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China's O-2-O Could Change Retailing

If you haven't heard about O-2-O, you will. China's e-commerce giants — Alibaba, Tencent and JD — are creating a new form of retailing with smartphone ordering, ultra-modern stores and delivery to customers within five hours. Kroger may already be gearing up for O-2-O in the future. Retailers like Aldi could be perfect for the concept. Join news anchor Jodi Daley and PLMA president Brian Sharoff as they analyze O-2-O. Special reports from Roy White in New York and Emily Wu in Shanghai. Click here for video.

Retailers can thank Millennials for the popularity of prepared meals and kits. Brad Edmondson explains why young people aren’t home cooking.

Science and Research: The Fourth Revolution

  • The Fourth Revolution
    The latest developments in mankind’s industrial evolution combine digital, physical and biological technologies in a manner never seen before. Move over water, steam and electricity. Veronica Carvalho examines how new tech will influence consumer shopping habits ‑ and its impact on the retail environment. Click here for video.
Category Profile: Smile When You Say Cheese

Cheese is one of private label's biggest categories with more than 40% in unit share. There's more to smile about, too: NPD reports that cheese is the fastest growing savory snack between meals and multi-cultural America is increasingly turning to international and vegan varieties. Bob Vosburgh evaluates general trends and specific retailer programs to boost sales.

Are Supermarkets Becoming Obsolete?

Supermarkets are facing plenty of threats these days—from online competitors, German discounters and casual restaurants. Tim Simmons spoke with Fred Morganthall, former President of Harris-Teeter and Executive Vice President of Kroger, who believes that supermarkets can meet all these challenges if they really pay attention to what shoppers are telling them.

Brands’ C-Suite Exodus

An unprecedented number of consumer packaged goods CEOs are stepping down in the face of changing consumer attitudes towards brands and the rising preference for private label. David Merrefield names names of the biggest CEOs to retire, and analyzes the motivations behind these high-profile departures.