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Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is making a bold move to attract the Gen Z demographic. The company is leveraging its affordable fashion line, No Boundaries, to entice this younger generation to not only buy clothes but also fresh food from their stores. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “Walmart […]
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AI is revolutionizing retail, delivering substantial returns, enhancing customer personalization, optimizing supply chain management, and streamlining operations. Join us as we highlight real-life examples and best practices from industry leaders who are leveraging AI to transform their businesses and stay ahead of the competition. Today’s Rundown State of the Consumer 2024: What’s now and what’s […]
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Amazon announced that it has replaced plastic air pillows with paper filler across 95% of its delivery packaging in North America and hopes to have the plastic air pillows completely removed by the end of the year. The effort marks Amazon’s largest plastic packaging reduction effort in North America to date, and the company estimates […]
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“Virtual reality is a medium for the extension of body and mind… constructed by the senses and only exists in the minds of users.” You may be thinking this sounds revolutionary, right? But it was actually published all the way back in 1993 by Frank Biocca and Mark Levy. The point we’re making is, like […]
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MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced plans to roll out Store Companion, a new generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tool. The chatbot, designed by Target, will be available for team members at all of its nearly 2,000 stores by August, becoming the first major retailer to share that it is bringing this technology to its store team […]
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BENTONVILLE, Ark — In collaboration with Walmart Global Tech’s Sparkubate, Walmart will work with Agritask to pilot a technology solution program that is geared to enable sourcing managers to make more well-informed decisions on seasonal fruit crop yields such as cherries and blackberries. This first-of-its-kind Agritask initiative aims to secure surety of supply, reduce food […]
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This week, I’m rerunning some popular posts while I prepare for today’s live video webinar: The 340B Drug Pricing Program: Trends, Controversies, and Outlook. The webinar begins at 12:00 PM ET. Click here to see the original post from March 2024. Today’s guest post comes from Mark Cuban, co-founder of the Mark Cuban Cost Plus […]
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Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
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Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that, it’s clear that White Castle’s strategic focus on consumer interactive participatory marketing is what sets them apart in the fast-food marketplace. Their latest campaign for the summer season exemplifies this approach, showcasing how they engage with customers in a dynamic and personalized […]
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Welcome to a special bonus episode of the Remarkable Retail #podcast, recorded live in Barcelona at Shoptalk Europe. Our guest is the talented and dynamic  Maryam (Mary) Ghahremani, CEO of Bambuser.     Together, we delve into the future of global retail and commerce, focusing on the video platforms and merchandising that is revolutionizing the shopping […]
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Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]
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ARLINGTON, Texas — The next milestone in the development of a vibrant community dedicated to nonfoods products within FMI – The Food Industry Association will be reached in September, when the group’s first business conference devoted to such categories is convened here. Held in conjunction with FMI’s Annual Business Conference (ABC), the nonfoods event will […]
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ARLINGTON, Va. — For supermarket operators, the nonfoods business is a riddle. An afterthought for many shoppers — and arguably, in some cases at least, for the retailers themselves — products in the category generally deliver significantly higher margins than food and beverages. Increasing sales would go a long way toward improving the financial outlook […]
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We are thrilled to announce that Trakwell now integrates with Podium! You can now request reviews directly from Trakwell and get customers attention directly after a positive interaction. Podium is a revolutionary review and messaging system that lets you collect and manage your online reviews in one central platform. This means you can rank higher, […]
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There’s a lot of debate about what it takes to create scroll-stopping ads and award-winning campaigns, but here’s one truth we’ll always stand by: Market research is the backbone of every successful strategy.  When you know how to do market research, you have the power to understand consumers and make data-led decisions with confidence. Without […]
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Waitrose is extending its collaboration with Blue Yonder with the addition of the supply chain solution provider’s forecasting capability. The move marks the first significant introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into Waitrose’s forecasting – and is designed to improve the  levels of availability across the retailer’s stores. Rather than relying on historical sales data and […]
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CHICAGO — In May 2024, U.S. retail sales, including both discretionary general merchandise and consumer packaged goods (CPG), changed very little compared to last year’s performance. During this period, spanning the four weeks ending June 1, 2024, revenue grew 1% and unit demand remained level with the same time last year. Consumers have adjusted their […]
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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — KISS Products has debuted their partnership with 2020 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion, Suni Lee, naming her a brand ambassador for the NEW KISS Salon X-tend LED Soft Gel System.  In her role as a Brand Ambassador, Suni will be the face of the Salon X-tend LED Soft Gel System, and will be featured […]
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This week, I’m rerunning some popular posts while I prepare for tomorrow’s live video webinar: The 340B Drug Pricing Program: Trends, Controversies, and Outlook. Click here to see the original post from February 2024. It’s Valentine’s Day—and commercial plan sponsors remain smitten with copay accumulators and maximizers. Our latest update finds that as of late […]
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​[[“value”:” Dive Brief Ad Relevance uses AI to analyze billions of browsing, shopping and streaming signals from across Amazon’s properties. Published June 20, 2024 Amazon’s new ad-targeting solution leverages AI to analyze billions of browsing, purchasing and streaming data points from the e-commerce giant. Getty Images via Getty Images “]] 
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The global athleisure market is projected to grow 9.3% each year through 2030, reaching $358.07 billion in total value, according to Grand View Research. The firm noted that “the global shift towards more casual and adaptable attire has propelled athleisure into the forefront of fashion.” Gabby Hirata, Global Brand President for Halara, agrees with this […]
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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
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  The success of the grocerant niche is based in large part on convenience, time, and the ‘halo’ of better for you according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who believe that the Smoothie Keg just might be the right product at the right time to drive incremental top line […]
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Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
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Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]

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