Predictions and Forecasts

Gazing into the crystal ball and predicting what the future will hold.

  1. Trends & External Forces
Every parent knows that pick-up from school inevitably means a treat of some kind on the way home or to the park. Healthy or not-so-healthy, swinging by the local store on the way back from school is all part of the routine and one that… This story continues at Munch bunch In focus: Children’s snacks […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Mondelēz International is bringing back its Big Win-Win campaign again this year offering both retailers and their shoppers the chance to win cash prizes. The Cadbury Big Win-Win on-and off-pack promotion will run from the end of February to mid-June, inviting consumers to nominate their… This story continues at Cadbury Big Win-Win promotion returns Or […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Pladis has launched a new limited-edition range for its Jacob’s Mini Cheddars brand: Jacob’s Cheesy Specials. Dialling up the brand’s ‘baked with real cheese’ USP, the two new ultra-cheesy variants – Jacob’s Mini Cheddars Smoked Cheddar and Jacob’s Mini Cheddars Cheddar & Roasted Tomato –… This story continues at Jacob’s Mini Cheddars new limited edition […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Authentic, formerly known as Authentic Brands Group, has partnered with Fast Simon to help enhance merchandising, personalization and search capabilities across its extensive portfolio of brands. Authentic brands including Juicy Couture, Frederick’s of Hollywood and the newly launched Authentic.com already use the solution provider’s AI-powered technology, but now Fast Simon  has become a preferred partner […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Starbucks and the Workers United union have agreed on a framework for collective bargaining discussions for the nearly 400 stores represented by the union. They also have aligned on how to resolve litigation between the union and the company and are seeking to establish a fair process for workers to organize. As a sign of […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Associated Press reports that “American consumers are feeling less confident this month as concerns over a possible recession grew despite most recent data pointing to a healthy US economy. “The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 106.7 from a revised 110.9 in January. Analysts had […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
There were numerous press reports yesterday that fast feeder Wendy’s plans to institute surge pricing – charging higher prices at high-demand times – sometime next year. The reports seemed to emanate from comments made earlier this month by the company’s new CEO-president, Kirk Tanner, who said that the chain plans to rollout “dynamic pricing,” enabled […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Macy’s announced yesterday that it will close 150 of its stores in the US, a move that will eliminate about 25 percent of its square footage representing about 10 percent of its sales. The New York Times reports that “it is the second major downsizing of the Macy’s chain since 2020 and will leave the […]
  1. CPG: Food
We’ve posted a lot of commentary and emails against the Kroger-Albertsons deal, so it is important to point out that not everybody feels that way, as one MNB reader wrote: Throughout the saga of the Kroger-Albertsons deal I’ve definitely felt I carry the minority opinion.  I work for a large CPG and engage with Kroger’s […]
  1. Data & Insights
For some time now, many retailers have been exploring the use of artificial intelligence to enhance various aspects of their business, from inventory placement to merchandising assortments. However, the conversation gained renewed momentum in 2023 with the emergence of ChatGPT and generative AI. This increased interest in the potential of AI to transform retail operations […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Being a manager in any industry is tough. Being a manager in the retail industry is especially so considering challenges caused by high employee turnover rates. At 60.5 percent, the retail and wholesale industry has the highest turnover rate of any industry, and it’s triggered by employees wanting more workplace flexibility, better pay and compensation, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Parliamentarians across both houses are urging the government to “listen to the public” and put the tobacco and vapes Bill to Parliament without further delay. A YouGov poll for ASH published today (28 February) found that 71% of adults support the goal of making Britain… This story continues at Parliamentarians insist Smokefree Generation Bill is […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Seabrook, the crinkle-cut crisp brand, has brought back its Smoky Bacon flavour crisps in response to popular consumer demand. Back by popular demand, Seabrook Smoky Bacon flavour crinkle cut crisps have returned for a limited time only. Claire Hooper, marketing director for Calbee UK, owner… This story continues at Seabrook brings back its Smoky Bacon […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The annual leave report, conducted by HR systems specialist Access PeopleHR, analysed data from over 3,000 companies to reveal that the retail and wholesale sector has seen a 4.32% drop in annual leave taken per employee from 2022-2023. Nationally, annual leave taken has dropped by 7.6%… This story continues at Retail and wholesale workers taking 4% […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
According to software firm Jisp, its Scan & Save retailer partners are thriving despite news of the UK slipping into a technical recession following a 0.3% drop in GDP in the last quarter of 2023. The company said, contrary to market conditions, retailers working with… This story continues at Scan & Save retailers defy technical […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
The new Space Saver is the world’s first rotisserie with a heated self-service display cabinet, helping operators simplify their hot food offering. Versatility and flexibility are central to the Space Saver as the rotisserie offers operators the opportunity to expand menus beyond traditional options. Fri-Jado… This story continues at Fri-Jado presents Space Saver auto-clean rotisserie […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
After a tumultuous few years, Rent the Runway is seeking a fresh perspective to drive its marketing and advertising efforts to drum up demand. Natalie McGrath, who has 20 years of experience, will join the company as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective March 4, 2024. She will be the first person to take on the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“When I get customer interaction I want it to count. Technology can help with that.” So said Naomi Simcock, Operations Director at John Lewis, in a Q&A conference session with consultant, Andrew Busby, at Smart Retail Tech Expo on 27th February at ExCel in London. “I’ve got a huge supply chain and other fixed costs, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The CPG Guys are joined in this episode by James H. Dickerson, PhD, former Chief Scientific Officer at Consumer Reports. Follow James on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-h-dickerson-phd/ James answers these questions: Would you walk our audience through some of the pivotal professional experiences in your career that have led you to AMTIL? Can you share your […]
  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. Channel: Dollar/Value
The Associated Press reports this morning that Family Dollar Stores, a subsidiary of Dollar Tree Inc., has pleaded guilty “to holding food, drugs, cosmetics and other items under ‘insanitary’ conditions at a now-closed, rodent-infested distribution center in West Memphis, Arkansas,” a plea deal that includes “a sentence of a fine and forfeiture amount totaling $41.675 […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
COVID-19 may have started the fire, but the online shopping boom is showing no signs of burning out. As consumer expectations grow alongside this blazing industry, many are placing a stronger focus on the shipping experience itself. This is why retail giants like Amazon.com are making fast and free shipping incentives table stakes, with recent […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The call for brands and retailers to fortify their supply chains with robust traceability solutions has never been more urgent. Countries across the globe have enacted tighter due diligence laws to prevent child labor, poor working conditions, and environmental abuses, ranging from the United States’ Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, to the German Supply Chain […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Shop Price annual inflation eased to 2.5% in February, down from 2.9% in January, according to the BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index. Shop price annual growth is its lowest since March 2022. Food inflation decelerated to 5.0% in February, its lowest since May 2022, down from… This story continues at Cautious optimism amid February inflation dip […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Macy’s, Inc. has unveiled its Bold New Chapter strategy, signaling a major shift for the iconic department store retailer. Macy’s plans to close 150 underproductive nameplate stores — approximately 50 this year alone — and continue its expansion of smaller-format stores as it prioritizes investment in about 350 go-forward locations. Additionally, noting that its luxury […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“Retailers need to use AI more,” said Harmony Murphy, Retail Head of Advertising at Google UK&I, in an exclusive chat with RTIH after her opening Smart Retail Tech Expo keynote speech today at London ExCel, which discussed the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in the retail industry.  “Generative AI has democratised access and made the […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Wawa has launched Goose Media Network, the c-store chain’s retail media network (RMN), to give brands the opportunity to reach Wawa customers online as well as via the mobile app and videos played at the gas pump. Wawa worked with Publicis Groupe’s Publicis Sapient, Epsilon and CitrusAd to create the new offering. “Goose Media Network […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK – Sales of store brands increased $10.1 billion to a record $236.3 billion last year compared to 2022, according to PLMA’s just-released 2024 Private Label Report. That represents a 4.7% rise in dollar sales in all outlets from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, versus the same period the prior year, according to […]
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84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]

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