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  1. Merchandising
Unilever announced that rising costs for ingredients, packaging and transportation will result in higher prices paid for its brands by consumers. The consumer packaged goods giant, which increased prices by 1.6 percent in the second quarter, expects further increases going forward with supply and demand challenges having yet to work themselves out.
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is hosting wellness days at about 4,700 of its stores on Saturday. The retailer said the free events will offer customers access to screenings, immunizations and health information. The goal is to help people get back on track with preventive health measures they may have missed over the past year, especially […]
  1. Merchandising
From the Boston Globe this morning: “Maine Governor Janet Mills this week signed the nation’s first extended producer responsibility (EPR) law, effectively holding the corporations accountable for the packaging waste they create. Now, nearly a dozen states, including Massachusetts, are on track to follow Maine’s lead. “Think about it: A company that sells you a […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
As the industry gears up for NACDS Total Store Expo, which this year will be held virtually from August 23 through August 25, Video Forum talked with four executives about ways to get the most out of the event. Jim Whitman, senior vice president of member programs and services at NACDS; Lisa Paley, general manager […]
  1. Channel: Mass
MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. last month updated its sustainability goals with the release of Target Forward, spelling out its commitment to design and elevate sustainable brands; innovate to eliminate waste; and accelerate opportunity and social equity. “It’s imperative for both the health of our business and of our planet that we embrace new ways to […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. In episode 269 is a recap of Amazon and Instacart news as well as other industry news. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Breaking News: Instacart has appointed Facebook executive Fidji […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH gets the lowdown on UK-based e-commerce technology startup Nibble. RTIH: Tell us about Nibble RB: Nibble is an AI powered negotiation e-commerce chatbot creating a fun, personalised and engaging connection between consumers and retailers.  It empowers customers to confidently shop on their terms. For retailers it can be deployed to improve on-website conversion, increase AOV and mitigate […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Post Holdings, Inc. has announced that Howard A. Friedman, currently President and CEO of Post Consumer Brands, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the manufacturer. Mr. Friedman will serve on Post’s executive management team, reporting to Post’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert V. Vitale. In this newly created position, […]
  1. International
Mintel is one of the first organisations to sign up to the MRS International Affiliate, a cross-border mark of research excellence and best practice, joining other organisations such as Unilever and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in doing so. The MRS is the world’s leading research association. As a member, Mintel commits to, and […]
  1. Department: Food
  Empowering consumer choice will drive incremental sales. Success does leave clues and how and where consumers obtain dinner is a key driver of grocerant niche growth and foodservice channel migration according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. The Debate Cook dinner from scratch, eat at a restaurant, pick-up a […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target Corporation today unveiled Target Forward, the retailer’s new sustainability strategy that puts its business to use to positively impact both people and the planet. Building on its legacy of corporate responsibility and sustainable practices, Target Forward marks a new era in sustainability for the company, as the retailer aims to co-create an equitable and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Tuesday unveiled Target Forward, the company’s new sustainability strategy that puts its business to use to positively impact both people and the planet. Building on the retailer’s legacy of corporate responsibility and sustainable practices, the company said Target Forward marks a new era in sustainability the company, as the retailer […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Take a moment to step into the shopper’s shoes when they’re shopping. Consider all the different brand messages they are receiving — good and bad. Have you ever clicked on a beautiful ad that led to an outdated, terrible-looking ecommerce site? Or have you seen an ad for a product you were initially interested in […]
  1. Department: Food
Once again, success does leave clues and how and where consumers obtain dinner is a key driver of grocerant niche growth and foodservice channel migration according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. The Debate Cook dinner, eat at a restaurant, pick-up a prepared meal and take it home, or order […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Meal kit subsidiary generated 118% sales growth last year
  1. Channel: Convenience
  That’s right, looking a customer ahead, Restaurant Brands Iberia (RB Iberia) is going to install 400 charging points for electric cars at almost 200 Burger Kingand Popeyes shops in Spain. Later, the cooperation could be extended to Portugal. Now that’s some new electricity. According to a press release and news reports, “The Spanish energy […]
  1. Merchandising
“The ambitions of many brands have changed. Maybe a brand used to aspire to be a billion dollar brand or aspire to be really big. Now, especially with digital and e-commerce where you don’t have a buyer making assortment decisions, brands can often aspire to be small and to only cover a specific niche or […]
  1. RetailWIt QuickWit
Daily #QuickWit (5/27) Here’s what the RetailWit Crew is reading: Organic sales up 12.4% YOY. Instacart plans on expanding globally. Target releases new brand campaign. Unilever eyes plant-based innovation. FMI releases report on changed shopping habits. In other news, water is wet. An op-ed on brand & retail partnerships being the future of retail.

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Here’s what was interesting in Retail today: Coca-Cola spurs 42% revenue growth (now $10.1B) after returning to pre-pandemic marketing spend (which doubled YOY). They invested in innovation, quality, and targeted allocation with their increased spend and beat earnings and revenue expectations in Q2. Target, Bed Bath and Beyond Open Doors To Third-Party Boutiques. The Store-within-a-store […]
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Here’s what the RetailWit crew is reading today: Salesforce projects retailers will pay extra for goods in the second half—to the tune of $223B (+62%) YOY. It’s expected to come from a staggering increase in logistics (+$163B), suppliers (+$12B), and wage expenses (+$48B). Uber partners with Albertsons to expand grocery delivery. It is their biggest […]

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