Predictions and Forecasts

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

  1. Shopper & Customer
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is making a bold move to attract the Gen Z demographic. The company is leveraging its affordable fashion line, No Boundaries, to entice this younger generation to not only buy clothes but also fresh food from their stores. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “Walmart […]
  1. Data & Insights
AI is revolutionizing retail, delivering substantial returns, enhancing customer personalization, optimizing supply chain management, and streamlining operations. Join us as we highlight real-life examples and best practices from industry leaders who are leveraging AI to transform their businesses and stay ahead of the competition. Today’s Rundown State of the Consumer 2024: What’s now and what’s […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has revolutionized the medical imaging landscape, offering unparalleled detail in soft tissue imaging without the use of ionizing radiation. As the demand for advanced diagnostic imaging grows, the MRI systems market continues to expand, driven by technological innovations, increasing healthcare expenditure, and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases. In this blog, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“Virtual reality is a medium for the extension of body and mind… constructed by the senses and only exists in the minds of users.” You may be thinking this sounds revolutionary, right? But it was actually published all the way back in 1993 by Frank Biocca and Mark Levy. The point we’re making is, like […]
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MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced plans to roll out Store Companion, a new generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tool. The chatbot, designed by Target, will be available for team members at all of its nearly 2,000 stores by August, becoming the first major retailer to share that it is bringing this technology to its store team […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Welcome to a special bonus episode of the Remarkable Retail #podcast, recorded live in Barcelona at Shoptalk Europe. Our guest is the talented and dynamic  Maryam (Mary) Ghahremani, CEO of Bambuser.     Together, we delve into the future of global retail and commerce, focusing on the video platforms and merchandising that is revolutionizing the shopping […]
  1. Department: Food
All the packaging for Clover and Country Life Spreadable is now fully recyclable As part of its commitment to ensure all packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, the Saputo Dairy UK is removing the non-recyclable cover papers from its Clover, Utterly Butterly and… This story continues at Saputo UK introduces recyclable cover papers […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. awarded $50,000 to minority- and women-owned businesses during the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. During the pitch competition component of the event, 15 companies from across the Midwest presented to a panel of judges and more than 150 event attendees. The […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Understand the dynamics of medical plastics The global medical plastics market plays a vital role in the growing healthcare industry. The healthcare industry continues to evolve, driven by technological advances and the need for innovative solutions to improve patient care. Plastic stands out for its versatility and wide range of applications among the various materials […]
  1. Retail Operations
Waitrose is extending its collaboration with Blue Yonder with the addition of the supply chain solution provider’s forecasting capability. The move marks the first significant introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into Waitrose’s forecasting – and is designed to improve the  levels of availability across the retailer’s stores. Rather than relying on historical sales data and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The global athleisure market is projected to grow 9.3% each year through 2030, reaching $358.07 billion in total value, according to Grand View Research. The firm noted that “the global shift towards more casual and adaptable attire has propelled athleisure into the forefront of fashion.” Gabby Hirata, Global Brand President for Halara, agrees with this […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Data & Insights
You know health-conscious customers are reshaping the market, right? This year, it’s all about meeting their evolving needs. From innovative product selections to smart advertising campaigns, you need fresh strategies. Understand your customer base like never before. Offer them exactly what they crave. Boost your sales by keeping up with the latest trends in wellness. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Amazon has teamed up with media investment company GroupM to co-develop original, shoppable content for the new Amazon Live free ad-supported TV (FAST) channel, which launched in April 2024 on Amazon’s Prime Video and Freevee streaming TV services. The mobile experience that sits alongside Amazon Live’s streaming TV content. (Image courtesy Amazon) The partners will […]
  1. Data & Insights
From Humble Beginnings to Grocerant Guru’s Dream: A Look Back Ever since the convenience store (c-store) industry’s inception, it’s battled the stereotype of peddling just “gas station food.” But according to Steven Johnson, the Tacoma, WA-based Grocerant Guru®, a new era is upon us, and ARKO Corp. is at the forefront. The Rise of the […]
  1. Data & Insights
WASHINGTON — Retail sales grew again in May according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. “May’s retail sales give us a snapshot of a reasonably healthy consumer even though spending growth is fluctuating somewhat,” National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “These numbers indicate that the economy continues to expand at […]
  1. Data & Insights
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – dunnhumby, the global leader in Customer Data Science, along with its corporate venture capital arm, dunnhumby ventures, has launched a new platform designed for early-stage startups, enterprise partners, and investors in Retail and Consumer Goods technology sectors to cultivate strategic alliances across the ecosystem. “The Retail Innovation Network has two overarching goals: (i) […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Vijoy Gopalakrishnan, SVP, Product Management, Innovation and Media, Circana It’s the holy grail for CPG manufacturers: Find the market gap and fill it with a product that resonates with consumers and is a winner for retailers. But doing this effectively requires a deep understanding of consumers’ needs and a willingness to solve them with new, […]
  1. Department & Category
  Prepare for an enlightening journey into the world of convenience store leadership, led by none other than Casey’s General Stores. This Midwestern titan has been subtly transforming the grocerant landscape over the past seven years, and their recent financial triumphs are a testament to their innovative approach. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
As a product manufacturer, it is crucial to have a strong understanding of how your products are performing in the market. While sales numbers and customer feedback can give you an overall idea, nothing beats the importance of conducting regular in-store audits. As a product manufacturer, you invest time, effort and resources into creating high-quality […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance is working to reenergize the front end at its nearly 9,000 retail pharmacies in the United States and Puerto Rico as it expeditiously responds to consumers’ changing needs and bolsters its competitiveness. The process of revitalizing the front end began with a reassessment of the merchandise mix and an […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK — Retailers have a critical role to play in providing health care products and services in a way that is more personalized, inclusive, accessible and holistic, according to retail executives who spoke earlier this month at a WSL event called “Beyond Wellness. The Future of Health. What Shoppers Really Want.” Andrea Brookhart, director […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Although inflation’s pace has slowed since the middle of 2022, the cost of everyday essentials continues to rise. At Dollar General, more shoppers are experimenting with store brands as they seek ways to lessen the strain on their family budgets, says Jackie Li, senior vice president, private brands and global sourcing at […]
  1. Media & Marketing
TikTok has unveiled two new generative AI tools that will help creators and brands make influencer content at scale that include digital avatars and AI-enabled translation dubbing. The social platform also has  created an advisory board to help facilitate future gen AI development at the company and discuss responsible use. The new tools join a […]
  1. Media & Marketing
While some are still debating how to define country music, others like Urban One’s 93Q in Houston embraced the cultural moment sparked by Beyoncé’s latest release—and across the audio landscape, so did listeners. On the day of Cowboy Carter’s release, music video network Vevo reported a 38% increase in views of country music videos globally.  […]
  1. Channel: Mass
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Complacency is the enemy of excellence. Doug McMillon delivered that message to a gathering of some 14,000 colleagues that marked the culmination of Walmart’s annual Associates Week. Recalling his 40-year career with the retailer, McMillon, who has served as president and chief executive officer for the past decade, said, “I have seen […]
  1. Channel: Mass
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 10th Meijer Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Classic for Simply Give has concluded. The event, held at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich., comprised four days of competitive golf. Lilia Vu was crowned the winner after a three-hole playoff. This victory marks Vu’s fifth LPGA Tour win and first time playing […]
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MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced plans to roll out Store Companion, a new generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tool. The chatbot, designed by Target, will be available for team members at all of its nearly 2,000 stores by August, becoming the first major retailer to share that it is bringing this technology to its store team […]
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Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
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Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]
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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.

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