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

  1. Department: Food
Fair Trade month is observed in October to raise awareness about fair trade practices and products. It’s a time to celebrate ethical and sustainable shopping and support products that prioritize fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility. When products are sold as Fair Trade Certified, a fraction of the sale returns to the producer […]
  1. Retailer Media
“Not all sales are created equal. We’re kind of starting a new startup cycle. At the same time, I don’t want to say ending the old cycle, but you’re slowing down the traditional cycle. We have to invest ahead of the curve, or we won’t be around to use what we already have.” — Chris […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
By Doug Stephens Over the last 20 years, technology has transformed retail. Mobile phones have become essential conduits for communication, entertainment and commerce. Technologies like augmented reality, once a novelty, have become commonplace digital merchandising and selling tools. E-commerce, which in 2003 amounted to a rounding error on most retailers’ profit and loss statements, has […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Earlier this week I did a FaceTime in which I expressed a certain amazement with stories about how many men spent a lot of time on a regular basis thinking about the ancient Roman empire.  I mentioned that I’m not one of those men – I maybe think about it when watching “Gladiator” and “A […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
With our Editors Perspectives column, you’ll get insights and opinions from the Retail TouchPoints editorial team as they dig into the latest trends in retail, marketing and tech. “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s […]
  1. Data & Insights
With online shopping maintaining its edge over the in-store experience post-pandemic, brands are already focusing on their e-commerce advertising strategies ahead of the holidays — from social media integration to maximizing their use of consumer data. According to a recent survey, a staggering 66 percent of e-commerce decision makers said they were prioritizing collecting first-party customer data in […]
  1. Holiday & Events
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief Consumers once again plan to spend a record amount on Halloween as participation in the holiday is projected to surpass pre-pandemic levels. Published Sept. 21, 2023 A display of pumpkins. Fifty-three percent of people recently surveyed plan to decorate their homes or yards for Halloween. olcayduzgun via Getty Images “]] 
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Verge reports that Uber Eats “will start accepting food stamps and healthcare benefits as payment for grocery delivery orders.” Starting in 2024, the story says, “Anyone with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which disburses funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), will be eligible to use their funds […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The United Food and Commercial Workers union on Wednesday expressed deep concerns about the proposed acquisition of 413 Kroger- and Albertsons-owned stores by C&S Wholesale Grocers. “It looks like Haggen 2.0,” said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado and Wyoming, referring to Haggen’s 2015 implosion after acquiring 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
•  From the Wall Street Journal: “Instacart’s shares jumped in their trading debut, another promising sign for a reawakening IPO market. “Shares of the grocery-delivery company finished their first day of trading at $33.70 on Tuesday on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker CART, up 12% from the IPO price of $30 a share. “Instacart’s […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Acosta Group is out with its annual online grocery shopping study, concluding that there has been “a slight uptick in online grocery shopping over last year, with 55% of grocery shoppers buying groceries online at least some of the time. This upward trend is driven by more consumers who are shopping online regularly but still […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Newfoundland, a provider of at home, self-diagnostic tests in the UK, and rapid delivery firm, Zapp, have announced a new partnership in London. Customers can now quickly test for various illnesses and diseases, while also knowing that Zapp has them covered with various personal health and hygiene products, over-the-counter medicines, and everyday essentials. Co-founder of […]
  1. Media & Marketing
In the ‘Insight to Impact with Mintel Consulting’ series, thought leaders on our Marketing Intelligence team expand on research and insights identified in Mintel Comperemedia research. Today’s article is inspired by Compremedia’s Winning Strategies: Key Brand Opportunities on TikTok, and explores platform content recommendations for CPG, beauty and retail brands.  There is no denying the […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Women’s apparel retailer Soft Surroundings last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to close all 44 of its stores. The company’s remaining assets have been acquired by Coldwater Creek under the ownership of Newtimes Group, which plans to continue to sell Soft Surroundings’ apparel and accessories online and via catalogs. Soft Surroundings has secured $18 million […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
    [[“value”:” Newly issued shares of grocery-delivery specialist Instacart rose 12.7% in their debut on the NASDAQ exchange on Tuesday, closing at $33.80. The initial public offering of 22 million shares was priced on Monday at $30 per share, but the stock (listed as CART) hit the market around midday at $42 per share […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart has made its initial public offering (IPO), pricing its stock at $30 per share and valuing the grocery delivery and technology company at approximately $10 billion. Instacart, which will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “CART,” sold 22 million shares in the IPO, with 14.1 million coming from the company and 7.9 million […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart has made its initial public offering (IPO), pricing its stock at $30 per share and valuing the grocery delivery and technology company at approximately $10 billion. Instacart, which will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “CART,” sold 22 million shares in the IPO, with 14.1 million coming from the company and 7.9 million […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Very Group has been working with Kyndryl to migrate applications to the public cloud. And the online retailer is now extending the agreement and moving over more applications. Kyndryl will combine The Very Group’s core service management toolset with cloud native tooling and the implementation of Kyndryl Bridge and AIOps, enabling greater links between […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The back-to-school season signals change and growth for students and presents a significant sales opportunity for retailers. It’s not just about selling basic school supplies anymore. The emergence of eCommerce has transformed traditional shopping habits, with a growing number of parents and students turning to online platforms to fulfill their annual back-to-school shopping needs. This […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
I did a FaceTime the other day about how employee disengagement actually can be an infection that can ravage an organization.  One MNB reader responded: Businesses that are grounded in higher purpose, mission, values and beliefs offer their customers an opportunity to be part of something greater than themselves. In tandem, these organizations culturally are […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  It is at the intersection of time starved digital native consumers and food sales that there is a battler for share of stomach between Grocery Stores, Restaurants, and Convenience Stores all seeking the best technology to edify their brand with targeted customers Gen Z and Millennials according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that everyone over the age of six months should get the updated Covid-19 vaccine this fall. The recommendation came just hours after a CDC advisory committee voted in favor of these guidelines, and just days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine […]
  1. Holiday & Events
    [[“value”:” TOP TAKEAWAYS Retail holiday sales are forecasted to increase between 3.5% to 4.6% in 2023 In 2022, holiday sales grew by 7.6% in the same period Ecommerce holiday sales are projected to grow between 10.3% to 12.8% Holiday retail sales are predicted to increase between 3.5% to 4.6% in 2023, according to […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Axios has a story about how Northwest Arkansas – not that long ago known as the birthplace and headquarters of Walmart – has evolved into “the 15th-fastest-growing area in the U.S. and is on pace to hit nearly 1 million residents by 2045,” more than double its size today. The story notes that Bentonville “boasts […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
On the subject of treating employees in a way that keeps them engaged, one MNB reader wrote: I have a nephew with limited cognitive skills but is a loyal bagger at a Michigan Kroger. On his fifth year of service he received a package containing Thank You cards from store management and fellow workers as […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  The customer is dynamic not static and it is the customer who decides what to eat and when to eat it.  Once again it still does not look as if work from home is going to go away any time soon.  With many companies wanting all workers back at least a couple days a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“A few years back, when I was with Dollar General in the Chief Merchant seat, Fortune saw us as “a crafty mix of 7-Eleven-like convenience and Walmart-like low prices.” Yeah, but…that description doesn’t begin to do justice to the strong value-and-convenience proposition of the value channel – a proposition that’s put Dollar General and Dollar […]

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Hy-Vee launched the full-scale version of its retail media network, called Hy-Vee RedMedia, at the Groceryshop 2023 conference this week in Las Vegas. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer described the platform as a disruptor in the retail media landscape that will connect brands directly with Hy-Vee’s customer base across multiple platforms, including both online […]
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Instacart saw its share price erode in the two days following its initial public offering, after it rose 12.7% in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. The stock settled down to just slightly over its IPO price of $30 per share on Wednesday, its first full day on the exchange, then ranged […]
  1. Retailer Media
#30DaysofRetailMedia | Day 21: Retail Media Metrics Metrics help brand advertisers measure retail media effectiveness. Key performance indicators (KPIs) span the full marketing funnel, as consumers can enter anywhere. Brand advertisers: 🎯 Choose KPIs according to their objectives📊 Measure baseline results for meaningful comparisons🌟 Review their metrics for data insights to optimize their processes and […]
  1. Holiday & Events
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  3. Holiday & Events
Experts predict slow growth in 2023 holiday sales as consumers tighten their belts in a tough economy, but e-commerce will remain a bright spot. Stores are filling with displays of holiday decorations and holiday-themed merchandise as retailers eagerly prepare for the annual shopping surge, but consumers may not be as excited. Forecasts for 2023 holiday […]