Articles on ESG (Environmental, Social Governance) and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

  1. Retail Ecosystem
When Macklemore’s 2012 single Thrift Shop became a hit, it pushed secondhand shopping into the spotlight; but this wasn’t enough to change people’s general views on it. As a 2013 Time article put it, “apparently, flannel zebra jammies only look good in music videos”.  eBay was turning some heads back then, yet many would still […]
  1. Media & Marketing
CARLISLE, Pa. – GIANT Co. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s GreenChill Program for reaching its annual refrigerant emissions reduction goal in 2021. The Superior Goal Achievement honor was presented to GIANT and other GreenChill Partners during the recent FMI Energy & Store Development Conference. “We know every effort counts when […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  The race is on to order you 7-Eleven X Crocs.  That’s right shoes / clogs branded for 7-Eleven enthusiast. Yes, it is where style meets the snack aisle with the all-new 7-Eleven X Crocs collaboration. The exclusive collection introduces three limited-edition styles, including Crocs’ newest icon: the height-forward Mega Crush Clog. How is your brand […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Frost Li has a rich history in tech, and she even helped Wish build out its growth division. In fact, it was during her time at Wish that she discovered her fascination with retail and, specifically, helping retail brands grow.   Social commerce has become a key method for brands of all sizes to reach their […]
  1. Department & Category
Fox Business reports that Unilever CEO Alan Jope, in an appearance at the 2022 Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York, “reaffirmed the consumer goods giant’s sustainability agenda … saying it ‘will not back down’ despite ‘ant-sustainability’ and ‘anti-woke’ backlash.”  Jope, the story says,, “called ‘anti-sustainability’ and ‘anti-woke’ backlash ‘incredibly dangerous for the world.’  He […]
  1. Stores & Formats
  It seems to the team at Foodservice Solutions®that convenience stores are out marketing restaurants of late. Consider this, Kwik Trip Inc. is a-“mazing” consumers this fall with a Kwik Trip-themed corn maze. The maze opened Sept. 10, at Stevens Point, Wis.-based Feltz’s Dairy Store.  This year Feltz’s is welcoming customers to its annual corn […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The way businesses operate has changed dramatically over the years, thanks to advances in technology. From the way businesses communicate with customers and clients to the way they market and sell their products and services, technology has had a huge impact on the business world. Here are just a few examples of how technology has […]
  1. Media & Marketing
In a rapidly changing business landscape, it’s more important than ever for contractors to stay ahead of the curve. One way to do this is by using modern tech age solutions to help them reach high paying clients. The modern tech age has given rise to several new tools and platforms that contractors can use […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will receive $325,000 from two companies, Zoono USA and Zoono Holdings, that sold a pesticide on and other sites while marketing it as a disinfectant spray. Zoonotic Holdings blamed the false marketing on its distributor, claiming that it was “unaware at that time of any misleading claims being made […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Petsense by Tractor Supply and pet food brand Canidae are joining forces to offer relief to animal shelters affected by Kentucky’s flash flooding in July. Local Kentucky animal shelters and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will benefit from the partnership, which will deliver 1,560 pounds of dog food to these […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee Inc. has earned a GreenChill recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its work to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease its environmental impact. Hy-Vee was honored with the GreenChill recognition for Superior Goal Achievement, awarded to GreenChill partners that achieve their annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal. EPA’s GreenChill […]
  1. Data & Insights
The holiday season encompasses the next three months in the form of Halloween by the end of next month to Christmas and New Year by the end of the year. But the most important or ‘peak’ holiday season lies between the two (in November this time) in the form of Black Friday and Cyber Monday […]
  1. Media & Marketing
In today’s retail landscape, it’s more important than ever to have a strong brand identity. With so much competition out there, customers have endless options to choose from. So, how can you make sure they choose your store over someone else’s? By making sure your branding is on point. But what exactly is it and […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Regular readers of this blog know that consumers paid higher prices for everything from cereal to eggs last month, sending retail food price inflation up 0.7% in August and 13.5% year over year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last months, 13.5% increase was the highest rate for that number since March 1979, the […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
The context in which a brand is used can provide huge positioning opportunities for brands either by understanding the context in which a brand is already used or by associating your brand with a specific usage occasion (for example, “Take a Break, Take a KitKat”). Another example is Beats by Dre, which became the leading […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
By Christoph Wagner, CEO, Scanbot SDK GmbH The retail industry is facing seismic shifts, and the Covid-19 pandemic has been rocket fuel for changes in customer demands. Today, digital and contactless shopping experiences are just part of everyday life for many – especially amongst the younger generations. 🚀Retail x Mobile Barcode Scanning Are you still […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Trends in retail change quickly, and the pandemic drove consumers to reshape the retail landscape at breakneck speed. According to McKinsey research, 40 percent of shoppers bought from different brands or retailers than they had in the past, and more than 80 percent developed new shopping behaviors while quarantined during the pandemic. But addressing changing […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
There are few in retail circles who would argue that the role of the store is the same as it ever was. With the rate of change accelerating like never before, consumers are throwing new challenges at retailers faster than they can implement solutions. It’s no wonder that many retailers seem to be in a […]
  1. Media & Marketing
With Instagram updates coming out every second week (an exaggeration but it definitely feels that way), staying on top of your social media strategy may seem like an impossible task, especially if you are a smaller business or budding content creator.  If you want to increase your followers, engagement and views, or just understand the latest algorithm […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Welsh Government has introduced a Bill which bans or restricts the sale of some of the most commonly littered single-use plastics in Wales, including a ban on plastic bags which are currently subject to a 5p charge. The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill, which has been introduced as part of the Environment and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Over the past few years, there’s been an increasing shift towards online retail, particularly with many of the attitudes adopted over the course of the pandemic now a part of everyday life. And many of these transactions are being carried out on mobile devices through different channels, such as “traditional” e-commerce platforms and social platforms. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Paradoxes are both familiar and common to the human condition. They are brain teasers that reveal faults in our senses and errors in human logic. Authors and poets delight in paradoxes because they stop the reader in their tracks to ponder the apparent contradictions. Like the familiar phrase, “Less is more,” or when Shakespeare’s Hamlet […]
  1. Department & Category
SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion’s efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions has earned the grocer the “Superior Goal Achievement” honor from the U.S. Environmental Agency’s GreenChill Program. Food Lion has taken many steps to reduce its refrigerant emissions from its more than 1,100 stores. By placing doors on refrigerated cases and monitors on key refrigerant devices […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Scott takes a question about how Section 230 could be altered to address the harms of social media companies. He then shares his thoughts on how Universities could cash in on a recurring revenue model, and offers career advice to a mother who works in marketing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  1. Channel: Mass
Firework has signed a partnership agreement with Walmart Connect, a closed loop omnichannel media business of Walmart, to bring livestream and premium shoppable video content to the retail giant’s offering. Walmart Connect is aiming to bring shoppable, short form, social media style videos to its own digital properties while also making them available to advertisers. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
People on YouTube may hit the “dislike” button for videos they watch but that will do little to alter future recommendations, according to researchers who analyzed more than 567 million videos on the social media site. Jesse McCrosky, one of the researchers on the project, called on YouTube to be more transparent about its recommendations. […]

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CFO Richard Galanti says customers not trading down to private label Costco Wholesale has followed up one strong fiscal year with another. The Issaquah, Wash.-based warehouse club chain posted double-digit net and comparable sales growth for its fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and full year, while topping Wall Street’s consensus earnings-per-share forecast for both periods. Related: Costco […]
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RTIH rounds up the retail systems ventures whose funding rounds have been making headlines, including Swiftly, Ryft, Instant Commerce, and 1MRobotics. 1. Ryft Ryft, a PSD2 compliant payments system firm, has raised a seed round, led by SFC Capital. Additional investors include the ex-founder of Shutterstock and the founder of LoveFilm. This brings Ryft’s total […]
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Axios reports that “Walmart+ members in some U.S. markets will be able to schedule to have returns picked up from their doorsteps starting the first week in October … ‘Return Pickup from Home’ is scheduled by app.” Walmart says that “members won’t need to provide a box or a label – simply hand off the […]