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

  1. Technology & Innovation
Contactless grocery store Nourish + Bloom Market opened to the public Friday in Trilith’s Town Centre retail district in Atlanta. Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Jamie and Jilea Hemmings started the grocery store and bistro to offer over 1,000 locally sourced, healthy food products, including produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals. The Hemmings began their startup […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
This past week in New York City, National Retail Federation hosted its annual BIG Show. Recognized and respected as the largest conference and expo in the world supporting the retail industry, I was both excited and proud to return to the NRF show floors for the first time since the global pandemic.   And, while […]
  1. Channel: Club
A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. Episode 285 is a deep dive into the data from 2021 and holiday 2021. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? The US Dept of Commerce December Advanced Retail Sales Data is […]
  1. Department & Category
PALM BEACH, Fla. – On January 23-25, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores will welcome NACDS regional chain and associate members to Palm Beach, Fla., for the 2022 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. “NACDS is thrilled to welcome back NACDS chain and associate members to in-person meetings,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven Anderson. “The great strength of […]
  1. Department: Beverage
Following nearly four years in the prototype phase, Cana Technology is unveiling what it calls the “world’s first molecular beverage printer” after securing $30 million in funding from venture foundry The Production Board. If you’re wondering exactly what this might be, it’s basically a SodaStream meets a computer printer. The smart connected device is about […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From the Seattle Times: “PCC Community Markets formally opened its new location in downtown Seattle Wednesday morning – and the ceremony, which drew business leaders and elected officials, a heavy media presence and a well-heeled crowd stretching down Fourth Avenue, often felt less like a ribbon-cutting than a rescue operation. “Located on the ground floor […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Axios has a story suggesting that “for years to come, companies are going to need new creativity and flexibility to attract employees … Companies need to give workers a reason to want to work for them beyond a paycheck.” Chris Floyd, a restaurant-industry recruiter in the D.C. area, tells Axios:  “If you treat people with […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
What is market segmentation? Market segmentation, also known as audience segmentation, means splitting potential customers into meaningful groups based on their characteristics, wants, and behaviors. Once you’ve got these segmentations, you can tailor your marketing messages to speak more directly to your varied customer base.  It’s the 101 playbook on speaking to the right people […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Today’s guest post comes from Chris Dowd, Senior Vice President of Market Development at ConnectiveRx. Chris discusses how COVID-19 is impacting stakeholders across the healthcare system, including patients, providers, pharmacies, and manufacturers. On February 22nd at 1:00 pm ET, ConnectiveRx will host Four Big Implications for Patients and the Prescription Journey in 2022, a free […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Northern Ireland’s retailers’ association has welcomed the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions announced this week, although it is now calling for more detailed planning for the return to normal working. The easing of restrictions outlined on Thursday (20 January) included cutting the period of isolation for those with Covid to five days from seven; the removal […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
If there was a book, movie, or a Netflix series on the US healthcare industry today it would aptly start with the Charles Dickens quote: “It was the best of times…” “COVID was an accelerator for us,” according to the SVP & CIO of Sentara Healthcare.  Since the start of the pandemic, the transformation and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Photos courtesy of The National Retail Federation   The National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2022 might be over but the insights we gathered from the event will carry us throughout the year. Here are just a few of the best sessions from this year’s roundup of remarkable retail speakers.     Lessons learned from CPG […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The pandemic has completely changed the way people order from restaurants and shop at grocery stores, according to the report “How We Eat,” a collaborative effort between PYMNTS, Carat from Fiserv. The report surveyed 5,266 consumers and asked them about their restaurant and grocery buying habits. Of those surveyed, 33% held college degrees, 52% were female and 36% […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Netflix subscriber growth continues to slow. In its Q4, 2021 earnings interview tonight, company executives said it’s “tough to pinpoint” why customer acquisition hasn’t recovered to pre-pandemic levels. But the reality is that the streaming market has become saturated. This translates to more choice for consumers who are growing concerned with the aggregate costs of […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
ARLINGTON – FMI, The Food Industry Association, has rescheduled its signature Midwinter Executive Conference, after pausing to consider the heightened challenges associated with the Omicron variant. FMI Midwinter is now set to take place in-person from March 28 to March 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. “While we paused our Midwinter event plans […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The big-box retailer has seen online sales jump during the pandemic, but is now looking for ways to keep that momentum going. KEY POINTS Walmart’s e-commerce chief Casey Carl is leaving the big-box retailer, according to a company memo. He will be succeeded by Tom Ward, a Walmart executive who has led high-profile and innovative […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Marketing needs a new business purpose. Without a new business purpose, marketing will have no purpose. Instead of a profession, marketing has become a trade: the trade of managing and executing marketing and media tactics. Marketing has fallen in love with the increasing number of communication channel opportunities, social media, entertainment, events, online and so […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart recruited Janey Whiteside three and a half years ago to fill the newly created position of chief customer officer, a title that came with a mandate to build innovative services and solutions that help customers live better. Janey Whiteside For Whiteside and her team, that meant getting to know customers better. […]
  1. International
Demand for oil is expected to rise this year as governments move away from lockdowns and enable economic activity. “At the current speed of transmission, a large part of the population will likely have gained immunity by infection or vaccination by the end of the first quarter,” the International Energy Agency said. “As a result, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Northern Ireland’s retailers association has urged the region’s government to relax Covid restrictions. The Northern Ireland Executive is due to discuss the regulations at a key meeting tomorrow (20 January). Retail NI’s chief executive Glyn Roberts said: “It is good to see progress in tackling Omicron with falling cases and hospital inpatients. “The Executive needs […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Yesterday we posted an email from an MNB reader suggesting that the Supreme Court’s decision not to allow – for the moment, anyway – the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to establish vaccinate-or-test mandates for businesses with 100 or more employees was misguided. After all, he said, OSHA is allowed to regulate the use […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Carhatt’s management decided that it would keep its COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place even after the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not require it. CEO Mark Valade, in an email to employees, said, “We, and the medical community, continue to believe vaccines are necessary to ensure a safe working environment for every associate […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Walgreens is launching its own COVID-19 Index to track COVID-19 variant cases across the U.S. The research will come from positive test results tracked at the retailer’s 5,000 locations. Dr. Kevin Ban, chief medical officer for Walgreens, pointed to testing as a means to deal with the pandemic. “I’m not saying this is the definitive […]
  1. Media & Marketing
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  1. Channel: Mass
MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s stunning financial success in recent years is the fruit of several inspired strategic decisions, including executing a thoughtfully curated merchandising assortment that spans categories and has been paramount to the evolving consumer needs over the past year. Jill Sando, a 24-year company veteran and now chief merchandising officer, has played a central […]

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Dried pasta should be so easy to cook and yet, somehow, that delicious al dente texture Italian restaurants so effortlessly perfect often seems to elude even the biggest pasta fans. Leave the pan boiling for 30 seconds too long or too little, and it seems you either end up with overcooked mush or a bowl […]