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Analyst: Whole Foods tough for Albertsons to digest

Analyst: Whole Foods tough for Albertsons to digest

Albertsons Cos. reportedly is eyeing Whole Foods Markets, but it appears such an acquisition would be difficult for the Boise-based food and drug retailer to swallow. The Financial Times reported this week that Cerberus Capital Management, which leads the investor group that owns Albertsons, has engaged in preliminary discussions with bankers about a possible bid

Report: Amazon eyeing BJ’s Wholesale Club

Report: Amazon eyeing BJ’s Wholesale Club

Amazon has sure fed the acquisition rumor mill recently. The latest scuttlebutt: The online retail giant is taking a look at BJ’s Wholesale Club. The New York Post has reported that privately held BJ’s is putting itself on the block after its ownership determined that an IPO was ill-timed. Citing anonymous sources, the Post article

Amazon Prime Now extends delivery with Bartell Drugs

Amazon Prime Now extends delivery with Bartell Drugs

SEATTLE — Amazon Inc. has expanded its delivery of products from Bartell Drugs in the Seattle area. The online retail giant said Tuesday that its Amazon Prime Now service has more than doubled its reach for Bartell Drugs to include the Everett, Greenwood and downtown Seattle, Wash., neighborhoods. Bartell Drugs was the first drug chain

Retail innovations continue to emerge at Amazon

Retail innovations continue to emerge at Amazon

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. continues to push the retail innovation envelope, recently unveiling a store without checkouts and field testing delivery by drones in the United Kingdom. The 1,800-square-foot Amazon Go store perhaps most closely resembles a high-end, high-tech convenience store. Customers do not need to scan their purchases or go through a checkout line.

In retailing, change is now the only constant

In retailing, change is now the only constant

In the early 1960s, Bob Dylan, who was just awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, asked his listeners to “… admit that the waters/Around you have grown/And accept it that soon you be drenched to the bone/If your time to you is worth savin’/Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone/For the

Amazon poses new threat to rivals as it ramps up PL

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. reportedly is set to begin rolling out a broadly expanded lineup of private label brands as the company aims to burnish its reputation as a lower-cost retailer and bolster its efforts to sell more perishable goods. Amazon’s private label offerings will be available only to Amazon Prime members, The Wall Street

Retailers to feel impact of minimum wage hikes

Retailers to feel impact of minimum wage hikes

NEW YORK — Within hours of each other, the governors of California and New York recently signed bills that will eventually raise the minimum wage in their states to $15. The moves have intensified debate over the possible implications for the retail industry, which relies heavily on workers with low skills who typically receive comparatively

Edgewell Personal Care unveils six Amazon Dash Buttons

Edgewell Personal Care unveils six Amazon Dash Buttons

SHELTON, Conn. — Edgewell Personal Care has made products for six of its brands available via Amazon Dash Buttons. Edgewell said Thursday that Amazon Prime members can now order Schick Hydro, Schick Hydro Silk, Playtex Sport, Carefree, Stayfree and Litter Genie products by pressing the brands’ Amazon Dash Buttons. The brands were selected based on

Brick-and-mortar retailers can counter Amazon

Brick-and-mortar retailers can counter Amazon

Results from Amazon’s Prime Day promotion last month raise some interesting questions for all retailers that compete with the e-commerce giant, a group that has come to include chain drug stores, other mass marketers and practically any seller of consumer goods. Held in conjunction with Ama­zon’s 20th anniversary, the event was designed to reward shoppers

A&P’s demise holds lesson for all retailers

A&P’s demise holds lesson for all retailers

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has, for the second time in five years, entered Chapter 11, a return that likely presages the death of one of the legendary names in the history of mass market retailing. The decision to seek bankruptcy protection one Sunday last month marked the end of the latest effort

Chain drug stores can flourish in omnichannel world

As if the obvious needed to be stated, the period of slow, evolutionary change in the retailing environment for drug, food and convenience items is long over. The arrival of pure-play e-commerce companies to food, drug and beauty retailing marked the end of evolutionary and the beginning of truly explosive revolutionary change. The battlefield is