Holiday & Events

Articles about major holidays and annual events in retail. (from Thanksgiving to Prime Day)

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CHICAGO – Consumer demand is declining across nearly every segment of the U.S. discretionary general merchandise and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, even as elevated prices recede from peak levels. Don Unser and Marshal Cohen of Circana (formerly IRI and The NPD Group) look below the surface of current retail performance in this $2.9 trillion […]
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Vypr, the product intelligence platform, has asked consumers how they’ll celebrate Easter this year. 61% of the nationally representative sample from the  65,000 Vypr community polled said they’d participate in Easter and Easter-related activities. 82% of consumers said they’d spend the traditional long weekend with family, with approximately 20% spending it with friends. A third […]
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Lir Chocolates is expanding its Baileys Chocolate range with the introduction of a new Easter egg. The new Egg includes a milk chocolate shell egg with a hint of the Baileys Irish cream flavour and eight of the original Baileys Chocolate Truffles. The brand-new Baileys Chocolate Original Easter Egg taps into the luxury egg market […]
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Foot Locker CEO Mary Dillon on Monday outlined a new long-term strategy to grow the business as the retailer reported a sales decline of 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter. The strategy, dubbed “Lace Up,”  includes plans to expand sneaker culture by creating more sneaker occasions and providing more choice; relaunching the Foot Locker brand and opening new […]
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Dollar General will invest nearly $100 million to increase labor hours for its more than 170,000 store employees in 2023 to enable “consistent store standards while further enhancing the associate and customer experience,” said CEO Jeffrey Owen on the company’s fiscal year 2022 earnings call. The move comes as retailers continue to struggle to attract […]
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[Editor’s note: This is the third article in our series on AI in retail. Be sure to check out our other stories on consumer attitudes toward AI and store design applications.]  Since OpenAI debuted ChatGPT a little over three months ago, “generative AI” has become a hot topic and no industry has been left untouched […]
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Nashville, TN – March 15, 2023 – The nation’s first trade show dedicated entirely to sexual wellness, STIMULATE, is excited to announce their first keynote speaker. Claire McCormack, an Editor for Beauty Independent, is widely recognized for her commitment to sharing sexual wellness industry news, with her most recent report – Exciting Spring Product Launches […]
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Looking for a marketing edge? Of course you are, but little did you know that the elusive edge may be closer than you realize. Omnisend’s recently released yearly email and SMS marketing benchmark report analyzed more than 17 billion marketing emails and 107 million SMS sent by brands in 2022. It showed how deeply consumers […]
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The retail sector has seen dramatic changes in recent years with the rise of online shopping and an isolating pandemic driving an exodus of customers from long-established shared spaces such as malls and movie theaters. Despite less-than-ideal circumstances, many of these trends have challenged traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to rethink how they do business, and some […]
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In Washington, DC, Marymount University said that a new on-campus convenience store is equipped with Amazon Go’s checkout-free technology. According to the story, “The private, Catholic liberal arts university is the first higher education institution to incorporate Amazon’s technology, most often seen in Amazon Fresh grocery stores, in an on-campus store, Marymount spokesman Nick Munson […]
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Springtime festivities are right around the corner. But, despite the excitement this time of year brings, we know our customers are managing household budgets more tightly and are being choiceful in their purchases. In fact, 65% reported they expect
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Do you think you have heard enough about ChatGPT?  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “you may think you have heard enough about ChatGPT but it’s only just the beginning. AI just keeps learning and getting better.  Regular readers of this blog are well aware of Foodservice […]
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The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is sending shockwaves through ecommerce, and some retailers are expecting significant setbacks from the loss of its services. The Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve and FDIC have promised in a joint statement that all depositors will have access to their money as of March 13 through a […]
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Springtime festivities are right around the corner. But, despite the excitement this time of year brings, we know our customers are managing household budgets more tightly and are being choiceful in their purchases. In fact, 65% reported they expect inflation will have an impact on their Easter celebration.At Walmart, our purpose is to help customers […]
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  What is the best way to say fresh?  Well, I’m not sure but I do know that Hawaiian Bros partnership with Dole Soft Serve is a great way to edify your brand messaging to say fresh.  According to Steven JohnsonGrocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® driving new electricity into your brand requires […]
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Bloomberg reports on a new Adobe study concluding that bad weather can be a strong driver of online shopping. According to the story, “Bad weather will spur an additional $13.5 billion in US online spending this year, up about 3% from last year.” Details from the Adobe study: “Rain provides the biggest online sales boost, […]
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​   ​  Footwear retailer Allbirds had a disappointing holiday quarter and failed to post year-over-year sales growth for the first time in its history.  Summary: Allbirds misses Wall Street’s expectations and plans transformation strategy Allbirds unveils a transformation strategy after failing to post quarterly sales growth. Poor performance attributed to missteps and shift away from core consumer […]
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Whipsawed by supply chain volatility and the massive overordering that resulted when retailers placed bigger bets on stock, the retail ecosystem has absorbed some harsh inventory blows over the past two years. Heading into the 2022 holiday season, an estimated $66 billion in unwanted surplus inventory sat on retailers’ shelves. But there’s hope. As retailers […]
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Dick’s Sporting Goods is shifting focus away from its Field & Stream stores toward its House of Sport concept, a significantly larger — and more profitable — version of the familiar Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Dick’s opened its first Field & Stream in 2013, catering to outdoor enthusiasts and hunters. Navdeep Gupta, executive vice president […]
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E-commerce and brick-and-mortar retailers are caught in a vortex of clamor about inflation, a potential economic downturn, and what some expect to be a shopping slowdown. At the same time, research shows there’s reason to be hopeful. Even if shoppers pump the brakes on spending, retail sales are still likely to increase some 4 percent […]
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The digital surge during COVID-19 accelerated the introduction of direct-to-consumer CPG brands selling online, but three interlocking trends could hobble their continued growth. One is simple competition: more brands and more products competing for consumer wallet and mind share. The second is inflation, which is causing consumers to adjust their purchasing patterns. In the U.S. […]
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Sign up for free to see consumer home goods spending in Earnest Dash. Key takeaways: Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers moved their home spending to Wayfair, Home Goods, and Ikea since 2020 Bed Bath & Beyond brand affinities point to a lower income shopper compared to Wayfair, which makes them more susceptible to the “trading […]
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This week we take on the question of whether we are on the cusp of a retail disruptor apocalypse, with the help of return guest Daniel McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and leading expert on customer-based corporate valuation. Before Dan joins us we briefly review the similarities between […]

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Supermarket giant Tesco came under fire following the announcement that it will be reducing the value of Clubcard reward vouchers from June 2023. The reduction will come into force after… The post Tesco infuriates shoppers as it slashes Clubcard points value appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
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AI powered shopping platform aisle 3 has completed the sale of its Google Comparison Shopping Site (CSS) service to Product Hero. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, other than it being all cash. The sale consolidates market share for CSS service provider Product Hero, which works with the likes of Rituals and Ikea. […]
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Get ready because the empty truck cabs in motion are coming. Gatik, which is involved in autonomous middle-mile logistics, has announced a multi-year commercial collaboration to transport customer orders within Kroger’s Dallas distribution network. The operations will launch in a few weeks. Under the collaboration, Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks will transport fresh, customer-favorite products from […]
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Albertsons yesterday unveiled what it said was “the redesign of its Open Nature brand as the company strives to become the brand of choice for those health-conscious shoppers seeking a more balanced lifestyle. Open Nature, which is part of Albertsons Cos. Own Brands portfolio, provides shoppers with tasty foods made with thoughtfully chosen ingredients that […]

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