Associates

Articles on associates and employees in the retail industry.

  1. Associates & Employees
Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed today’s announcements by both Booker and Tesco of an additional pay increase for hourly paid workers in the face of the cost-of-living crisis. Booker hourly paid retail staff will receive an additional 25p per hour increase from 13 November, taking the base rate from £9.75 to £10 an hour. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Walmart allegedly fired an employee in New Jersey after he tested positive for marijuana in a pre-employment screening test. The worker in question, Eric Zanetich, had not even reported for his first shift at the chain when he was let go. Marijuana consumption is legal in New Jersey and the state’s law makes clear that […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up the stand out retail systems deals, deployments and pilots from September, including Walmart, Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Kwik Trip, Marks & Spencer, Currys, Boots, Lowe’s, Ikea, and Aldi. Lowe’s is tapping NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise to create interactive store digital twins in Mill Creek, Wash,. and Charlotte, N.C. “We are always looking […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The New York Times this morning writes that “by many measures, the labor market is still extraordinarily strong even as fears of a recession loom. The unemployment rate, which stood at 3.7 percent in August, remains near a five-decade low. There are twice as many job openings as unemployed workers available to fill them. Layoffs, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Aldi, Primark and Tesco are among retailers that are pulling production out of Myanmar after that country’s military overthrew the democratically elected government. Labor abuses, which were said to be common prior to the coup, have grown more intractable since then.
  1. Corporate Strategy
Apple CEO Tim Cook says that his company seeks employees that distinguish themselves through collaboration, creativity, curiosity and expertise. He said that it is Apple’s responsibility to put its employees into jobs that help them fulfill a noble purpose. “People have to work for a reason bigger than themselves,” he said. “So you want to […]
  1. Data & Insights
Few words have been used and overused more than “data.” What emerged from a series of zeros and ones has evolved into a critical pillar of every business. Data drives all aspects of a company, from research, buying behaviors, stock/inventory levels, assortment plan, replenishment, website design, store merchandising, staffing and finance to product lifecycle and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The National Retail Federation (NRF) is out with its assessment of August spending, concluding that while “consumers remain worried about high inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate hikes intended to bring inflation under control,” they are not so worried that they’ve stopped spending.  The rate of spending growth may have slowed a bit, but “consumer […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  School is well underway in most of the USA and teachers are scrambling to lean every student’s name, create good weekly lesson plans, and enjoin students with the love of learning.  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® encourages everyone to help Subwayby submitting a nomination for a Subway catered teachers lunch at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In a recent conversation with my retired cousin, I noticed she still referred to tech companies as “dot-coms.” It’s a common perception, but the industry has moved beyond websites to apps, devices, the cloud, and more. The umbrella term has moved to “tech,” short for technology. She hasn’t used “dot-com” since.  While my cousin quickly […]
  1. Associates & Employees
UK fintech bank Monzo is giving staff who earn less than £40,000 per year a one-off payment of £1,000 to help them cope with the cost-of-living. “We’re constantly reviewing the… The post Monzo announces £1k package to help with cost-of-living for its staff appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) broke ground on its new 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility at the Denver High Point development area, with local government representatives, community partners, and more than 250 local PBNA employees in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony. The new facility will be PepsiCo’s largest and most sustainable domestic outpost, serving […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Starbucks workers who voted to be represented by Workers United say they fear reprisals from the company, claiming that it has fired more than 100 employees who participated in organizing the workplace. Starbucks was recently ordered by a court to reinstate seven workers. Management maintains that it has done nothing wrong.
  1. Trends & External Forces
The retail sector has faced countless challenges in recent years, having a significant impact on retail worker wellbeing and mental health. The continuous pressure to adapt around COVID restrictions, supply chain issues and staff shortages has meant that those in the industry have had little certainty. But what impact has this had on retail worker […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amid evolving consumer preferences and a myriad of business challenges across food retail, organizations have turned to digital transformation as a source of support for their physical supply chain and stores. Among the most prevalent innovative adoptions is the applied use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. However, as economic volatility has increased and consumer […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Despite the optimism within the retail industry that a return to normal might be seen at some point in 2022, as we move through the back half of the year, the state of the retail industry is perhaps in a more vexing and fragmented state than it was when the year began. After two-and-a-half years […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO – Americans believe that food-at-home inflation has hit 22.8%, 9.7 points higher than the 13.1% annual rate reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to the latest dunnhumby Consumer Trends Tracker (CTT) released Monday. The perceived rate of food at home inflation is 5.1% higher than the dunnhumby Consumer Pulse report from February […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From the Wall Street Journal: “A persistent economic puzzle is why labor is still so tight amid slowing growth, high inflation and growing fears of recession. “Gross domestic product growth slipped into negative territory in the first half of the year. Borrowing costs have risen steeply as the Federal Reserve boosts interest rates in an […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., & HILLSIDE, N.Y. Oct. 3, 2022 — Walmart and NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) are proud to announce AutoT, the first of its kind revolutionary digital collectible platform featuring limited-edition figures and collectibles. Launching exclusively this month both on Walmart.com and in stores, AutoT collectibles will break new ground in the digital collector […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 3, 2022 — Walmart invites communities to get healthy ahead of peak flu season at Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., where customers can receive affordable immunizations like flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV and more at pharmacies nationwide. COVID-19 bivalent boosters will also be available with […]
  1. Data & Insights
With the ever-increasing workflow and data management complexity, an ecommerce ERP solution has become a critical tool in a digital merchant’s tech stack. ERPs allow retailers to consolidate various business functions and continuously maintain the transparency of enterprise operations, which is crucial for any growing business. However, enterprises can reap even more benefits from their […]
  1. Merchandising
“Every six months, there are new skill sets and new roles being created. Because of COVID, that has accelerated even more.” — Lauren Stiebing, Founder and CEO of LS International In an already hot job market, the competition for experienced ecommerce talent has gotten fierce.  Companies that want to attract top talent need to have […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  – Hy-Vee Inc. is deploying its Disaster Relief Fleet to locations in Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian. The relief effort involves two caravans. The first group will take Hy-Vee’s mobile command center, Hy-Vee’s mobile water system (which includes a tank and pump trailer), and Hy-Vee’s rapid response pickup truck. The second […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Are you a small consumer electronics product brand who’s trying to figure out how to sell to Best Buy? If so, you are not alone. Best Buy is the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the US for consumer electronics, which is why thousands of brands attempt to get their products in the company’s stores every year. In […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
ESG has been important to companies and to investors though recently there has been some blowback from certain segments of the market on whether ESG is a feel-good, hard to measure, share-holder unfriendly and fuzzy goal. This piece proposes that while ESG remains important a new ESG which is far more focused and therefore measurable, […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis is in growth mode: the industry posted sales between $24.5 and $27 billion in 2021 and reached an estimated 11,800 retailers in 2022, according to data from the MJBiz Factbook. A Gallup poll found that 68% of Americans believe marijuana should be legal and 16% of adults aged 26 and over used cannabis in […]

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Retail vacancies in the United States dropped to 6.1% in the second quarter, a 15-year low, as Americans continued to resume in-store shopping. Asking rents for shopping center spaces during the quarter were 16% higher than five years ago, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday (Oct. 4), citing figures from commercial real estate broker […]
  1. CPG: Food
  2. Department: Food
  3. ESG
  4. Merchandising
Nestlé Confectionery has announced sustainable packaging innovations for two of its best-loved brands – Quality Street and KitKat. In a category first, Quality Street will move to recyclable paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets. By replacing the double layer of foil and cellulose with a paper wrap, Quality Street will remove more than two billion […]
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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]

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