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ALDI’s about-face

Store Brands Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Aylward says grocer has gained the respect of shoppers from all demographics, even those who regard themselves as high-falutin’. Listen to his podcast.

Retailers, private brands and behind-the-scenes technology

Expert expects grocers to focus more on concepts like conversational commerce to improve private brand sales in 2019

Recent report asked consumers, ‘Do you buy generic?’ Ugh!

Mercatus President and CEO Sylvain Perrier talks about how grocers can continue to make digital advancements in e-commerce ... and with their private brands.

It starts with an executive team whose members would run through walls for each other

Retailers must move away from national brand equivalent-only programs that only differentiate by price, says Store Brands Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Aylward in his monthly podcast

Kroger’s McMullen touts retailer’s store brand success during presentation

The industry has a lot of balls in the air. Where they land is anybody’s guess

There are three things that retailers — especially grocers — are challenged with that directly impact customer experience ... but they all involve making things better for employees first, says guest columnist Millie Blackwell

My first flat-screen television came from Sears. When I needed a new PlayStation in the early 2000s, I went to Kmart, not Walmart.

This is a story about a plane and just plain bad customer service

It’s not just about selling imperfect fruits and vegetables at a lower price— it’s about educating consumers not to waste

Searching for coffee, I struck gold with a good price and an unexpected but welcome value in Meijer Gold’s flavorful brand

While consumers increasingly scrutinize grocery products and brands, more are also checking packaging for its environmental impact

For years, Publix Super Markets has drawn a massive following for its fried chicken, which it sells in its deli department as a private brand

Digimarc Corp.’s Heidi Dethloff speaks with Store Brands Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Aylward about the dangers that poor checkout experiences can inflict on a retailer’s image and bottom line, and how retailers can improve the process

Americans are poised to splurge this holiday season. Why not on private brands?

Private brands from one country will continue to become accessible to consumers in another country because of e-commerce, which could generate sales and market share of retailers’ private brands around the world

Retailers, consumers may need patience as farmers try to recover from the wildfires across the state

If anything,’s acquisition of Whole Foods lit a fire under other grocery retailers, which several of them have done

Helping fix the planet, The Kroger Co. is the only food and drugstore firm to make the top 10 on Fortune’s 2018 Change the World list. But grocers and other retailers don’t have to have Kroger-sized resources to make a difference

Survey reveals that long lines and poor checkout experiences are reasons why consumers shop elsewhere. But are retailers taking this seriously?

If its latest earnings are any indication, Publix withstood the recent uproar for its support of an NRA proponent. Perhaps people realize that Publix is not the villain it was made out to be

Set to cancel the Hanesbrands line, Target is adding more of its own apparel brands, which will likely invigorate profits

Not all store brand products are driving growth at the same rate, and not all branded products are experiencing declining sales. When dissected by price tier, it’s clear that premium products are winning across the board

CEO of Ahold Delhaize, who steps down July 1, was a champion of private brands

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