Retailing Today Insights: Top 100 Retailers and Categories
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Welcome to Retailing Today’s annual Insights issue. This unique product was created to provide a blended look at the performance of the nation’s Top 100 retailers and Top 100 mass market product categories in one convenient format. In addition to offering an abundance of useful statistics, the greater objective was to put the performance in context by providing analysis of key industry developments, insights into market moving trends and a thought-provoking view on where the retail and consumer packaged goods industry is headed in 2013.
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Total U.S. Shopper Traffic in Retail Stores and Malls for May 2013
Shopper activity had a healthy gain last month. Retail foot traffic increased 9% in May compared to April 2013, consistent with generally positive month-over-month retail traffic trends.
The entire Walmart board was re-elected last Friday at the company’s shareholders meeting, but a substantial number of negative votes indicate some investors are not happy with long-time board members and key senior leaders. Read more.
The Sobey’s chain of food stores, whose parent company counts former Walmart Canada head Dave Ferguson among its board members, has added new square footage to its retail portfolio with the acquisitions of Safeway’s Canadian stores. . .
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Time to cash in for the retail industry
By Joan Brancaccio
The retail industry is one sector where cash remains king and will continue to be ubiquitous for years to come. Yet despite this, the domain of cash management still remains a major challenge for retailers with cash being expensive to process and secure.
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Colder weather and more conservative shoppers contributed to a drop in Target's first quarter 2013 profits, but the company's underlying business remains healthy, executives said Wednesday morning in a conference call with investors. . . .
Target has set its sights on consumers who want organic, natural products, with a new organic and natural store brand called Simply Balanced, according to a report by the Associated Press . . .
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Turning Supply Chain Pains into Gains for Suppliers and Retailers
Listen to the discussion on how routing guides can be used as a roadmap to stronger relationships between suppliers and retailers. more ...