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  1. Associates & Employees
The New York Times reports that more than 1,700 hourly Amazon workers at its Staten Island, New York distribution center have signed commitments authorizing “the Amazon Labor Union to represent me for the purpose of collective bargaining.” According to the Times, “The commitments are the results of six months of organizing at Amazon’s only fulfillment […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Supply chain issues, it seems, are hitting everybody.  The New York Times has a piece about the resurgence of vinyl records, pointing out that “in the first six months of this year, 17 million vinyl records were sold in the United States, generating $467 million in retail revenue, nearly double the amount from the same […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Content Guy’s Note:  Gregory Galloway is out with a new novel, “Just Thieves,” which is one of my favorite books of the past year – a terrific piece of noir fiction that starts out with a compelling, unforgettable image and proceeds by creating a universe where existential dread is like the air that the characters […]
  1. Media & Marketing
KC did something he hasn’t done in more than two years – he flew in and out of LaGuardia Airport in New York, a facility that long has been known for resembling a third-world airport.   Things have changed, he found… The post FaceTime (& Travel Tips) with the Content Guy appeared first on MNB.
  1. Trends & External Forces
Excellent piece in Fast Company that reflects on the “great resignation” – or, to use another term, “turnover tsunami” – that in August led to 4.3 million people voluntarily resigning from their jobs. It gets worse, the story says:  “Workhuman’s research surveyed employees in the U.S., UK, Ireland, and Canada and found that nearly 40% […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The October 2021 Advantage Sale Outlook is out, concluding that: •  “Manufacturers and retailers expect increased dollar sales over the next two quarters compared to COVID and pre-COVID periods. They point to elevated levels of in-home consumption and price increases as the biggest contributing factors.” •  “The industry continues to grapple with supply chain issues, […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
MNB reader Tom Murphy had a thought about yesterday’s piece about Target using more and more in-store boutiques in its stores: This is an extremely interesting article.  When I was a grocery industry executive and then consultant (1990 – 2018), the standard grocer premise was that floor space was too important an asset to “lease […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Business Insider reports that Amazon and Starbucks have been working on the launch of a new format store – codenamed “Verde” – that would combine elements of a Starbucks coffee shop and the food sold in an Amazon Go store, using Just-Walk-Out checkout-free technology. According to the story, the format “was designed to build a […]
  1. Channel: Mass
USA Today reports that Target “is doubling the number of “Apple at Target shop-in-shop experiences” and expanding from 17 to 36 stores in time for holiday shopping. “The new concept, which launched in February, doubles Apple’s footprint in select Target stores and brings displays for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, the HomePod mini, Apple TV, […]
  1. Data & Insights
Amazon said yesterday that sales in its third-party marketplace now account for about 60 percent of all its retail sales.  In addition, the company said that third-parties “sold more than 3.8 billion products, averaging 7,400 every minute … averaged more than $200,000 in sales, up year-over-year from about $170,000 … and “had nearly $2.2 billion […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Yesterday we took note of a CNBC report that Walmart plans to give its Walmart+ members advance access to its Black Friday deals, which, if outside estimates are to believed, has the potential of making some 32 million US households feeling a little more joyful about the end-of-year holiday shopping season. I commented, in part: […]
  1. Channel: Mass
CNBC reports that Walmart plans to give its Walmart+ members advance access to its Black Friday deals, which, if outside estimates are to believed, has the potential of making some 32 million US households feeling a little more joyful about the end-of-year holiday shopping season. The story says that the offering will come in the […]