Lidl in America: An Early Read

On June 15, 2017, Lidl made its much-anticipated U.S. debut as nine stores opened their doors to customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Already the largest discount grocery chain in Europe, the Germany-based grocer is expected to shake …

Lidl Comes to America: A Preview

Lidl, Europe’s largest discount grocery chain, announced earlier this year it would open its first 20 U.S. stores this summer. The first Lidl stores, primarily in Virginia and the Carolinas, are now set to open their doors on June 15. …

The Candy Report: Easter 2017

We’ve seen the Easter displays in stores since the day after Valentine’s Day. Our kids have survived multiple egg hunts. For those of us who are old enough, we’ve waxed poetic about the retro Cadbury TV commercials with the bunny …

Holiday Gift Shoppers Approach the Home Stretch

It seems like an eternity since holiday displays began to pop up in stores in September, and now we’re finally approaching the last shopping days of the holiday gift shopping season. But how much shopping do people have left? Who’s taking gift …

Who Won the Black Friday Turf Battle?

Did shoppers stay home after Thanksgiving dinner this year or head out for their annual shopping pilgrimage?  Recent data show “The Black Friday” shopping event may be losing its luster. Looking at results from InfoScout, the number of unique retailers …