Dept. Appliances

  1. Data & Insights
The home improvement industry is at a crossroads, shaped by a digital landscape that continues to grow exponentially. In the first half of 2024, this sector has seen a significant transition to online sales, which now account for 37% of the industry’s total market share. It’s a pivot that reflects the broader narrative of our […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
The Home Depot said yesterday it is acquiring SRS Distribution Inc. (SRS) — a materials provider across several verticals serving professional roofers, landscapers and pool contractors — in a deal valued at approximately $18.25 billion. It would be Home Depot’s largest acquisition in its history. The home improvement retailer expects the acquisition to close this […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
The Home Depot is acquiring building products distributor SRS Distribution for $18.25 billion in a bid to accelerate the growth of its pro offerings. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of the retailer’s fiscal 2024 in late January 2025, is subject to customer closing conditions and will be funded through a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Kitchen retailer Wren Kitchens is using Descartes Systems Group appointment scheduling, route planning and optimisation solution to improve surveyor productivity, allowing it to complete 56% more customer appointments and reduce its overall ‘cost per appointment’, which has saved the company £2 million annually. It says that the solution has dramatically improved the productivity of Wren’s […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Walmart is making its AI powered logistics technology – Route Optimisation – available to all businesses as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution through Walmart Commerce Technologies. “We have invested significant time, resources and operational knowhow into building solutions like Route Optimisation, but that can be a barrier for many businesses,” says Anshu Bhardwaj, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail’ systems launches and deployments from the past week, including Jisp, Walmart, Global Fashion Agenda, PDS Ventures, Pinterest, the Retail Trust, and The Very Group. Jisp In a review of its Scan & Save app’s performance through February, Jisp says it found that the total […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CHICAGO—Private brands have experienced growth in the face of inflation, according to a new report from Circana, with sales surpassing $217 billion. The report, “CPG Private Brands Update,” provides an update on the store brand landscape, and identifies retailer opportunities to increase demand for their own brand and private brand offerings. “Private brands are increasingly […]
  1. Data & Insights
With the global pandemic acting as a catalyst for change, retailers have been thrust into a new realm of challenges and opportunities. The acceleration in the adoption of digital tools and strategies has become a lifeline for many, enabling them not only to survive but to thrive amidst unprecedented conditions.   A recent panel hosted by […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
ARLINGTON, VA – Food retailers and their partners can find new growth opportunities by addressing consumers’ expanding definitions of value, according to research from FMI – The Food Industry Association, Oliver Wyman and Circana. A study, Finding Growth for Food & Beverage at Retail: Winning Eating Occasions throughout the Day, offers a comprehensive examination of emerging trends and outlines […]
  1. Data & Insights
How generative artificial intelligence will transform online shopping is a hot topic in e-commerce. One year after generative AI started to dominate headlines, what have we learned about its real impact on e-commerce? This article presents findings from iAdvize’s inaugural Barometer of Generative AI in E-Commerce — a report that uses first-party data to share […]
  1. Channel: Club
The Street reports that Costco “plans to open a store solely dedicated to furniture and appliances.” The story notes that “most of Costco’s 850 global locations are its classic warehouse model that sells food, household goods, and lots of other things. The chain has opened a handful of ‘Business Centers,’ in recent years, locations that […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The UK slipped into a technical recession in the final quarter of 2023 according to new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The fall in economic output was steeper than most economists expected, with the economy barely growing over the course of last year. Despite the slowing economy, consumer confidence is up on […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
For a time, big-box home improvement stores seemed insulated from Amazon’s low prices and scale. Home Depot and Lowe’s sold items that were too big to ship, or that DIYers needed immediately, not delivered in a few days. Large appliances like refrigerators and ovens offered a firewall of sorts. Has that firewall held? Yes and […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Regular readers of this blog know that Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® has been proving industry leading insights at the intersection of cooking from home and eating out since 1991.  You also know that McDonald’s is one of the most popular fast-food chains in the world, serving millions of […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Many retail businesses are charting their courses for 2024, exploring inventive avenues to enhance their services and elevate the overall customer experience. Keeping up with the latest trends in the retail landscape will be crucial to their success. And to my mind, three particular trends are poised to shape the retail narrative in 2024: automation, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Zulily Group has engaged the advisory firm Gordon Brothers to sell off more than $85 million of inventory and the assets of its two fulfillment centers following the online retailer’s decision late last year to shut down. Screenshot of the Zulily website from December 2023 highlighting the going-out-of-business sale. News of the wind-down first broke […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Online electronics and appliance marketplace Newegg is making a big push into resale with the debut of Newegg Refreshed, a refurbishment program for pre-owned products. Among the product categories now available in refurbished condition on Newegg are Apple products (iPhone, iPad and MacBook) and Advanced Battlestations (ABS) gaming desktop PC systems, as well as other […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Online electronics and appliance marketplace Newegg is making a big push into resale with the debut of Newegg Refreshed, a refurbishment program for pre-owned products. Among the product categories now available in refurbished condition on Newegg are Apple products (iPhone, iPad and MacBook) and Advanced Battlestations (ABS) gaming desktop PC systems, as well as other […]
  1. Channel: Mass
To help retailers determine the post-purchase carbon impact of products like appliances, electronics and outdoor power equipment, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has partnered with Optera to develop the Direct-Use Product Emissions Database (DPED). The DPED will help fill current reporting gaps and align how retailers measure, compare and communicate greenhouse gas emissions. It […]
  1. Channel: Club
The Street reports on a new pricing strategy at Costco:  When customers buy bigger-ticket items, like appliances or larger televisions, from chains such as Target, Walmart and Best Buy, they “don’t see the full prices when they look at those items — specifically appliances — on the floor.”  In fact, the story says, “you face […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Can Home Depot’s big-ticket firewall keep Amazon at bay? The spending boom that drove the home improvement industry over the last few years has come to a halt. Economic factors have curtailed spending on big ticket items and that’s had an impact on big box home improvement retailers. Is Amazon taking advantage of the downturn? […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Actress, producer and TV personality Drew Barrymore can certainly afford premium kitchen and home items — and she often looks to them for her personal inspiration — but she shies away from paying premium prices. She’s also well aware that many others don’t have the option of paying top dollar for a knife or a […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Running a successful business is all about balance: maximising revenue while minimising expenses. In today’s competitive landscape, keeping costs in check is essential for long-term sustainability and growth. In this article, we’ll explore effective strategies to keep your business expenses at a minimum. 1. Create a lean budget The first step in minimising business expenses […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Sustainability has emerged as a major challenge in just about every sector worldwide. Overcoming it and being sustainable is not just about morality, but as a critical business strategy. Consumers today are environmentally conscious and becoming more so with each passing year. This is driving a significant shift towards sustainable practices in the retail sector. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Louisville Business First reports that Kroger is working with GE Appliances to provide culinary content on touchscreens installed on smart ovens and ranges. According to the story, “With an update, over 150,000 consumers with select GE Profile, CAFÉ and Monogram wall ovens and slide-in ranges can now access seasonal culinary inspiration from their appliance’s LCD […]
  1. Data & Insights
Sears and Kmart once dominated the retail landscape.
  1. Department: Food
While many businesses are always out there trying to reduce costs so they can perfectly retain their business how it is, there’s one thing that can swiftly damage a business to the point of no recovery, and that’s a natural disaster. Now, dealing with a natural disaster is honestly everyone’s worst nightmare. They can take […]
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  1. ESG
  2. Data & Insights
  3. Operations & Supply Chain
Using event-driven architecture (EDA), retailers must link essential data at speed and scale throughout their ecosystems near and far to come to grips with now essential environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in three key areas. 1. Dead Heading — Optimizing Transportation/Emissions on Every Journey When it comes to transportation within the retail sector, any […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  2. Channel: Dollar/Value
  3. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  4. Channel: Grocery
  5. Department: Food
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  10. Trends & External Forces
  11. Retail Operations
  12. Merchandising
  13. Stores & Formats
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 […]

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