Predictions & Forecasts

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  1. Merchandising
MPB Careers: The Home Depot – Manager Packaging Design LOCATION: Atlanta, GACATEGORY: MarketingTYPE: CorporateJOB ID: 152764 JOB DESCRIPTIONPOSITION PURPOSE The Manager, Packaging Design position will lead a team of creative agency partners that will be responsible for the design direction and execution of all private label packaging across The Home Depot enterprise. Responsibilities include initiating, […]
  1. Fun & Humor
Consumers expect personalized experiences.  Yet they also grate at attempts by marketers to collect personal data about them to deliver these personalized experiences.  That’s a paradox that marketers increasingly have to navigate. There’s a fine line between cool and creepy, between personalization and stalking. For years, the default mode in marketing was to collect as […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Raydiant’s Future of Workspace Series featured interviews with experts and professionals to learn more about how the workplace experience will evolve.  Here are some of our favorite responses: What Workplace Technologies Will Be The Most Important In The Years Ahead? Nick Iovacchini, CEO of KettleSpace A hybrid infrastructure includes more obvious communication and collaboration tools […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Dixons Carphone is introducing hybrid working at its North Acton, London HQ as it makes plans for a post-Covid world. “We’ve listened to our colleagues and made a decision: hybrid working will be the future at our North Acton site,” the retailer said in a LinkedIn post. “Although traditional office working is now possible, we’re […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Raydiant’s Future of Workspace Series featured interviews with experts and professionals to learn more about how the workplace experience will evolve. Here are some of our favorite responses: What will the workplace of the future look like? Nick Iovacchini, CEO of KettleSpace Hybrid is here to stay! This is a true sea change moment in […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Raydiant’s Future of Workspace Series featured interviews with experts and professionals to learn more about how the workplace experience will evolve. You likely don’t have time to read every interview so we’ve pulled together some of our favorite answers: Zoë Morris, President of Frank Recruitment Group and Mason Frank International If preparation is half the […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Investing. This has been one of the topics I’ve been most commonly asked about throughout my career. People want to know why I make my decisions and how I decide what to invest in and what not to invest in, but I think there’s a more important conversation that needs to be had first.  The […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Cressida Granger is the owner of, a name you might actually remember as being the original creator and inventor of the famed lava lamp. She is a more recent member of the ECF community, and I wanted to get her on to talk about her story and her business because it is so incredibly […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Taboola, the company that operates a popular grid-based advertising and content recommendation network across media properties, today announced an acquisition to expand its reach further into e-commerce, its first big move since going public in June by way of a SPAC: it is paying $800 million in a combination of cash and stock to buy […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Future fit organizations are quickly adopting hybrid and native clouds, automating wherever possible, and bringing their agile and DevOps practices to a more mature and broader level. At the same time, testing tools, testing practices, and testing software IP developed by vendors have all increased the infusion of AI. The consequence is that ruthless or […]
  1. Data & Insights
Why E-commerce Businesses Must Not Overlook Their Customers’ Returns Experience Digital businesses today spend a lot of time, money and human resources acquiring new customers and retaining them; but customer journeys have evolved to become a lot more than the pre-purchase and purchase phase — and brands realizing that will win in the era of […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
The retailer’s journey is different for everyone and the range of skills it takes is vast. We partnered with the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) to chat with three Dallas-based retail businesses in totally different stages of growth to learn how they started, how it’s going, and how they see the future of retail. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Shifting consumer behavior is changing the face of the retail industry. The skillset that today’s retail CEOs require to lead a company into the future is going through changes, too. Flexibility, and the ability to foresee trends and move in the right direction quickly have become two necessary traits for tomorrow’s CEOs. “The business is changing so quickly and dramatically that you have to have people who are able to adapt,” said Paula Williamson-Reid, president of Reid & Co Executive Search LLC.  
  1. Trends & External Forces
Now in its fifth year, Sidecar’s 2021 Benchmarks Report analyzes how top retail verticals performed on Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon advertising and how your business can compete in the year ahead. This report will arm you with the data you need to thrive in a fast-changing advertising landscape.
  1. Shopper & Customer
Snap has acquired 3D and AR commerce company Vertebrae in order to expand its services for retail clients. The deal will give the visual social network a leg up from competitors, which have all been attempting to expand and optimize their social commerce offerings. Vertebrae’s entire 50-person team will join Snap, with Vertebrae CEO Vince […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Circle K is rolling out a network of bitcoin ATMs at 700 of its locations across the U.S. and Canada in an exclusive partnership with Bitcoin Depot. Bitcoin ATMs have already been installed at Circle K stores in 30 states. Bitcoin Depot ATMs are kiosks that enable users to exchange cash for immediate access to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Yoobic has closed a $50 million Series C funding round led by Highland Europe. Existing investors Felix Capital, Insight Partners, and a single family office advised by BNF Capital also participated in the round. The company provides an app for frontline and service workers to manage tasks, communicate with eachother and management, and also go through […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Ecommerce is no longer a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. Ecommerce has seen recent unprecedented growth, forcing brands to reconsider their approach to digital sales channels. Ecommerce is no longer a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. There is now a sense of urgency for brands, and this renewed focus has driven executives to ask their digital leaders: […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  How long has your company been in business? I bet for most of you it has not been 100 years?  You don’t have to be the largest company in your niche to be successful, but you do have to stay relevant according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions.  Too […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Netflix announced that it is looking to become a player in the video gaming category with an initial focus on mobile gaming. The video streaming subscription service is initially planning to concentrate on games that tie into some of its most popular programming. The company sees the potential for developing video content in the future […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is hosting wellness days at about 4,700 of its stores on Saturday. The retailer said the free events will offer customers access to screenings, immunizations and health information. The goal is to help people get back on track with preventive health measures they may have missed over the past year, especially […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Innovative Chicago-based convenience store retailer Foxtrot Market announced this week its plans to grow. The retailer currently has 13 locations in Chicago, Dallas, and Washington D.C, and plan to add 50 locations over the next two years. The stores will be located in New York City, Austin, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston. Mitch Madoff, […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Consumer shopping habits have shifted irreversibly towards ecommerce in the past two years. For many, every day has become a holiday as new packages arrive from their favorite online retailers. One surprising aspect of this shift is how retailers have adapted their businesses in response. According to Mirakl’s Enterprise Marketplace Index (“the Index”), while traditional […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The future prospects for operators of food trucks and carts in New York City are almost entirely dependent on office workers returning to offices. A month ago, it seemed many would return as many New Yorkers were getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but that is now in question as cases of COVID-19 have spiked by 203 […]

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Here’s what was interesting in Retail today: Coca-Cola spurs 42% revenue growth (now $10.1B) after returning to pre-pandemic marketing spend (which doubled YOY). They invested in innovation, quality, and targeted allocation with their increased spend and beat earnings and revenue expectations in Q2. Target, Bed Bath and Beyond Open Doors To Third-Party Boutiques. The Store-within-a-store […]
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Here’s what the RetailWit crew is reading today: Salesforce projects retailers will pay extra for goods in the second half—to the tune of $223B (+62%) YOY. It’s expected to come from a staggering increase in logistics (+$163B), suppliers (+$12B), and wage expenses (+$48B). Uber partners with Albertsons to expand grocery delivery. It is their biggest […]