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  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Family Dollar announced this week that it is closing down the West Memphis, Arkansas, warehouse that was discovered earlier this year to have a massive rodent infestation, which prompted a recall of items that were held there and might have been contaminated.  However, the company maintained that the closure was not related to the Food […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Business Insider has a story this morning about the degree to which inflation is affecting Amazon’s retail business. “The uncertainty over rising costs and consumer prices shows that even Amazon, a $1.1 trillion company obsessed with meticulous attention to detail, can be roiled by the rising inflation around the world — adding an unwelcome jolt […]
  1. Associates & Employees
FMI-The Food Industry Association said yesterday that it will host an online webinar designed to find a new approach to dealing with active assailants in retail stores. “As the recent events in Buffalo showed once again, tragic acts of violence continue to threaten the lives of our employees, consumers, and communities,” FMI said.  “It’s a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Data tracking company Numerator is out with a new analysis of the “omnichannel landscape of retail subscription models,” concluding that “while Amazon Prime retains the highest satisfaction rate and Walmart+ has shown the fastest adoption, Target’s Shipt Everyday is breaking out with same-day delivery and capturing more trips, spending, and share from subscribers than Amazon […]
  1. Department: Beverage
While in Houston, Texas, it seemed like many of the Starbucks I visited – looking for a place to have a cup of coffee, sit down and get some work done in a “third place” environment – were drive-through facilities with no place to sit down indoors (which was important, because it was really hot […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Tough quarter for Target, which reported a $1 billion Q1 profit yesterday … a big number, but one that was about half that reported during the same period a year ago.  Q1 revenue was up four percent, to $24.8 billion, same-store sales were up 3.3 percent, and digital sales were up 3.2 percent, but profit […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Axios reports that “the Food and Drug Administration is testing designs of a label that food manufacturers could voluntarily put on the front of packages indicating that a product is ‘healthy’ … The effort is controversial, in part because the meaning of ‘healthy’ continues to evolve. The FDA itself is in the process of updating […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Reuters reports that “a New York state agency has accused Amazon.com Inc. in a complaint of discriminating against pregnant and disabled workers at its worksites, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Wednesday. “Amazon was also accused of having policies requiring workers to take unpaid leaves of absence, even if they are capable of working, instead of […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Newsweek is out with a list, generated by BrandSpark International, of the “most trusted grocery stores as voted by American shoppers. BrandSpark surveyed 3200 Americans to capture their real opinions of what grocery store brands they trust the most.” The national top four:  Walmart, Kroger, Aldi, and Meijer. The northeast top four:  ShopRite, Walmart, Aldi, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Crain’s Chicago Business reports that “Au Cheval founder Brendan Sodikoff is partnering with Dom’s Kitchen & Market, the grocery store from industry veteran Bob Mariano. “Sodikoff, who also founded Doughnut Vault and other brands under restaurant group Hogsalt Hospitality … Sodikoff plans to ‘draw on the portfolio of concepts’ from Hogsalt.” The story says that […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Check out this provocative video from Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, as well as a writer, entrepreneur, podcaster and public speaker. In it, Galloway talks about the implications of the fact that “TikTok captures more monthly hours from users than Facebook and Instagram – combined.” One […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Axios reports that “Uber is adding ‘comfort electric’ vehicles to the ride-hailing options on its app in some California cities, part of an ongoing effort to get drivers and customers to go electric … Uber Comfort Electric is available in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles with more cities to come. “Riders tap a […]