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  1. Corporate Finance
Investing. This has been one of the topics I’ve been most commonly asked about throughout my career. People want to know why I make my decisions and how I decide what to invest in and what not to invest in, but I think there’s a more important conversation that needs to be had first.  The […]
  1. Channel: Club
Benzinga reports that Uber and Costco “have entered into a grocery delivery pilot with 25 locations across the state of Texas. This deal marks Uber’s first pilot with a food wholesaler in the U.S. “Costco members could have their groceries delivered within hours with Uber and Uber Eats. In the coming weeks, seven additional Costco […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Grand Rapids Business Journal reports that SpartanNash is scheduled to open a new micro-fulfillment center in Caledonia, Michigan – a 55,000 square foot facility carrying 16,000 SKUs that will “pick and pack Fast Lane orders for 24 Ada Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and Forest Hills Foods stores throughout West Michigan, primarily […]
  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. Channel: Grocery
C&S Wholesale Grocers said that it has made a deal to acquire Piggly Wiggly Midwest, which “operates corporate stores and services independent franchisees under a chain-style program … As part of the acquisition, C&S will operate 11 Piggly Wiggly(R) Midwest corporate stores and service 14 Butera Market stores in the Chicagoland region, as well as […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Related: 8 Simple Tactics to Increase Market Basket Size How Consumers Compare Prices to Make Purchase Decisions How Buy One, Get One Can Improve Your Sales What’s in your tool kit for capturing consumer insights? Odds are, the methods at your disposal haven’t changed much in years. You have focus groups, surveys, panels, and the […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The Dallas Morning News reports that “Walmart is testing an all-self-checkout Supercenter in Plano at one of its biggest local stores and one where growing families can easily pile high a grocery cart. It’s calling the process ‘hosted checkout’ because employees are standing by to help if customers need it.” According to the story, “Walmart […]
  1. Media & Marketing
It’s hard talking to kids, especially if you don’t know them.  There’s always been a myth that being a teenager or ‘tween’ is just a phase – one characterized by self-indulgence and social media addiction. But this is an unhelpful generalization and our data challenges a number of these stereotypes.  Also, the attitudes expressed at […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
In the wake of COVID-19, low-contact shopping behaviors such as ecommerce and delivery were accelerated and widely adopted, as goods bought online in 2020 globally grew by 24%. To keep up with this incredible demand, grocery, big box and other retailers have turned to delivery and distribution partnerships like Instacart and Door Dash to create […]
  1. Channel: Mass
AdWeek reports that Walmart is releasing 11 “shoppable episodes” of an interactive cooking series produced by Kraft Heinz on its Walmart Cookshop platform. “Two installments of the food giant’s sponsored series, ‘Tasty Toast,’ by Philadelphia Cream Cheese and ‘Summer Refreshers’ by Country Time and Kool-Aid, are available as of June 29. Kraft cheese and Heinz […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Got the following email responding to yesterday’s In Conversation piece about HealthQuarters: The concept of HealthQuarters is a great idea, particularly for those of us considered boomers. I see several different kinds of doctors and a dentist, all at different times. I also take vitamins and medications, all bought at different places. For me, any […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CNBC reports that Amazon ” is turning part of its Seattle headquarters into a public cooling center as the Pacific Northwest grapples with a record-breaking heat wave. “The air-conditioned cooling center is set up at the Amazon Meeting Center, which is part of the company’s South Lake Union campus in downtown Seattle. The site has […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From the Washington Post: “A district court in D.C. on Monday dismissed the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust complaint against Facebook, saying the agency had failed to offer enough facts to prove Facebook has monopoly power in the social media industry. “The court said the agency could file an amended complaint with more details to bolster […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
CT Insider has a story about how, “as Connecticut emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic — its economy bolstered by a white-hot housing market — it only seems logical that a retailer known for targeting high-end consumers would want to expand in portions of the state where there are pockets of well-heeled shoppers. “But along a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The Spoon reports that Robomart is launching a fleet of mobile mini-marts in West Hollywood, California, with one version stocked up with snacks and another dedicated to over-the-counter items that normally would be carried by a drug store. The company says that versions are under development that would be dedicated to packaged grocery and “Pantry, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Could kelp be the next big food trend? KC thinks that the combination of culinary possibilities and environmental advantages could be the secret sauce that makes it so. Though, to be fair, he doesn’t see replacing lobster rolls with kelp rolls. At least not yet.
  1. Shopper & Customer
Today, androgyny is all the rage in the fashion industry. Some menswear shows are including waifish male models and boyish female models to exhibit clothes that traditionally appear in women’s wear collections. Gucci, Burberry and Balenciaga dispensed with gender distinctions when these fashion houses combined their women’s wear and menswear fashion shows. The creative director […]
  1. Fun & Humor
The design thinking methodology, pioneered and evangelized by fabled design firm IDEO, has spread from products to services to just about anything in business. “Design Thinking” has joined the corporate lexicon in a similar fashion as “Agile”.  It means different things to different people and, too often, is used as shorthand for a magic potion […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Symphony RetailAI is out with new research into the impact of omnichannel shopping habits, saying that “omnichannel grocery shoppers shop more frequently and spend up to 20% more compared to in-store-only shoppers.” In addition, the research shows that while “half of shoppers abandoned the channel after one online purchase, those who remained engaged became more […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Bloomberg reports that Uber has “added a disclosure to its food delivery app saying menu item prices may be higher than those charged by restaurants, bowing to pressure from attorneys general.” However, the disclaimer will only be seen by shoppers in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., where attorneys general have been pushing Uber for greater pricing […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CNBC has an interview with Marc Lore, who has created several e-commerce companies and most recently ran Walmart’s US e-commerce business, in which he saw a “hot market for direct-to-consumer retailers such as Warby Parker and Allbirds, which offer something special that mass merchants such as Walmart are having a hard time replicating.” The comments […]
  1. Department: Food
ChaseDesign, which describes itself as a “human-centered design agency,” is out with a study suggesting that while “about 50% of grocery shoppers began buying online and picking up in store during the pandemic … only half of those customers will continue this behavior in the future.” The survey reflects that at least in part, people’s […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Fast Company has a story about how “by 2040, Target aims for 100% of its own products to be designed for a circular future.” The goal, the article says, “is part of a larger sustainability strategy by the retailer called Target Forward, which has three main objectives: to design and elevate sustainable brands, to eliminate […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Want to know how to compete with Amazon? Netflix offered a lesson yesterday, and it was a classic case of not bringing a knife to a gunfight – it signed the ultimate “big gun” in the streaming wars – Steven Spielberg. KC knows that it isn’t an exact comparison, but thinks that the basic premise […]
  1. Department: Food
The New York Times weighs in on the great tuna mystery – which has been created by the filing of a lawsuit in California last year charging that the tuna fish sandwiches sold by Subway “are completely bereft of tuna as an ingredient.” Subway says that “there simply is no truth to the allegations in […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  If your house is anything like our house, I’m sure you have heard the words, ‘turn off the computer and come to dinner’.  There is more than one family meal in America that has been eaten cold when a child or errant adult just could not get off the computer while playing games. Gamification […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Hy-Vee announced yesterday that it is launching a new financial services business, powered by its Midwest Heritage bank subsidiary. According to the announcement, “Customers across Hy-Vee’s eight-state region can now enroll in and apply for financial services, including checking and savings accounts, auto and home insurance, home mortgages, consumer loans and pet insurance. Additionally, Hy-Vee […]
  1. Holiday & Events
In a story about how companies were reacting to the making of Juneteenth into a national holiday, I commented, in part: I have to say that this year has been a real education when it comes to things like Juneteenth and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre – things I was never taught in school, and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has invested in drone delivery company DroneUp as part of its efforts to find new ways to approach last-mile delivery issues, saying that “conducting drone deliveries at scale is within reach. DroneUp’s expertise, combined with our retail footprint and proven history of logistics innovation, puts us right where we want to be for that […]

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  1. RetailWIt QuickWit
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 […]
  1. RetailWIt QuickWit
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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