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Wal-Mart: a new tailored strategy

Wal-Mart is traditionally known for its large generic stores and this change in strategy to become a more focused and tailored operator will help the retailer to remain competitive. Wal-Mart has suffered a slowdown in sales growth and this change in strategy should help support like-for-like growth.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2006
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Supermarkets: boosting their CSR credentials

The burgeoning power of the supermarkets has given them an important role in shaping the purchasing patterns of UK consumers. As a means of countering criticism of their negative social impact, and to cater for consumers' desire for environmental measures, retailers are introducing more corporate social responsibility aspects into their operations.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2006
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Laurus: survival strategy

Eight months since Dutch supermarket group Laurus announced a radical change in strategy to turn around years of dismal performance, it has made only limited headway in the face of severe competition. The recent resignation of CEO Harry Bruijiniks could well be a reflection of the inability of the strategy to work.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
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Tesco: continuing its non-food assault

Bold moves such as the non-food home shopping launch has enabled Tesco to build market leading positions both on UK soil and abroad. With the launch of Tesco Direct, the retailer is well on its way to achieving its goal as the number one destination in non-food as well as in food.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Aug 2006
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Co-operative Group: going back to its roots

The Co-operative Group is reintroducing the 'divi' to encourage greater customer loyalty. The profit sharing scheme and rebranding should help the retailer - which has been criticized for its inability to move with the times - modernize its image but it will need to work harder to keep up with its larger rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2006
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Woolworths Holdings: South African success lies ahead

A day after rival Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths Holdings has reported robust figures. The retailer has introduced a number of initiatives to strengthen its core grocery lines alongside a move to more low cost sourcing in clothing and homewares - initiatives which should enable the retailer to benefit in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2006
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Pick 'n Pay: a change at the top

After 33 years service - 11 of them as CEO - Sean Summers is to step down from Pick 'n Pay and will be replaced by Nick Badminton, currently retail managing director. While Pick 'n Pay has made solid progress in recent years, its profitability remains weak in comparison to rival Woolworths.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2006
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Coles Myer: takeover battle looms

Coles Myer has revealed that it had received a takeover approach from an unnamed bidder. Since disposing of its Myer department store chain, Coles Myer has been solely focused on the supermarket interests, making it an increasingly digestible takeover target. Despite remodeling this business, Coles needs external assistance if it is to reclaim its market leadership.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2006
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Wal-Mart: refocusing resources where it matters

Wal-Mart's Q2 net income declined by 26.0% to $2.08 billion, its first fall in profits for 10 years. It cited losses made from the disposal of its operations in Germany and South Korea. The retailer is now focusing on broadening its appeal upmarket in its core US market and this should put it in a better position to compete with fast expanding rivals such as Target.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2006
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Who is the 'greenest' grocer of them all?

While price and range will remain the key determinants of consumer loyalty at UK supermarkets, grocers are increasingly keen to display their green credentials to increase customer loyalty. An added advantage of being green is that it could help grocers win concessions in the ongoing Competition Commission grocery market inquiry.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2006

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