Consumers

Articles on consumers & consumption.

  1. Department & Category
  It’s at the intersection of yesterday fast-food restaurant and playground and time starved consumers that today’s consumers is opting for fresh food fast and simple according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  The drive-thru has been a fast-food staple for decades, but the way we get our burgers and […]
  1. Department: Food
Consumer Reports has completed an extensive review of pesticides in 59 types of fruits and vegetables commonly found in the U.S. The study analyzed seven years of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revealing concerning findings about pesticide residues in our food.
  1. Media & Marketing
[Update as of 4/19/2024] Wayfair has provided more details on its inaugural large-format store. The 150,000-square-foot location will open on May 23, 2024 in Wilmette, Ill.’s Edens Plaza. The grand opening celebration that weekend will feature exclusive deals and family-friendly activities for shoppers; further details will be made available here in the run-up to the […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Regular readers of this blog know that for decades, grocery stores reigned supreme as the go-to for meal preparation and home meal replacement. However, the evolving consumer has been migrating.  Recent trends show a shift in consumer behavior, with restaurants steadily chipping away at the grocery sector’s market share. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The half-percentage-point rise in confidence in the first quarter of 2024, although marginal, marks the sixth consecutive quarter of continued improvement in consumer sentiment. This puts confidence at its highest rate in over two years, according to the latest Deloitte Consumer Tracker, based on responses… This story continues at Consumer confidence reaches new two-year high, […]
  1. Data & Insights
Identity is a big topic in data-driven marketing. Advertisers want to target consumers at the person level, publishers want to monetize their audiences, and identity is crucial to ensure that the “John Smith” the brand is trying to reach and the “John Smith” currently shopping on Amazon, scrolling through TikTok, or searching for a weekend […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The holiday season has always been a tricky time for retailers, and this year will be no different. With the inflation rate fluctuating between 3 percent and 4 percent, consumer spending behaviors have become increasingly unpredictable. How can retailers forecast the right products and channels to stock their shelves effectively in Q4? To stay agile […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Louisa Serene Schneider did not set out to be a CEO, let alone a founder. But inspiration struck while she was working for a retail-focused hedge fund and realized the lack of safe piercing options for consumers. This white space became even more obvious to Schneider when she was looking for a safe place to […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Today’s guest post comes from Jim Sheninger, Pharmacy Strategy Officer at GoodRx. Jim describes GoodRx’s emerging pharmacy contracting strategies. In addition to working through pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), GoodRx now also contracts directly with Walgreens, CVS, and other national and regional pharmacies. These direct agreements are based on acqusition cost, which helps pharmacies stabilize gross […]
  1. Department: Food
  At the intersection of growth fresh food sales specifically Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat prepared food the convenience store sector is simply trouncing the grocery store sector.  In fact, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, grocery stores should be embarrassed by the way the convenience store sector and garnered share of […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Supply chains are at the beating heart of businesses in delivering products to the end customer. In retail organizations, efficient supply chains can have a transformative impact on operations. To improve efficiency, retailers need to have full visibility of their inventory, and this is where RFID can play a leading role. A Lack of Automation […]
  1. Media & Marketing
For retail marketing executives, one area that must not be overlooked is the value of utilizing extremely precise, high-speed, hyperpersonalized direct mail. Despite the rise of digital marketing, direct mail is still broadly utilized by retailers (and other industries) to get marketing messages out to target audiences. This article examines the benefits for retailers in […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
Unilever has announced the launch of a Persil Wonder Wash, a new science-backed innovation responding to evolving laundry needs and the changing technology in consumers’ homes. Unilever used cutting-edge robotics and AI to develop Wonder Wash, a laundry detergent specifically designed for outstanding performance even… This story continues at New Persil Wonder Wash Or just […]
  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. 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. 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
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. Data & Insights
Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) has set the marketing world aflame. Tools like DALL·E and Adobe Firefly have demonstrated the potential of AI to produce engaging creative from limited resources. Looking beyond that, what can it offer in terms of media efficiency for brand and retail marketers? The ability of GenAI tools to remix and iterate […]
  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. 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. 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 […]
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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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