Inside Amazon's L.A. grocery concept | Home improvement stores, eateries boosted Jan. retail sales | NRF's calculation, which excludes car dealers, gas stations and restaurants, shows that sales during January were up 2.7% over January 2019. Read more.
February 14, 2020
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Inside Amazon's L.A. grocery concept
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Amazon is building the first location of its new grocery concept in a Los Angeles shopping center with plans to open more stores this year. The store boasts an area for order pickup and returns near the entrance, but the rest of the facility closely mimics a typical supermarket.
Full Story: Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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Home improvement stores, eateries boosted Jan. retail sales
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US retail sales grew 0.3% in January over the previous month, according to the Commerce Department, and sales were up 4.4% over January 2019. Sales at home-improvement stores rose 2.1% month-over-month, and bar and restaurant sales grew 1.2%.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/14),  MarketWatch (2/14) 
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  • NRF's calculation, which excludes car dealers, gas stations and restaurants, shows that sales during January were up 2.7% over January 2019. Read more.
Delta Value Group Investment Partnership has acquired an 8% stake in retailer Tuesday Morning for nearly $5.9 million. The firm, which started buying shares in December, said it aims to act as an activist investor with an eye on possibly acquiring the rest of Tuesday Morning's shares.
Full Story: The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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Wegmans teams with Instacart for Manhattan delivery
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Wegmans is expanding delivery to all of New York City's Manhattan borough through a partnership with Instacart. The region "represents a growing percentage of our sales, and with larger delivery radiuses, we're able to reach more customers in New York, and other markets where traffic and transportation prohibit customers from coming to us," says Erica Tickle, Wegmans' director of e-commerce.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (2/13) 
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Retail Trends
Retailers court shoppers with wine, cocktails
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In an effort to bring in more customers by offering an experience they can't get online, retailers such as Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel are offering alcoholic beverages for customers while they browse. Wines by the glass and $17 cocktails are poured at the Shoe Bar at Nordstrom's new flagship store in New York City while a Chicago-area Crate & Barrel lets shoppers sip mezcal-based cocktails; shoppers at the Napa Valley, Calif., RH can opt for a $100 tasting in a wine vault.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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Retail centers in The Woodlands, Texas, area are embracing entertainment options to draw customers. Two entertainment-anchored shopping centers opened in Creekside Park West and Shenandoah last year, and a 14-acre development called Regal Benders Landing will open this summer with a Regal theater as its anchor.
Full Story: Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) (2/11) 
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Retail Technology
Walmart and other retailers, including Target, are adding to their stable of self-checkout machines, though the technology still comes with its own set of challenges. Walmart has removed its machines' weight sensors in favor of cameras that help detect thieves, while also reducing customer irritation and "wait for assistance" messages.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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NRF News
It's not just who gets celebrated on Valentine's Day that's changed, but also what's being given. This year, 28% of consumers are planning a gift of experience, with the number jumping to nearly half among millennials between the ages of 25 and 34. NRF's research team addresses three common assumptions about how Valentine's Day is celebrated. Read more.
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Consumers will spend an average $196.31 on Valentine's Day this year, up 21% over last year. Source: NRF/Prosper Insights & Analytics.
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Top brands in retail, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will talk about the latest in loss protection at the NRF PROTECT 2020 conference. In addition, more than 200 cybersecurity companies will show their products and services. Today is the last day to lock in the preview rate.
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Chain Restaurant News
Famous Dave's parent BBQ Holdings has a deal to acquire Granite City Food and Brewery, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection two months ago. In a separate deal, Landry's will buy three of Granite City's four Cadillac Ranch restaurants.
Full Story: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (2/13),  Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (2/13) 
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief will not publish Monday
In observance of Presidents Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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