Customer acquisition is the top challenge for retailers

More than 60% of retailers said in a recent survey that acquiring new customers is the most important challenge they are facing this year heading into 2018, according to the report from Worldwide Business Research, IgnitionOne, and eTail.

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What If The Car Of The Future Is A Giant, Rolling Piece Of Wearable Tech?

Autonomous vehicles are often discussed as a foregone conclusion–when we talk about “the car of the future,” that is what we imagine. But Jonathon Keats, a conceptual artist and experimental philosopher who “often takes the contrarian position,” as he tells Fast Company, thought: What if it’s not? And then, if the car of the future is not driverless, what is it?

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The Future of Retail: 2017 Edition

What will the retail landscape look like in the very near future? And which players will be left standing?

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The world’s biggest logistics company races towards net-zero emissions

DHL is the largest logistics and express delivery company in the world. It’s not surprising that its carbon emissions are massive.

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ELD Mandate on Track, Spear Says

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said he is confident that the federal electronic logging device mandate will take effect on schedule on Dec. 18 after years of debate and legal challenges.

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Amazon’s Instant Pickup readies orders in 2 minutes

We have gone from next day delivery to one hour delivery and now Amazon has launched “instant delivery,” in which shoppers can pick up merchandise minutes after placing an order.

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FMCSA holding impromptu meetings on trucking regs, including ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.

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Canada Goose expands online and off In a challenge to The North Face

Canada Goose on Thursday announced it will open five retail stores in the 2018 fiscal year, including three just announced for fall in Boston, Calgary, Canada, and Tokyo, Japan in addition to two previously announced fall openings in London and Chicago. The 60-year-old upscale Canadian outdoor apparel retailer also said it has launched four of seven planned e-commerce markets this year, according to a company press release. Its first two flagship stores bowed in Toronto and New York last fall.

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Digital disruption from farm to fork: Tracking the food supply

By 2050, the Earth’s population is set to swell from 7 billion to 9 billion. According to a 2015 report from the World Resources Institute, the agricultural sector will need to increase production by approximately 25% in order to meet the resulting demand.

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A ‘persuasion strategy’ to race to 100 percent renewable energy

Achieving 100 percent renewable energy is an idea whose time has come. States (such as Hawaii), cities and islands in the United States and around the world are declaring themselves aligned with a goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

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Retail job cuts defy national trends

July job cuts saw the lowest monthly total since November, as employers announced plans to cut payrolls by 28,307 positions, according to a monthly report emailed to Retail Dive from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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FMCSA updates ELD web pages, FAQs

FMCSA announced it has streamlined the ELD section of its website to create a more user-friendly system and highlight critical ELD information.

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Working smarter and harder: Metal 3D-printed parts for trucks

As 3D printing technology continues to find real-world applications in automotive and trucking, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has opened new possibilities with an announcement yesterday that it’s now printing metal spare and replacement parts.

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Schnucks Tests Robots to Handle Out-of-Stocks

Schnuck Markets has launched a test pilot at three St. Louis metro-area stores involving robots that scan store aisles three times a day to ensure products are stocked and placed properly.

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Aldi no-frills grocery chain plans Goodyear distribution center — could Arizona stores follow?

Aldi, a discount grocery chain that is popular throughout the Midwest and eastern U.S., will lay stakes in Arizona, along the growing Loop 303 industrial corridor in Goodyear.

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Hershey Company reports 1.5% second quarter sales rise, approves dividend

The Hershey Company has reported a 1.5 percent increase in net sales in the second quarter of this year, boosted by higher demand for Easter candy, and approved a quarterly dividend of about 6 percent per share.

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Hot sauce industry sets tongues — and sales — ablaze

When McIlhenny in Avery Island, La., introduced Scorpion, a version of its famous Tabasco sauce, that is 20 times hotter than the original this month, it sold out within a few hours. Demand was so great that the sauce is back ordered to November.

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Few surprises in Wesco second-quarter earnings report

Wesco International reported Thursday morning higher-than-expected earnings for the second quarter at $49.5 million, or $1.02 per share.

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Anixter International meets 2Q profit forecasts

Anixter International Inc. (AXE) on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $40.1 million.

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PPG is putting failed attempts to buy Dutch rival “in the rear view mirror,” top executive says

PPG has put its failed attempts to acquire Dutch paints maker AkzoNobel “in the rear view mirror” and is moving ahead with other options to grow its business, the global coatings company’s chairman said Thursday.

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Universal Forest Products Sales Up 23% in 2Q

Universal Forest Products Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI), Grand Rapids, MI, reported sales for the second quarter of $1.1 billion, up 23 percent from the previous year, a record for the company. Net earnings were $33.6 million, up 0.6 percent from the same period in 2016.

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Mondelēz International Launches Véa Snack Portfolio

Mondelēz International launched Véa, a new snack portfolio that promises real ingredients and unique combinations crafted from globally inspired recipes.

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Growing demand for potatoes propels Lamb Weston to another profitable quarter

Lamb Weston reported another quarter of growth, with net sales increasing 7% to $833 million and income increasing 136% to $123 million, according to the company’s earnings report.

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Campbell Soup forms new e-commerce unit

Campbell Soup Company is forming an e-commerce unit in North America and has hired retail veteran Shakeel Farooque to lead the unit, the company announced today.

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KC company acquires Coca-Cola bottling plant for $7.2M

A Kansas City-based company led by former NBA player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman has acquired a bottling plant in St. Charles for $7.2 million, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

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Home decor chain sees big opportunity in Texas

At Home Group continues to expand its store network in the Lone Star state.

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Amazon is buying products from some US retailers at full price to build global inventory

Amazon is trying to boost its catalog by telling tens of thousands of marketplace sellers in the U.S. that it will buy their inventory at full retail price.

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Walmart to employ 1,500 at new mega-warehouse in Polk County

A new Walmart e-commerce fulfillment center that opened Tuesday is bringing more than 1,500 jobs to this northern Polk County area.

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Truckload spot market activity flourishes in June, reports DAT

June was a booming month for spot truckload freight activity, according to data issued this week by DAT Solutions, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, in its DAT North American Freight Index. DAT defines the North American Freight Index as a measure of conditions on the spot truckload freight market.

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Automaker is eyeing EVs for the future

Volkswagen’s diesel scandal had wide-ranging consequences across its brands, and Porsche is no exception. After the Cayenne Diesel was named as an offender in the international kerfuffle, Porsche has been turning its attention to electrified vehicles. As it moves in this direction, Porsche may drop diesel engines from its lineup all together.

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You won’t believe what Coca-Cola is using to make its bottles

Coca-Cola (KO, +0.08%) now makes some of its bottles entirely out of sugar cane, the company trumpeted recently at the Expo Milano food conference.

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7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven, citing a 2016 study which found that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of millennials as an important attribute when making their selection, is swapping the Colombian coffee now served at its stores for a new Rainforest Alliance Certified, single-origin Colombian coffee.

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These ‘Cool Vendors’ Can Help Keep Pace With Digital Innovation, Gartner Says

Gartner’s 2017 Cool Vendors research profiles 330 Cool Vendors in 76 reports. Many of these providers are exploiting digitization, blockchain, artificial intelligence, conversational user experience and the Internet of Things (IoT) to build the next generation of innovation and offer unprecedented opportunities to exploit new business models.

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Candy retailer acquired with eye to expansion

The nation’s largest specialty candy retailer may soon get even bigger.

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Versum Materials spending $13 million to acquire specialty-chemical company

Versum Materials Inc. said it plans to acquire an Indianapolis specialty-chemical company in a deal estimated at about $13 million.

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Air Products wins Louisiana gas plant deal

Air Products will build, own and operate a gas plant south of Baton Rouge, La., that will provide hydrogen, carbon monoxide and steam to chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corp., the companies announced Monday.

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Retailers, brands see green for back-to-school shopping

For the back-to-school season, many parents and their kids are thinking green.

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Second Straight Drop in U.S. Retail Sales Shows Tepid Spending

Retail sales unexpectedly dropped for a second month in June, signaling consumers are providing only modest support for the U.S. economy, Commerce Department data showed Friday.

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Wal-Mart Will Implement Fines for Late, Early Delivery

Wal-Mart is about to step up the pressure on its suppliers. The focus this time is delivery scheduling, and the company’s not messing around.

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Cardenas Markets Preps for Growth

Since assuming his current role six months ago, Cardenas Markets LLC CEO John Gomez has been readying the company for expansion. Now, following the recently revealed merger with Mi Pueblo, which has resulted in a management lineup made up of roughly equal parts Cardenas, Mi Pueblo and outside executives, Gomez is steering the Ontario, Calif.-based company toward organic growth – what he refers to as “finding our own stores” – through the team being assembled by VP of Real Estate Brian Braaten, and inorganic growth through acquisitions of other companies both within and outside its home base of California.

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