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Amazon’s planned takeover of Whole Foods has sent shock waves through the global retail landscape with stock prices of retailers like Walmart and Carrefour temporarily nose-diving, while Ocado’s share price picked up. This move came at a time when the ripples of ongoing worldwide ...

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Strawberries and Cream, Part 3

26 Jun 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 26 This week, Kantar Retail’s teams at the Consumer Goods Forum, were given the privilege to talk to retailers in Berlin about the battle for Ultrafresh.  What was impressive was the similarities between what retailers in Germany are saying about ...

 
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Key trends emerging from Kantar Retail’s May ShopperScape® survey include: The saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ must ring true for retail as well: although April was a mediocre month for shoppers at retail, May was certainly bustling. Nine channels registered ...

 
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Amazon’s planned takeover of Whole Foods has sent shock waves through the global retail landscape with stock prices of retailers like Walmart and Carrefour temporarily nose-diving, while Ocado’s share price picked up. This move came at a time when the ripples of ongoing worldwide ...

 
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Years in the making, Costco opened its first warehouse in France today, June 22, and Kantar Retail was live on the ground to commemorate this event. Not only does this opening signify a new market for the world’s third largest retailer, it also marks Costco’s continued expansion ...

 
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Since Friday morning a big chunk of our research team has been focused on analyzing Amazon's proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods (click here for a one-stop shop for all of Kantar Retail's analysis).   At the same time I recorded a 35 minute podcast on the topic, but realize that ...

 
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Strawberries and Cream 2017, Part 2

19 Jun 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Untitled Document Strawberries and Cream 2017, Part 2 Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 25, 2017 What a week!  It is incredibly tempting to talk about the week just completed – Lidl opens in the USA, Amazon buys Whole Foods as stand-out headlines.  Despite the temptation, ...

 
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It seems that a day does not go by without the eCommerce behemoth Amazon disrupting the world of retailing. In a deal worth almost USD14 billion (GBP10.7bn, EUR12.5bn) the Internet giant has acquired premium supermarket Whole Foods. The ramifications in the U.S. are significant, while closer ...

 
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Today, at the end of a mildly busy week in retail, Walmart announced its acquisition of the men’s clothing retailer Bonobos for USD 310 million. The ten-year-old Bonobos, which Walmart describes as “built on the internet,” began as an online seller and expanded to 37 brick ...

 
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In what appears to be a completely unexpected turn of events, Amazon and Whole Foods just announced what may be the acquisition of the year, at least in the grocery industry. Within seconds of the announcement, grocery stock prices dropped, social media went bananas, and speculation of what ...

 
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Amazon just bought Whole Foods for USD13.7 billion, a big investment asserting just how serious the retailer is about driving reach into fresh food, both in the U.S. and internationally. This move follows the ramp-up of AmazonFresh grocery in 2016, when the retailer expanded the service to ...

 
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Amazon has announced that it will acquire Whole Foods Market in an all-cash transaction valued at USD13.7 billion. Kantar Retail experts react: Amazon Acquires Whole Foods: Three Key Questions Answered by Robin Sherk and the Kantar Retail Research Team Did Amazon Just Win the Grocery Games? ...

 
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The wait is over. Lidl is finally open for business on U.S. soil, with 10 stores opening yesterday in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. I had the opportunity to visit two of those stores (Greenville, S.C., and Spartanburg, S.C.), navigate the crowds, and get a first-person view of ...

 
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With the summer solstice on the horizon, the retail response to the approaching season is best described as hot and cold (much like this spring’s weather). With shoppers opting to hit the beach rather than stores, some retailers are taking a lackadaisical approach, while others are jumping ...

 
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You may have seen the headlines this week—Walmart is phasing out Costco’s Kirkland Signature private label brand from its Jet.com platform.  While it’s an interesting new wrinkle in one of the biggest developments in eCommerce in the last year, I’ve received questions ...

 
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As Lidl looks set to open its first stores in the US tomorrow, the question most people still ask is will Lidl fail like other European retailers have done in the past? Whilst Lidl undoubtedly faces challenges in a unique and traditionally difficult market, here are five reasons why Kantar Retail ...

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