Dollar Store To Pass the Buck in 2022

The last of the true “dollar” stores, Dollar Tree announced in late 2021 that some of its stores will begin charging more than $1 for some items.

Other stores, like Dollar Tree-owned Family Dollar, as well as competitors like Dollar General, made the move to higher price points long ago.  Boundary breaking prices of $1.25 or $1.50 at Dollar Tree will still be significantly lower than the $1 to $10 range seen at other similar value chains.


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Miniaturization of Warehouses for Retail Giants

Rick Cohen knows how a warehouse should work.

He grew up in the wholesale grocery business and spent much time observing warehouse operations. His ability to spot inefficiencies led him to develop technological solutions for the family business, C&S. In 2007, he partnered with a robotics expert, founded a company named Symbotic, and later introduced a robot prototype at a C&S warehouse. In 2014, Target became the first outside customer of the system and was followed by Albertsons. Walmart is the […]

Christmas Trees in 2021: Sold Out!

Even Christmas trees have not been spared by the supply chain disruptions of 2021. Most artificial trees are made in China. Because of longer manufacturing and delivery lead times, their supply is scarce, and prices have skyrocketed. This situation has benefited live tree growers who can expect to sell all or most of their limited stock this season. Lucky shoppers will be able to get a tree, but maybe not the one they wanted.


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Amazon Department Stores: A Data Bonanza

Amazon plans to extend its reach further by opening its own small format department stores in big cities to increase its sales items like of clothing, household items, and electronics as well as Amazon’s private label products.

This may be an avenue to reach people who want to touch and feel products before they buy, who don’t typically shop online or who don’t use credit cards. It will also allow Amazon to study and track the shopping habits and browsing of […]

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