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Catalina Taps IBM Analytics to Aid in Digital Transformation

KMWorld Magazine · DD MM YYYY

Procurement and Sales

Catalina has adopted the IBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS) as a key pillar of its expanding analytics program to help provide its clients with more relevant shopper insights. Catalina is embarking on comprehensive digital transformation to enable retailers and brands to seamlessly connect with consumers regardless of their location, whether in-store, online or via their mobile devices, anytime and anywhere. Read More

Inmar Acquires Capital Returns

GlobeNewswire · DD MM YYYY

M&A Activities

Inmar has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Capital Returns, currently doing business as GENCO Pharmaceutical Services. Capital Returns offers customized returns management solutions for pharmaceutical trade returns, recalls and withdrawals, samples, clinical returns and product complaints for manufacturers, pharmacies, chains, and wholesalers. Read More

Retail Partners
Kroger Launches QR Code-Based Payment Service, Snubs Apple Pay

Apple Insider · DD MM YYYY

New Offerings

Kroger has rolled out a first-party mobile payments solution as it continues to rebuff third-party solutions like Apple's Apple Pay. Dubbed Kroger Pay, the app-based solution generates single-use QR codes on a customer's device, which are subsequently scanned by a Kroger cashier upon checkout. Read More

CMA Extends Final Deadline for ASDA-Sainsbury’s Probe

Logistics Manager Magazine · DD MM YYYY

Regulatory and Legal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had decided to delay the publication of its report to give it enough time to “reach a fully reasoned final decision” on the £12bn merger. The original deadline of March 5, 2019, has now been extended by eight weeks to April 30, 2019. Read More

Target Recalls Toddler Unicorn Boots Due to Possible Choking Hazard

News 12 Connecticut · DD MM YYYY

Operational Challenges

Target is recalling unicorn toddler boots over fears the products pose a choking hazard to kids. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the unicorn horn can detach from the boot, creating a choking hazard to children. No injuries have been reported. Read More

Walmart Wants Big Advertising Business like Amazon

Bloomberg Quint · DD MM YYYY

Having watched Amazon build a massive advertising business, brick and mortar stores are looking to do the same. Walmart is quietly courting big brands with a sales pitch. It has recently hired executives from NBC Universal and CBS to help boost its advertising business. Read More

IRI Appoints Baljit Dail as President of IRI Global


Management Changes

IRI has appointed Baljit "Bal" Dail as president of IRI Global, effective April 1, 2019. In this role, Mr. Dail will lead and support IRI's go to market commercial efforts in the U.S. Read More

Companies of Interest
RetailMeNot Appoints Joshua Platt as Its Chief Product Officer

RetailMeNot, Inc · DD MM YYYY

Management Changes

RetailMeNot has appointed Joshua Platt as its Chief Product Officer. Mr. Platt most recently served as Vice President of Product for Nordstrom.com. Read More

Whole Foods Is Raising Prices Less Than Two Years After Amazon's Acquisition


Whole Foods is apparently quietly rising prices on many items, two years after its acquisition by Amazon. The reason being the grocer is not immune to challenges facing its industry peers and feels the need to keep hiking prices to cover rising costs. Read More

Let Us Begin to Unpack the Romaine Crisis

Food Marketing Institute · DD MM YYYY

When the government issued a nationwide consumer advisory on all romaine lettuce just days before the biggest food holiday of the year, the operational impact was massive, and the repercussions continue today. Compounding the situation, this was the second consumer advisory to affect Romaine in one year. Read More

Retail Imports Still Strong as Possible March Tariff Hike Approaches

National Retail Federation · DD MM YYYY

According to NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold, the unresolved trade talks with China has led retailers to bring spring merchandise into the U.S. early in case tariffs go up in March. U.S. tariffs of 10% on $200bn worth of Chinese goods that took effect last September are scheduled to increase to 25% on March 1, 2019, unless negotiations that began in last December are successful. Read More

Industry Updates
Three Grocery Retail Trends to Jump on in 2019


To survive and even thrive, grocery retailers need to recognize and act on three trends that are emerging and will shape the industry for the next five to ten years. First, the global online grocery market is predicted to double from $150bn in 2017 to $334bn by 2022. Second, customers are insisting on convenience shopping and third, grocery stores are shrinking, not in number, but in size. Read More

TCS and JDA Join Forces on Cognitive Supply Chain Solutions


Partnerships & Alliances

TCS has partnered with JDA Software to build next-generation cognitive solutions, and offer consulting and system integration services around digital technologies, to optimize supply chains for customers worldwide. Read More

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