Consumer Biz Insights: Pepsico Wants SWEETER Drink, Wal-Mart’s HEALTH Services

RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH), GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), and Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) want to survive, they must quickly transition away from their old business models to find new areas with positive margins, say analysts. It seems that all three companies believe that smartphones and tablets will get their lives back for them, but that plan will work only if they can move accessories and warranties all the while. More and more, industry observers see online and digital as more viable sales methods for the brick-and-mortar retail firms.

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PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE:PEP) is working with a new artificial sweetener that should get Diet Pepsi to stay sweet for a longer period of time. Prior to this new idea, the company was toying with the importation of versions of the drink sold in other countries into the United States.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s (NYSE:WMT) continued move into health care services mioght bring huge dividends not only in the United States, but in emerging markets as well, where stores could morph into “one stop” shopping locations and also get an advantage over local markets. McKinsey & Co. calculates that by the year 2025, half of all global consumer spending will take place in emerging markets, with a considerable amount from health care.

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