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  1. Associates & Employees
The New York Times reports that more than 1,700 hourly Amazon workers at its Staten Island, New York distribution center have signed commitments authorizing “the Amazon Labor Union to represent me for the purpose of collective bargaining.” According to the Times, “The commitments are the results of six months of organizing at Amazon’s only fulfillment […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Mattel raised its annual sales forecast after saying it had pulled production forward and contracted more ocean vessels to maintain supplies during the critical holiday season. “We’ve been working through supply chain disruptions, it’s not a normal year. But even with that, we expect to have lots of toys under trees this Christmas holiday,” said […]
  1. Media & Marketing
KC did something he hasn’t done in more than two years – he flew in and out of LaGuardia Airport in New York, a facility that long has been known for resembling a third-world airport.   Things have changed, he found… The post FaceTime (& Travel Tips) with the Content Guy appeared first on MNB.
  1. Trends & External Forces
Excellent piece in Fast Company that reflects on the “great resignation” – or, to use another term, “turnover tsunami” – that in August led to 4.3 million people voluntarily resigning from their jobs. It gets worse, the story says:  “Workhuman’s research surveyed employees in the U.S., UK, Ireland, and Canada and found that nearly 40% […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The October 2021 Advantage Sale Outlook is out, concluding that: •  “Manufacturers and retailers expect increased dollar sales over the next two quarters compared to COVID and pre-COVID periods. They point to elevated levels of in-home consumption and price increases as the biggest contributing factors.” •  “The industry continues to grapple with supply chain issues, […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Business Insider reports that Amazon and Starbucks have been working on the launch of a new format store – codenamed “Verde” – that would combine elements of a Starbucks coffee shop and the food sold in an Amazon Go store, using Just-Walk-Out checkout-free technology. According to the story, the format “was designed to build a […]
  1. Channel: Mass
USA Today reports that Target “is doubling the number of “Apple at Target shop-in-shop experiences” and expanding from 17 to 36 stores in time for holiday shopping. “The new concept, which launched in February, doubles Apple’s footprint in select Target stores and brings displays for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, the HomePod mini, Apple TV, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Procter & Gamble topped Wall Street’s estimates for its fiscal first-quarter earnings and revenue. P&G raised its forecast for inflation, predicting that higher commodity and freight costs could hit fiscal 2022 earnings by $2.3 billion, up from its prior outlook of $1.9 billion. Price hikes helped offset higher freight costs but couldn’t keep up with […]
  1. Channel: Mass
CNBC reports that Walmart plans to give its Walmart+ members advance access to its Black Friday deals, which, if outside estimates are to believed, has the potential of making some 32 million US households feeling a little more joyful about the end-of-year holiday shopping season. The story says that the offering will come in the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of bipartisan members of the US Congress’s Antitrust Subcommittee have written to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy asking him “to provide ‘exculpatory evidence’ to corroborate the sworn testimony that several leaders, including then-CEO Jeff Bezos,” provided to the subcommittee in 2019 and 2020 testimony about how the company […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The Washington Post writes that “all told, there have been strikes against 178 employers this year, according to a tracker by Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which records only large work stoppages, has documented 12 strikes involving 1,000 or more workers. That’s a significant jump from 2020, when […]
  1. Associates & Employees
CNBC has an interview with Domino’s Pizza CEO Ritch Allison in which he says that while profits were up, Q3 sales and same-store sales were off (the latter for the first time in a decade) – and he says that the entire restaurant industry is being hurt by a slowdown in immigration, which is making […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Washington Post this morning reports that “a bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce a bill that they say would prevent tech platforms from using their power to disadvantage smaller rivals, signaling growing momentum in Congress to rein in Silicon Valley giants. “Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee’s […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) said yesterday that it signed a deal with delivery solutions provider DoorDash to provide services to its independent retail customers. According to the announcement, “UNFI’s arrangement with DoorDash will give local grocers the opportunity to leverage the DoorDash platform to build an ecommerce and delivery offering that meets the needs […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The New York Times has a story about how, while it seems logical that “plant-based food companies like the publicly traded Beyond Meat and its privately held competitor, Impossible Foods, would be better for the environment than meat processors like JBS,” some environmental advocates are saying that, in the words of George and Ira Gershwin, […]
  1. CPG: NonFood
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: NWL) today announced its third quarter 2021 earnings results will be released Friday, October 29, 2021, prior to market open and will be followed by a live webcast at 11:00 A.M. ET. To listen to the webcast, please select Events & Presentations from the Investors tab of the Newell Brands […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Marketing expert Seth Godin has some thoughts about the future of retailing and how some retailers, “in their eagerness to compete on price and their focus on selling things that everyone else is selling,” end up not standing for anything.  KC thinks that sound sort of familiar. The post FaceTime with the Content Guy: The […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Fairfield Citizen reports that Ahold Delhaize-owned Stop & Shop has signed a deal with Instacart “for what it calls Stop & Shop Express: shoppers with an Instacart Express membership, along with a $10 minimum order and a $2.99 delivery fee, can get Stop & Shop orders delivered in as fast as 30 minutes “There […]
  1. Department & Category
Axios reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued new guidance that asks the makers of “processed, packaged, and prepared foods” to reduce the amount of sodium in their products … The FDA says the goal is to get people to voluntarily reduce their sodium consumption to 3,000 milligrams daily over the […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
The Washington Post has a fascinating story about a new kind of wheat called kernza, described as “a grain that is fundamentally unlike all other wheat humans grow.” Here’s some context: “Most commercial crops are annual. They provide only one harvest and must be replanted every year. Growing these foods on an industrial scale usually […]
  1. Media & Marketing
If the best way to deal with business challenges is to engage in fresh, even unconventional thinking, then an option for the future being considered by the Tampa Bay Rays is a potential home run.  KC explains the metaphor. The post FaceTime with the Content Guy: X-Ray Vision appeared first on MNB.
  1. Channel: Grocery
In new testimony yesterday at the criminal fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, former Safeway CEO Steven Burd said that the company did at least 100 hours of due diligence before signing a deal worth close to $400 million that would’ve put Theranos blood testing machines in almost a thousand Safeway stores. CNBC reports […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Associated Press has an interview with Fidji Simo, the former Facebook executive who now is the CEO of Instacart, in which she talks about the company’s plans.  Some excerpts: •  “Grocery is one of the largest segments of commerce but it’s only 10 percent penetrated online. And we think over the next five years, […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Wall Street Journal reports that delivery service DoorDash “has started selling restaurant ads that appear atop the search results in its app, as companies in the largely money-losing food-delivery industry dive deeper into advertising to boost revenue.  The company already let marketers pay to run ads offering free delivery or discounts, as well as […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
CBS Sunday Morning last weekend had a piece about the supply chain breakdown, noting that “book publishers are having trouble getting paper … car companies can’t buy computer chips … builders can’t get lumber … container ships in port are waiting for days to be unloaded … and everyone is back to hoarding toilet paper! […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Salesforce was one of the first in the cloud computing space to dream up a business model built on partnership. We recognized early that our success hinged on building a vibrant business partner ecosystem. Even the name “App Store” was coined and trademarked by Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff before being gifted to Apple. We […]

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Kroger launches private targeted marketing platform. Big news coming from 84.51 / KPM. The platform allows clients to use their demand-side platform (DSP) of choice. Data is money, and Kroger has blown open the doors for extending first-party data beyond their walled garden—while maintaining (shopper) privacy and control.  Amazon gives third-party sellers access to more […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Solution enables brands to target relevant shoppers, optimize performance against actual retail sales The Kroger Co.’s retail media business, Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM) powered by 84.51°, has rolled out a new private programmatic advertising marketplace. The Kroger Private Marketplace enables agencies and brands to target consumers by applying Kroger audience data to programmatic campaigns on […]
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Albertsons posts Q2 earnings beat. ID sales +1.5% (2 year stacked: 15.3%); digital sales +5% (2 year stacked: +248%). They announced a strong quarterly dividend of 20% and raised FY2021 outlook.  Gross profit margin decreased 28.6% (fuel, inflation, supply chain costs). Albertsons spoke to their transformation strategy and, specifically, called out modernizing their technical infrastructure […]

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