1. Channel: Grocery
Hello, fellow food enthusiasts and industry insiders! It’s Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® here, ready to dive deep into the grocery landscape and explore what might happen if the much-anticipated Safeway-Albertsons merger doesn’t go through. Success does leave clues. So, buckle up for a fact-filled ride as we examine the […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Citing “extremely low volumes” of customers using personal checks, Target will stop accepting checks for in-store payments on July 15, 2024, as reported in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and confirmed by Target. The retailer joins several supermarket retailers that have stopped accepting checks, including Aldi, Whole Foods Market and Lidl. “Target is committed to creating an […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
One of the latest measures to cut food waste in stores involves cutting off the top parts of pineapples. Aldi said this week that the leafy tops, known as the crown, will be removed from its pineapples in order to cut food waste, because they… This story continues at Decapitated pineapples will help environment, says […]
  1. Stores & Formats
NEW YORK — Ahold Delhaize recently said it would shutter an undetermined number of underperforming Stop & Shop supermarkets this year, joining what some press reports have described as a “tsunami” of planned retail store closings. Coresight Research, which tracks store openings and closings, said that as of May 31, major U.S. retailers have announced […]
  1. International
InPost, an out-of-home delivery and parcel locker specialist, reports a major milestone of 7,000 lockers in the UK. Neil Kuschel, UK CEO at InPost, comments: “We’ve seen significant demand for InPost lockers and thanks to this latest 7,000 milestone, we’ve now achieved a substantial 40% increase in locations since March last year.” “The locker market […]
  1. Data & Insights
As the summer temperatures soar, so does the fierce competition for shoppers’ wallets in the grocery industry. Enter Amazon Fresh, touting massive price cuts on a wide range of grocery items both in-store and online. But don’t be fooled by the shiny discounts – beneath the surface lies a betrayal of fundamental values. Steven Johnson Grocerant […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Check out the articles on this here website that caught your fancy last week, including Dunnes Stores, Tesco Ireland, Aldi Ireland, Kwayga, Ordergroove, Heineken, Blue Yonder, Wolt, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, and the 2014 RTIH Innovation Awards. Sainsbury’s and Microsoft connect as grocery giant looks to boost customer and colleague experience with artificial intelligence Sainsbury’s and Microsoft […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Dunnes Stores, Tesco Ireland and Aldi Ireland are partnering with Kwayga, a B2B supplier sourcing engine in the food and drink sector, to employ AI driven strategies enabling the accessibility of good quality products at sustainable prices. Kwayga says that, with its AI data driven technology, buyers can cut sourcing times by 40% and increase […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  ALDI, a renowned global grocery brand, has been making waves in the grocery industry with its aggressive expansion plans has left success clues for all retailers to follow. The company’s unique marketing strategy and relentless focus on customer value have been instrumental in its rise to prominence. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Media & Marketing
With more than 1 billion users worldwide, according to the Business of Apps, TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms globally. Now, it’s laying the groundwork to become one of the largest social commerce platforms, too. TikTok continues to invest in its shopping capabilities, with the launch of TikTok Shop and other […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON  – The National Retail Federation today announced the 2024 Top 50 Global Retailers. Conducted by Kantar, the 2024 list ranks international retailers, based on their operational performance as of the beginning of 2023. “In our increasingly interconnected global economy, retailers are continually expanding their international customer base,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
BATAVIA, Ill. — ALDI, a retailer already known for its rapid growth, has unveiled plans to increase its store count by 800 locations across the country by the end of 2028. The ambitious five-year expansion plan involves opening new stores and converting existing ones. As part of this expansion effort, ALDI announced that it has […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Dollar Tree said yesterday that it will close 1,000 stores – most of them Family Dollar units – over the next few years, a decision that Axios describes as “a reversal of the retailer’s rapid expansion, which included its 2015 acquisition of Family Dollar.” Six hundred Family Dollar stores are slated to close before the […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Alternative data can help investors increase conviction around unit economics, competition, and strategic initiatives for their long term holdings. Our Instacart (CART) research is a perfect example of differentiated granularity into fees, competition and SNAP benefit usage on the platform. Average Discount as % of AOV (pre-discount) Average Fees as % of AOV (pre-discount) Our […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
I talked this week about how Jon Jenkins of AWS made the point during the NGA technology Summit that retailers should not compare smart carts to more traditional carts in terms of cost;  instead, he suggested, they should be thought of a self-checkout systems being used throughout the store, taking pressure off the front end. […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Dollar Tree Inc. will shutter approximately 600 Family Dollar stores in the first half of its 2024 fiscal year, which began Feb. 4, 2024. The discount retailer also plans to close an additional 370 Family Dollar stores and 30 Dollar Tree locations over the next several years as each store’s current lease expires. The retailer […]

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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]