The Debate over E-Cigarettes

USA Today highlighted the debate over e-cigarettes last week, balancing the concerns of researchers who warn of addiction with the industry’s claim they do more good than harm. The look is timely, as more people are turning e-cigarettes to quit smoking or comply with smoke-free laws. According to a recent University of Minnesota study, young…

Whole Foods Plans Aggressive Expansion

Whole Foods plans to triple its store count to 1,000 while opening locations in so-called food deserts—including midtown Detroit—and smaller markets, the Chicago Tribune reports. Food industry consultant Jack Horst suggested that the move is odd for a chain that’s known for selling higher-priced organic foods. “How successful are you going to be when you’re…

Walmart’s Small Format Makes Big Impression

Walmart says its smaller-format stores are gaining market share against dollar stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies and will therefore play an increasingly significant role in the company’s future, the Wall Street Journal reports. “You’ll see us increasingly moving into smaller formats,” said Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. division, at an industry conference Tuesday. “They compete…