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COST  // Posts tagged as "COST"

May 09 2013 Food & Beverage, Retail

Supervalu Initiatives a Good Start But Will Do Little in the Short Term

Research Question: Will a renewed focus on its Save-A-Lot discount stores, smaller regional banner stores, and wholesale business lead to a turnaround for Supervalu in 2013? By:  Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: COST, KR, RNDY, SVU, TGT, WFM, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Supervalu Inc.’s (SVU) recent initiatives have received early […]

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Vitamin Shoppe Sales Getting Back on Track, Online Slow to Take Off

Research Question: What are sales trends and online prospects for Vitamin Shoppe? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: AMZN, COST, CVS, EBAY, GNC, RAD, TGT, VITC, VSI, WAG, WFM, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Seventeen of 22 Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (VSI) regional managers and store personnel said first-quarter sales have increased 5% to […]

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Feb 12 2013 Consumer Goods, Retail

Staples Will Lead the Office Supply Industry’s Slow Transition to Online

Research Question: How willing are office supply consumers to purchase items online, and will Staples.com be part of this shift? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: AMZN, BBY, COST, FDX, ODP, OMX, SPLS, TGT, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Nine of 17 sources said the office supply industry will not shift dramatically to […]

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Jan 23 2013 Food & Beverage, Retail

Green Mountain’s K-Cup Sales Climbing, Private-Label Threat Muted for Now

Research Question: Are Green Mountain’s Keurig and K-Cup sales and inventory levels on track to meet expectations for the holiday season and early 2013? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: COST, DNKN, GMCR, JAH, KRFT, KR, LCUT, SBUX, SVU, SWY, TGT, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Seven of 11 office supply and online […]

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Retailers Must Use Technology, Offline/Online Hybrid to Retain Customers

Research Question: How are brick-and-mortar companies reinventing the retail experience to get customers to continue shopping in stores? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: AAPL, AMZN, CL, COST, CVS, EBAY, JCP, KR, M, PG, RAD, SBUX, SHLD, SPLS, SWY, TGT, WAG, WFM, WMT, WSM Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings The brick-and-mortar retailers that have been […]

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Sales Growth Expected to Continue for GNC Stores and Online

Research Question: Will GNC store sales slow over the next three to 12 months? By: David Franklin Companies: AMZN, COST, GNC, VSI, WFM, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Factors cited as driving sales at GNC Holdings Inc. (GNC) include convenient store locations, reasonable prices, high product quality, broad selection, new products, […]

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Jun 28 2012 Food & Beverage, Retail

SWY’s Just for U Needs to Evolve Further to Alter Shopping Behavior

Research Question: Will Safeway revolutionize couponing and alter consumer behavior with its “Just for U” program? By:  Ryan Duck Companies: COST, SVU, SWY, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Safeway Inc.’s (SWY) “Just for U” program will not revolutionize couponing or significantly alter consumer behavior anytime soon. Greater industry and consumer […]

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Williams-Sonoma’s Retail Initiatives Will Drive 2012 Growth (WSM)

Research Question: Will Williams-Sonoma’s initiatives to correct retail problem areas from 2011 be the catalyst for growth in 2012? By: David Franklin Companies: AMZN, BBBY, COST, CPWM, PIR, SMN, TGT, URBAN, WSM Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Store personnel, supply chain professionals and industry specialists expect Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s (WSM) retail initiatives […]

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GMCR’s Keurig Safe from SBUX’s Verismo; Threatened by Patent Expiration (GMCR, SBUX)

Research Question: How will new competition from Starbucks affect Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ market share? By:  Reverdy Johnson Companies: AMZN, BBBY, COST, DNKN, KSS, GMCR, SBUX, THS Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Ten of 12 sources knowledgeable about Starbucks Corp.’s (SBUX) Verismo said it will not dramatically affect Green Mountain Coffee […]

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Feb 23 2012 Food & Beverage, Retail

SodaStream Update, 2012 Off to Good Start, Except at Big Box Stores (SODA)

Research Question: What is the trend with SodaStream in the first two months of 2012? By: Ryan Duck Companies: BBBY, BBY, COST, JCP, M, SODA, TGT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Nine of 11 retail/department stores said SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA) sales have been positive to start 2012, with two indicating […]

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