Articles on Costco.

  1. Shopper & Customer
The subscription economy has been the subject of dire headlines recently, with terms like “subscription fatigue,” “the great unsubscribe” and even “subscription apocalypse” being bandied about. Some stats support the gloomy outlook: according to Kearney, 40% of consumers feel they have too many subscriptions, and subscription ecommerce is predicted to have its slowest growth year […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Wall Street Journal this morning writes that “more than a year after the Federal Reserve began rapidly raising interest rates to tame inflation, the hallmarks of a widely expected recession remain elusive. “Employers are hiring aggressively, consumers are spending freely, the stock market is rebounding and the housing market appears to be stabilizing—the most […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Trader Joe’s gave up the top spot in the 2023 Axios Harris Poll 100, which ranks the nation’s most visible brands based on consumer opinions, while Wegmans, Publix and H-E-B all dropped off the list this year. Dive Brief: The supermarket industry declined in prominence in the latest Axios Harris Poll 100 corporate reputation rankings, released Tuesday, as […]
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Available to clients in the IRS Payments dashboard. “Q: Do you think tax — lower tax refunds impacted you guys at all with all your data any way to tell which of your customers may have been impacted by that…?  A: Mike, Look, we don’t have tremendous data on this. We never had a great […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix has been named to Forbes’ 2023 America’s Best Employers for New Grads list, ranking No. 13 out of 20 companies in the retail and wholesale industries category. “Publix is committed to creating a diverse workforce,” said Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous. “We’re proud that new graduates want to build a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital currently holds a three percent share of the U.S. grocery market, well behind Walmart’s 30 percent and Kroger’s 11 percent. Costco, Albertsons, Ahold Delhaize and Publix are also ahead of Amazon, which plans to continue scaling its grocery business despite a recent pullback on new store openings.
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The Street has a story about how Walmart, Kroger, Target, Amazon, Albertsons and all traditional supermarkets have a problem bigger than inflation – the general public thinks that “prices are higher than they actually are and that brands are taking advantage of the situation.” Which is bad for traditional grocers, and good for the likes […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
PALM BEACH, Fla.– At the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Annual Meeting, the NACDS Foundation announced the addition of five first-time members to the NACDS Foundation board of directors. Each Director will serve a one-year term. First-time NACDS Foundation board of directors include: Naomi Duvall, Cardinal Health Lisa Paley, Haleon Marvin Vines, The Coca-Cola Company Summer […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Uber Eats will now offer deliveries of pet foods, accessories, habitats and healthcare products from more than 1,600 PetSmart stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. PetSmart is the first pet retailer to work with Uber Eats, joining Bed Bath & Beyond, Office Depot and grocery retailers including Albertsons, Meijer and Costco. Since launching […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
We had a story yesterday about how restaurants are gaining market share back from supermarkets in a post-pandemic environment.  I commented: During the pandemic, when grocery store sales shot up and restaurant sales cratered, it was an article of faith here that if supermarkets wanted to hold onto those sales, they were going to have […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers have struggled with rising inflation concerns for well over a year, and the uncertainty has profoundly impacted family spending decisions.  As the economic downturn stretches into the second quarter of 2023, consumer confidence is still on shaky ground, even as inflation shows signs of slowing down.  According to a study by Deloitte, consumer concern […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy posted his annual shareholder letter yesterday, and I wrote: In the letter, Jassy concedes that Amazon has not found the grocery format that it believes will drive sales and innovation in that segment, and write that “we must find a mass grocery format that we believe is worth expanding broadly.” One […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Food sales, however, remain strong; could the retailer’s sales boom be over? Nobody wants to go back to the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the nation experienced an economic lockdown. The latest sales numbers from Costco, however, are reflecting that time. For the second straight month, the super retailer is showing a decline in […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Connecticut Post reports on the closing of a Stop & Shop store in Greenwich, Connecticut, linking it to the opening a couple of years ago of a Wegmans in Harrison, New York, an “an easy drive for many in Greenwich.” A spokesman for the Ahold Delhaize-owned chain confirmed the closing, saying that it was […]
  1. CPG: Food
MNB reader Rich Heiland had some thoughts about the Boxed bankruptcy: I was speaking with a friend this morning about an organization we are both involved with and some issues we are having. The common denominator seemed to be the journey through the depths of all that was COVID and then trying to adjustment to the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  There is no secret that inflation has affected all food retailers.  What some food retailers from fast food restaurants to legacy grocery store chains seem to be forgetting is for most households consumers paychecks are not keeping up with inflation.  If you are a food retailer that is continuing to raise prices in order […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
According to, the U.S. food market is worth $1.5 trillion annually, or roughly 4 percent of the domestic gross product. $800 billion of that revenue is from supermarkets and food stores. Compare this to the U.S. apparel market, which is estimated to be worth $318 billion (Statistica). And while the retail industry often focuses […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
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Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
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The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]