Trends & External Forces

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

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Falling food prices contributed to overall inflation remaining at an annual figure of 2%, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures out today. Food and non-alcoholic drinks inflation fell year on year from 1.7% in May to 1.5% in June, said the ONS. Alcohol… This story continues at Falling food inflation helps UK keep […]
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As a female-founded womenswear brand, M.M.LaFleur knew its target audience was changing. Following COVID lockdowns and the massive shift toward remote and hybrid work scenarios, the brand’s founder and leadership team realized they had to evolve its product set and marketing positioning in order to maintain relevance. Sarah LaFleur started the brand in 2013 to […]
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Take-home sales at the grocers increased by 2.2% over the four weeks to 7 July 2024, according to the latest data from Kantar. Running up to the quarter-final round of the men’s UEFA European Football Championship, prior to England’s semi-final victory and defeat in the final,… This story continues at Falling inflation and football shape shopping […]
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The UK Vaping Industry Association has written to new secretary of state for health and social care Wes Streeting, as well as public health minister Andrew Gwynne and shadow health secretary Victoria Atkins, asking for a meeting to discuss how vaping can best support the… This story continues at UKVIA calls for meeting on smokefree […]
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Diageo-owned, Guinness, is launching an exclusive digital-first promotional platform, Lovely Drops, celebrating summer with prizes dropping every day until 1st August 2024. From festival tickets to limited edition Kathi-Burke and Guinness-branded merchandise, the campaign will tap into culturally-relevant trends. It’s not just shoppers who will… This story continues at Guinness launches competition for retailers and […]
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Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott has joined Shopify’s board of directors. Shopify President Harley Finkelstein, said: “Kevin is a titan of innovation. His fingerprints are all over the best teams in tech and some of the best products. He’s a leader in emerging tech and the future of AI.” “He is a natural fit to help […]
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ARLINGTON, Va. – States that let grocery stores sell wine can boost their sales tax revenues and make consumers happy without causing significant harm to liquor stores, according to a new study from FMI, the Food Industry Association. The report looked at what happened when Tennessee in 2016 began allowing wine sales in grocery stores. […]
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WASHINGTON – Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows modest retail sales gains in June despite an uneven pace of spending in recent months, National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “The path of household spending remains difficult to read,” Kleinhenz said. “Spending has been uneven but remains in good condition notwithstanding the […]
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NEW YORK — The first Whole Foods Market Daily Shop location is set to open on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 1175 Third Avenue, this fall. The company also announced today the second future location for the Whole Foods Market Daily Shop format, at 301 West 50th Street, in Hell’s Kitchen. An additional New […]
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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is launching Nice! For You, a new tier of its popular owned grocery brand, Nice!, to help customers find food choices that help support their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Nice! launched in 2011 and offers a range of everyday food and beverage products at an incredible value. While all Nice! products meet national brand […]
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Acosta Group announced today that it has completed its strategic acquisition of CROSSMARK, including its headquarter sales agency and retail solutions businesses, and Product Connections, a specialized marketing services business, from WIS International. This latest milestone in Acosta Group’s ongoing transformation reinforces its position as the premier growth engine for brands – […]
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Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its interim report on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The report’s unsubtle subtitle revealed how the agency views PBMs: The Powerful Middlemen Inflating Drug Costs and Squeezing Main Street Pharmacies. ICYMI, the FTC’s report relied extensively on the Drug Channels Institute’s (DCI’s) 2024 Economic Report on U.S. Pharmacies and […]
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​[[{“value”:” Dive Brief The kids apparel and accessories revamp is the latest in the department store’s owned-brand overhaul. Published July 16, 2024 Macy’s plans to refresh its private label portfolio by 2025. Daphne Howland/Retail Dive “}]] 
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Stop & Shop will shutter 32 supermarkets in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island by Nov. 2, 2024. The retailer, a division of Ahold Delhaize, will still operate more than 350 stores in this region following the closures, and associates at the affected stores will be offered alternate positions with the company. […]
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  In the ever-evolving landscape of the foodservice industry, staying ahead of the curve is paramount for sustained success. Corner Bakery Cafe, a beloved name in the fast-casual segment, has the potential to elevate its brand and boost sales with strategic innovations.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions, is here to […]
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This is Steve Dennis, strategic advisor, keynote speaker, and best-selling author.  This summer we’re taking our own advice and trying something new, something more radical than conventional. For the next six episodes Steve will be unpacking themes from his new book Leaders Leap and placing them squarely and provocatively in the current retail context. Steve […]
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For the first time in 14 years, the Labour Party will form the new government under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer. There is an entire generation of retailers that will have traded entirely under Conservative policymaking, so what should we expect from Labour in… This story continues at Devil is in the detail | […]
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WASHINGTON — U.S. online retail sales will reach $1.2 trillion in 2024, up nearly 10% from last year, according to FTI Consulting’s 2024 Online Retail Report. The firm’s Retail & Consumer Products practice, which conducted analysis for the report, expects U.S. e-commerce sales to account for 22.7% of retail market share in 2024, compared with 21.6% in […]
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CINCINNATI – Bayer and Kroger joined forces with country music star Luke Bryan and Feeding America to bring healthy food to more families who need it. According to Feeding America’s latest data, more than 44 million people in the United States are food insecure1, including a nearly 30% increase – more than 10 million – […]
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The new Labour government is expected to put forward legislation to combat retail crime, that includes making assaulting shop workers a specific offence. The first King’s Speech since the General Election, will be delivered by King Charles at the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday 17… This story continues at Labour’s proposals to tackle retail crime […]
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If you’ve invested in a residential rental property or received notice from your tenants, you’re now set to search for the perfect tenants to entrust with your property. Mindful of the negative tenant stories often highlighted in the media, you understand the pivotal role of this phase in ensuring a smooth and stress free tenancy […]
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The arts and crafts market is flourishing, with 72% of adults in the United States (US) completing a craft in the past 12 months. This article provides a detailed arts and crafts industry analysis, exploring trends across the US and Canada. We’ll look at motivations for consumer participation, cross-industry trends, and opportunities for industry players […]
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NEW YORK — Back-to-School spending for K-12 students is expected to remain flat at $586 per student, according to a report from Deloitte. As parents weigh prices, they plan to make room for both necessities and a few indulgences, representing an opportunity for retailers to take some anxiety out of the shopping season. As families […]
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PHILADELPHIA—Rite Aid Corp. is alerting its customers about an incident that may have resulted in the leak of some personal information. The company said it is mailing letters to any potentially affected consumer associated with a mailing address in our systems. On June 6, 2024, an unknown third party impersonated a company employee to compromise their […]
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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is positioning its stores as one-stop shops for back-to-school season, offering a wide array of school essentials while prioritizing quality and affordability. The retailer says its more than 20,000 locations in 48 states offer an expansive selection of back-to-school items to meet its customers’ needs, along with special deals and […]
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​[[{“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. Dive Brief: Macy’s Inc.’s board of directors has unanimously voted to end talks with Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management, which in March had offered $6.6 billion or $24 per share to take over the company, the department store said on Monday. […]
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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]

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