Retail Watch: ARCO am/pm C-Store – Thousand Palms, CA

Sometimes you come across a simple idea that can really boost category sales. This simple idea in the refrigerated drinks section at an ARCO C-Store in California solved the issue I often face of getting easily disoriented each time I go to a c-store to buy a cold drink. The challenge in this environment is
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Will John Lederer Come Back To Canada?

In case you missed it last week, Walgreens (the US’s largest Drugstore Chain) made a big purchase in order to crack the New York City market with the acquisition of Duane Reade. This move will more than quadruple Walgreens stores in NYC as Duane Reade’s network of 257 stores puts them just around the corner
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7-11 Boss Goes Undercover

The third episode of CBS’s new Sunday night reality TV show “Undercover Boss” went inside the day-to-day operations of 7-11 through the eyes of President & CEO Joe DePinto. Mr. DePinto went undercover in his own organization in an effort to understand the reality of what his employees experience in their 6,500 stores, commissaries, bakeries
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Have You Been In A Sears Store Lately? – Exactly.

I read an interesting story this week on Sears Canada’s efforts to launch an “endless aisle” e-commerce site to boost its business results at its slow-dying retail stores. As much as the Sears Canada team seems upbeat about the project’s prospects (existing catalog expertise and US experience) here are just a few of the reasons
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Retail Watch: Trader Joe’s – Palm Desert, CA

During my travels I plan to bring you some insights into retailers that I have a chance to visit as well as some ideas that you can use in your business in order to “sell more and sell more profitably”. This week I am just outside Palm Springs, CA and today I had the opportunity
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Thrifty Foods – Keeping it Fresh with their latest store

Thrifty Foods, that little gem of Vancouver Island (and now the Lower Mainland too) has opened a new store in South Surrey, British Columbia and it does not disappoint. Thrifty has always prided itself on being leaders in fresh and it appears that despite their acquisition by Sobeys they have not lost their touch. In
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Are your #3 or #4 brands (or worse) at risk of delisting?

The days of national brands that are not in the top one or two brands in their respective category may truly be limited. An Advertising Age article is reporting that Wal-mart in the US has decided to keep Ziploc brand lunch bags and its expanded Great Value control label line-up while eliminating well known but
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