Findings, Trends From the 2019 Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers Report
April 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

In this week's Retail Right Now, Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss Total Retail's 2019 Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers report. They discuss key findings to emerge from the report, as well as identify the omnichannel trends gathered from the data. This report is the third annual ranking of 100 publicly traded retailers based on their…

Petco Begins Merger Talks With PetSmart
September 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

Petco Holdings Inc is exploring the possibility of being acquired by PetSmart Inc, according to people familiar with the matter, in a merger that could create a company that accounts for 30 percent of U.S. pet specialty supplies stores. The preliminary talks between the two private equity-owned companies come after PetSmart ruled out a deal with…

PetSmart to Go Private
March 10, 2015

PetSmart's investors have officially approved a buyout of the company by a private equity firm, setting up a payout to stockholders of $83 per share. In December, PetSmart announced it accepted a bid on the company for $8.7 billion. The company expects the transaction to close on March 11. The buyout means PetSmart will become a private company. 

PetSmart Acquired by Private Equity Firm for $8.7 Billion
December 15, 2014

Pet supply retailer PetSmart succumbed to calls from some shareholders for a sale on Sunday with an agreement to be bought by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners Ltd for $8.7 billion, in the largest leveraged buyout of the year. At a time when a stock market rally has made private equity firms reluctant to take companies private for fear of overpaying, the deal illustrates how activist investors have the potential to drive corporate boards to explore such deals and accept a price that makes a leveraged buyout possible.

The Modern Retail Landscape
March 20, 2014

Recently, my son had a great shopping experience with one of his favorite brands, JackThreads. After an initial search for a hip backpack turned up empty, JackThreads sent him a personalized email 24 hours later to recommended backpacks suited to his "hipster" preferences. Just two years ago he would never have received such a personalized and helpful email. Retail industry watchers say they expect retail to change more in the next five years than it has in the last 100, and this is just one example of how.

Sam’s Club, Amazon Top Retail Customer Experience Rankings
March 20, 2014

Sam's Club and deliver the best customer experience in the retail industry, according to the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a study of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Sam's Club and Amazon continue their reign as the highest-rated retailers for the third straight year, each earning an "excellent" rating. Sam's Club narrowly beat out Amazon for the top spot, receiving an 81 percent rating and an overall rank of eighth out of 268 companies across 19 industries. With ratings of 79 percent each, Costco, PetSmart, Ace Hardware and BJ's Wholesale Club also earned high marks.

Which Retailers Are Most at Risk for Showrooming by Amazon Customers
February 28, 2013

In the largest showrooming study to date, Placed identified Best Buy and Target as high-risk retailers for customers to view offline and buy online. Surprisingly, Best Buy and Target weren't the most at risk for showroomers taking over their aisles. The results from the Placed: Aisle to Amazon Study found that consumers who showroom and then purchase on Amazon are 20 percent more likely to visit Best Buy and 15 percent more likely to visit Target than average, but Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart and Toys"R"Us all face greater risk.

ShopRunner Takes on Amazon With Local Delivery System for Online Retail Purchases
November 21, 2012

ShopRunner, a company that offers two-day shipping across a network of retailers, is debuting a new service, PickupPoints, which allows consumers to receive packages from purchases made online at local stores in their area. The company's service offers an Amazon Prime-like unlimited, free two-day shipping service from a number of online retailers with no minimum order size. The company's network includes Lord & Taylor, Toys"R"Us, Sports Authority, GNC,, Borders, PetSmart and