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January 5, 2012

An average consumer encounters the same or very similar product mix from retailer to retailer. Unintentionally, we have almost trained them not to expect anything special from their shopping experience. The retailer that does offer something beyond the ordinary shopping experience can score big points with shoppers. Do something unexpected to surprise and delight shoppers, and word will spread – probably quickly. So what is it that really makes consumers tick? I think it boils down to five main things.

January 5, 2012

December sales for Fred's realized a 1% gain to a total of $213 million, the discounter said Thursday.

January 5, 2012

Hair accessory brand Goody has announced the launch of its DoubleWear collection of jewelry-inspired elastics and headwraps.

January 5, 2012

Harris Teeter has donated more than $279,000 to schools participating in Together in Education, a program designed to financially help schools in communities where Harris Teeter stores are located.

January 5, 2012

Kaz recently commissioned Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide on a new mobile campaign using location-based targeting that helps drive sales to specific retailers by name.

January 5, 2012

Kraft Foods and beverage carbonation systems manufacturer SodaStream have formed a strategic partnership.

January 5, 2012

Medtronic has launched a blood-glucose monitor that allows remote monitoring of blood-glucose levels, the company said.

January 5, 2012

A joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new chairman.

January 5, 2012

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres included several Natrol nutritional products as part of her top five "12 Days of Giveaways" bonus items on "Ellen," Natrol announced Wednesday.

January 5, 2012

Paper Mate has globally launched a new line of writing instruments.

January 5, 2012

Rite Aid's same-store sales increased 3.6% in December 2011, compared with December 2010, the company said Thursday.

January 5, 2012

Rumors are swirling that Kodak moments may be no more.

January 5, 2012

A senator from New York is proposing new regulations that would protect pharmacies from robberies, according to published reports.

January 5, 2012

Dairy Enterprises has expanded its Ruggles brand to include a new frozen yogurt line.

January 5, 2012

Safeway on Thursday announced the sale of 16 of its Genuardi's stores in the greater Philadelphia area to Giant Food Stores, a division of Ahold USA.

January 5, 2012

Sears Holdings recently finished its latest "Fitness Flagship" store-within-a-store, which it now has at more than 30 Sears stores, the retailer said.

January 5, 2012

Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel assured investors last month that December comps would exceed November’s 1.8% increase, but then Thursday morning reported a disappointing 1.6% increase and a reduced profit forecast.

January 5, 2012

Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted a same-store sales increase of 12.6% during the seven-week holiday period.

January 5, 2012

The Vitamin Shoppe on Thursday announced the launch of a sports nutrition supplement line called True Athlete.

January 5, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday reported an approximate 150 basis-point negative impact on prescriptions filled based on prescription transfers, and other trend analysis of prescriptions managed by Express Scripts, as the chain posted its first monthly earnings statement following the discontinuation of Walgreens' relationship with Express Scripts.

January 5, 2012

Walmart featured this talking shelf touting the benefits of a quit-smoking program in the first week of 2012 in this new store just outside of York, Pa.

January 4, 2012

In what might become an additional indicator as to the power consumers can wield across retail through social media outlets, Wegmans on Wednesday reinstated Alec Baldwin as the company's spokesman.

January 4, 2012

The American Pharmacists Association has released a new information resource for pharmacists and pharmacy students about pharmacy management, the group said.

January 4, 2012

Brisk is gearing up for the 3-D theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" with limited-edition packaging and a campaign.

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