Continuing the trend toward strategic alliances that create visibility and sales for retailers of different stripes, there were a pair of different announcements yesterday:
- Office Depot Inc. said it will open shops inside 15 Ahold-owned Stop & Shop Supermarkets in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York over the next four months, selling office products, including paper, printer cartridges and school supplies.
- KB Toys and CVS/pharmacy announced an agreement naming KB Toys as the exclusive toy supplier for CVS' more than 4,000 locations.
- KC's View:
- This trend will continue and intensify. No question about it.