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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, […]
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As part of a series of interviews with those who made it on to the RTIH Top 100 Retail Technology Influencers List, we discuss rapid grocery delivery services and why the metaverse is a game changer with Brittain Ladd, a former Amazon exec and supply chain consultant. RTIH: What does recognition as a retail tech […]
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  Regular readers of this blog know that Aldi is a no-frills German discount grocery chain that operates at the intersection of low price, high quality, and food discovery according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. The leaders of Aldi like to say: “Poor people must save rich people like too” […]
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Copycat central – what can we learn from the plethora of supermarket copycat cases? Following the high-profile legal action by Marks & Spencer (M&S) against German supermarket Aldi over its Colin the Caterpillar cake, the subsequent 12 months have seen a plethora of other copycat product cases being issued at court involving both retailers (as […]
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It’s official! Sevenoaks in Kent will host the UK’s first Amazon Fresh checkout-free store outside of London. Yesterday, we reported on rumours that this would be situated in the former Baby Gap outlet in Bligh’s Meadow. Council planning documents, we noted, showed that permission had been granted for both interior and exterior work on the […]
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From the Buffalo News: “Four years after emerging from bankruptcy, Tops Markets is staging a comeback. “Tops is spending $120 million over four years to update many of its stores in the Buffalo market, where the Amherst-based grocer originated 60 years ago. “It’s a sign of better times for the once debt-strapped company that for […]
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Sevenoaks in Kent looks set to host the UK’s first Amazon Fresh checkout-free store outside of London. According to KentOnline, this will be situated in the former Baby Gap outlet in Bligh’s Meadow. While official details are scarce, and Amazon did not respond to our request for comment, council planning documents show that permission has […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Bloomberg reports that New Jersey is the first state “to ban both plastic and paper bags,” which leaves “companies and shoppers to find creative workarounds to get their groceries home.” According to the story, “ShopRite, with more than 100 New Jersey stores, will charge a flat $1.50 per order for reusable bags. Instacart Inc., which […]
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Retailers are starting to redesign their entire store format now they do not need to include checkout tills due to Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, an executive at the e-commerce giant has said. Max Gill, who leads Amazon’s checkout-free offshoot in the EMEA, said the company’s tech is allowing retailers to “play with space and […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The past few years have been full of uncertainty. In my practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I’ve noticed that many of my patients have reprioritized their health with a commitment to promoting long-term habits and lifestyles.   In the early days of the pandemic, our behaviors changed in an instant – some of us had […]
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Asda said it will cut or freeze prices on 100 everyday products and Morrisons plans to reduce prices on 500 items as inflation makes it more difficult for British consumers to stretch their pounds. The grocers are facing increased competition from Aldi and Lidl.
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Aldi’s U.S. CEO Joson Hart reaffirmed his commitment to sell his merchandise at the lowest possible prices. In a letter to customers. He says that “no matter what happens in the world around us, Aldi will always be the low-price leader in every community we serve.” Aldi is a German discount grocery store that features […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Aldi is trialling an all-electric refrigerated trailer as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in its lorry fleet. The trailer converts kinetic energy into electricity to power the… The post Aldi trials all-electric trailer to cut carbon emissions in its lorry fleet appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe […]
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RTIH gets the lowdown on AiFi, a trailblazing company which offers customised, AI powered solutions to help retailers of all sizes become fully autonomous. Checkout-free stores are set for rapid international expansion in 2022 and beyond.  Initially a hit in the grocery sector, we are now seeing the addition of more non-food locations, and increased competition […]
  1. International
People in the UK purchased more private label goods and did more of their shopping at discounters as grocery inflation rose 5.2 percent for the four weeks ending March 20. Aldi and Lidl saw the biggest sales increases (3.6 percent) during the period, according to Kantar.
  1. Media & Marketing
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation released Wednesday its annual list of the Top 50 Global Retailers. Conducted with Kantar, the 2022 Top 50 Global Retailers list is a compilation of the 50 most impactful international retailers based on their operations at the start of 2021. Walmart continues to be the world’s largest retailer, having made […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Information reports that Instacart plans to open mini-warehouses – it calls them “nano-fulfillment centers” – that will promise 15-minute delivery services in a n umber of markets. The new facilities could begin opening as soon as next month, the story says, and will be positioned as serving Instacart’s client supermarket chains, such as Publix, […]
  1. Department & Category
On Thursday, March 3, the editors of Racher Press, publisher of MMR and Chain Drug Review, gathered together five industry-leading personalities to discuss the state of the world and the retailing industry. Without naming names, those on hand included a senior executive with one of the nation’s leading food retailers, two senior consumer packaged goods […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Customer satisfaction with retail is relatively stable, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s 2021-2022 ranking. The Retail Trade sector as a whole saw its score dip just 0.5% to 75.1 (out of 100). “Cool stability,” says ACSI managing director David Van­Amburg. “That’s the best way to describe the retail sector […]
  1. International
Aldi has signalled that it would welcome job applications from Ukrainian refugees who are allowed to work in the UK. Like many big employers, Aldi is constantly looking for staff and currently has more tha 8,000 roles in its 950 UK stores and 11 regional distribution centres. The supermarket says it is in discussions with […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
AiFi, the artificial intelligence (AI) platform for retailers to access autonomous shopping solutions, announced Friday (March 11) that a Series B funding round raised $65 million, a press release said. The money will be used to expand AiFi’s technical team. AiFi’s total funding is now $80 million. Steve Gu, co-founder and CEO of the company, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Contactless stores are gaining traction, more so in Europe, but there are some trickling into the U.S., including Atlanta’s Nourish + Bloom Market that opened in January. In that article, we pointed out that the store was entering territory that included Amazon Go, 7-Eleven and Walmart. Behind some of that cashierless technology are startup companies […]

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Instant grocery startups sprang up and grew like weeds during COVID-19, fueled by consumers opting to practice social distancing and ready to order their food and sundries at the tap of an app, and VCs seeing an gap in the delivery market that had yet to be definitively filled. Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the consolidation.
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A consumer confidence monitor that has been running since 1974 recorded its lowest-ever score this month. The well-established GfK index was down to -40 for May, meaning consumers are less confident now than at any time for nearly half a century. Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “This comes as UK unemployment hits […]
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Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]