July 27, 2021
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Independent Retailers Must Keep Up ‘Shop Small’ Message As Their Best Hope For Post-Covid Recovery

The overarching story of retail in 2020, the pandemic year, is that the big just got bigger. The biggest categories – food and beverage stores, general merchandise stores (with the exception of department stores), building materials and supplies dealers and electronic shopping – all got bigger and the biggest retailers in each of those categories w...
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Tractor Supply: 11 Million Chickens And Going Strong

If you’re guessing it was Popeye’s or KFC that sold at least half of their 11 million chickens last year to new customers, you’d be clucking up the wrong retailer. That’s because the correct answer is that it was Tractor Supply TSCO , the rural lifestyle operation retailer that has been the beneficiary of the migration of millennials out o...
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Amazon Ramps Up Its Logistics Integration, Threatening To Reshape The Future Of The Industry

Among other things, Amazon’s 2021 first quarter results confirm its long-standing strategy, which I first talked about early in 2018 and touched on again toward the middle of 2019: vertical integration as a logistics operator. The company revealed an 80% increase in its capital investments earmarked for logistics-related operations, both in its ...
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Mall Footfall Returns, Dick’s and At Home become ‘Alt Anchors’ and Placemaking Takes Root

Analytics firm Placer.ai reported that traffic in a 52-mall sample was up 86 percent over March, 2020. And while that still lags March 2019, mall owners believe we are in rebound mode. What is unknown is how long the pent-up demand will last. And as my colleague Pam Danziger recently reported, a survey of 1,000+ consumers by Nielsen noted merely th...
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Small Businesses Scrambling To Figure Out New State Vaping Rules And Taxes

A provision tucked into the Covid Relief bill passed by Congress in December 2020 now has vaping businesses and states regulatory departments scrambling to meet new federal requirements. And in many cases, it will increase the cost of doing business. “For the vape industry, this was the worst Christmas present ever,” said Avalara excise tax expe...
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Indonesia’s E-Commerce Unicorn Bukalapak Completes $400 Million Funding Round With New Investors: Report

Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak is said to have attracted more investors in its latest funding round that raised more than $400 million, according to a report from DealStreetAsia.  Bukalapak’s recent corporate filing indicates the London branch of Swiss investment bank UBS Group AG and Malaysian conglomerate Genting Berhad subsidiar...