Healthcare Costs Impacting Retailers

The Food Institute reports that the CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE estimated that federal spending on major health care programs will reach 6.3% of gross domestic product by 2020, up from 4.7% this year and far above a 40-year average of 2.7%.

Nov 20, 2012 Read More

Same-day delivery battles will intensify

Amazon picked the fight, and Walmart aims to end it. Supermarkets should know a lot more about the appeal and viability of same-day service by year’s end.

Oct 22, 2012 Read More

Pricing more frightful for shoppers

Shoppers pressed by expenses will resent brands and stores that make it tougher to discern real value at the shelf.

Oct 10, 2012 Read More

What if wholesale clubs went mini-food?

If Walmart Express could be profitable quickly, smaller food-only versions of Costco and its channel might be even more compelling.

Jun 08, 2012 Read More

Comparing Two Food Retailing Giants

Walmart recently issued its 2012 sales data and though not spelled out specifically in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food Institute calculates that the retailer’s 4,479 units (including its Sam’s Clubs warehouse stores) generated a whopping $174.9 billion in sales from grocery products -- that’s 55% of the retailer’s overall sales in the United States.

Apr 12, 2012 Read More

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