continues, with sales growing 3.3 percent year-on-year, and market share growing to 6.2 percent. Waitrose saw its market share rise 0.1 percentage points to 5.2 percent, boosted by 1.5 percent sales growth.
"Consumers reap the rewards of cheaper goods and simplified pricing", Kantar Worldpanel, May 04, 2016, © Kantar Worldpanel
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Whole Foods Market Reports Weaker Same-Store Sales In 2Q 2016

May 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Whole Foods Market, Inc., reported comparable store sales fell 3.0 percent for the second quarter of 2016. For the 12-week period ending April 10, 2016, the company posted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $353 million, or 9.5 percent of sales. Diluted earnings per share were $0.44, with adjusted return on invested capital at 14 percent. During the quarter, the retailer produced $343 million in cash flow from operations and invested $159 million in capital expenditures.
"Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter Results", Whole Foods Market, May 04, 2016, © Whole Foods Market
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Sephora, Ulta Beauty And Bath & Body Works Among Favorite Feel-Good Retailers In US, Survey Says

May 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailers Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Bath & Body Works are included in WSL Strategic Retail’s list of the top 10 favorites of consumers who want to shop at stores that make them feel good. Part of the market research firm’s How America Shops MegaTrends study, the list reflects the trend where consumers are simplifying their spending habits and are adopting more responsible purchasing. Results of the survey, which covered 1,700 shoppers, revealed 55 percent of women said the priority is paying off debt; saving, 48 percent; and vacations, 35 percent. Also, 80 percent said they are simplifying how they take care of their homes; simplifying beauty routines, 70 percent; staying home more, 66 percent; and spending less time shopping, 60 percent.
Allison Collins , "Consumers Shift Spending to Feel-Good Retailers, Survey Says", Women's Wear Daily, May 03, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Demand Grows For Ingestible Beauty Products In United States

April 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty and personal care products that come in a pill or drinkable-liquid form are becoming popular in the United States, with sales of supplements aimed at the face growing from $1 million in 2013 to more than $4 million in 2015, according to NPD Group. Sales of ingestible products are expected to keep growing, driven by endorsement by celebrities, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. There are questions about these products’ safety and effectiveness; however, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration does not have enough manpower to make sure they are safe and they work as their manufacturers claim. At present, there is a lack of science-based evidence supporting manufacturers’ claims; nevertheless, beauty companies are introducing their own lineups of ingestible beauty products. Retailers, including Urban Outfitters, Sephora, and CAP are selling these products.
Kelli Kennedy, "Beauty trend shakes up cosmetics market", Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2016, © Hearst Newspapers, LLC
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Mobile Commerce Growth Pushes Legacy Retailers To Innovate And Be Nimble

April 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Growing consumer use of mobile commerce is forcing the largest retailers in the United States to change the way they do business. Legacy retailers Macy's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, and Target are leading the market's push for mobile commerce, according to Bloomberg Intelligence senior retail analyst Poonan Goyal. For Wal-Mart, digital sales growth added 20–30 basis points to the retailer's same-store sales for more than 10 quarters. Macy's owns the market's best mobile app in terms of technicality, while J.C. Penney saw mobile traffic grow 25 percent and conversion jumped to 60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Barbara Thau, "How Mobile Commerce Is Changing The Face Of The Nation's Biggest Retailers, From Wal-Mart To Macy's", Forbes, April 30, 2016, © Forbes Media LLC
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Sephora Opens Account On Wishbone Mobile Application

April 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Sephora created its corporate account on the mobile application Wishbone. After marking its debut on the mobile platform, the company is connecting with consumers by sharing photographs of beauty products and styles. Wishbone users can vote for their preferred products and styles. To help promote its Wishbone presence, Sephora announced to its Snapchat followers its presence on the emerging mobile social media platform.
Brielle Jaekel, "Sephora solidifies presence as trusted beauty source with Wishbone adoption", Mobile Marketer, April 29, 2016, © Napean LLC
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Target Tests Robotic Store Clerk In San Francisco

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Target is testing a robot in one of its stores in San Francisco. Built by Simbe Robotics, the robot named Tally can move by itself around the store while checking for misplaced, mispriced, or low-stock products. In September 2015, Target partnered with startup incubator Techstars to invest in and mentor companies developing retail-related technologies. Other retailers, including Lowe’s subsidiary Orchard Supply Hardware and Best Buy, are also testing robots with retail applications.
Jonathan Vanian, "Target's New Robot Helper Is Busy At Work On Aisle 3", Fortune, April 28, 2016, © Time Inc.
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Shopping Malls Suffer From Too Much Retail Space And Too Few Customers

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shopping malls in Singapore are facing hard times, due to consumer reluctance to spend, falling retail sales, and high rental cost. Data from the country's Urban Redevelopment Authority revealed that the vacancy rate in the Orchard Road area jumped 1.2 percentage points to 8.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Malls from Orchard Road to the Marina Bay area are suffering from high vacancy rates and landlords are finding it hard to attract and retain tenants. Claymore Connect, Shaw Centre, Pacific Plaza, and other major shopping malls have too much retail space and have seen falling consumer traffic and sales.
"Cautious consumers, falling retail sales, high cost and strong dollar leading to empty malls", The Straits Times, April 28, 2016, © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co.
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Amazon Posts Strong Sales Growth In 1Q 2016

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. reported net sales grew 28 percent to $29.1 billion in the first quarter of 2016, compared with $22.7 billion in the same quarter of 2015. Net sales would have increased 29 percent, minus the $210 million unfavorable impact from foreign exchange rates fluctuations during the quarter. Operating income for the quarter reached $1.1 billion, compared with $255 million in 2015. Net income was $513 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $57 million in the previous year.
"Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion", Amazon, April 28, 2016, © Amazon.com, Inc.
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JCPenney, Sephora Mark 10 Years Of Joint Concept Sephora Inside JCPenney

April 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer JCPenney and beauty retailer Sephora are celebrating the 10th year of their collaborative retail concept Sephora inside JCPenney. As part of the celebration, the companies are opening 60 new Sephora inside JCPenney stores, including a new flagship location in Salinas, California. Sephora inside JCPenney is a major feature in more than half of JCPenney’s 1,000 stores. Almost half of the 60 new locations will open on April 29, 2016, with the remaining branches scheduled for opening by June 17, the companies said.
"JCPENNEY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF SEPHORA INSIDE JCPENNEY WITH GRAND OPENING OF 60 NEW LOCATIONS", J. C. Penney , April 26, 2016, © J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
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UK Households' Discretionary Income Gains £12 Year-On-Year In March 2016

April 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In the UK, the average household had £198 a week of discretionary income in March 2016, compared with £186 in the same period in 2016, according to the Asda Income Tracker report for March 2016. Year-on-year net income growth recovered in February 2016 but slowed slightly again in the latest study. Also, with the overall price of essential items starting to rise on a yearly basis, additional costs are having a more significant impact on discretionary incomes. Spending power also grew slowly, due to the 2 percent drop in total pay growth. Annual consumer price inflation rose to 0.5 percent, higher than the 0.3 percent recorded in the previous two months and representing the highest rate of headline inflation since December 2014.
"Asda Income Tracker April 2016", Asda, April 26, 2016, © Asda
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Walmart De Mexico Reports Strong Profit Jump In 1Q 2016

April 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart de Mexico reported net profit jumped 30 percent to 6.72 billion pesos, or $387 million, with sales rising 13.2 percent to 125.5 billion pesos, in the first quarter of 2016. According to the company, profitability and cash generation performed better than analyst forecasts. One of the factors that helped the retailer’s sales performance was the weakening of the Mexican peso against the US dollar. This strengthened the purchasing power of families who receive dollar remittances from relatives who together sent $24.8 billion back to the country in 2015.
Amy Guthrie, "Wal-Mart de Mexico Profit Up", Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Brand Origin Most Important Purchasing Driver For 28 Percent Of Global Consumers, Nielsen Study Reveals

April 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Brand origin is as important as nine other purchasing drivers for 46 percent of global respondents, with 28 percent saying brand origin is more important than other factors affecting purchasing decisions, according to Nielsen. Data from the market research firm’s “Made In Which… Country?” report revealed 59 percent of respondents said they buy local brands because they support local businesses, with 65 percent of North American respondents expressing the opinion. When buying online, respondents said they are more likely to buy global brands for durable and electronics and local brands for consumable products.
"Made in... Which Country? Nearly 75% of Global Consumers List Brand Origin as Key Purchase Driver", Nielsen, April 26, 2016, © The Nielsen Company
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Walmart Names Former EBay Executive VP Of Global Product For E-Commerce Unit

April 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. appointed Jordan Sweetnam as vice president of global product for Walmart Global E-commerce. Sweetnam, eBay Inc.’s recently departed VP of seller experience, will manage Walmart.com’s user experience and product management teams. Sweetnam’s appointment comes two weeks after the retailer’s announcement of its plans to expand its marketplace business by increasing the number of merchants selling on the Walmart.com platform.
Fareeha Ali , "Walmart.com hires the head of eBay’s seller experience", Internet Retailer, April 26, 2016, © Vertical Web Media
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Tesco Adopts If This Then That Technology; Plans To Open Up Online Platform To Third-Party Developers

April 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
UK retailer Tesco adopted the If This Then That technology to allow customers to install automatic grocery orders on Tesco.com. IFTTT allows customers to connect two separate platforms, such as a Tesco.com account and a Nike+ running application. Also, Tesco launched a new API, which gives third-party developers expanded access to the company’s backend website. Developed through Tesco Labs, the retailer’s innovation unit, Tesco’s innovations hint at adopting a more open future, even hinting that customers may later be allowed to create and modify baskets or access records of previous purchases on third-party apps and services.
Shona Ghosh, "Why Tesco is pioneering frictionless grocery shopping", Marketing Magazine, April 26, 2016, © Haymarket
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Korean Beauty Retailer Aritaum Launches In Canada, US

April 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retail chain Aritaum is opening 70 stores across the US and Canada. Aritaum will sell only brands owned by parent company, South Korea-based beauty brand Amore Pacific. Also, the retailer plans to launch an e-commerce site for the US market by the end of 2016. Brands to be carried by the retailer include Iope skincare products, Hanyul line of skincare products made from traditional Korean ingredients, and Laneige facial care products.
Cheryl Wischhover, "A New 70-Store Korean Beauty Chain Is Here", Racked, April 25, 2016, © Vox Media, Inc.
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India's E-Commerce Market Expected To See Rapid Growth In Next Four Years, Report Says

April 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
India’s e-commerce market is forecast to grow significantly for the four-year period ending 2020, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP. Data from the organizations revealed the market’s business-to-business segment is expected to more than double from $300 billion in 2014 to $700 billion in 2020, while the business-to-consumer side is forecast to jump from $13.6 billion to $101.9 billion. Growth in B2C will be driven by the increase in number of online shoppers, expected to jump from 20 million in 2013 to 220 million in 2020, and by an increase in average spending by online shoppers from $147 to $464 in 2020.
Sayan Chakraborty, "E-commerce poised for a big leap: report", Live Mint, April 25, 2016, © HT Media Ltd.
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Is It Ethical For Vegan Restaurateurs To Kill Cockroaches?

April 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Some vegan restaurant owners committed to humane animal treatment stretch their principles to include the obnoxious pests that plague their facilities. But it’s quite a dilemma. How, after all, do you keep your eatery compliant with public health rules without killing rats, cockroaches, and spiders? Die-hard animal rights restaurateurs can follow the guidance of PETA, which suggests using orange peels to ward off flies, bay leaves to discourage roaches, and peppermint oil-soaked rags to discourage rodents. Faced with the impracticality of those solutions, however, some end up compromising their principles – i.e., calling the exterminator – for the higher good: staying in business “as a way to put a dent in the dominance of the factory farm system.”
Kelli Kennedy, "Trapped! Vegan restaurants struggle with humane pest control", Associated Press, April 25, 2016, © Associated Press
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Private-Label Brands Gain Momentum And Here To Stay, Report Shows

April 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In the United States, 32.2 percent of consumers said they are currently buying more private-label brands, according to the latest edition of “The Checkout” report by Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research. Among shoppers who buy private label, only 6.6 percent said they plan to return to name brands. Results of the study showed 74 percent of shoppers who bought a private-label product said it was better priced than name-brand products. Data also revealed that African-Americans expressed a stronger preference for name brands, being more likely to buy more name brands in the future, and avoid purchasing private label. According to the researchers, the report presents significant implications for brands and retailers: private label is here to stay; private-label brands are no longer just the “cheap” option, they now come with good-enough or comparable quality; African-Americans, as a target market, are a potential area for growth; “trust can be seen as a reflection of shared values with the brand and social currency;” and values are not rational.
"The Checkout Identifies New Normal Of Private Label", The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C® Research , April 25, 2016, © The Integer Group
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Majority Of Latino Millennials Shop At Hispanic Supermarkets, Nielsen Study Reveals

April 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Among Hispanic millennials, who make up 21 percent of the total millennial population in the US, 61 percent say they have shopped at Hispanic supermarkets at least once over the past year, according to “Shopping For My Culture,” a Nielsen Hispanic Grocery Survey covering the period June 30 to July 21, 2015. Results of the survey revealed language is a major deciding factor whether young Latinos shop at culturally specific stores. In Los Angeles, 74 percent of Latino millennials are shopping at Hispanic grocery chains. Also, although 46 percent of LA Hispanic millennials are English-dominant, almost 60 percent of them shop at Hispanic retail stores.
"Hispanic Millennials Seek A Cultural Connection At Grocery", Nielsen, April 25, 2016, © The Nielsen Company
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US Department Stores Need To Close Hundreds Of Locations, Green Street Advisors Says

April 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Department stores need to shut down hundreds of locations if they want to return to 2006 level of productivity, according to Green Street Advisors. Data from the real estate research firm suggest the sector needs to close about 800 department stores, or about 20 percent of all anchor space in the United States. Based on estimates, Sears Holdings Corp. alone would need to close 43 percent or 300 of its stores to regain the sales per square foot the retailer had in 2006. Sales at department stores average $165 per square foot in 2015, a 24-percent decline from 2006.
Suzanne Kapner, "Department Stores Need to Cull Hundreds of Sites, Study Says", The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Kroger Launches 2016 Earth Day Marketing Campaign

April 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kroger Co. announced its “Sustainability Lives Here” campaign, as part of the retailer’s celebration of 2016 Earth Day. Also aimed at highlighting the company’s sustainability commitment and efforts, the campaign includes the launch of a new website, SustainabilityLivesHere.com, which features tips on becoming environment-friendly, healthy recipes, and recycling projects; in-store events, such as sampling of wholesome meal designed for Earth Day and “Meet the Farmer” events; and in-store signage aimed at highlighting sustainable areas of the grocery store.
"Kroger to Celebrate Earth Day in Stores with 'Sustainability Lives Here'", Kroger , April 22, 2016, © The Kroger Co.
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Max Factor Collaborates With Blippar To Bring Interactive Buying Experience To Retail Stores

April 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Max Factor partnered with visual browser Blippar to create an interactive buying experience for cosmetics shoppers. According to the beauty brand, each of its products is interactive, coming with curated content designed specifically for the particular product. Consumers can download the Blippar app into their smartphones, then scan the product or its barcode. Shoppers can then access unbiased ratings and reviews from eRetailers, which can help them in making purchasing decisions.
Fiona Briggs, "Max Factor launches interactive cosmetics in partnership with visual browser, Blippar", Retail Times, April 22, 2016, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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Visionworks Launches Online Store

April 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Eyewear retailer Visionworks launched its online store and started selling online for the first time. Formerly known as Eye Care Centers of America Inc., Visionworks operates 700 retail locations across the country. Built in partnership with Oracle Corp., the company's online store features responsive design, which adapts the website to fit the screen of devices, such as a PC, tablet, or smartphone, being used by consumers.
Matt Lindner, "Visionworks sees big potential in its new e-commerce site", Internet Retailer, April 21, 2016, © Vertical Web Media
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Wal-Mart Spent $10.5 Billion On IT In 2015, IDC Says

April 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spent more than $10.5 billion on information technology in 2015, according to International Data Corp. Data from the market research firm revealed the top 10 IT spenders together accounted for about $53.7 billion, an increase from $45.3 billion in 2014. Wal-Mart’s expansion of its e-commerce capabilities drove its IT spending for the year. By the end of 2017, the retailer plans to spend $2 billion on e-commerce.
Kim S. Nash, "Wal-Mart Spent $10.5 Billion on Information Technology in 2015", Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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New Formats, Lifestyle Choices Transform German Coffee Drinking Habits

April 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Market researcher Mintel finds that nearly half of German consumers want a coffee shop experience, but without the expense. To achieve that they are drinking more coffee at home, often choosing easy, convenient specialty coffee capsules or pods offering a diverse array of flavors. Half of German consumers feel the coffee brewed from the capsules is as good as that bought in a coffee shop. Younger “on-the-go” Germans are turning to ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee shops to get their morning caffeine jolt: two in five Germans aged 25 to 34 say they are interested in these offerings. But the desire for the real coffee shop experience is still strong enough in Germany for Starbuck’s to open several cafés within Rewe super- and hypermarkets this year.
Julia Buech, "Hot Demand For “Coffee Shop Experience” At Home In Germany", Blog, Mintel, April 20, 2016, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Several Trends Driving Growth In MENA Region's Beauty And Personal Care Market, Study Reveals

April 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In the Middle East and North Africa region, 46 percent of Arabs believe that chemicals in cosmetics are toxic, according to “The Future 100: MENA Trends and Change to Watch in 2016” report by Innovation MENA Group. This belief is driving the trend among consumers to adopt natural beauty products, including those sold by global brands Naturisimo and Lush. Data from the study, which also highlighted trends in other market segments, such as technology, travel and hospitality, and retail, also revealed a growing trend among beauty brands involving the use of superfood ingredients to create products and recipes. Another trend in the beauty and personal care segment identified by the study involves the expansion of standard beauty treatments to include the use of biological elements, biological body fluids, and biological waste.
Mennah Ibrahim , "Future 100: MENA Trends and Change to Watch in 2016", JWT The Innovation Group, April 20, 2016, © The J. Walter Thompson Group
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Latin America's Retail Sector Shows Lots Of Growth And Expansion In 2015 And 1Q 2016

April 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In Latin America, retailers reported revenue growth and expansion moves, as well as their future plans, in the first quarter of 2016. Grupo Exito said growth accelerated, driven mostly by the positive economic environment in Colombia, while Carrefour said like-for-like sales rose 9.9 percent in Brazil and 23.6 percent in Argentina. PriceSmart reported net warehouse sales jumped 8.6 percent in the first quarter of 2015, with the wholesaler focusing on Colombia as a target for expansion. For many retailers, the year 2015 was largely positive, with Cencosud reporting group sales were up 2.6 percent for the year, while Soriana said revenue grew 7.4 percent, boosted by new stores.
"Latin America: key retail developments in Q1", Retail Analysis , April 20, 2016, © The Institute of Grocery Distribution and IGD Services Limited
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