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  1. Channel: Delivery
Business Insider writes that as Kroger builds “its own tech infrastructure, including automated warehouses for delivery orders,” it means that it inevitably will end up “in competition with Instacart, its longtime grocery-delivery partner, analysts say.”  This competition may also play out as both companies seek advertising revenue from suppliers – there are only so many […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
From TechCrunch, a story about how Walmart “is stepping into the metaverse with two new experiences on Roblox: ‘Walmart Land’ and ‘Universe of Play.’ The virtual worlds are aimed at younger Walmart customers and let Roblox players collect new virtual merchandise, play games featuring toys and characters, earn toys from a blimp, attend live concerts, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Mrs. Content Guy brought home a story the other day that illustrated the degree to which some retailers get caught in a flywheel of failure, which is literally the opposite of Amazon’s famed flywheel of growth.  In this case, I think it is fair to say, it really does suck. The post FaceTime with the […]
  1. Department & Category
Bloomberg has a story about how Circle K owner Alimentation Couche-Tard is developing a series of tactics designed to serve a core strategy – growing its food sales to represent between 20 and 25 percent of sales. The impetus comes from a recognition that the company is too dependent on fuel sales and profits at […]
  1. Department & Category
Fox Business reports that Unilever CEO Alan Jope, in an appearance at the 2022 Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York, “reaffirmed the consumer goods giant’s sustainability agenda … saying it ‘will not back down’ despite ‘ant-sustainability’ and ‘anti-woke’ backlash.”  Jope, the story says,, “called ‘anti-sustainability’ and ‘anti-woke’ backlash ‘incredibly dangerous for the world.’  He […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is one of the companies, along with Berkshire Hathaway, most likely to be affected by the 15 percent corporate minimum tax that became law last month.   Here’s how the Journal frames the story: “Researchers at the University of North Carolina Tax Center analyzed securities filings to determine […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Axios reports that “Walmart+ members in some U.S. markets will be able to schedule to have returns picked up from their doorsteps starting the first week in October … ‘Return Pickup from Home’ is scheduled by app.” Walmart says that “members won’t need to provide a box or a label – simply hand off the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
GeekWire reports that Amazon plans to begin using “electrofuel” – described in the story as a diesel substitute that “is made from carbon dioxide captured from an industrial source that is then combined with hydrogen that’s produced from clean energy” – to power its delivery trucks next year. The electrofuel is being purchased from a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Advertising Age reports that Amazon said that its Thursday Night Football game a week ago – the first that was exclusively streamed on Amazon Prime Video – brought in a total of 15.3 million viewers across all platforms, and Nielsen said the game averaged 13 million viewers across the length of the game. “Across all […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
From the Wall Street Journal: “Trucking contractors that worked frequently for Amazon were more than twice as likely as all other similar companies to receive bad unsafe driving scores,” a Journal analysis found. “About 39% of the frequent Amazon contractors in the Journal’s analysis received scores at that level. “Trucking companies hauling freight for Amazon […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
by Kevin Coupe This isn’t a business story, but it is a demographic Eye-Opener … and I always think that any story about how the nation’s population – its beliefs, traditions and behavior – is changing is worth reporting. Axios has a piece about new Pew Research indicating that “Christians could fall below 50% of […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The New York Times has a piece about political ad targeting that suggests – if you read between the lines – the degree to which the technology could be applied to campaigns for retailers and suppliers. Here’s the set-up: “Over the last few weeks, tens of thousands of voters in the Detroit area who watch […]