Articles on the impact the government and regulation has on retail.

  1. Channel: Grocery
The Seattle Times has a piece about the proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons by Kroger, and the companies’ saying that they will sell 413 stores, including 104 in Washington State, to C&S Wholesale Grocers in order to get Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approvals. While Kroger has pledged that it will not close any stores […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Bloomberg Businessweek has a cover story about Dollar General, which it describes as “America’s most ubiquitous retailer,” with more than 19,000 US locations, “more than Walmart Inc. and Wendy’s Co. combined. Its main competitor, Dollar Tree Inc., has thousands fewer, even after acquiring rival Family Dollar some years back. Dollar General’s stores seem to be […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Regarding the proposed Kroger-Albertsons deal, one MNB reader wrote: My immediate reaction to the announced sale of stores to C&S was that, outside the Pac NW, the stores being divested in other geographies do not provide enough scale in their markets to become viable competitors to the merged Kroger/Albertsons stores. The small number of stores […]
  1. Department: Food
Fair Trade month is observed in October to raise awareness about fair trade practices and products. It’s a time to celebrate ethical and sustainable shopping and support products that prioritize fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility. When products are sold as Fair Trade Certified, a fraction of the sale returns to the producer […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The financial analysis service Seeking Alpha is out with an assessment of the prospects that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will approve Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. In short, Seeking Alpha is dubious, at least in part because of ongoing comparisons of the proposed divestiture of more than 400 stores to C&S Wholesale […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Earlier this week I did a FaceTime in which I expressed a certain amazement with stories about how many men spent a lot of time on a regular basis thinking about the ancient Roman empire.  I mentioned that I’m not one of those men – I maybe think about it when watching “Gladiator” and “A […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Casey’s General Stores continues looking a customer ahead entering into new technology partnerships that will reduce ‘pain-points’ for both customers and employees according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Casey’s is upgrading its foodservice program with two new technology solutions that will streamline operations and while adding convenience to the ordering […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Bloomberg reports that “three Amazon executives were accused by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission of participating in an alleged plan to make it difficult for customers to cancel subscriptions to the company’s Prime membership service. “Senior Vice Presidents Neil Lindsay and Russell Grandinetti, along with Vice President Jamil Ghani, were added as defendants Wednesday in […]
  1. Data & Insights
With online shopping maintaining its edge over the in-store experience post-pandemic, brands are already focusing on their e-commerce advertising strategies ahead of the holidays — from social media integration to maximizing their use of consumer data. According to a recent survey, a staggering 66 percent of e-commerce decision makers said they were prioritizing collecting first-party customer data in […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Counterfeiting is a pressing concern for businesses globally, transcending all sectors and demographics. It affects the brick-and-mortar, catalog, and e-commerce sectors and undermines customer retention, service, management, merchandising, mobile, and omnichannel integration. It encompasses everything from fake consumer goods to fraudulent copies of digital products. This rising tide of counterfeiting is fueled by an intricate […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The United Food and Commercial Workers union on Wednesday expressed deep concerns about the proposed acquisition of 413 Kroger- and Albertsons-owned stores by C&S Wholesale Grocers. “It looks like Haggen 2.0,” said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado and Wyoming, referring to Haggen’s 2015 implosion after acquiring 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores […]
  1. Data & Insights
Over the last few years we have witnessed shopping patterns take many twists and turns. This week, we’ll look at the latest insights on shopping trends and how they impact holiday forecasts and Predictions for 2023. THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS Carbon neutral: Eco-friendly online shopping to top $100 Billion.Doorcounts is becoming Click HERE to learn […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
(RTTNews) – Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is making a last-ditch effort to contest a hefty 2.42 billion euro or $2.6 billion antitrust fine imposed by the European Commission in 2017. The fine, arising from allegations of market abuse through Google’s online shopping service,
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart has made its initial public offering (IPO), pricing its stock at $30 per share and valuing the grocery delivery and technology company at approximately $10 billion. Instacart, which will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “CART,” sold 22 million shares in the IPO, with 14.1 million coming from the company and 7.9 million […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart has made its initial public offering (IPO), pricing its stock at $30 per share and valuing the grocery delivery and technology company at approximately $10 billion. Instacart, which will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “CART,” sold 22 million shares in the IPO, with 14.1 million coming from the company and 7.9 million […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The lead up to fall is always a transitional period for the TV calendar, and this August was no different. The arrival of a new school year and NFL preseason football, complemented by televised debates and the news cycle related to the upcoming presidential election, had a mixed effect across the TV options. Viewing among […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Vox has a really interesting story about Publix Super Markets, a company that has dominated the Florida landscape for decades, and how it tries to being an uncomplicated ethos to an often complicated reality. There are, the story says, “the complications of real life — brushes with politics, labor-related controversies, a small-c conservative approach to […]
  1. Department & Category
Fox Business  reports that Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson is saying that “his administration is exploring a city-owned grocery store as a means of promoting ‘equitable’ access to food, though the plan has drawn criticism from skeptics of a government owned and operated store. “Chicago would become the first major U.S. city to implement a municipally […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined ByteDance-owned TikTok €345 million (approximately $368 million) for a series of violations of children’s data privacy. DPC is the lead regulator in the EU for many of the world’s top tech firms, due to the location of many of their regional headquarters in Ireland, Reuters reported. An […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
This week on Prof G Markets, Scott makes a case for breaking up Google. He then shares his excitement around Birkenstock going public, and discusses the merits of surge pricing across industries — even at the pub. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  1. Data & Insights
Informa Connect’s Patient Support Services Congress November 7-9, 2023 The Inn at Penn, Philadelphia, PA Exclusive Offer – Be sure to use your exclusive promo code 23DC10 to save 10% off* of your registration. The Patient Support Services Congress is a dialogue-driven meeting that arms the industry with innovative trends and next-generation approaches to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) and the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) have written to policing minister Chris Philp calling for a government grant to be created to help them beef up their security systems amid a shoplifting epidemic. The letter comes as latest Office of National Statistics data show that shoplifting increased […]
  1. Data & Insights
Sometimes to make a point one needs to combine humor with some graphic visualization to break through. Here are three examples that leverage “waste”. The turd on the table The grass is greener because it is fertilized with Bullshit. No Flatulence does not smell like Chanel 5. 1.The turd on the table. What is a […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that everyone over the age of six months should get the updated Covid-19 vaccine this fall. The recommendation came just hours after a CDC advisory committee voted in favor of these guidelines, and just days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability is out with a new survey saying that while “consumers generally remain more optimistic about food prices compared to a year ago,” respondents who “self-identified as having liberal political beliefs predict lower food inflation than those who identify as being conservative.” In addition, the survey indicated […]

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Hy-Vee launched the full-scale version of its retail media network, called Hy-Vee RedMedia, at the Groceryshop 2023 conference this week in Las Vegas. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer described the platform as a disruptor in the retail media landscape that will connect brands directly with Hy-Vee’s customer base across multiple platforms, including both online […]
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Instacart saw its share price erode in the two days following its initial public offering, after it rose 12.7% in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. The stock settled down to just slightly over its IPO price of $30 per share on Wednesday, its first full day on the exchange, then ranged […]
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#30DaysofRetailMedia | Day 21: Retail Media Metrics Metrics help brand advertisers measure retail media effectiveness. Key performance indicators (KPIs) span the full marketing funnel, as consumers can enter anywhere. Brand advertisers: 🎯 Choose KPIs according to their objectives📊 Measure baseline results for meaningful comparisons🌟 Review their metrics for data insights to optimize their processes and […]
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Experts predict slow growth in 2023 holiday sales as consumers tighten their belts in a tough economy, but e-commerce will remain a bright spot. Stores are filling with displays of holiday decorations and holiday-themed merchandise as retailers eagerly prepare for the annual shopping surge, but consumers may not be as excited. Forecasts for 2023 holiday […]