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Walmart Announces Huge Wins in Q3

Walmart E-Commerce Report Walmart announced its third quarter results, which exceeded economic estimates. They reported online sales growth of 50%, and total revenue rising 4.2% to $123.2 billion, versus estimates of $121 billion. Walmart US rose to $77.7 billion, and same store growth over last year increased 2.7%, which was Walmart’s 13th consecutive quarterly increase. Based on Q3’s success, the retailer increased its annual earnings expectations. Walmart continues to unveil strategies to compete against Amazon. Last week it announced that it was partnering with Lord & Taylor to bring an online fashion store to They are also building strong relationships with brands such as KitchenAid and Bose. As they head into holiday selling, they are focused on their automation of inventory checking and offering same and next-day delivery.

Sources: Chain Store Age, Business Insider

Clarins, Coty and L’Oreal Launch the Responsible Beauty Initiative

Four leaders in the beauty industry  – Clarins, Coty, Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal -, and EcoVadis, the leader in supply chain sustainability ratings, announced the launch of Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI) earlier this week. The vision of Responsible Beauty Initiative is a global beauty industry where all suppliers have in place good ethical, social, environmental and business practices.

The Responsible Beauty Initiative brings together the global beauty industry in a collaborative effort to strengthen sustainable practices, improve environmental footprint and social impacts, and maximize shared value across its collective supply chain. Responsible Beauty Initiative

It will amplify members’ efforts to boost sustainability in their supply chains, while ensuring the suppliers of the industry have sound ethical, social, and environmental business practices in place. The RBI will achieve these objectives by:

  • driving a common understanding of sustainability performance across the industry
  • sharing best practices and processes
  • leveraging common tools to create efficiencies and benefits for suppliers

The Responsible Beauty Initiative is built on a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rating platform, operated by EcoVadis, as a common foundation for supplier assessment and interaction.

The Responsible Beauty Initiative will address the unique opportunities and challenges of the beauty industry global supply chains and will aim to drive the continuous improvement of sustainability practices. The founding members will sign the charter to officially launch RBI and invite other companies and suppliers in the industry to join.

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Accelerated Analytics Customers Outperform Home Depot LY/TY Comps Again

Customers Outperform Rest of Brands in The Home Depot Accelerated Analytics customers who sell their products at The Home Depot saw their third quarter comp sales increase 9.2% over last year! That surpasses the results reported by The Home Depot in their recently released third quarter results. In a blog post on November 15th, we shared The Home Depot’s Q3 results which included reported sales of $25.0 billion, and comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 of positive 7.9 percent.

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Home Depot 3rd Quarter Results

The Home Depot announced its third quarter results yesterday, at $25.0 billion, up 8.1% from third quarter 2016. Comp store sales were up 7.9%, and comp sales for the US stores were up 7.7%. Hurricane-related selling is attributed to positively affecting sales by about $282 million. The Home Depot did incur hurricane expenses themselves of $104 million. The home improvement retailer lifted its 2017 sales growth estimates due to the two straight quarters of success. Second quarter results were the best in the company’s history. Their new estimate expects sales in 2017 will be up 6.3% and same store comp sales up 6.5%. The Home Depot operates 2,283 stores.

The Home Depot Reports for Q3

The Battle of the Black Friday Ads Has Begun!

Retail Black Friday Strategies While it has been reported by numerous outlets that more people will shop on Cyber Monday versus Black Friday (51% compared to 38%), retailers are still quick to get their printed Black Friday circulars out. Lowe’s released their ad, announcing they will remain closed on Thanksgiving day, but will open at 6am on Black Friday. Prices in the ad are good until November 29, and the deals are available online with free shipping. Target also announced it would be closed on Thanksgiving day, but will be open Thanksgiving night from 6pm to midnight, and also offers free shipping on everything. lists several of the retailers’ Black Friday ads, even leaking them a little early. The web site predicts that consumer spending online on Black Friday will increase 5.39% over 2016, with sales topping $3.52 billion. While many retailers will ship free with no minimum spending requirement, the average order size to get free shipping across all retailers will be $35. Black Friday discounts are expected to average 36.5%. Amazon’s average discount is expected to be 20-25%, while Walmart and Target are expected to discount 25-35%. Shoppers should be ready to shop online as early as Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, when many of the deals become available.


WalMart Goes After Amazon This Holiday Season

WalMart announced a series of holiday-time strategies on Wednesday, primarily focused on battling the threat of Amazon taking away from their sales. Their holiday strategy includes three themed parties between now and December 16, across 7,000 stores, for a total of 20,000 in-store parties. The parties will give shoppers the opportunity to play with toys, take pictures with Santa, see product demonstrations and taste goods. In the stores, WalMart will have extra staff on hand to assist with checkout and grab additional items for shoppers. In addition, the retailer has also tripled its inventory and expanded its assortment of brands. WalMart will also offer price rollbacks on thousands of items.

Retailers Competing As far as online strategies, WalMart is offering more than 2 million items with free 2-day shipping on orders over $35. Also new is a “pickup discount” when shoppers order online and pick up in store. They have also doubled their grocery pick up locations, where they bring the groceries out to the customers’ cars.

WalMart is also going after Amazon’s helm as the low-price leader. A study was released this week showing that Amazon’s prices are typically 11% lower than WalMart, Target and Jet, but WalMart is closing in, being only 3% higher than Amazon across all products . The retailer is especially price competitive with Amazon in the beauty category, with products being 1% lower than Amazon on average. Experts state that going into the holiday season, the price war will continue to heat up across all of the categories of products WalMart sells.

Source: Chain Store Age

Retail Should Have a Holly Jolly Holiday Season

Retail during the Holidays

The National Retail Federation (NRF) annual holiday spending survey results were released, with a promising outlook for the holiday retail spending season. Consumers surveyed reported they expect to spend an average of $967.13 this year, up 3.4% from last year. Online shopping was listed by consumers as the #1 shopping destination for the first time ever, listed so by 59% of those surveyed. The NRF also noted it expects retail sales in November and December to be up by almost 4% over last year, for a total between $678 billion and $682 billion.

The survey also reports that gift cards remain the #1 popular item on wish lists. This is followed by clothing and accessories at 55%, which is the highest level that category has seen in over a decade. Other popular categories include consumer electronics at 33%, home décor at 24% and home improvement items at 18%. While 59% will shop online, 57% say they will shop at a department store, 54% at a discount store and 35% at a clothing or accessories store.

The survey showed that with regard to holiday spending only 27% are concerned about the impact of the nation’s economy, which is down 32% from last year.

Source: Chain Store Age

Buying Handbags on eBay after National Handbag Day?

eBay is offering a new service called eBay Authenticate, to protect shoppers from buying high-end luxury handbag brands that could turn out to be counterfeit. The service will verify the authenticity of luxury handbags and wallets across 12 brands, including Burberry, Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada. For items valued at $500 or more, eBay will collect 20% of the purchase price and the seller receives 80%. As a special kick-off to the service, eBay will offer the service for luxury handbags valued at $250 or more, claiming 10% of the final sale. eBay wants to provide their consumers with confidence they are receiving real merchandise from these brands. A handbag is purchased in the US on eBay every 13 seconds. Sellers who want to participate should still see profits of more than twice what they can get on other online selling sites, even after giving eBay a cut for the service. Sellers send eBay the handbag and experts at eBay will verify authenticity, then photograph, list, sell and ship the handbag to the buyer. eBay is considering expansion of the service to other brands and categories next year.

Sources: Chain Store Age,

Post-Hurricane Retail Sales Grow in September

The National Retail Federation (NRF) released a report that retail sales increased 0.5% in September over August, with year-over-year sales growing 3.2%. The US Department of Commerce reported retail sales in September at $483.9 billion. Total sales for July through September rose 3.9% over 2016. These increases were attributed mainly to sales in building materials and supplies, which were up 2.1% over August, after the recovery after the Retail Sales Post-Hurricane damaging hurricane season. Other categories with increases were clothing and accessories with 0.4% growth, and general merchandise stores up 0.3%. There were declines in the categories of electronics, furniture, health and personal  care and sporting goods. September gains continued the pattern of increasing retail sales, which have grown year-over-year every month since November 2009.“Retail appears to have navigated through some rough weather – literally,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said.

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Source: Chain Store Age

Lowe’s Hiring in Florida to Help Hurricane Irma Recovery

Lowe's Hiring in Florida

As part of a plan to help communities recover from the damage of Hurricane Irma, Lowe’s will be hiring over 3,000 new employees across the state of Florida. This week Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores will hire 200 new employees in the Tampa Bay area alone. The hiring includes seasonal, part-time and full-time workers with positions spanning throughout the stores: cashiers, loaders, customer service, delivery drivers and sales specialists in flooring, millwork, lawn and garden, appliances and pro services. Lowe’s already committed over $1M to disaster relief and recovery from the hurricane last month. This was after also committing $1M after Hurricane Harvey. Lowe’s already employs 19,000 in Florida.

Sources:,, PR Newswire