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  1. Department: Food
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said that grocery inflation is not evenly distributed. “What we’re seeing is that if you take the fresh food categories, commodities, things like proteins, things are starting to move. Chicken right now is more expensive, but beef is down. Fruit and vegetable is in pretty good shape,” he said. “But dry […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) yesterday announced that its president and CEO, David Smith, will retire at the end of 2023. Dan Funk, AWG’s COO, will assume the office upon Smith’s retirement.  From the announcement: “Smith joined AWG in 2003 and became president and CEO in 2015. Smith has focused solely on independent supermarket operators’ […]
  1. Retail Operations
The CPG Guys, PVSB and Sri are joined in this episode by Parag Shah, Vice President of Center Store Merchandising & Omnichannel Growth for The Giant Company, a division of Ahold Delhaize with nearly 200 stores operating in PA, NJ, VA, MD & WV. Follow Parag Shah on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paragshahmba/Follow The Giant Company  on […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15 in Chicago, will have a strong exhibitor presence of nonfood suppliers of everyday essentials, such as OTC medicine, baby care, personal care, health and wellness, pet care and household goods, among others. More than 500 booths devoted to nonfoods will be on display at […]
  1. Department: Food
Supermarkets have long used their perishable food departments to wow shoppers and to convey an image of food quality and freshness that helps elevate shoppers’ perceptions of the whole store. The importance of fresh food has only grown lately, as the pandemic led Americans to change their grocery shopping and cooking habits in ways that […]
  1. Department: Food
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In its latest innovation to provide a shopping solution for every customer, Meijer has introduced a new brick-and-mortar store concept – called Meijer Grocery – that will provide convenience for customers who are looking for a simplified shopping experience, while providing communities easier access to fresher foods. The first two Meijer Grocery stores will […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Operational efficiencies be dammed, price matters. The old formula for the price, value, service equilibrium was: Price + Quality + Service + Portability = Value.  That formula has evolved with Gen Z and Millennials today.  Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® has once again retooled, reevaluated, calculated then evolved the formula and here is the new formula:  Price + Quality […]
  1. Department: Food
FMI-The Food Industry Association yesterday released its inaugural The State of Fresh Foods report, which it said “highlights findings from the-soon-to-be-released The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022 analysis and substantiates unwavering momentum for fresh foods departments in grocery.” One major surprise:  “Fresh food offerings are becoming more prominent players in ecommerce. Fresh or perimeter departments […]
  1. Department: Food
ARLINGTON, Va. – A deep dive by the Food Industry Association (FMI) into the state of fresh foods at retail finds that the category’s momentum is sustainable and is pushing deeper into the digital channel. The pandemic changed Americans’ grocery shopping and cooking habits, with consumers incorporating more fresh foods into their diets, says Leslie […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is out with its Independent Grocers Financial Survey, conducted jointly with FMS Solutions, concluding that “while down from the incredible spikes in 2020, independent grocers’ knowledge of the marketplace, grit and nimbleness resulted in the second-best year on record in terms of net profits before taxes.” Some highlights: •  “Despite […]
  1. Department & Category
CARLISLE, Pa. – The GIANT Co. today named Ted Williams as director of non-foods. Williams will be responsible for the categories of health and personal care, seasonal, general merchandise, pet supplies, candy, and baby care. Ted Williams A 30-year industry veteran, Williams previously worked in Ahold USA as a category management business consultant. He also […]
  1. Stores & Formats
The Wall Street Journal reports that IKEA plans to spend the equivalent of $3.16 billion (US) “opening city-center stores and outfitting existing big-box locations to act as distribution hubs for online orders as the furniture giant looks to adapt to changing shopping habits.” According to the story, “The company said it would look to modify […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Beauty and skincare brand The Body Shop has brought its in-store refill program to a number of U.S. locations, with plans to expand the waste-reduction campaign to 49% of the country’s locations by the end of 2022. Stores in Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando will offer the refill service for […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson accepts Chain Drug Review’s “Retailer of the Year” Award on behalf of the association. Costco vice president of global sustainability and compliance at Costco, accepts MMR’s Retailer of the Year award on behalf of her company. Bed, Bath and Beyond chief merchandising officer Joe Hartsig is recognized as one […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  What’s for Dinner? Mom’s and Dad’s don’t know most of the time.  The kids don’t know most of the time but they will ask over and over again. Idahoan Foods is a retail food brand creating a platform for consumer convenient meal participation, differentiation and individualization within the grocerant niche according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® […]
  1. Associates & Employees
CARLISLE, Pa. – The GIANT Co. presented 17 awards at its annual business meeting last week, recognizing stores and individuals at the company for their accomplishments. “Over the past year, our team members once again went to great lengths to care for one another, their customers, and communities,” said GIANT president Nicholas Bertram said. “It’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie is offering deeper discounts on more than 150 most-shopped products, the retailer said Thursday. The grocer’s “Down Down” program promises to save Winn-Dixie customers more than 15% on average when they buy the products, which are identified by special signs and tags bearing a red hand. The deals will help offset […]
  1. Department: Food
CLEVELAND – ECRM announced on Tuesday that its 2022 Global Market: Spring Buying Days will take place March 28 to April 1. The product sourcing experience will once again bring together buyers and product suppliers from around the world across all major food and consumer packaged goods (CPG) categories to meet virtually this spring. The launch […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every sector of retail foodservice today according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Sainsbury has partnered with Amazon to offer Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” retail cashierless technology. You can check it out currently […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Three Hy-Vee executives have been promoted to new roles, the company announced on Friday. Jeremy Gosch has been named president and chief operating officer, Aaron Wiese has been promoted to vice chairman and president of Hy-Vee supply chain/subsidiaries, and Andy Schreiner has been named senior vice president, chief financial officer […]
  1. Department: Food
KEASBEY, N.J. — ShopRite recently opened two new stores, one in Pike County, Pa., and the other in Wayne, N.J. The newest store debuted Sunday at the Westfall Town Center, in Pike County, Pa. The 73,000-square-foot  state-of-the-art and full-service supermarket, located at 111 Hulst Drive, will open Sunday, November 7th at the Westfall Town Center. […]

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Do you like numbers? Do you like retail systems news? Then this is the article for you. Including Emperia, Amazon UK, Mercaux, Gemba, Adobe, and Twinco Capital. $18 million…Gemba, a virtual reality training startup used by the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, and Amazon, has bagged $18 million in a Series A round of funding from […]
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The RETHINK Retail team ventured to NYC from January 14-17th for NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with attendees from our Top Retail Influencer community and learn about their event experience. #TRI members–Ian Scott, Martin Newman, Melissa Gonzalez, Melissa Minkow, Nikki Baird, Ron Thurston, Stewart Samual, and Thomas […]

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