LAS VEGAS — Independents are "under siege" from sophisticated shopper data tools of big retailers, said Gary Hawkins, CEO, Hawkins Strategic, during a session at the NGA Show here. "The big retailers are gathering data, driving insights, and using these across their organizations," said Hawkins, citing operators including Kroger, Safeway, Walgreens, CVS and Target. Hawkins is a former independent retailer partnering with NGA on a number of technology ...

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