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  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Throughout the pandemic, we witnessed a massive surge in e-commerce and acceleration in digital transformation by many companies that had been, up until then, slow adopters. Online ordering for everything from groceries to toilet paper to fitness equipment and home office furniture became the norm — and has only recently slowed down after businesses were finally […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
From Bloomberg, a story suggesting that Jeff Bezos’ prediction may be coming true – that eventually Amazon would be disrupted in the same way that is caused so much disruption. “The idea seemed absurd in the middle of the pandemic. Amazon’s online sales had exploded as people avoided stores. Restless consumers, buoyed by stimulus payments, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The supply chain serves one ultimate purpose — to deliver a promise to a customer. Recent years have seen the supply chain break down as critical pieces go out of sync, due in part to inflation and a scarcity of materials and talent. But what have we learned about supply chain management recently that can […]
  1. Department & Category
Introduction  Business waste is any recyclable or unrecyclable waste material which is not from your household. These are wastes from shops, tradespersons, pubs, schools, offices, factories or other business spaces. Regardless of the waste being domestic, that is, kitchen, lunch or restroom waste, as long as it isn’t a domestic living space, it is business […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
E-commerce continues to grow — an exciting proposition for both enterprise and mid-market retailers. The consumer expectation of ultrafast fulfillment, however, pressures retail leaders to streamline their last-mile delivery solutions.  In the fulfillment game where innovative pickup and delivery services are becoming the norm, how do you differentiate your delivery solutions from your competitors to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Welcome to Startups Weekly, a nuanced take on this week’s startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and Equity co-host Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. “There’s more dry powder powder than ever before.” “There’s never been a better time to start a startup.” “Discipline is the new scale.” (OK, OK, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
What a difference a year or two can make. During 2020 and 2021, retailers struggled to keep up with demand for many items, largely due to supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages. Shortly after the pandemic started and through last year, a significant reduction of markdowns and in-store promotions took place because retailers could leverage […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
The Cheeky Panda, the sustainable personal care, baby and beauty brand, is aiming to help retailers and wholesalers stand by for a busy winter of colds and flu with its products. The brand said its Cheeky Panda Facial & Pocket Tissues, Antibacterial Wipes and Handy Wipes are a must stock this coming season, following the […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
New Instacart Pop-Ups Enable Brands to Inspire and Delight Consumers As They Shop for Life’s Moments As the fall football season kicks off, we’re excited to partner with Pepsi as one of the first brands to leverage Instacart Pop-Ups. Pop-Ups are a new way for people to shop for seasonally relevant use cases. Our new […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
With sustainability as our fifth core value, we’re setting out to make this our most sustainable Dreamforce ever. We’re conserving resources, sourcing responsibly, reducing waste, and inspiring our attendees to do the same. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 21, for a full-day of programming at the Net Zero Summit that will feature the world’s most […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
For an eCommerce platform like Instacart, Search is an important tool for making shopping feel effortless by helping people find the products they want, even when they are not sure what they’re looking for. Autocompleting user’s queries when they start typing is a great way of making the search experience more efficient. It assists users in expressing their shopping intent clearly, and helps them explore a wide variety of options. In this post, we describe how we generate and rank query suggestions in Autocomplete and how this shapes a user’s search behavior — translating into larger basket sizes.
  1. Channel: Delivery
Advertising Age has a story about how “the nation’s largest food delivery app, DoorDash, is putting a positive spin on what it does for local communities with a major new campaign called ‘A Neighborhood of Good in Every Order’.” According to the story, the campaign – which will cut across platforms from broadcast TV to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Imagine being able to curate specific, complex collections of cells that directly resemble an individual patient’s own tissues? Imagine no more… This technology has already been developed and is gaining steady traction across the market, alongside traditional ways of studying diseases outside of the body. Organoids, 3D cultures and laboratory animals have, and will continue, […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Toilet paper brand Cushelle has announced its introduction of tubeless rolls, bringing to market longer lasting rolls which are made of 360 sheets, instead of 180 sheets in the original product and with no cardboard roll to dispose of. The launch is part of brand’s ambition to contribute to a circular economy, as the innovative […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Got the following email about the efforts by the owners of Susanville IGA to make sure that I got a chance to taste their highly touted blueberry fritters: Great connective move from Rick and Anna.  To go the extra mile, shows just how in touch they are with people that patron their store.  Kudos! On […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Prime Day 2022 is fading from the rearview mirror — the numbers are in and the trades have spoken. Yet, I find myself reflecting on some key learnings from this year that, as a marketer, I feel are important to share with brands looking to maximize their Prime Day presence and keep visibility high for […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Two for the price of one? Who can resist? Consumers in England and Wales will soon be forced to resist, at least to some degree, with new legislation around food merchandising, starting in the coming months. The new rules will affect foods high in fat, salt, or sugar (HFSS) and are designed to thrust them […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Retailers everywhere work hard to carefully price their products and services in order to generate more sales and keep customers happy. But implementing a good pricing strategy involves having a deep understanding of your customer base. Once your business has this understanding, it’s easier to know which pricing strategies aren’t worth your time and effort, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As retail costs balloon, certain products deflate. Across retail categories, more manufacturers are making products smaller to offset rising costs, a practice called shrinkflation, or downsizing. Retail costs keep climbing, as U.S. inflation hit its highest one-year price hike in more than 40 years in March 2022. Global supply chain disruption has made raw materials, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
NFTs. Even though much of the general public is still trying to fully grasp what they are, they are everywhere. Just look at the major brands across global industries that are launching and selling them: Taco Bell, Twitter, Campbell Soup, even the Los Angeles Times.  Could NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, be right for your business? […]
  1. Data & Insights
Prior to the pandemic, summer was predictably a time of low illness, but overall trends as of this writing in the middle of June 2022 suggest we won’t see the traditional relief. We still have lingering flu cases, a slight uptick in unseasonal RSV cases, and omicron subvariants (BA.4 and BA.5) now represent at least […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Subscriptions have long been an integral part of people’s lives, perhaps even more than they realize. As far back as the 16th century, people were subscribing to news via handwritten news sheets. Fast-forward a few centuries: today there are subscriptions for just about everything — from streaming services to coffee to toilet paper (and even […]
  1. Media & Marketing
You’ve probably seen this quote before, it shows up at nearly every Brand conference: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” How do you make people feel? Too often startups and entrepreneurs focus on their killer code–the disruptive ding they […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Empty shelves and $10 bottles of hand sanitizer….ah, those were NOT the days. But working from home, learning to cook for ourselves, and becoming increasingly more aware of how dirty the world can be has created a need for more household cleaning products. COVID-19 turned cleaning brands into lifestyle brands and built disinfecting habits consumers […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers are changing their grocery shopping habits as they try to feed and supply their households and remain on budget. Susan Pollack, a property manager in California, recently purchased a bulk pack of toilet paper in Costco and discovered the price had gone up to $25 from $17.
  1. Media & Marketing
If you’re a marketer, you’re probably wondering: How do I sound more human with my voice and tone? How do I step into my audience’s shoes the way the best brands do it?  You know, like how your paper towel brand shares a recipe for Halloween cupcakes. Or a major credit card company discusses the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Testing the limits of elasticity, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is increasing prices here, focusing on discounts there, confronting inflation with a product “superiority strategy” that’s working. Even though the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) giant sees inflationary effects continuing — and perhaps worsening — many consumers continued trading up to P&G premium brands during its fiscal third […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
If you ever watched an episode of the reality TV show “Extreme Couponing,” you know that coupon clipping is serious business for price-conscious consumers and the brands offering them the discounts they demand. Largely due to fears instilled in millions during the earliest days of the pandemic, the coupon business is undergoing a digital shift, […]

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Do you like numbers? Do you like retail systems news? Then this is the article for you. Including Emperia, Amazon UK, Mercaux, Gemba, Adobe, and Twinco Capital. $18 million…Gemba, a virtual reality training startup used by the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, and Amazon, has bagged $18 million in a Series A round of funding from […]
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The RETHINK Retail team ventured to NYC from January 14-17th for NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with attendees from our Top Retail Influencer community and learn about their event experience. #TRI members–Ian Scott, Martin Newman, Melissa Gonzalez, Melissa Minkow, Nikki Baird, Ron Thurston, Stewart Samual, and Thomas […]