Retail Archive

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

New Walmart Convenience Store To Open in Bentonville

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

The debut project will be at the northwest corner of Walton Boulevard and 14th Street in Wal-Mart's hometown of Bentonville, where the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on March 19.

Mountain Valley Spring Water Acquired by Great Range Capital

by Mark Carter 3/4/2014 04:12 pm

Mountain Valley Spring Water of Hot Springs has been acquired for an undisclosed price by an investment group led by Great Range Capital of Kansas City, the company announced Tuesday.

Six Walton Family Members Make Forbes Wealthiest List

by Mark Carter 3/4/2014 10:49 am

Six Arkansans and those with Arkansas ties find themselves on the Forbes list of the world's 500 richest people, released this week.

Experts See Web Sales Leveling Off After Quick Growth

by Mark Friedman 3/3/2014 12:00 am

From basically zero 20 years ago, online sales have already taken 6 percent of all U.S. retail sales. By 2017, that share is expected to jump to 10 percent. But then what?

UALR Lab Translates Big Data Into Dollars

by Jan Cottingham 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Humans are digitizing every aspect of life, translating every thought, every endeavor into something that can be read on a computer screen. This act of translation is creating infinite bits of new information — big data, to use the phrase popular in the world of technology.

Board Game Stores Thrive in 21st Century, Provide Customers With 'Anti-Tech' Activities

by Luke Jones 3/3/2014 12:00 am

In a world of photorealistic video games and constant entertainment via tablets and smartphones, the old standard of games printed on paper and cardboard is increasingly popular.

Customer Service Key to Fighting Online Sales

by Mark Friedman 3/3/2014 12:00 am

While some retailers are happy with the growth of online sales, it's not good news for everyone.

Little Rock Taking Lead in Switch to CNG (Bruce Moore Commentary)

by Bruce Moore 3/3/2014 12:00 am

This first quarter and in particular the month of March mean new cost savings for the city of Little Rock as it opens its first city-owned and operated compressed natural gas fueling station.

Dillard's Snubs Local Ronald McDonald House Over Contractor Choice

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Dillard's Inc. apparently was so unhappy that its construction arm wasn't considered to build the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock that it withheld a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

Scott Farmland, Conway Office Depot Both Sold in Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

A 377-acre agri spread in Lonoke County is under new ownership after a $3.85 million deal. Over in Faulkner County, an Office Depot rang up a $3.25 million transaction.

Stephens Among Shareholders Who See Stock Drop in Conn's Shop

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Yes, helpful tipsters, we saw the stock price of Conn's Inc. plummet a couple of weeks back, and yes, we realize that Little Rock's Stephens family and Jon Jacoby are major shareholders in Conn's.

Wal-Mart Buys Yumprint of Seattle

by Lance Turner 2/28/2014 08:10 am

@WalmartLabs has purchased Yumprint of Seattle, planning to use the company's recipe technology for its grocery delivery efforts on Walmart.com and Walmart To Go, available in the San Francisco/San Jose, Calif., and Denver areas.

Wal-Mart 28th on 'Admired Companies' List

by Lance Turner 2/27/2014 09:38 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville is ranked 28th on Fortune magazine's annual list of the country's "most admired companies."

John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

Wal-Mart Eyes $1B Expansion in Mexico, Central America

by Lance Turner 2/25/2014 08:39 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, looking to mitigate a streak of same-store sales declines in the U.S., is once again looking to its international unit for growth.

Dillard's 4Q Profit Down 26 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 07:18 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock reports fourth-quarter profit of $119.1 million, down 26 percent from the same time last year.

On the Border Serves $4.3M Deal (Real Deal)

by George Waldon 2/24/2014 12:00 am

A 1.51-acre eatery development in Sherwood tipped the scales at $4.3 million. Land for a middle school campus in west Little Rock was assembled in two deals totaling $4.2 million. And A 60,000-SF office-warehouse facility in west Little Rock shifted ownership in a $2.75 million transaction.

Hot Springs' Alliance Rubber Expands Size Selection

by Eric Monson 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Alliance Rubber Co. in Hot Springs has been making rubber bands since 1923, but only recently decided to go big. Alliance's Supersize Bands, available in 12-inch, 14-inch and 17-and-one-quarter-inch sizes, are designed to help customers keep large organizational projects neat.

It's Worth A Try (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/24/2014 12:00 am

When we look at manufacturing in our state, as we do in several stories this week, we have a fellow feeling, a special appreciation for other Arkansans who are adding value, who are making things. Especially because manufacturing in Arkansas has been on the ropes for a long time and isn't recovering the way we'd like to see.