NEW YORK — In a panel at the NRF's Big Show on Sunday, Chieh Huang, CEO and co-founder of Boxed Wholesale, did not confirm or deny rumors that the e-commerce company could be acquired by Kroger or another major grocer, reports of which broke on Friday. Huang noted the lack of independent companies left in the online grocery realm, however, and said it was "just natural" for predominantly brick-and-mortar players to acquire online companies, similar to what Walmart has done.
It's been another weird week in retail. Ikea is expecting a lot out of an ad that doubles as a pregnancy test, Peloton released a $4,000 treadmill at the Consumer Electronics Show and sweaters from a variety of retailers struck controversial chords. This, and more, in this week's Retail Therapy. The day Ikea stops releasing over-the-top ads surely will be the first sure sign that the retail apocalypse is truly on its way.
A conversation about retail wouldn't be complete without the latest speculation about which category Amazon is set to disrupt next. This time around, retail thought leaders are turning their sights on beauty, where Amazon already holds 21.1% of the U.S. market share — compared to Macy's 17.4% and Sephora's 15%, according to 1010data. And the choice doesn't surprise many, especially considering the success beauty retailers have found as of late.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".