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We’re busy putting the finishing touches on content for our fast-approaching Small Stores Conference (Oct. 4-5 in Charlotte). As I look through our presentation on the convenience channel in particular, I’m struck by just how dynamic (and frankly, how surprising) this channel is. ...

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On late Monday night, Toys R Us faced the music and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The one-stop-shop toy destination is the latest big box behemoth to fall victim to 2017’s slow motion retail apocalypse as it has been unable to keep up with the rise of eCommerce, a growing ...

 
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We’re busy putting the finishing touches on content for our fast-approaching Small Stores Conference (Oct. 4-5 in Charlotte). As I look through our presentation on the convenience channel in particular, I’m struck by just how dynamic (and frankly, how surprising) this channel is. ...

 
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The focus of the retail industry will be quickly turning in September from the back-to-school season to the winter holidays. Kantar Retail’s newly minted holiday 2017 forecast indicates retailers and suppliers should look to the holiday with divided expectations. Upscale and value-based ...

 
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Finding a Retailer’s Moment of Truth

11 Sep 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Big CPG/FMCG companies and their marketing partners speak frequently about moments of truth – the moments when good marketing can influence a shopper to choose one product over another.  However, for the most part, these companies have spent less time discussing how to help retailers ...

 
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While the reactions coming out related to Asda’s decision to completely restructure its head office may not automatically qualify this as a “hot topic”, Kantar Retail feels this story requires more analysis because of its consequences on global suppliers.  This news should ...

 
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Apparel pure player ASOS is launching its first private label beauty range consisting of 46 shades of products, from lip glosses, to matte lipsticks, contouring palettes, eyeshadows, and eyeliners. Targeting the younger millennial consumer ASOS stated: ‘The collection […] aims at ...

 
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The long awaited day Carrefour Group shared its H1 2017 financial results and 2017 profits guidance day came down with a bang. The group’s CEO opened the conference call on a “j’optimisme” tone which gradually turned grim as Mr. Pierre Jean Sivignon took over for the ...

 
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Finding a USP for Stores

4 Sep 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Finding a USP for Stores Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 36, 2017  Let’s take a look at two start-up retailers looking to take on Amazon-Whole Foods at its own game in two different countries.  From Los Angeles, we have Thrive Market.  This is an organic foods and healthy ...

 
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August is traditionally a quiet month for retailers, but not for Amazon. They didn’t seem to take the summer off, staying in top gear, readying for another record quarter. Here is our Amazon International recap: Fulfilling Expectations A number of new fulfilment centres (FC) became operative ...

 
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Yesterday, Amazon fulfilled a promise by dropping prices on core items at Whole Foods. The Day 1 reality of Whole Foods + Amazon was simple. Pricing was the big story. In the Chicago area, we saw 10% to 30% price decreases on many staple items (Figure 1). The retailer successfully communicated ...

 
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Surprising Stories from H1-2017

29 Aug 2017  By: Ray Gaul

Surprising Stories from H1-2017 Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 35, 2017 Today we offer some light reading to help get readers returning from summer holidays back in the correct frame of mind.  Please remember that our theme for 2017 is the “speed of change” in retail.  ...

 
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Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is moving ahead quickly this week, after the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal on Wednesday. Today, company officials announced that the deal would be finalized on Monday, and that consumers would see changes at both Amazon and Whole Foods right ...

 
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Key trends emerging from Kantar Retail’s July ShopperScape® survey include: Continuing a year of generally positive shopper growth, shoppers stayed active at retail, contributing to a thirteen-month high in year-to-year core retail sales growth in July. Spending intentions keep ...

 
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Arket is H&M’s most recent experiment in premium fashion. Hailed as a “modern day market,” it is a clear diversion from its flagship budget brand, yet it remains true to the fashion group’s commitment to value and style. The Scandivanian minimalist approach is evident ...

 
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Untitled Document Dear Valued Clients, September is nearly here, when many of you will be busy with annual negotiations and preparing for end of year seasonal promotions. But before that, I want to highlight why you should attend Kantar Retail’s annual forum on the ...

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