Bryan's Blog

  • 5 Ways Whole Foods By Amazon Could Be An Unnatural Fit — And Why That May Be Okay

    July 7, 2017

    Industry observers have been discussing the many ways the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon could boost operations for both entities. But on a highly practical level, there are many areas where the two have much to figure out. This story highlights five of them.

  • Bagging The Future: 7 Ways Grocery Will Change By 2020

    July 3, 2017

    From a shortage of time to a shortage of space, capacity will be the factor that influences supermarkets in the near future. As more merchants seek ways to meet the shopper’s need to put food on the table, supermarkets are bound to respond. This story explores seven predictions.

  • 6 Reasons Home Depot Is Building A Better Mousetrap

    June 23, 2017

    Following a generally soft first quarter that has many retailers examining their foundations and tearing up the floorboards, Home Depot stood out with better-than-expected improvements in its performance. Here’s a half-dozen ways it’s staying ahead.

  • Is Macy’s Walking In Discounter Shoes? The Brands May Decide

    June 16, 2017

    Macy’s move into self-service shoe departments has some saying it is adopting a discount model in order to survive. But it may not have a choice. Will its efforts to balance shopper desires with exclusive brands help it stand apart, or blend it in with other value chains?

  • CVS’s Good-Health Mission Raises Burning Question: Should Shoppers Care?

    June 12, 2017

    First it stood up for our lungs, then our hearts. Now CVS is standing up for our hides, and in doing so is proving its commitment to be not only a retailer, but a shaper of health care. Will this be evident to its shoppers? A look into CVS financials provides a hint.

  • Will Target/Casper Partnership Awaken Retail To Consumer Needs?

    June 7, 2017

    Target’s agreement to sell online-only Casper mattresses implies it spotted profit in the bedroom. But the appeal may not be a demand for mattresses, but for simplicity. Online mattresses, like online razors, take the pain out of practical purchases, and people are willing to pay for it.