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  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
This week we’re reprising our November 2022 interview with Hal Lawton, President & CEO of Tractor Supply Co, a truly remarkable retailer that has delivered some of the strongest results of any brand during the past five years.   We explore Hal’s diverse journey from McKinsey, to Home Depot, to eBay, to Macy’s and on to Tennesee-based […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Beyond, Inc., owner of online retail brands Bed Bath & Beyond (BB&B) and Overstock, will bring back a standalone Overstock.com site in approximately five weeks rather than the September 2024 target date announced earlier. Beyond rechristened its Overstock site with the Bed Bath & Beyond name in June 2023 after it acquired the bankrupt retailer’s […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
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, […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Beyond Inc., parent company to Overstock.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other online brands, announced Tuesday three leadership changes, including two new CEOs. Chandra Holt, formerly the CEO and president of Conn’s Home Plus, will become the new CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond effective Wednesday. Dave Nielsen, who until now was serving as president […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — Brandon Brown, senior vice president of Own Brands at Albertsons Companies, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the PLMA 2024 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference, which is being held March 20-22 in San Antonio. The event at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk will focus on trends and issues and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Audiences stream a record 40.8 billion viewing minutes on Jan. 13, 2024 Chilly weather, coupled with the excitement of the NFL playoffs, helped boost total TV viewership 3.7% in January. While historically characteristic for the month, the uptick was perhaps more noteworthy because it was 1.4% above its level last year—a reporting period that was […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Beyond, Inc. — parent company of Bed Bath & Beyond and Overstock.com — has appointed new CEOs for both brands, and also named Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis as Executive Chairman of its board of directors. The appointments follow the abrupt departure of former Beyond CEO Jonathan Johnson in November 2023. Johnson […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Case study Reaching voters with radio  In a crowded market for political ads, radio offers an advantage Contact us Case study Reaching voters with radio  In a crowded market for political ads, radio offers an advantage Contact us Introduction Understand the reach of radio with U.S. voters During election years in the U.S., political campaigns […]
  1. Data & Insights
Amidst the rise of artificial intelligence and changing customer preferences, the retail industry is experiencing a significant transformation. This means it’s more crucial than ever for your retail business to keep up and provide the best experience for your customers. Value-driven customers seek high-quality service and fair prices for the products they purchase. They often […]
  1. Data & Insights
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In an age where everyday goods cost more than ever, is our appetite for the finer things subsiding? According to Bank of America card data, credit card spending for luxury fashion is down 16 percent year-over-year, the product of a six-quarter-long decline. In October, one of the world’s top luxury retailers saw its stock drop […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Macy’s has launched a second new private label line as part of its ongoing reinvention of its in-house brand strategy aimed at making its offerings more customer centric. Developed following a large consumer survey and in-store fit clinics, the new State of Day loungewear brand is designed to help women “feel more comfortable and relaxed […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
2024 Diverse Intelligence Series The global Black audience Shaping the future of media Black America continues to diversify, and media will need to evolve to stay relevant for this media-hungry audience with a global influence on trends and culture. Download the report 2024 Diverse Intelligence Series The global Black audience Shaping the future of media […]
  1. Data & Insights
For Black Americans, content provides a common ground and sense of cultural credibility. Defined through media and exported globally in fashion, TV, music and more, this culture is fundamental in its ability to bridge meaningful connections with an increasingly diverse audience. And while representing Black America is already complex, 16% of the Black population is […]
  1. Data & Insights
VideoAmp is the latest TV measurement contender to get slapped with a lawsuit from Nielsen. Nielsen’s suit against VideoAmp, filed last week in Delaware court, accuses its rival of infringing on two patents granted to Nielsen in the past two months. The patents cover technology Nielsen uses to collect and report TV viewing data, such […]
  1. Data & Insights
Do you know how many emails are sent every day around the world? I ask people that all the time and I get some surprising answers. I’ve heard 10 million, 100 million and up to a billion. The answer is that in 2024, people around the world will send 350 billion emails every day. You […]
  1. Data & Insights
One might think that after multiple years of inflation and a scarcity mindset that consumers would have adjusted their expectations of retailers to allow for more leniency and to ensure they’re just able to get the products they want. CI&T’s 2024 Connected Retail Report told a very different story. In our fourth year collecting consumer […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
After years of free and easy return policies, retailers are working to reduce rampant return rates. Nearly half now charge fees to offset rising costs. Popular brands like H&M, Zara, and DSW, among others, are opting to add fees to combat environmental, freight, labor and packaging costs associated with product returns. But are these punitive […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
One of my earliest cartoons (back in January 2003) showed a large gathering of people socializing at a Super Bowl party and a guy saying “Time to come back! The commercials are starting again!” The Super Bowl is the one time every year when ordinary people actively seek out advertising.  I found a reference to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon has debuted Rufus, a new generative AI-powered conversational shopping experience, at the same time that it reported strong earnings for Q4 2023 and the full year. Both announcements highlighted the transformative potential of gen AI, with Amazon planning to lean heavily into the technology in the coming year. Tapping into Gen AI to Improve […]
  1. Media & Marketing
While more TV content is available on demand than ever before, TV audiences are still eager to watch key programming live. And some of these big moments are getting viewers off the couch and out of the house. Whether they’re viewing in a bar with friends, on the road at an airport or working out […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Reacting to Amazon’s plan to create a pay tier for its Alexa smart speaker system, one MNB reader wrote: Our main household use for Alexa is to control lights, heat, and A/C.  If they start charging for it, we will stop using it.  There are many other platforms available for home control that do not […]
  1. Data & Insights
“Everyone within Publicis will become a data analyst, an engineer, an intelligence partner, with all the information they need at their fingertips to supercharge client growth.” Publicis Groupe made that bold statement last week in a press release and presentation celebrating their performance from last year “after shifting from a holding company to a platform” […]
  1. International
The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) has said recent figures from the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index will prompt more consumer confidence. BIRA, which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, said the figures which have shown their lowest levels since May 2022,… This story continues at Latest shop price inflation figures will […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Americans streamed 21 million years’ worth of content last year The growing bounty of content on streaming services has forever changed TV viewing behavior, with streaming consumption now consistently accounting for the biggest driver of TV usage1. And while the time we spend with TV is largely flat, our time spent streaming video continues to […]
  1. Data & Insights
There is no mistaking the impact of connectivity on how audiences are watching TV. In just the past five years, the number of households in the U.S. that get their TV content from an internet connection has increased by more than 210%1. The allure of an internet’s worth of content notwithstanding, a smaller, yet consistent, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Casper Sleep is doubling down on tactile experiences. As a company that sells mattresses, pillows and other sleep-related goods, it’s a natural thing to do — but Casper has gone far beyond the basics of having potential customers “test” a mattress by lying down for a few minutes with a salesperson hovering. In some ways […]
  1. Data & Insights
For retailers designing curated and experiential spaces for customers to elevate their in-store experience vs. competitors’ stores or e-commerce alternatives, the challenge remains: How do you design a store layout that maximizes both the customer experience and overall sales? Artificial intelligence (AI), including generative AI, can provide deeper insights, faster iterations and more intuitive store […]
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Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation. Amazon is pulling back the curtain on how it’s teeing up more packages to arrive on doorsteps without Amazon logos. Last week, the Ships in Product Packaging program expanded by […]
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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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