July 1, 2015

It’s often said that companies must spend money to make money, and this is true of investments in energy efficiency. The key to securing resources for capital expenditures is using data to create a business case for the investment, which can identify anomalies or outliers in resource expenses across the chain.

One example of using data to help make the case for efficiency investments is Saks Fifth Avenue, which leveraged energy data to ring up $500,000 in energy savings.

June 30, 2015

The menswear market is hot. Men’s apparel sales in the United States rose 2% in 2014 to $61.3 billion, up from $60.8 billion in 2013.

And Men’s Wearhouse — one of North America’s largest menswear specialty retailers with 1,758 stores — has been taking note.

June 29, 2015

U.S. online grocery shoppers are upping the amount of grocery shopping they complete online.

June 25, 2015

Here are several key insights that U.S. retailers need to understand in order to succeed with the increasingly important Chinese consumer:

June 24, 2015

Home furnishings giant Ikea is increasing the minimum wage it pays to U.S. employees in stores and some distribution centers for the second straight year.

June 11, 2015

Men's Wearhouse on Thursday announced it had signed a 10-year agreement with Macy's to operate men's tuxedo rental shops inside 300 Macy’s locations.

June 8, 2015

The Kroger Co. has promoted two executives in its Harris Teeter division, shifting one to the Kroger banner.

June 5, 2015

The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, said Thursday that Walmart stores are not welcome in New York City, Newsday reported.

June 5, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores announced that board chairman Rob Walton is stepping down and will be succeeded by vice chairman Greg Penner, who is Walton's son-in-law. Walton relinquished the position of chairman at the company's annual meeting on June 5.

June 3, 2015

CVS/pharmacy is aiming to attract more Hispanic customers with its new "Y Mas" stores in South Florida, and the company hopes to expand its new brand nationally.

June 1, 2015

Retailers looking for opportunities in emerging markets should look East, particularly to China, which ranks as the top country in A.T. Kearney’s annual Global Retail Development Index (GRDI).

June 1, 2015

Boot Barn Holdings announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sheplers, a 116-year old western lifestyle company with 25 stores across the United States. The purchase price was put at $147 million in cash.

June 1, 2015

Kroger Co. plans to bring nearly 650 jobs to new centers in a suburban city in southwest Ohio.

May 29, 2015

Walgreens Boots Alliance plans to keep its headquarters in the U.S. and never went beyond the consideration stage of moving operations outside the U.S. in an “inversion” to reduce corporate taxes.

May 27, 2015

Global grocery conglomerate Ahold N.V. had a successful first quarter of fiscal 2015, reporting growth in overall net income and in U.S. market share.

May 26, 2015

Nordstrom and Toronto-based TD Bank Group announced an agreement under which TD will acquire Nordstrom's existing U.S. Visa and private label consumer credit card portfolio, which currently totals about $2.2 billion in receivables.

May 19, 2015

Richard King, former president and COO of Albertsons Inc., has been elected to the Digimarc board of directors.

May 19, 2015

According to the Nielsen consumer confidence index, U.S. consumer confidence increased one index point in the first quarter of 2015 to a score of 107, maintaining an above-the-baseline (100) optimism level for one year.

May 19, 2015

Digital ad spending in the U.S. will total $58.61 billion this year, and retailers' ad outlays will comprise 22% of that figure, or $12.91 billion, by far outpacing all other U.S. industries.

May 15, 2015

The parent company of Albertson's, New Albertson's and Safeway (collectively Albertsons), AB Acquisition LLC, has appointed industry veteran Mark Panzer as senior VP of pharmacy, health and wellness, overseeing the company's 1,760 pharmacies in 34 states across the country.

May 13, 2015

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is publicly criticizing the Senate for blocking consideration of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which would renew Trade Promotion Authority.

May 12, 2015

Belgian grocery retailer Delhaize Group and Dutch grocery retailer Ahold N.V. have confirmed they are engaged in preliminary discussions about a possible merger that could create one of the largest supermarket operators in the U.S.

May 11, 2015

The National Retail Federation has released an op-ed article by association president and CEO Matthew Shay strongly urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Congress is expected to debate the bill this week.

May 8, 2015

The EMV liability shift occurs Oct 2015 and the United States expects six million to eight million EMV cards to be deployed by the end of the year.