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  1. Media & Marketing
Welcome to the world of E-Bikes, where innovation meets eco-friendly transportation. E-bikes, or electric bikes, seamlessly blend pedal power with electric assistance, providing a convenient and sustainable way to navigate your journey. Join the revolution as we explore the freedom, efficiency, and environmental benefits that come with the rise of E-Bikes.
  1. Shopper & Customer
In the era of digitalization, today’s consumers are better informed and have more choices than ever before. In fact, if just a single digital experience goes awry, consumers are one click away from switching sides and becoming your competitor’s next new customer. How can organizations provide a great digital experience across their websites and applications […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s no surprise that AI is reshaping the way businesses operate even at this very second. But does that mean for you to also hop on the bandwagon and implement it just because your competitors are? Well, the answer could be a yes or a no, depending on the type of business operation you seek […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Our guest this week is Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global CEO, VMLY&R who joins us to talk about the ever changing landscape of retail and consumer branding, customer engagement, and loyalty. In particular with dip into what defines high performance retail and the emerging world of “creative commerce.”  We also get a sneak preview of her […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The European Union (EU) has taken action, officially launching an investigation into TikTok’s operations. This probe aims to scrutinize whether the social media giant is adequately safeguarding minors on its platform and assess other potential violations of the EU’s Digital Services Act.
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Boston Market, formerly known as Boston Chicken, began serving its homestyle meals of spit-roasted rotisserie chickens, made-from-scratch cornbread, and creamy mac and cheese in 1985. As it grew in popularity, it had about 1,200 locations at one time, according to Restaurant Business.  Today there are just over 300 locations in the United States and Puerto […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
An Amazon Just Walk Out technology powered store has opened at Lesley University in the US. Lesley University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its students can now experience a frictionless shopping experience on campus, with the likes of snacks and drinks available to buy. In a LinkedIn post, Brisbane Vaillancourt, Regional Vice President […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Getting things right takes hard work and continue refinement and retooling according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Success does leave clues and understanding the right clues to success is one of the first steps. First let’s look at the old formula for the price, value, service success was: Price + Quality […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
  Regular readers of this blog know that the restaurant industry is facing a labor crisis, as many operators struggle to find and retain qualified staff. Some may be tempted to hire experienced executives from other restaurants, hoping to benefit from their expertise and connections. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
You’ve just sat down. VR Headset on. What now? This article aims to get you inside the head of your consumer. As a gaming brand, it can be tough to keep up with the constantly changing landscape of what the video gaming industry is doing. What do gamers want from brands? How can non-gamers become […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Biosensors and Nanosensors Global Markets and Technologies are at the forefront of technical innovation, driving breakthroughs across a range of industries. Due to the growing need for quick and accurate detection instruments in the industrial, medical, and environmental domains, the size of the global biosensor market has expanded at an unprecedented rate. Biosensors have advanced […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In the U.S., ecommerce spending is estimated to reach $1.7 trillion by 2027 – representing over 20% of overall retail sales. Additionally, global ecommerce spending could surpass $7 trillion as early as 2025. With the sector continuing to experience accelerated growth, major retailers are looking for ways to maintain and build trust while dramatically improving […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Eating out can be a convenient and enjoyable way to spend time with your family, but it can also be expensive. On the other hand, cooking at home can be cheaper, but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Is there a way to balance both options and save money while still enjoying quality […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Repurpose Global, an organization that brings brand leaders, consumers and policymakers together to combat plastic waste, has launched a $1 million fund to give companies equitable access to reuse and refill solutions. Approximately 70% of plastic reduction is achievable through reuse, refill and new delivery models, according to the UN. However, brands face complex barriers […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
One of the benefits of being a RangeMe Starter or Premium subscriber brand is the opportunity to submit products to buyers who have immediate, limited-time opportunities that take place throughout the year. During these campaigns, retailers, distributors and foodservice operators invite brands that meet specific criteria to submit their products to be considered for placement […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As we are 45 days in 2024, the echoes of pandemic-driven shifts and emerging economic realities continue to shape consumer behavior. While some consumer trends may fade, others are poised to solidify and transform the way people shop, interact with brands, and prioritize their well-being.  Value-driven purchasing The economic environment will remain a key driver of consumer trends. Affordability […]
  1. Data & Insights
L’Occitane En Provence has announced the launch of its third virtual store this year, in partnership with Emperia. This initiative aims to redefine the celebration of Ramadan, offering an interactive experience that emphasises togetherness, gifting, and self-reflection. People can enter a traditional Middle Eastern house, set within a warm village atmosphere, designed in collaboration with […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Case study Reaching voters with radio  In a crowded market for political ads, radio offers an advantage Contact us Case study Reaching voters with radio  In a crowded market for political ads, radio offers an advantage Contact us Introduction Understand the reach of radio with U.S. voters During election years in the U.S., political campaigns […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The Stanley X Starbucks Valentine’s Day Quencher H2.0 Tumbler is the latest example of a viral retail phenomenon. The 40-ounce tumbler joins the likes of the Cabbage Patch Doll, Tickle Me Elmo and Furbies, which all generated long lines — even stampedes — of consumers clamoring to get their hands on these coveted goods. And […]
  1. Data & Insights
Amidst the rise of artificial intelligence and changing customer preferences, the retail industry is experiencing a significant transformation. This means it’s more crucial than ever for your retail business to keep up and provide the best experience for your customers. Value-driven customers seek high-quality service and fair prices for the products they purchase. They often […]
  1. Holiday & Events
2023 was another record-setting year for e-commerce sales and the growth is expected to continue in 2024. How companies achieve their growth will depend on how effective they are with engaging their audience via different channels and subsequently maximizing the return on investment of those channels. In all of this, one thing remains consistent year […]
  1. International
The UK arm of the The Body Shop has entered administration, the British version of bankruptcy protection, according to Reuters and other media reports, but it will continue to operate online and via its 199 UK brick-and-mortar stores for the time being. Private equity firm Aurelius Group purchased the retailer from Natura &Co in November […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Joining us for a deep dive on creating remarkable brand stories and driving powerful customer engagement are two industry veterans who will also be gracing the stage at next month’s Shoptalk event in Las Vegas. Christiane Pendarvis, co-CEO of Pattern Beauty, Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair care brand, and Andrea Moore, Chief Digital Officer of NEST […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The retail industry, particularly e-commerce, is expansive, constantly evolving, and dynamic. The primary challenge for retailers lies in retaining existing customers amidst competition and the rising cost of acquiring new customers. The 2023 State of Customer Messaging Report highlights the significance of customer retention, with 95 percent of professionals emphasizing its importance. Effective customer retention […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Modern consumers clearly value lenient, streamlined and cheap — if not free — return policies. At the same time, the cost of processing these returns has never been higher. To further complicate matters, a given retailer’s biggest returners are often some of their best customers. A majority of shoppers surveyed said they make the most […]
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When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
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  2. Partnerships & Alt Profit
  3. Data & Insights
Here’s today’s news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Sky Bridges Standalone walled gardens are transforming into an interconnected network of fortresses. It’s not that walled gardens are opening up, exactly, but individual platforms are now actively partnering to allow one-to-one user targeting and other use cases among themselves – but […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  3. Channel: Grocery
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  5. Channel: Specialty & Other
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  14. Stores & Formats
The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
  1. Data & Insights
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  3. Department: Consumer Durables
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  5. Department: Nonfood
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  9. Merchandising
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]