Report: US retailers booked 0.5% sales growth in May | Kroger grows annual wellness festival to a second city | Walmart expands solar plans with new Minn. deal
June 14, 2019
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Report: US retailers booked 0.5% sales growth in May
Report: US retailers booked 0.5% sales growth in May
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US retail sales grew 0.5% in May from the previous month and April sales were revised upward to 0.3% growth, according to the Commerce Department. May sales were up 3.2% from the same month last year, with increases in 11 of 13 categories including e-commerce, appliances and electronics, sporting goods and books.
Reuters (6/14),  Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (6/14),  MarketWatch (6/14) 
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Kroger grows annual wellness festival to a second city
Kroger grows annual wellness festival to a second city
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Kroger will hold its annual Wellness Your Way festival in Cincinnati this October, and will also expand it to Denver in August. "This festival embodies our purpose, vision, mission and really everything that we're trying to do as a grocer and health care provider across the country," said Kroger Health President Colleen Lindholz.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (6/12) 
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Walmart expands solar plans with new Minn. deal
Walmart expands solar plans with new Minn. deal
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Walmart has signed a deal with US Solar to subscribe to 36 community solar gardens in Minnesota. Last year, Walmart partnered with SunPower to install solar panels at two distribution centers and 19 stores in Illinois.
Energy Manager Today (6/12) 
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General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness News
Clean hair care products catching up to other beauty segments
True Botanicals, Davines and Ursa Major are among beauty brands bringing clean ingredients to shampoo. "The clean hair care market is underdeveloped compared to skincare, makeup, and even fragrance," says Michelle Connelly of Credo Beauty.
Bon Appetit online (6/11) 
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List: Makeup for power brokers
MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, It Cosmetics Brow Power and L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara are among beauty products recommended by women executives when preparing for meetings or presentations. "When my makeup and skin look good, I feel confident," says Marianna Hewitt, founder of skin care line Summer Fridays.
Refinery29 (6/12) 
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LimeLife by Alcone debuts monthly subscription box
L'Occitane en Provence-backed LimeLife by Alcone has introduced a monthly subscription box, which it expects to appeal to its network of peer-to-peer sellers. The boxes are themed and deliver one full-size item and at least two travel-sized products each month for $38.
Glossy (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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Innovation and Retail Technology
Retail space sharing emerges as a trend
One emerging trend in retail is the practice of several digital brands sharing space for a limited time. The arrangement helps landlords fill space and allows tenants to test out a location without an expensive investment.
National Real Estate Investor online (6/12) 
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Industry and Consumer trends
Retailers' private-label lines stress "clean" ingredients
Millennial shoppers and mothers are the driving force behind the clean-label movement, said Clean Label Project's Jaclyn Bowen, with product descriptions like "organic," "natural" and "free from" having the highest demand. Retailers including Kroger, H.E. Butt Grocery and ShopRite have added clean products to their private label lines, while small CPG companies are also putting out products to meet the demand.
Winsight Grocery Business (6/14) 
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[We] thought that once we'd climbed the mountain, it was unlikely anyone would ever make another attempt.
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mountaineer who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first climber to reach Mount Everest's summit
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