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6.6 Channels for Growth

22 May 2017  By: Ray Gaul

6.6 Channels for Growth Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 21, 2017 That time of year has arrived again.  Annual planning.  Did it arrive faster this time around?  It seems like just yesterday we were all worried about Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, and deflation rather than markets, ...

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6.6 Channels for Growth

22 May 2017  By: Ray Gaul

6.6 Channels for Growth Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 21, 2017 That time of year has arrived again.  Annual planning.  Did it arrive faster this time around?  It seems like just yesterday we were all worried about Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, and deflation rather than markets, ...

 
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As the retail landscape continues to intensify, asserting leadership over the holidays is imperative and it’s never too early to start planning. The 2016 season witnessed a complete paradigm shift in the role of online and the leadership of Amazon. This means that moving forward the industry ...

 
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Finally, the news we have been waiting for. At a recent press event, Lidl US CEO Brendan Proctor announced that Lidl will open its first U.S. stores on June 15. He also revealed all sorts of details about the stores, assortment, and pricing. You can read all about it in this story, but here ...

 
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Finding the Global Middle Class

15 May 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 20, 2017 Hans Rosling, a global poverty expert who inspired a generation of statisticians to use animation when delivering findings, once said: “Fifty years ago, there were two types of countries – ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ ...

 
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The exit polls of the French presidential elections gave independent candidate Emmanuel Macron a clear win over counter candidate Marie Le Pen by a 30 per cent margin. The implications of this categorical result span beyond French borders and also the realm of politics. Macron’s win constitutes ...

 
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In March 2017, during Sobeys Q3 2017 conference call, Michael Medline, CEO and President, of Sobeys outlined four key focus areas for the retailer to improve its lackluster business performance and drive sustainable growth. (For detail, click here: Sobeys Outlines Four Focus Areas to Attain ...

 
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The Digital Race

8 May 2017  By: Ray Gaul

The Digital Race Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 19, 2017 Nearly every company says the same thing these days:  We are racing to catch up in Digital retailing.  This begs the question, is it a race?  If so, what kind of race is it?  Might it be a marathon?  What ...

 
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Amazon has posted its Q1 results breaking again all its previous records. For its first quarter ending March 31, 2017, Amazon reported net sales of USD35.7 billion, up 23% from USD29.1 billion in same period last year. Excluding USD492 million unfavourable currency exchange impact, net sales ...

 
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Just last week during Day 1 of our eCommerce and Omnichannel Conference, we explored Prime’s broadening ecosystem across three key pillars: convenience, value, and experience. As part of our discussion on how Amazon is elevating experience for Prime members, we predicted that Amazon’s ...

 
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By 2022 Lidl is projected to have twice the number of stores and $800 million more in sales than Harris Teeter. This will put it among the top 5 largest discounters in the United States. Continue the conversation at the Kantar Retail Planning Conference where we will have a dedicated ...

 
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Happy Spring, everyone!  The weather is improving, baseball is finally back (Go Red Sox!), and I am fresh off of four, fun-filled days at the 2017 National Chain Drug Store Conference Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, April 21-25th. For those unfamiliar with NACDS Annual, it’s ...

 
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Promotional Intensity

2 May 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week 18, 2017 Last week I attended two separate workshops.  The audiences in both cases were made up of retailers, suppliers, and agencies.  All three groups said that “politics” is their biggest fear in the macro environment.  ...

 
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Those of you that have followed Kantar Retail closely in 2017 know we have a habit of framing up the big strategic questions our clients are facing as big fundamental questions – where, what, when, how much and how.  This month’s global overview looks in detail at the overlap ...

 
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A steady drumbeat of bad news—sagging sales, surging bankruptcies, shuttering stores, shedding jobs—is casting a long shadow over retailers. But despite the screaming headlines predicting a dire future for retail, some brands are carving out paths ...

 
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The first round of the presidential election in France delivered a tight result between the two leading contenders – Marine Le Pen (21.4%) and Emmanuel Macron (23.9%). With two weeks to go until the final round, and the two main political parties eliminated from the race, the choice of ...

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