Channel: Convenience

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  1. Department & Category
  At the intersection of branded food sales and consumer demand grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food continues to resonate with consumers.  While new avenues of distribution continue to open-up driving customer trial, the frozen food court is increasingly playing a larger and larger role for many families according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Chalk one up for the home team is an old adage we have all heard.  Touting the success of a new limited time offer or menu item is not the same as touting the success of an entire daypart; according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Marketing messaging, total unit […]
  1. Channel: Club
Uber Technologies is continuing to scale its massive logistics buildup with two new retail partnerships. The ridesharing service will now provide same-day grocery delivery for Costco in Texas, and will help Mercari take its “no-meetup garage sale” marketplace nationwide. The Costco pilot will begin at 25 warehouse stores in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, with seven […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Coin Telegraph reports that Bitcoin Depot announced “that more than 700 of its Bitcoin ATM machines had already been installed at Circle K convenience stores in 30 U.S. states as part of the new partnership. The crypto ATM distributer said the expansion could provide underserved communities with financial access tools and attract more people to […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
  Now that Dollar General operates more than 17,408 stores in 46 states you would think they would act like most legacy brand retailers but they don’t. Dollar General since its inception has sought after a product and price point differentiation that consumers have been migrating too according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  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. Channel: Club
Benzinga reports that Uber and Costco “have entered into a grocery delivery pilot with 25 locations across the state of Texas. This deal marks Uber’s first pilot with a food wholesaler in the U.S. “Costco members could have their groceries delivered within hours with Uber and Uber Eats. In the coming weeks, seven additional Costco […]
  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. 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: Convenience
Booming business for convenience stores during the pandemic is set to slow to modest growth in 2021, according to the latest Lumina Intelligence UK convenience market report. Growth for this year will be 0.3% bringing total sales to £43.2bn, following the 6.3% increase last year. The report says that growth is likely to be highest […]
  1. Stores & Formats
In today’s tech-driven world, retail leaders are focused on using online media and marketing to drive customer engagement. To stand out and scale in an increasingly competitive environment, marketing and CX leaders believe that having a comprehensive digital strategy is key. But in the word of CAMP, the primary goal is to have their customers put their devices down and play.   So far, the experiential retailer for families has […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  How can independent C-stores keep up with the grocerant niche fresh food fast undercurrent over flowing from 7-Eleven driven by customer consumption and adoption?  Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, “it’s not easy, however they must first simply follow the trends in foodservice and put their own local spin […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Like DoorDash, Uber Technologies is diving headfirst into grocery delivery. The company is buying 100% of the Latin American grocery delivery service Cornershop and is expanding grocery delivery to 400 cities across the country through a partnership with Albertsons. Uber has been transitioning away from being exclusively a ride-sharing service. In 2019, the company purchased […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon founder-chairman Jeffs Bezos finally got into space this morning, as the New Shepard spacecraft designed and built by his Blue Origin company took off and safely landed … on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Joining Bezos are his younger brother, Mark Bezos … Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old student from the […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Say What?  Poppable chicken nuggets at Popeyes?  That’s right, Popeyes have been about sharing chicken ever since they began in 1972.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated “hand held food for immediate consumption that can be shared is the perfect addition to the Popeyes menu to edify […]
  1. Media & Marketing
In the United Sates there are 79.1% of adults have a mobile smart phone.  Smartphone consumer are not early adopters they are the majority of the marketplace. Smartphones have become hand held marketing tools that every food retailer should consider first as they reach into their marketing tool kit according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Driving top line sales and bottom-line profits today requires that you have enough trained employees that show up for work every day according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  The simple fact is that all of complaining about paying foodservice workers $15 an hour has reinforced that thinking in […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Social Media is a key tool in every food marketer’s tool kit according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “inviting customers into you brand while asking for input is an effective way to drive new electricity into your brand while edifying you customer base”. Pilot Flying J […]
  1. Channel: Mass
A Walmart Supercenter in Plano, TX, is the site of a pilot program where the retailer is testing the exclusive use of self-checkouts. Store associates are positioned nearby to help customers having any problems checking out. Kroger is also testing a self-checkout concept at one of its stores in Dallas.
  1. Stores & Formats
Success does leave clues, and Krispy Kreme has picked up, shares, and learned a lot about its customers in it’s first 84 years according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. So. to Celebrate their 84th Birthday, Krispy Kreme is edifying its relationship with its customers the best way they know how.  That […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is bringing its robotics efforts to the next level by automating 25 of its 47 regional distribution centers through a partnership with Symbotic. The new capabilities will help the retail giant speed up intake, boost accuracy and change how it handles freight at the upgraded facilities. Currently, Walmart stores its inventory until needed, at […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  How much would you pay to get a new customer for life?  That is the question foodservice retailers should be asking themselves according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Johnsonbelieves that the cost of a lifetime customer and cost of customer acquisition need to be top of mind for every […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Walmart has announced a supply chain automation partnership with Symbotic. The two will deploy robotics tech at 25 regional Walmart distribution centres, with roll-out set to take several years to complete. This builds on a 2017 pilot that brought Symbotic’s autonomous robotics platform to Walmart’s Brooksville, Florida distribution centre in a bid to increase freight […]
  1. Department & Category
  The number one article read on the Foodservice Solutions® blog since 2009 continues to be Roll, Roll, Roll, Away Roller Grill, according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Johnson, and the team at Foodservice Solutions® admits that they downplayed, the intersection of food preparation simplicity and profitability, and looked […]

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