Dept. Appliances

  1. Shopper & Customer
There are two types of customers: those who buy and those who keep coming back. Success in ecommerce, and retail in general, depends on the latter. For VCs backing ecommerce upstarts, exponential growth and expansion often focuses on speed and a “growth at any price” mindset. On the other hand, traditional retailers must reinvent their […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — Circana has released the 2023 New Product Pacesetters report, showcasing the top-selling new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood consumer packaged goods sectors. The report shared that consumers sought exploration as they adjusted to active post-pandemic lifestyles. Leading products reflect shifts in Americans’ daily routines, offering increased versatility and venturing into […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2024 – Father’s Day spending is expected to reach $22.4 billion this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. This is the second-highest figure in the survey’s history and on par with last year’s record of $22.9 billion. “Father’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate our […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Lowe’s says it is the first home improvement retailer to offer customers an in-store, Apple Vision Pro powered experience, with a pilot set to launch in three test markets this month. Customers can try Lowe’s Style Studio for Apple Vision Pro firsthand, allowing them to visualise and design their dream kitchens using spatial computing and the […]
  1. Data & Insights
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has partnered with Optera to launch the Direct-Use Product Emissions Database (DPED), to provide retailers and their suppliers with an aligned database for quantifying greenhouse gases emitted during use by appliances, electronics and power equipment. The DPED’s goal is to foster uniform metrics for comprehending and managing scope 3, category […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including Polytag, Marks and Spencer, Retail Insight, The Home Depot, Hugo Boss, Zippin, and OneStock. 1. Polytag announces single-use […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
In honor of Armed Forces Day, the Home Depot has launched a new Military Moving hub featuring information and discounts tailored to the hundreds of thousands of active-duty military families that relocate every year. Military families relocate every two to three years on average, with military retirees relocating six or more times over the course […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — In April 2024, U.S. retail sales revenue and unit demand, including both discretionary general merchandise and consumer packaged goods (CPG), declined 1% compared to the same month last year. During this period, spanning the four weeks ending April 27, 2024, year-over-year unit demand declined 2% across retail segments. While overall consumer spending levels […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a peek at what’s hot in the culinary world! Once again Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® and his team,  are seeing some new signals of our ever-evolving consumer focused adoption of fresh food with functionality; including botanical infusions, and even a […]
  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 […]

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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 […]