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  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Boston Globe writes about Addie’s, a new independent pickup-only grocery store that has opened in Norwood, Massachusetts, about 20 miles south of Boston. It is, the Globe writes, “the brainchild of Jim McQuade, an aerospace engineer by training, who says he became ‘obsessed’ with the online grocery concept more than a decade ago, after […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
The Wall Street Journal reports that “Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. said it doesn’t have the funds to repay its banks after they determined the retailer has defaulted on its credit lines. “The home-goods chain said Thursday it received a notice of default from JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday. The banks are calling for […]
  1. Media & Marketing
You may remember that earlier this week we had a story about how New Belgium Brewing is reformulating its flagship Fat Tire amber ale to what it is calling a “crisper golden ale” with some of the original’s “flavor threads.”  I’m not sure about the new formulation, but I do know this – based on […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From the Washington Times: “A growing number of states have cut grocery taxes to relieve working Americans struggling with runaway inflation. “Five of the 13 states that taxed groceries last year — Kansas, Idaho, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia — have since passed laws reducing their cut from supermarket transactions. That cut ranges from 4% to […]
  1. Department: Food
“Organic fresh produce sales grew by 3 percent in 2022, while volume declined by –3.7 percent, as total sales topped $9.4 billion for the year,” according to the 2022 Organic Produce Performance Report released today by Organic Produce Network and Category Partners. “Total fresh produce sales gained 7.3 percent in dollars for the year but […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
We had a story the other day about a poll suggesting that while ;people were cutting back on day to day expenses, they still want to indulge in occasional luxuries, which prompted MNB reader Rich Heiland to write: I used to use a statistic about Millennials in one of my presentations about finding and attracting […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The continuing goal of “The Innovation Conversation” is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory … and one that Tom Furphy – a former Amazon executive who led the team that developed Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Walmart said yesterday that it is raising wages for all hourly workers in the US, a reflection of a continuing reality for retailers – front line staff shortages that are having an operational impact. In a memo to all US employees, John Furner, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., announced four ways in which he said […]
  1. CPG: Food
National Public Radio reports that “as the price of eggs continues to rise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reporting a spike in people attempting to bring eggs into the country illegally from Mexico, where prices are lower. “The jump in sightings of the contraband product can be best explained by the high price […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The Street has a story about how in the summer of 2022, as the consumer spending that typified the pandemic slammed headfirst into inflation and a post-recession mindset, “Walmart and Target both publicly declared that they had warehouses full of the wrong merchandise for the holiday season. “To fix that, both chains heavily discounted certain […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon has unveiled a new subscriptions service that it says will allow Prime members to “receive all of their eligible generic medications for just $5 a month and have them delivered free to their door. Medications that treat more than 80 common conditions, such as high blood pressure, anxiety, and acid reflux, are included in […]