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So, how is your branding extending your brand invitation this fall? How involved are you within your local community?  If you are a restaurant owner today it has never been more important to be involved within you community including staying in touch with your local elected officials according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
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Coffee cups are looking half-full rather than empty, thanks to Sainsbury’s. The retailer has recently teamed up with coffee pod manufacturer Dualit and On-Pack Recycling Label Ltd (OPRL Ltd) to prove that despite popular misconceptions and confusion, aluminum coffee pods can be recycled at home, provided they are empty of coffee grinds. Until now, it’s […]
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The MPB Innovation Summit begins tomorrow September 22, 2021. The live virtual event will feature more than 20 presentations on the role of innovation in the Private Brand /Private Label / Store Brand industry. Senior executive speakers include Kroger, CVS Health, Whole Foods, Walgreens, Party City, Petsmart, Boxed, and more. To encourage the entire private […]
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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — A majority of U.S. consumers planned to spend the same amount as last year on this year’s holiday shopping. Those who planned to spend less than last year outnumbered those who planned to spend more, according to a survey from The NPD Group, citing a consumer survey conducted last month. “The […]
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 A whopping 81% of consumers plan to maintain or increase their digital usage, even as COVID-19 restrictions lift, according to a survey from FullStory. Is your business prepared to deliver an easy, friction-free experience?   During this episode of Retail Remix, Kirsten Newbold-Knipp, CMO of FullStory, and Elizabeth Simmer, Head of Onboarding & Professional Services, sit […]
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Have you ever thought of starting a retail business or are you currently running one? Operating a retail business is both rewarding and challenging. While owning your retail company presents plenty of room for growth and success, you’ll also face some problems or setbacks. One of the biggest challenges that you’ll face is related to […]
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Boris Johnson is set to confront Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in a face-to-face meeting over his company’s tax record while he is in the US. Government officials have suggested that… The post Boris Johnson to confront Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over company’s tax record appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe […]
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Sponsored product ads accounted for around 73 percent of the dollars spent on Amazon.com in the second quarter, according to Merkle. The online giant is adding more sponsored product ads to search results on the site and that, in turn, has driven up the cost of placement. “There’s fewer organic search results on the page, […]
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Here’s a batch of new ecommerce books for your fall reading list. There are titles on branding, social media marketing, personalized customer experience, entrepreneurship, and the post-pandemic workplace. I compiled this list using Amazon. From Amazon’s “Books” category, I selected “Business & Money.” From there I chose the “Processes & Infrastructure” sub-category and selected “E-commerce.” […]
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Food Industry Association (FMI) is out with a report that examines how traditional grocery business cycles are being upended by pandemic-fueled changes in consumer behaviors. “The Food Industry Speaks 2021” tells the story of the food retail industry’s resilience and transformation in 2020, and identifies how the landscape continues to shift, […]
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STAMFORD, Conn. — Henkel, a leading manufacturer of well-known brands including Dial soaps, and Schwarzkopf hair care, has named David DiBernardino as regional head, consumer beauty care North America. In this role, DiBernardino will lead the Henkel Consumer Beauty business in the United States and Canada, with goals that include continuing the business‘ focus on building […]
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MANCHESTER, Conn. – The ADUSA Supply Chain network today announced the opening of its newest distribution center here, a 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will receive, select and transport 88 million cases of nonperishable grocery products annually for more than 450 Stop & Shop stores and e-commerce centers. The facility also includes a state-of-the-art technology […]
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The ways we work have radically changed. But the ways we build our workforces have not undergone the same shifts. How do we hire, support, and prepare a tech workforce for jobs that don’t exist yet? How do we ensure that the workforce we build is more inclusive, diverse, and skilled than ever?   These are […]
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Steve Hewitt, executive chair at fitness brand Gymshark and keynote speaker at IRX, discusses how the fast-growing ‘unicorn’ brand puts evolution – and revolution – front and centre. At its heart Gymshark has an essentially entrepreneurial spirit, driven by our founder Ben Francis. When he launched the business in 2012, Ben was determined to do […]
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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “UAE Nail Care Market, Forecast & Opportunities, 2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The UAE Nail Care Market is anticipated to undergo formidable growth during the forecast period owing to high disposable income and rising expenditure on personal care products. Growing youth population, which is more inclined towards fashion products like […]
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CVS Health is looking to hire 25,000 clinical and retail workers to help it meet the growing demand for COVID-19 vaccinations and tests as well as an expected increase in flu cases during the fall and winter months. “Every flu season we need additional team members, but this year, we’re looking for even more,” said […]
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Weeks after Amazon introduced an updated Fire TV lineup that included, for the first time, its own TVs, Roku today is announcing its own competitive products in a race to capture consumers’ attention before the holiday shopping season. Its updates include a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K and Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ — the latter […]
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The threatened national shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) could threaten future supplies of not just fizzy drinks but various foodstuffs. The potential shortage, an indirect consequence of the rise in gas prices, has brought warnings from the British Soft Drinks Association (BDSA) and several food companies, including poultry producers. The BDSA said: “Any local […]
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The pandemic changed how shoppers think about life generally and the products they use specifically, according to reports from Google, Accenture, and others. This includes picking brands and products for ethical reasons instead of economic ones. The post Will Supportive Spending Impact Ecommerce? appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.
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Brand awareness is a process used by companies of all sizes to generate recognition for what they offer. Brand awareness is generated by companies using a wide range of techniques and strategies including advertisements, social media, messaging, graphic design, and more. It is, simply put, the knowledge that a brand exists and what it offers. […]
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Wendy Liebmann has devoted her career to charting the changing wants and needs of consumers and analyzing what that evolution means for the retail and CPG sectors. In this week’s Video Forum, Liebmann, chief executive officer and chief shopper at WSL Strategic Retail, talks about mass market retailers’ performance during the COVID pandemic, ongoing industrywide […]

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Loyalty takes center-stage with WitsNotes Volume 3:  Title: The Tipping Point of Loyalty (2021) Author: Upside Topic(s): Loyalty, Retail Length: 66 pages RetailWit Summary: 2 pages The Summary: The value of a loyal customer has increased—for retailers, the top loyal customers are worth up to 27x of revenue versus your non-loyals. And, shoppers are less […]

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