Trends & External Forces

Articles on retail trends and external forces impacting retail (from weather to COVID to governmental regulations)

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Contactless grocery store Nourish + Bloom Market opened to the public Friday in Trilith’s Town Centre retail district in Atlanta. Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Jamie and Jilea Hemmings started the grocery store and bistro to offer over 1,000 locally sourced, healthy food products, including produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals. The Hemmings began their startup […]
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Autonomous grocery store Nourish + Bloom Market has opened to the public in Fayetteville, Georgia, USA. Nourish + Bloom Market is the first store of its kind with robotic delivery in the United States and the first African American owned autonomous grocery location in the world. Husband and wife entrepreneurs Jamie and Jilea Hemmings started […]
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The creator of the PlayStation is not impressed by the metaverse. Former Sony executive Ken Kutaragi who is widely regarded as the “father of the PlayStation” offered his opinion on… The post PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi thinks the metaverse is pointless appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
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This past week in New York City, National Retail Federation hosted its annual BIG Show. Recognized and respected as the largest conference and expo in the world supporting the retail industry, I was both excited and proud to return to the NRF show floors for the first time since the global pandemic.   And, while […]
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A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. Episode 285 is a deep dive into the data from 2021 and holiday 2021. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? The US Dept of Commerce December Advanced Retail Sales Data is […]
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1. What’s my starting point? 2. How can I get prepared? 3. Can Superbadge Super Sets help me? 4. What’s my time commitment? 5. How do I ace the exam? 6. Are there more resources? Salesforce Administrators are the productivity champions who keep their company’s instances of Salesforce running at peak efficiency. They help ensure […]
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PALM BEACH, Fla. – On January 23-25, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores will welcome NACDS regional chain and associate members to Palm Beach, Fla., for the 2022 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. “NACDS is thrilled to welcome back NACDS chain and associate members to in-person meetings,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven Anderson. “The great strength of […]
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Following nearly four years in the prototype phase, Cana Technology is unveiling what it calls the “world’s first molecular beverage printer” after securing $30 million in funding from venture foundry The Production Board. If you’re wondering exactly what this might be, it’s basically a SodaStream meets a computer printer. The smart connected device is about […]
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Grocery delivery startup Calii is carving out a piece of Latin America’s $1 trillion groceries and food delivery market with its approach to cut inefficiencies in the food supply chain so it can bring produce and thousands of other grocery items to customers’ doorsteps in less than two hours. Calii app To continue on that […]
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Walmart has hired Tom Ward to head up its e-commerce division following the departure of Casey Carl. The latter leaves at the end of February. In a company memo seen by The Wall Street Journal, Walmart did not share a reason for the departure or Carl’s future plans. As Senior Vice President of Last Mile Delivery, […]
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Plant-based foods are likely to be a £1bn-a-year market by 2026, according to a big manufacturer. Pilgrim’s Food Masters, which owns brands including Richmond and Fridge Raiders, said it is expecting a 74% increase in the category in the next four years. This would take the UK  market, currently measured at £572m by data firm […]
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Jim Dorey will become president and COO upon current exec’s retirement. Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., with ShopRite and Price Rite Marketplace banners in New Jersey and New York, is planning for both the short-term and long-term future with the hiring of Jim Dorey as SVP. The company plans to move Dorey into the president and COO […]
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From the Seattle Times: “PCC Community Markets formally opened its new location in downtown Seattle Wednesday morning – and the ceremony, which drew business leaders and elected officials, a heavy media presence and a well-heeled crowd stretching down Fourth Avenue, often felt less like a ribbon-cutting than a rescue operation. “Located on the ground floor […]
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Axios has a story suggesting that “for years to come, companies are going to need new creativity and flexibility to attract employees … Companies need to give workers a reason to want to work for them beyond a paycheck.” Chris Floyd, a restaurant-industry recruiter in the D.C. area, tells Axios:  “If you treat people with […]
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A gap in my cultural knowledge, I must admit, has been that I had never seen an episode of “Succession” on HBO.  (I also never have seen an episode of “Game of Thrones,” “White Lotus,” or “Better Call Saul,” and only one season of “Breaking Bad.”  I can’t watch everything … though I must admit […]
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What is market segmentation? Market segmentation, also known as audience segmentation, means splitting potential customers into meaningful groups based on their characteristics, wants, and behaviors. Once you’ve got these segmentations, you can tailor your marketing messages to speak more directly to your varied customer base.  It’s the 101 playbook on speaking to the right people […]
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Today’s guest post comes from Chris Dowd, Senior Vice President of Market Development at ConnectiveRx. Chris discusses how COVID-19 is impacting stakeholders across the healthcare system, including patients, providers, pharmacies, and manufacturers. On February 22nd at 1:00 pm ET, ConnectiveRx will host Four Big Implications for Patients and the Prescription Journey in 2022, a free […]
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Partech Shaker, the innovation division of the Paris-based VC firm Partech, has launched an accelerator program christened Chapter54 to help European startups launch in African markets. The accelerator will take in 10 technology startups annually over the next four years for the Chapter54 program, which will last up to eight months. Application for the inaugural […]
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RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail systems’ deployments from the past week, including augmented reality vouchers, livestream shopping, and Amazon opening its first ever physical fashion store. M·A·C Cosmetics Beauty and fashion tech solutions provider, Perfect Corp., has partnered with M·A·C Cosmetics, and online product sampling platform, SoPost, for a […]
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Northern Ireland’s retailers’ association has welcomed the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions announced this week, although it is now calling for more detailed planning for the return to normal working. The easing of restrictions outlined on Thursday (20 January) included cutting the period of isolation for those with Covid to five days from seven; the removal […]
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Shopworkers deserve huge credit for ensuring that Christmas sales held up despite inflation and other problems, says the British Retail Consortium (BRC). But customers face a difficult 2022, warned the BRC’s chief executive, Helen Dickinson. Following the latest Office for National Statistics retail sales figures, which showed 5.3% year-on-year growth for November, she said: “The […]
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The future of martech is all about leveraging customer data to create personalized experiences that drive loyalty and business growth. The post The future of martech: Pump up the value through personalization appeared first on The Future of Customer Engagement and Experience.
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If there was a book, movie, or a Netflix series on the US healthcare industry today it would aptly start with the Charles Dickens quote: “It was the best of times…” “COVID was an accelerator for us,” according to the SVP & CIO of Sentara Healthcare.  Since the start of the pandemic, the transformation and […]
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Photos courtesy of The National Retail Federation   The National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2022 might be over but the insights we gathered from the event will carry us throughout the year. Here are just a few of the best sessions from this year’s roundup of remarkable retail speakers.     Lessons learned from CPG […]
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The pandemic has completely changed the way people order from restaurants and shop at grocery stores, according to the report “How We Eat,” a collaborative effort between PYMNTS, Carat from Fiserv. The report surveyed 5,266 consumers and asked them about their restaurant and grocery buying habits. Of those surveyed, 33% held college degrees, 52% were female and 36% […]

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Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard Microsoft has reached a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash. The acquisition will make Microsoft the third-largest video gaming company. “We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes […]

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