February 25, 2013

Omnichannel. It's one of the hottest topics in retail. It's seamless retailing in real-time. It's making sure that the brand experience coming out of a retailer is exemplary no matter how a consumer chooses to engage — on the e-commerce site, through an app for the tablet or smartphone, within the brick-and-mortar location or any two of those venues simultaneously.

February 22, 2013

Safeway on Thursday reported a 1.3% annual sales lift to $44.2 billion for its fiscal 2012. The year-end sales lift was driven by increased fuel sales and a same-store sales increase of 0.5% (excluding fuel), the grocer reported.

However, from listening to this last conference call, coming out of a year that has been framed more by Safeway's challenges than Safeway's opportunity on Wall Street, you get the sense that 2012 was 2012 and that this 2013 party has only just begun.

February 21, 2013

Safeway reported a sales increase of 1.3% to $44.2 billion in 2012 for its fiscal year ended Dec. 29, driven by increased fuel sales and a same-store sales increase of 0.5% (excluding fuel), the grocer reported.

February 20, 2013

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has hired a former information technology executive as its director of marketing.

February 15, 2013

Despite the backdrop of continued economic uncertainty, 2012 was a strong year for retail e-commerce, according to comScore’s “2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus” report.

February 15, 2013

Retail executives are moderating their expectations for 2013 following uneven sales in December and January, according to a new survey of CFOs by professional services firm BDO USA.

February 14, 2013

More than half of consumers around the world say the world is in an economic recession, according to a new study by Nielsen.

February 13, 2013

Bi-Lo on Wednesday launched in all of its pharmacies a prescription program that significantly enhances the offerings of its existing program.

February 11, 2013

Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold is selling its majority stake in a Scandinavian supermarket chain to an investors group, the company said Monday.

February 11, 2013

A group of former executives from Save-A-Lot, Grandpa's Stores and Deals: Nothing Over a Dollar has teamed up to create a new business venture that they said would combine wholesale, retail and e-commerce components.

February 7, 2013

MeadWestvaco Corporation on Thursday launched its inaugural consumer satisfaction study, “Packaging Matters.”

February 7, 2013

"Click. Swipe. Save." That's the slogan Winn-Dixie has coined as part of its launch of an online e-coupons program on Wednesday. The e-coupons program allows customers to load coupons directly onto their Winn-Dixie Reward Card for redemption in stores.

February 6, 2013

Local Kroger stores will discontinue doubling coupons and will instead lower prices on about 3,500 items, according to a report published in the Business Courier last week.

February 6, 2013

Despite nearly half of shoppers using social media every day, less than one-fifth shop through them, according to a new study by PwC.

February 5, 2013

GelStat Corporation announced that it has retained List Services Corporation to manage all branding and marketing efforts for GelStat and its products, GelStat Migraine and GelStat Sleep.

February 4, 2013

CVS Caremark has launched what it called the "latest evolution" of its ExtraCare loyalty card program.

February 4, 2013

Perrigo chairman, CEO and president Joe Papa shared with analysts that private label OTCs are trending strong and that growth will be sustained going forward with the number of projected Rx-to-OTCs on the horizon.

January 31, 2013

The Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program determined the National Weight Loss Institute can support general weight-loss claims made in direct-response advertising for Prevoxin, a dietary supplement intended to promote weight loss, but recommended the marketer modify or discontinue certain claims.

January 30, 2013

A hunger relief group serving Philadelphia and surrounding areas has hired a New York-based brand and retail design consultancy to design a prototype nonprofit grocery store to address food deserts.

January 30, 2013

Safeway and ExxonMobil announced a new loyalty program that will award customers in the Mid-Atlantic region Reward Points, redeemable at any ExxonMobil station, for products purchased at Safeway.

January 29, 2013

Spartan Stores, a regional grocery distributor and retailer, has entered into a distribution agreement with Chief Super Market under which Spartan Stores will be its primary wholesale grocery supplier.

January 28, 2013

Meijer's digital coupon program has reached 1 million subscribers, the mass merchandise chain said.

January 25, 2013

Walmart recently announced that it would source $50 billion of the products sold in its stores in the United States over the next 10 years, according to a report in USA Today.

"Be American; buy American" has long been a slogan that makes buying U.S.-made goods sound nothing less than patriotic because it helps create American jobs, much like CVS' initiatives to create jobs for veterans, and the recent Made-in-USA fervor around the country has more than demonstrated that. But there are practical reasons for sourcing domestically as well, making it high time for retailers to start looking into putting more products with the "Made in USA" label on their shelves.

January 24, 2013

Crossmark, a sales and marketing services company in the consumer goods industry, has formed BrandMasters, a new experiential marketing agency that will aim to provide turnkey solutions for brands to create meaningful shopper experiences through personal engagement.