What’s 5 Below?

The Retail Race for the Bottom

Dollar stores, discounters, major supermarket chains and e-commerce are battling each other for sales to consumers at the bottom of the economic ladder. The prize is big profits and it is attracting Aldi, Lidl, Walmart and many others. Join news anchor Jodi Daley and PLMA president Brian Sharoff as they analyze the players, the market and the consumers. Click here for video.

As a chain of more than 500 stores in the Eastern U.S., 5 Below is a hit with young people for its eclectic, fast-changing selection of goods, most costing under $5. Roy White reports.

Science and Technology: Five Package Design Trends to Watch

  • Five Package Design Trends to Watch
    No longer bland and predictable, store brand packaging has entered a new era of inspiring, functional and colorful design that improves shelf visibility and sales. Christopher Durham looks at five trends driving the movement. Click here for video.
Trader Joe’s Recipe For Innovation

“Innovation is at the heart of our business,” says Lori Latta, vice president innovation for Trader Joe’s. She’s a new inductee into the Private Label Hall of Fame in recognition for her success in creating new products for the specialty retailer.

Millenials Make Haircare a Store Brands Target

While national brands have dominated the hair care category for decades, millennials apparently don’t share the loyalty of their parents to well-known brands. The result is a growing opportunity for store brands. Bob Vosburgh analyzes the prospects.

CEO Profile: Jim Donald of Albertsons

Jim Donald joins an expanding, increasingly diversified Albertsons, at a time when the retailer faces the integration of recently purchased Rite Aid drug stores and the possibility of an IPO.