COVID19

Articles about the impact Covid19 has had on the retail industry.

  1. Shopper & Customer
As a female-founded womenswear brand, M.M.LaFleur knew its target audience was changing. Following COVID lockdowns and the massive shift toward remote and hybrid work scenarios, the brand’s founder and leadership team realized they had to evolve its product set and marketing positioning in order to maintain relevance. Sarah LaFleur started the brand in 2013 to […]
  1. Data & Insights
WASHINGTON — U.S. online retail sales will reach $1.2 trillion in 2024, up nearly 10% from last year, according to FTI Consulting’s 2024 Online Retail Report. The firm’s Retail & Consumer Products practice, which conducted analysis for the report, expects U.S. e-commerce sales to account for 22.7% of retail market share in 2024, compared with 21.6% in […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The arts and crafts market is flourishing, with 72% of adults in the United States (US) completing a craft in the past 12 months. This article provides a detailed arts and crafts industry analysis, exploring trends across the US and Canada. We’ll look at motivations for consumer participation, cross-industry trends, and opportunities for industry players […]
  1. Data & Insights
NEW YORK — Back-to-School spending for K-12 students is expected to remain flat at $586 per student, according to a report from Deloitte. As parents weigh prices, they plan to make room for both necessities and a few indulgences, representing an opportunity for retailers to take some anxiety out of the shopping season. As families […]
  1. Data & Insights
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Although some U.S. districts have only just recently closed their doors on the 2023/2024 school year, July is underway, which means back-to-school is just around the corner for many students. For the footwear market, the 2024 back-to-school season will contain a level of familiarity from last year, but also some new important caveats. Here are […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
​[[{“value”:” The rival companies will continue to operate independently and the deal is partially funded by e-commerce giant Amazon. Published July 5, 2024 A sign hangs outside of a Neiman Marcus store that has been shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic at Oak Brook Center shopping mall on May 07, 2020 in Oak Brook, Illinois. Saks […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The CPG Guys are joined in this episode by Jill Pavlovich, SVP of Digital Shopping Experiences at Albertsons Companies. Follow Jill Pavlovich on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-pavlovich/ Follow Albertsons Companies on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/albertsons/ Follow Albertsons Companies online at: https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/  Jill answers these questions: Would you share with us some of the most relevant ones that […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
ByLisa Maas, principal and practice lead, CircanaJoan Driggs, vice president of content and thought leadership, Circana Who among us hasn’t stopped short in a grocery store aisle, shopping cart wheels screeching, because a new product — seemingly created to fulfill a very specific recent craving, need, or void — suddenly catches your eye. Maybe you […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In our final episode of Season 8 we welcome Janet Hayes, CEO of Crate and Barrel Holdings, the leading home furnishings player with over 100 stores in 9 countries. Janet shares leadership lessons from a remarkable career with brands like Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Nike, and Gap and, now, in her current role driving growth at […]
  1. Data & Insights
“That’s kind of the theme of planning this year. It is definitely [economic] uncertainty, but it’s getting smarter about developing those right relationships and deploying resources with the retailers that you’re going to win with your shoppers and their brands.” — John Carroll, President of Digital Commerce and Analytic Services, Acosta Group   Over the […]
  1. Data & Insights
Today, exactly five years ago on June 30, 2019, I ended a wonderful 37 year full-time working career at a 100,000 plus person company (though I am fortunate to continue to work with it in a different way) and began a new career as a company of one. During the next few weeks I plan […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up the stand out retail systems deals, launches, deployments and pilots from the past seven days. Including GXO Logistics, Agility Robotics, Netto, Trotters Childrenswear, ShipEngine, Long John Silver’s, WSS, Aptos, Asda, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Macy’s. GXO Logistics and Agility Robotics GXO Logistics and Agility Robotics, creator of the bipedal mobile manipulation robot […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Records Crime in Scotland 2023-24 report shows an “increasing trend” in shoplifting since 2014/15. Although the trend was interrupted by a decrease during the pandemic, cases rose sharply in 2021/22 and 2022/24, before the 35% rise to 38,674 crimes over 2023/24. This is 15% higher… This story continues at Shoplifting in Scotland sees 41% rise […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The grocerant niche, is a fusion of grocery store, restaurant, and convenience fresh prepared food meal and meal components has been evolving rapidly, driven by consumer demand for convenience, quality, and variety, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Today consumers’ lifestyles continue to evolve and change, particularly post-pandemic, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Fair Workweek laws, which aim to protect workers from unpredictable work schedules, are becoming more commonplace. Retailers need to understand how those laws affect them and their businesses. In essence, Fair Workweek laws aim to make business scheduling practices fairer and more predictable for employees. They require companies to give employees ample notice of work […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
​[[“value”:” Effectively maintaining inventory can be difficult, especially for retailers trying to manage a vast product catalog for large consumer bases. According to a survey of business owners by Alibaba.com, difficulty forecasting demand (23%) and unrealistic consumer expectations for delivery times (20%) were key pain points for business owners trying to manage inventory. The inventory […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“Virtual reality is a medium for the extension of body and mind… constructed by the senses and only exists in the minds of users.” You may be thinking this sounds revolutionary, right? But it was actually published all the way back in 1993 by Frank Biocca and Mark Levy. The point we’re making is, like […]
  1. Data & Insights
Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]
  1. Department & Category
ARLINGTON, Va. — For supermarket operators, the nonfoods business is a riddle. An afterthought for many shoppers — and arguably, in some cases at least, for the retailers themselves — products in the category generally deliver significantly higher margins than food and beverages. Increasing sales would go a long way toward improving the financial outlook […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Four years after the pandemic roiled the retail industry and disrupted supply chains in previously unimaginable ways, retailers across the country are still recovering. Wild swings in consumer demand have made it difficult to determine appropriate inventories, and the costs of owning their logistics infrastructures are continuing to skyrocket. That is leading many retailers to […]
  1. Data & Insights
From Humble Beginnings to Grocerant Guru’s Dream: A Look Back Ever since the convenience store (c-store) industry’s inception, it’s battled the stereotype of peddling just “gas station food.” But according to Steven Johnson, the Tacoma, WA-based Grocerant Guru®, a new era is upon us, and ARKO Corp. is at the forefront. The Rise of the […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree Inc. has launched a review of “strategic alternatives” for its beleaguered Family Dollar unit, including “a potential sale, spin-off or other disposition of the business.” The announcement comes as Dollar Tree confronts a changing economic environment that has prompted a portfolio review. Company executives have identified some 600 Family Dollar […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
And, just like that, Drizly is out. As of March 2024, the departure of what was once the largest online marketplace for alcohol in North America has created a significant void in the adult-beverage industry. However, this void also presents a significant opportunity for grocers. With customers increasingly returning to in-store shopping, grocery stores are […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  In an era where digital convenience is king, new insights suggest that customers who dine in at restaurants tend to be happier than those who order online. This revelation, backed by Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA-based Foodservice Solutions®, is based on data from Merchant Centric.  Merchant Centric’s proprietary data has given […]
  1. Channel: Drug
For its National HIV Testing Day event on June 27, Walgreens will provide free testing for HIV and other STDs at a record 550 stores. No appointment is needed to get the tests, which typically provide results in 20 minutes or less, at any of these participating Walgreens stores. The retailer, which has been working […]
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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]

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