Are Amazon.com and E-Commerce Driving Grocers’ Growth?

What is the correlation between online retail’s growth and grocers’ growing revenues? The answer is a rather simple one: the grocery store is the one large retail outlet that most people still have to visit on a regular basis.

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Alco’s Demise Reveals Kroger’s Incredible Ability to Discount

Walmart and Target certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to maintain their positions in the retail market. Safeway will have even more work to do if it wants to become a credible rival to Kroger.

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Retail Recovery Not at Department Stores

It looks as if holiday shopping season 2014 could be something of a bust. That means 2015 could become a very ugly year for department stores with lots of store closings, cutbacks, restructuring, layoffs, and losses. The retail recovery could be turning into a retail apocalypse for the department store industry.

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How Lower Gasoline Prices Could Affect Big Retail

Energy is not the only industry that would be disrupted by falling oil and gas prices. The effect of cheaper gasoline on big retail could be just as profound and wide ranging.

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Staples Struggles to Survive

Staples reported online sales of $10.4 billion in 2013, making it a very profitable online retailer. Unfortunately, it is a very profitable online retailer that is saddled with a very unprofitable chain of brick and mortar stores.

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More Dollar Store Insanity

Dollar General is doing well right now, but the geniuses at its headquarters have figured out how to wreck the company: spend a fortune acquiring a failing rival for no reason. Worse, that acquisition would require them to essentially gut a successful existing business for dubious gains.

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Sears is Dying Faster than We Thought

That means Sears could close over 200 stores by the end of the year. It only closed 96 stores last year, and if that isn’t a sign of the death spiral, I don’t know what is. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the death spiral occurs when a retailer’s sales cannot cover its operating expenses, so it has to start closing stores or selling assets to pay the bills.

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