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Price Check: Instacart Highlights Grocer Markup

Forbes recently named grocery delivery app Instacart as America’s Most Promising Company. But the startup still has a long road ahead of it.

On Thursday, the $2 billion-valued Instacart announced changes to its online storefront. For the first time, its app and website will display the price …


The incredible rise and fall of Tesco

British grocery chain Tesco reported its full-year results Wednesday — and it's a total disaster zone.

The company announced losses of £6.4 billion for 2014-15, its worst set of results in 100 years of trading and the first posting since CEO Dave Lewis took the reigns last July.

Lewis has been …


Amazon deliveries to your car trunk is now a real thing, in Germany

Delivery of Amazon goods via flying drones might sound outlandish to some, but another, mobile app-powered experiment may draw similarly raised eyebrows: Amazon deliveries to your car trunk.

The experiment was revealed on Wednesday by automaker Audi on its website.

Launched as a pilot program in …


Supermarkets: Everything 'up for grabs'

For decades supermarkets just got bigger and bigger.

Selling bread and beans was all very well, but the real growth was to be found in tempting shoppers with other products.

Swimsuits, barbecue kit, microwaves, Halloween costumes - the merchandise became more and more exotic.

Going to the supermarket …


Tesco is trying to be more like Aldi, the discount German supermarket that everyone loves

Tesco is cutting one-third of its products from supermarket shelves in an effort to plug a £6.37 billion ($9.51 billion) financial hole, the biggest loss in the company's nearly 100 years of trading.

The slimmer range of options aligns more closely with the selling strategy of discount chains like …


Free coffee at some Starbucks as cash registers go down

DENVER - Cash registers at Starbucks went down nationwide Friday, creating a party-like atmosphere in some stores with barista giving away free drinks to would-be customers.

The outage hit around 7:30 ET Friday.

At the Starbucks on Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall, baristas were giving out one …


Starbucks plans to start selling better coffee

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz has become obsessed with selling better coffee.

The brand has plans to sell coffee from its premium roastery in more than 1,000 stores, Schultz told investors on a recent conference call.

Starbucks recently opened a 15,000 square Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in …


Job-Starved And Cash-Strapped Millennials Face Competition From Boomers And The Younger Gen Z

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — When Chris Stone was 35 years old, he quit drinking and started saving.

“It’s normal to overspend on socializing when you’re …

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The state of grocery stores in Orange County: Shoppers are swimming in options from Ralphs to newcomers Haggen, Aldi

The Southern California supermarket landscape is bursting at the seams as dozens of grocery brands, from Wal-Mart to Ralphs, jockey for a cut in a …


Premium meal-delivery service Deliveroo expands out of Britain and into Europe

Three months after raising $25 million, London-based meal delivery startup Deliveroo is finally ready to expand beyond the U.K. with a launch in Berlin, Paris, and Dublin.

Founded in 2013, Deliveroo is setting out to differentiate itself from other food-delivery aggregation services such as GrubHub …


Sainsbury's to cut 800 jobs

Supermarket chain to cut jobs at it battles falling sales and profits

J Sainsbury is to cut 800 jobs at its battles falling sales and profits for Britain’s biggest supermarket groups.

In the latest sign of the turmoil facing Britain’s “big four” grocery chains, Sainsbury’s is cutting the jobs in an …


Goodbye 50% off: Deep discounts are ending

If you're like me, you rarely walk into stores until the 50% off signs pop up.

We've been living in an era of deep discounts since the Great Recession. That trend has only exacerbated with the rise of websites and apps that let us compare prices instantly.

But bargain hunters beware: Titans of the …


Wal-Mart's lackluster 2014 hits top execs' pay

The retailer’s results were underwhelming last year, leading to cash bonuses that were “significantly below target levels”, Wal-Mart said in its proxy statement.

Wal-Mart Stores WMT had a mediocre year last fiscal year, a performance that directly hit the pocketbooks of its top executives.

While the …


Sears Canada expands wardrobe, cashes in on Target’s retreat

The new boss of ailing Sears Canada Inc. is counting on benefiting from the sudden retreat of U.S. discounter Target Corp. from this country.

The U.S.-owned department-store retailer has picked up two fashion lines that Target had exclusive rights to carry in Canada: Cherokee apparel and shoes and …

Canadian Fashion

Chipotle Will Now Deliver Burritos To Your Front Door -- For A Price

Do you love Chipotle's huge, environmentally conscious burritos, but hate walking along the counter to order? Do you often find yourself craving barbacoa soft tacos, but shuddering at the thought of getting off your couch? Do you smoke a lot of weed?

You're in luck. This week, Chipotle announced …


McDonald’s Is Closing Hundreds of Stores This Year

The fast food giant already closed 350 stores in early 2015

McDonald’s shuttered 350 poorly performing stores in Japan, the United States, and China the first three months of 2015 as part of its plan to boost its sagging profits.

Those previously unannounced closings, disclosed on a conference call …


Wal-Mart's Sam's Club to roll out services aimed at boosting loyalty of small business members

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart's Sam's Club division will be launching an online service for its small business members aimed at easing access to capital by connecting them to lenders and credit options.

The so-called "business lending" center, which will be rolled out in two weeks, will help its members gain …

Small Business

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Hong Kong’s refusal on political concessions sets stage for more unrest

Hong Kong’s leadership offered no concessions to student activists and democracy protesters as it unveiled a final political reform package that threatens to rekindle the anger that brought hundreds of thousands to city streets …

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McDonald’s Earnings Miss Estimates in the First Quarter

McDonald's Corp. reported a steeper-than-expected drop in profit in its first quarter amid foreign-currency impacts and restructuring charges, though revenue met Wall Street expectations.

Shares edged up 0.8% in premarket trading.

Sales excluding newly opened or closed stores fell 2.6% in the U.S. …


Neiman Marcus Introduces New "Snap. Find. Shop" App

Luxury department store Neiman Marcus has created a new way for customers to pay. The Dallas based company has developed an app that allows shoppers …

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Target’s Hasty Exit From Canada Leaves Anger Behind

TORONTO — Target’s exodus from Canada has left gaping holes at some of the most prominent shopping centers across the country, the biggest symbol of an exceptional period of retailing turmoil.

As Target Canada closed the last of its 133 stores this month — completing the parent company’s hasty …

Law (Canada)

Target admits Lilly Pulitzer line was supposed to have lasted weeks

‘The experience guests had on early Sunday morning wasn’t acceptable. It’s as simple as that.’

Target TGT was the victim of its own success.

The web site snafus and quick sell-outs of its line of Lilly Pulitzer beachwear on Sunday showed how the discount retailer still has the magic touch …

Amazon starts travel service Amazon Destinations

The site that sells everything from toilet paper to toys can now send you on a romantic getaway.

Amazon is expanding its travel service online, dubbed Amazon Destinations, the latest effort by the e-commerce site to bolster its service offerings.

The travel service offers deals on hotels and getaways …


Chipotle is raising prices again

Chipotle will raise prices this year.

The company will start charging more for barbacoa and steak later this year by about 4%.

That means that a steak burrito that currently costs $6.65 would cost $6.92.

Chipotle raised prices last year, citing dairy and avocado costs.

Steak and barbacoa burritos cost …

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Target wants to add liquor in Minnetonka store renovation - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

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Nick HalterStaff reporter- Minneapolis / St. Paul Business JournalEmail | Twitter

Target Corp. wants to add liquor sales at the …


Fresh Thyme Farmers Market to anchor Plymouth redevelopment - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Nick HalterStaff reporter- Minneapolis / St. Paul Business JournalEmail | Twitter

A fourth planned Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in the Twin Cities is …


Wal-Mart and Target Are Being Crushed by Supermarkets in the Business of Selling Food

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Traditional supermarkets such as Kroger and Safeway are schooling mass merchants Wal-Mart and Target in the business of …


Target just infuriated swaths of customers — and it's a great sign for business

Target's latest designer collaboration with the preppy prints label Lilly Pulitzer was a smash hit.

Customers swarmed Target's stores and website early Sunday to get their hands on the coveted collection of patterned shift dresses, couch pillows, beach towels and more.

Shoppers began lining up …