Brian C McCarthy

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Holiday Preview Shows How Serious Amazon Is About Its Private Label Business

In a recent holiday preview hosted by Amazon.com in a two-story pop-up space in New York City, guests, served with such finger foods as bite-sized steak frites and parmesan puffs against many backgrounds designed to be Instagram-worthy, could walk through a mock-up kitchen, living room and other …

eCommerce

This is the real story of American retail

Forget all the “retail apocalypse” headlines. The phrase suggests the whole industry is collapsing, consulting firm Deloitte says. In reality, it’s not.<p>But it is changing in significant and fundamental ways. In an in-depth study conducted over more than a year, Deloitte dug into what’s really going …

eCommerce

Someone Figured Out How to Put Tomatoes on a Blockchain

Intrigued by how blockchain was changing finance, an ex-banker at Wells Fargo & Co. and a former executive at Nasdaq Inc. began looking for other …

Black Friday is coming early thanks to Amazon sales

Lots of stores have price-matching policies. Target promises to match prices on identical items found for less at Target.com, certain online competitors, or in local print ads for up to 14 days after a purchase. Best Buy matches prices against a handful of online retailers and local competitors. …

eCommerce

How online grocery shopping is failing to 'lift off'

The UK's online grocery market has failed to "lift off" as consumers harbour doubts about freshness and prove unwilling to give up the social side of …

5 Moves Walmart Is Making to Compete With Amazon and Target

The story of Walmart e-commerce has had its ups and downs over the years—but lately it’s up, up, up.<p>Nonetheless, the retail giant—which tops this …

Nordstrom Is the First Retailer That Actually Understands What We Want

The retail sector has perhaps suffered the most over the years, as it constantly struggles to adjust to what is current, pertinent, and efficient in …

China’s Store of the Future Has No Checkout, No Cash and No Staff

In this month’s China Edit, more Chinese retailers are testing 24-hour stores run entirely by technology, while Gucci and Louis Vuitton have finally …

eCommerce

Walmart Squeezes Suppliers Again, This Time With Fines

It’s no secret that Walmart has had issues keeping shelves stocked in some stores, leading customers to head to competitors. While the company …

Customers

Why Walmart-Bonobos Is A Bigger Deal Than Amazon-Whole Foods

Despite the fact that Walmart’s deal for fashion e-commerce company Bonobos was only a $310 million transaction, minuscule when compared to the $13.8 billion Amazon agreed to pay for Whole Foods, I believe that the Walmart/Bonobos acquisition is actually the bigger deal in terms of what it means to …

Tim Cook

In e-commerce battle, grocery stores perfect ‘click and collect’

At an east-end Toronto Loblaws store, Safi Hafiz-Zadeh carefully picks through bunches of green onions, rejecting a couple with limp leaves and, approving the looks of two others, places them in a black bin.<p>As he searches for flawless Royal Gala apples and takes time to chat, his scanner starts to …

Online Retail Eclipses Brick & Mortar By 6 to 1

According to the Internet Retailer Top 1000, from DigitalCommerce360, by Stefany Zaroban, online retail sales to consumers in the U.S. reached nearly …

Move over Amazon Go, this shop is unmanned 24/7

Chances are you’ve heard about Amazon Go, Jeff Bezos’ smart reinvention of the grocery store, in which shoppers simply grab whatever they want off …

Omnichannel Is Dead. Long Live Omnichannel.

“Omnichannel” has been one of retail’s favorite buzzwords for years now. At this week’s recently concluded (and excellent) ShopTalk conference, several speakers challenged the relevance of omnichannel. This conversation is long overdue.<p>The shift from a “multichannel” strategy–being active in …

eCommerce

First Look: Target’s next-generation store concept

Dollar General beats Street; to open 1,000 stores and hike store managers pay<p>Dollar General on Thursday reported better-than-expected fourth quarter …

Dollar General

Amazon's Clothing Success Could Doom Department Stores and Malls

Clearly people don't need to try on clothes before buying them.<p>The idea that brick-and-mortar stores have an advantage over online retailers when it …

Macy's

Impact Of Pricing War On Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is making additional investments in its pricing strategy to ensure it remains the most affordable retailer within the U.S. A …

It’s March and Macy’s and JCPenney are still desperately trying to unload their Christmas sweaters

The snow is melting, the flowers are starting to bloom, and retailers like Macy's and JCPenney are still trying to convince customers to buy holiday sweaters.<p>On Thursday Kavita Kumar, a retail reporter at the Star Tribune, noted that Macy's was still trying to unload its holiday sweaters, …

Wal-Mart Wades Deeper Into Fashion With Modcloth

The retail giant's interest in fashion was piqued by Jet.com.<p>Wal-Mart is getting even more serious about fashion.<p>The retailer is expected to announce …

E-commerce Faces Wave of Consolidation

The buzzy digital companies that took backing at high valuations are now looking for their next step.<p>The boomlet of niche-y e-commerce companies that …

Global Supply Chains Are About to Get Better, Thanks to Blockchain

When an E.coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets left 55 customers ill, in 2015, the news stories, shutdowns, and investigations shattered the restaurant chain’s reputation. Sales plummeted, and Chipotle’s share price dropped 42%, to a three-year low, where it has languished ever since.<p>At …

Urban Outfitters’ CEO says the US retail bubble is bursting, just like housing in 2008

It’s not a good sign for retail when a top executive in the industry compares things to the 2008 housing-market collapse that plunged the US economy into a deep recession.<p>On a call with investors yesterday (March 8) to discuss Urban Outfitters’ lackluster results for the quarter—sales grew less …

Wal-Mart Reveals Attractive Sales Growth Strategy

Wal-Mart (WMT) put on a presentation for the Raymond Jones Institutional Investor Conference. Even retail investors should know what Wal-Mart was …

5 Things You Didn't Know About Costco Wholesale Corporation

A few surprising facts about the world's second-biggest retailer.<p><b>Costco</b> (NASDAQ:COST) opened its 100th warehouse in December 1992. A quarter-century …

Social Media a Top Investment for Grocers: Report

Although they have many established and up-and-coming media vehicles to fund, food retailers are making their most significant investments – both …

Is order-to-shelf technology the future of retail distribution?

Dive Brief:<p>Automated technology is optimizing retail supply to the point that stores can receive a precise count of the individual products needed, …

How Safe Are Blockchains? It Depends.

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology underlying bitcoin, may prove to be far more valuable than the currency it supports. But it’s only as valuable as it is secure. As we begin to put distributed ledger technology into practice, it’s important to make sure that the initial conditions we’re …

Whole Foods Market: Lidl Will Be A Big Problem

Whole Foods Market (WFM) has been struggling with 6 consecutive quarters of comp store sales declines. The company lost its competitive advantage as …