Dept. Consumer Electronics

  1. Operations & Supply Chain
What a difference a year or two can make. During 2020 and 2021, retailers struggled to keep up with demand for many items, largely due to supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages. Shortly after the pandemic started and through last year, a significant reduction of markdowns and in-store promotions took place because retailers could leverage […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Are you a small consumer electronics product brand who’s trying to figure out how to sell to Best Buy? If so, you are not alone. Best Buy is the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the US for consumer electronics, which is why thousands of brands attempt to get their products in the company’s stores every year. In […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
By Christoph Wagner, CEO, Scanbot SDK GmbH The retail industry is facing seismic shifts, and the Covid-19 pandemic has been rocket fuel for changes in customer demands. Today, digital and contactless shopping experiences are just part of everyday life for many – especially amongst the younger generations. 🚀Retail x Mobile Barcode Scanning Are you still […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
We’re teaming up with Klarna to introduce even more ways to pay for your purchases online on Instacart.com and in the Instacart app. Our partnership gives you more flexibility to pay for same-day delivery across a range of categories, including everything from home improvement to beauty and bulk purchases. Beginning today, you can select Klarna’s […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Last Friday, the team at RETHINK hosted their third Small Groups Mixer, a monthly virtual event catered to all of 2022’s Top Retail Influencers. During the Mixer, topics ranging from RFID to stagflation, DTC, and the retail experience were discussed at length. Here, we’ll explore these topics and additional insights from the Mixer with the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
For consumers, price is one of the most important factors that determine whether they’ll make the purchase or not. That’s why, as a retail business, you should properly set the best price for your products. This means that you shouldn’t simply price your products higher than the total amount you spent manufacturing or acquiring them, […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
It’s been a year since we introduced Walmart GoLocal as our white-label, delivery-as-a-service offering for businesses. We launched Walmart GoLocal in August 2021, as businesses of all sizes were continuing to see consumer demand for fast, reliable delivery post-pandemic. We saw an opportunity to serve retailers who could benefit from Walmart’s scale, delivery infrastructure and […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart is expanding beyond grocery to offer same-day deliveries of “Big & Bulky” products such as furniture and consumer electronics. Retailers participating in the program include Big Lots, Container Store, Mastermind Toys, Office Depot, Spirit Halloween and Staples.
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Prime Day 2022 is fading from the rearview mirror — the numbers are in and the trades have spoken. Yet, I find myself reflecting on some key learnings from this year that, as a marketer, I feel are important to share with brands looking to maximize their Prime Day presence and keep visibility high for […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Target and Walmart have found that consumers are cutting back on discretionary purchases in categories including apparel and consumer electronics. At the same time, purchases of everyday staples are holding up even with rising prices. Lowe’s and Home Depot have seen a drop in the amount of money that consumers are purchasing for home improvement […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
SEATTLE — Amazon Prime members purchased more than 300 million items worldwide during Prime Day 2022, according to the company, which said this year’s event was the biggest Prime Day event ever. Amazon said Thursday that Prime members saved over $1.7 billion, more than during any previous Prime Day event. The company said the event […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Ron Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Enjoy Technology Back in 2016, Ron Johnson was asked in a fireside chat at Shoptalk about the biggest mistake he had ever made. His response: “Going to JCPenney.” Prior to his failed stint as JCPenney’s CEO, Johnson was riding high as the chief architect of the Apple Retail concept […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
In episode 354 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Chandra Holt, CEO of Conn’s HomePlus, a specialty retailer of home goods. In a wide-ranging discussion, Holt provides an overview of the Conn’s business (0:52), how customers use the retailer’s financing offerings (3:21), and her professional background that led to her current role at the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In episode 353 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Keenan Davis, senior director of marketing at SVS, a leading manufacturer of high-performance speakers, subwoofers, wireless audio, and accessories. Davis provides an overview of the SVS business (0:56), his professional background (1:54), and why the company decided to invest in 3D and augmented reality (AR) […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Remember what it was like to go shopping at the mall? You’d walk into a brick-and-mortar store, select your items from the aisles and check out at the sales counter. Not anymore. Today’s landscape is vastly different because consumers demand a more curated experience wherever and whenever they shop. Enter social commerce.  What is Social […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
In a number of unrelated stories this morning, there seems to be a consensus that while inflation will be a continuing problem, the economy is in generally good shape, with some level of confidence that there will not be a recession anytime soon. From CNBC: “U.S. consumers are ‘in good shape’ and will keep spending […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Robotics are playing a growing role in the world of e-commerce logistics and fulfillment — where they are seen not just as a way to speed up operations but to drastically reduce the costs of running them — and today a startup developing software and hardware specifically in the area of robot picking is announcing […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Best Buy’s sales fell 8.5 percent during the first quarter and earnings were down as the consumer electronics chain reported a modest increase in inventory. The retailer reduced its forecast for the year, but CEO Core Barry was confident in its future prospects. “Even with the expected slowdown this year, we continue to be in […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Retail is getting more competitive by the day. And while the retail landscape has become increasingly saturated over the last few decades, the 2020 e-commerce boom brought more options to the digital market than ever before. As a result, retailers and brands must strategize new ways to save time, boost profits, and grow—all while meeting […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Over the next year, Best Buy will double the number of outlet stores it has to 32 — starting with new outlets in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Manassas, Virginia — and add an outlet deals section to its website for the first time, the company announced earlier this week. Best Buy has operated outlet stores since […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
When consumers are making a decision on a specific product to buy, like a baby stroller, smartphone or insurance, for example, they undergo a complex journey — searching websites for information, gathering opinions on user forums and opinion sites, and scrolling through social media for experiences others have had with a brand. In today’s increasingly competitive […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Follow these six rules to create a virtual presence that is worth the investment. Talk to a PR professional about the metaverse and you’re likely to get reactions that range from dismissive to confused — to downright anxious. It’s a concept many are discussing but few seem to truly understand. For communications experts, that’s excusable […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Jet set to sunny San Diego for the 10th annual show:We’re excited to return in-person for CRC’s 2022 eCommerce Summit in San Diego, CA! The Summit will include a cocktail reception the night of September 14th, followed by a full day of content on September 15th with a networking event that evening. Click here to […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Sixty-two percent of consumers have purchased durable goods in the past 12 months, according to “The Lease-To-Own Secret,” a PYMNTS and Katapult collaboration based on a survey of 2,688 U.S. consumers. Get the report: The Lease-To-Own Secret Durable goods are typically defined as consumer goods that do not wear out quickly and are used for […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
CNN reports that Best Buy, having survived and even thrived despite tough competition from the likes of Amazon, now wants to “expand its footprint into health, fitness, personal electric transportation, outdoor products and other potentially big ticket areas outside of its core consumer electronics business. “It’s adding merchandise to stores in dedicated sections, such as […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon is planning to close all 68 of its physical book stores, pop up shops and 4-star locations in the United States and United Kingdom. The e-commerce giant told Reuters that physical retail remains an important way for it to reach shoppers. It will continue to work on other concepts, such as its recently announced […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Consumer electronics retailer teams up with AWS to further unleash the innovative work of its technology teams and advance its mission to create world-class digital experiences for its customers SEATTLE –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 3, 2022– Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc.

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  2. Department: Consumer Durables
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  4. Department: Nonfood
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SMI Core data captures the actual spend data from the SMI Pool partners of major holding companies and large independent agencies, representing up to 95% of all US national brand ad spending, to provide a complete monthly view of the SMI Pool market size, investment share and category performance. Core Data delivers detailed ad intelligence across all media […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  2. Channel: Grocery
  3. Department: HBC
  4. ESG
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  7. Associates & Employees
  8. Merchandising
CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
  2. Corporate Strategy
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]

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