December 5, 2014

Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted strong double-digit gains in sales and net income for the third quarter and raised its fiscal 2014 sales and earnings guidance.

December 1, 2014

ComScore on Sunday reported that U.S. desktop retail e-commerce spending for the first 28 days of the 2014 holiday season were up 15% to $22.7 billion. 

November 13, 2014

Walmart Stores on Thursday reported consolidated net sales of $118.1 billion for the third quarter ended Oct. 31, representing an increase of 2.8% over last year.

 

October 15, 2014

Hamacher Resource Group has developed new web content taxonomy to provide users of HRG’s data tools the opportunity to develop a more intuitive experience for their end-users that will ease product-search challenges.


October 15, 2014

Walmart is planning to sharply cut back the growth of its U.S. supercenters in favor of smaller-format stores and accelerated e-commerce and digital investments.

October 14, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday named Alex Tosolini to serve in the newly created role of SVP new business development, effective Nov. 3.

September 29, 2014

Walmart on Monday named Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, as a new member of the company’s board, effective Sept. 26.

 

September 23, 2014

The retail industry is expected to benefit from mobile commerce, free shipping offers, in-store pickup promotions and e-commerce videos during the 2014 holiday season. 

September 22, 2014

Online retailers are prioritizing immediate investments in customer-facing tactics such as price, marketing and customer service over strategic infrastructure for the 2014 holiday season. 

September 12, 2014

Ulta Beauty reported a 22.2% boost in second-quarter 2014 new sales and drove its best comps since the second-quarter  2012 thanks in large part to successful new products and brands as well as growth in e-commerce.

August 28, 2014

Consumer packaged goods companies need to plan for a “1-5-10” market in the United States during the next five years, in which digital’s current 1% penetration will likely expand to 5% and could accelerate to as much as 10% in short order, according to a new report, "The Digital Future: A Game Plan for Consumer Packaged Goods," prepared for the Grocery Manufacturers Association by The Boston Consulting Group, Google and IRI. 

August 14, 2014

Walmart met low second-quarter sales and profit expectations it set for itself, but significantly lowered its full year outlook due to a tepid third-quarter sales forecast and increased e-commerce and healthcare costs.

August 13, 2014

Nine-in-10 retailers report selling on online marketplaces, and 64% use digital marketing.

July 7, 2014

Target has announced the addition of three new external senior-level hires, who will have responsibility for leading teams across information technology, e-commerce and digital products.

July 3, 2014
There were two big deals in the nutrition space this week: Kroger bought one of the most successful VMS e-commerce sites in Vitacost.com, and Hormel bought a dominant nutritional/supplement brand in Muscle Milk. 
 
With Vitacost.com, Kroger will offer customers the convenience to order online and ship to their door with an expanded assortment online. Vitacost.com fields about 45,000 SKUs, and there's a roughly 10,000 SKU overlap when Kroger's mix is factored in.

 

July 2, 2014

Omnichannel beauty brand Julep Beauty has hired Dwight Gaston as chief delivery officer, overseeing Julep's operations, customer service, fulfillment and product development teams.

July 2, 2014

Kroger and Vitacost.com on Wednesday announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Vitacost.com for $8 per share in cash, or approximately $280 million.

June 25, 2014

GoJo Industries on Tuesday launched the "Purell Be Well Network" loyalty program to reward its consumers for healthy hand hygiene habits and encourage them to spread the word about how to reduce the risk of illness and infection in their daily lives.

June 11, 2014

Ulta Beauty posted strong double-digit gains in sales and net income during first quarter 2014.

June 10, 2014

Joel Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Walmart.com, has departed the online giant to assume the role of president at Five Below, a retailer that targets pre-teens and teens with trendy, extreme-value merchandise, according to a Five Below press release issued Tuesday morning.

June 6, 2014

Walmart chairman Rob Walton encouraged employees to “go for it,” and president and CEO Doug McMillon said the company would accelerate the pace of change during the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting June 6 in Fayetteville, Ark.

May 31, 2014

The digital movement is no doubt revolutionizing the retail landscape as it has given rise to e-commerce, complexities to the path to purchase, shifts between planned and unplanned purchases, and changes to store trips. To remain competitive, retailers must develop new strategies and grasp the importance of an “omni-perspective.”

May 31, 2014

“Flat is where it’s at.” That was the naked truth Todd Hale, SVP Nielsen, shared with business session attendees of the 2014 GMDC Health, Beauty and Wellness Marketing Conference on Saturday afternoon when identifying the future game-changers in health and beauty.

But get ready for a wild ride because the millennial generation, numbering 83 million strong, is about to step into its prime purchasing prowess, noted Maryellen Molyneaux, president of NMI, in a presentation following Hale.

May 15, 2014

I have long believed that the lines that traditionally divided one channel of retail from another are long gone.