Predictions and Forecasts

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

  1. Trends & External Forces
Independent retailer Chaz Chahal has provided an update on recently commenced work to convert a former McColls site to a Morrisons Daily. The Costcutter and Simply Fresh store owner posted on LinkedIn: “Over the last 18 months we have been working diligently to acquire 3… This story continues at Work begins on first of three […]
  1. Data & Insights
Global location intelligence provider, dataplor, has announced a $10.6 million Series A funding round led by Spark Capital. This takes the total raised to date to $20.3 million. The round, which included participation from Quest Venture Partners, Acronym Venture Capital, Circadian Ventures, Two Lanterns Venture Partners and APA Venture Partners, will boost dataplor’s expansion plans, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
SALEM, OR – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is applauding the enactment of Oregon House Bill (HB) 4149. The measure, which was signed into law by Governor Tina Kotek (D), promises to help reduce prescription drug costs and preserve Oregonians’ vital access to pharmacy care by holding pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) accountable. […]
  1. Associates & Employees
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix honored six of its associates for their community involvement, recognizing them with the Mr. George Community Service Award for outstanding commitment to their communities during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting. The company notes that Publix founder George Jenkins, affectionately known as Mr. George, believed that Publix and its associates should make […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  STIMULATE, the pioneering force in sexual wellness, is thrilled to announce an exclusive 20-minute virtual fireside chat titled “Purpose to Pleasure,” featuring Dr. Michael Reed, also known as The Cosmetic Gyn, alongside STIMULATE founder Nicole Leinbach. Dr. Reed, a world-renowned leader in cosmetic and functional gynecology, is dedicated to destigmatizing sexual health and wellness […]
  1. Data & Insights
Online shopping continues to grow as a significant part of modern commerce. Data from Forbes Advisor shows that global retail e-commerce sales will hit $6.3 trillion in 2024, making up around a fifth of all retail transactions. The rise of online shopping has been advantageous but has also brought a host of challenges. Consumers, in […]
  1. Data & Insights
Exciting news – our Q1 Home Furnishing Benchmark Report is now available! In this week’s newsletter, we’ll dive into the latest trends and insights from the furniture and mattress industry’s performance at the beginning of the year. Join us as we uncover what these trends signify for the months ahead and how they might shape […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Image courtesy Detoure Detoure, a resale marketplace that curates styles from influencers, will open its first permanent brick-and-mortar thrift store April 20 on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue. Over the past three years the site has hosted more than 50 pop-ups across the U.S. that regularly go viral on social media. Launched in 2021, Detoure sources secondhand […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Time-starved consumers are increasingly turning to convenience stores for their prepared food needs, according to new research I’ve been digging into. This is a major win for the c-store industry, which has invested heavily in recent years to develop high-quality, fresh food offerings. The 2024 Convenience Store News Realities of the Aisle Study, surveying […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Pain management is a critical aspect of healthcare, touching the lives of millions globally. Whether it’s acute pain resulting from injury or chronic pain stemming from conditions like arthritis or neuropathy, effective pain management is essential for improving patients’ quality of life. Within this realm, the pharmaceutical industry plays a significant role, continuously innovating to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
In the retail and e-commerce landscape, the surge of synthetic shoppers poses a challenge for retailers. In fact, 50 percent of businesses have reported growth in synthetic identity fraud (SIF), according to AuthenticID’s 2024 State of Identity Fraud Report. SIF — when individuals use stolen personal information, such as Social Security numbers, to create fake […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Parfetts has appointed Richard Bone as commercial director. He joins the business from Unitas where he was finance director for over three years. Bone will join the board, to support the commercial development within Parfetts stated growth plans of a £1bn turnover and 2000 symbol… This story continues at Parfetts appoints former Unitas finance manager […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Pladis, brand owner of McVitie’s, presents £1m ‘The Great Biscuit Break Bonanza’ giveaway. Featuring prizes for both consumers and convenience retailers for six weeks from 15th April, the ‘Great Biscuit Beak Bonanza’ will roll out across 26 bestselling McVitie’s products, all featuring a simple ‘Buy… This story continues at McVitie’s launches £1m on pack give-away […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We’ve all heard the analogy of the boiling frog: when a frog is put into a pot of boiling water, it will instantly jump out. However, when the frog is immersed into a pot of lukewarm water that is slowly brought to a boil, the frog doesn’t sense any danger and ultimately perishes. There’s an […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]
  1. Media & Marketing
JCPenney is the latest retailer to reconfigure its rewards program with the debut of a simplified loyalty offering that nearly doubles the rate at which members earn rewards. With this enhanced earning potential, JCPenney estimates that it could return as much as half-a-billion dollars back to its customers in the form of rewards, said Katie […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), once a differentiator for brands, is now the norm. Today’s consumers expect those they do business with, including retailers, will have positive impacts on the world. In fact, Gen Z consumers are three times as likely to say that the “purpose of business is to serve communities and society” rather than […]
  1. Department: Food
Perfetti Van Melle is targeting the growing sharing opportunity and a younger audience with the launch of two new packs – Mentos Fanta Pouch Bag and Mentos Fruit Mix Pouch Bag. The new pouch bag format will allow Mentos to increase its presence throughout the… This story continues at Perfetti Van Melle targets sharing market […]
  1. Stores & Formats
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, highlighting the human impact of crime on local shops and the challenges retailers face when reporting crime to the police. The Home Affairs Select Committee is taking evidence from the… This story continues at ACS highlights scale of crime against […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Post Office chief executive, Nick Read, has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an investigation after the existence of whistleblower allegations was revealed in parliament. Allegations about his behaviour emerged earlier this year when former Post Office chairman Henry Staunton told a House of Commons… This story continues at Post Office CEO cleared of wrongdoing […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Thatchers Cider is releasing its alcohol free cider, Thatchers Zero, in a can format. The new Thatchers Zero cans join the company’s other four packs; Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Blood Orange. Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cider maker, said: “Thatchers Zero is the first choice for… This story continues at Thatchers Zero now in cans Or […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
BP has announced it is continuing to invest in the security of its retail team members by rolling out the Auror retail crime intelligence platform across its 300 company-owned stores and is implementing Reveal body worn cameras at stores experiencing higher levels of abuse and… This story continues at BP invests in Auror retail crime […]
  1. Media & Marketing
URBN, parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and FP Movement, will adopt Stripe as its primary payments infrastructure for both online and in-store sales, consolidating the majority of its North American payments volume onto the solution provider. “Payments are a critical link between our brands and millions of URBN customers who expect checkouts […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Sports, unlike all other genres, have the power to attract large, consistent TV viewership—and on set schedules. You’d have to have been living under a rock this past year to have not been exposed to the whirlwind NFL season, which culminated in record viewership for Super Bowl LVII. Regardless of the appeal, however, the immense […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Gopuff has launched Powered by Gopuff, a platform designed to enable brands to offer delivery services from their owned and operated online storefronts by leveraging Gopuff’s logistics network, instant fulfillment infrastructure and technology. In addition to fulfillment services, CPG brands using Powered by Gopuff will be able to leverage online ads and marketing to drive […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Sri & PVSB use this episode to riff on the state of the omnichannel industry and current topics: What’s the latest perspective on retail media with a new name for The Dome depot media? It just doesn’t slow down, does it? Is it really return to store? Is traffic back and does focus really need […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK, NY — Concurrences, the leading antitrust publisher, last week awarded “The Proper Measure of Profits for Assessing Market Power” as the Reader’s Choice Award winner in the “Best Business Article: General Economics” category at the 2024 Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards. The paper was co-authored by Keystone Senior Partner Michael Cragg, alongside economists Patrick […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Hedge fund Heaven, take the money and run! While making a presentation the other day Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® was asked if he knew what “Hedge fund Heaven was”, he answered from my mind-eye its, take the money and run. Johnson noted consumers want meals, meal components, fresh, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Retailers’ ability to identify and understand their customers plays a key role in their success. However, the onset of third-party cookie deprecation from Google, which officially began in January 2024, directly impacts how retailers can connect with their customers. Retailers must pivot to new targeting methods to continue reaching the right audiences, keep customers brand-loyal, […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
In an era when online shopping dominates the retail landscape, Beyoncé’s new hit single, LEVII’S JEANS, is proving that the right cultural moment, fueled by star power, can still drive fans to brick-and-mortar stores in droves. According to data from geospatial insights company pass_by, Levi’s stores across the U.S. witnessed a remarkable 19.87 percent surge […]
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Using event-driven architecture (EDA), retailers must link essential data at speed and scale throughout their ecosystems near and far to come to grips with now essential environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in three key areas. 1. Dead Heading — Optimizing Transportation/Emissions on Every Journey When it comes to transportation within the retail sector, any […]
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  13. Stores & Formats
It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]

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