Walmart will launch its grocery delivery service across the Chicago market on Tuesday, charging $9.95 for same-day delivery. The addition of Chicago comes as the company strives to cover 40% of American households with grocery delivery services by year's end.
BJ's Wholesale Club filed documents yesterday to conduct an initial public offering of stock, saying it hopes to raise at least $400 million. The company, which reports that it has over five million paying members, was taken private in 2011.
Both AT&T and Verizon have signed on to sell the highly anticipated RED Hydrogen One handset. An August launch date is anticipated but has not been confirmed.
Macy's employs 10,000 beauty advisers and plans to add around 1,000 more full- and part-time staffers as part of the department store's efforts to expand its beauty services and expertise. The retailer will hold hiring events on May 22 in cities including Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Dallas.
Saks Fifth Avenue will unveil a revamped beauty department at its New York City flagship next week, with new services and features aimed at competing with specialty beauty retailers and online players. The department will move from the first floor to a 40% larger space on the second floor that will include 15 rooms for spa treatments and a space for events.
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison is retiring today after seven years at the company's helm. Board member Keith McLoughlin will fill the CEO role on an interim basis while the firm seeks a permanent replacement.
Kroger's freshly inked deal with British online grocer Ocado, which will put Ocado's robotics in 20 new automated Kroger warehouses, sent a message that the retailer aims to be a serious player in America's growing grocery e-commerce scene, industry experts said. "This is definitely a warning shot that Kroger is is serious about online retail and grocery delivery," Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jennifer Bartashus said.
The Food Marketing Institute gave special recognition to four store managers at its recent Future Leaders eXperience event, citing the importance of leadership to making stores welcoming to consumers. "They are motivating their employees to create memorable in-store and online experiences that keep shoppers personally engaged and coming back for more," said Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI.
Understanding the behavioral habits of various types of shoppers can help grocers and food brands build sales in the healthy product space. Research from New Hope Network and NMI reveals five consumer categories based on their level of interest in and commitment to health-centered lifestyles.
Convenient options in packaging and flavor are helping to boost retail onion sales, suppliers said. Unique offerings include the proprietary "tearless" Sunion, which is a mild onion grown in Washington without the compounds that can make eyes water.
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