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

  1. Trends & External Forces
Working with the London Borough of Hackney, Amazon has launched its first UK micromobility hub for more sustainable deliveries in Central London. E-cargo bikes and walkers from the facility, along with Amazon’s electric fleet already on London’s roads, will make over five million deliveries a year across more than 10% of the city’s Ultra Low […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Equity crowdfunding — or community raises, as the fundraising platforms involved prefer to call it — has grown steadily over the last few years. Regulations governing the process continue to evolve in the market’s favor, and 2022’s venture funding pullback may be the final piece needed to quiet the fundraising strategy’s naysayers for good. This […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Ron Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Enjoy Technology Back in 2016, Ron Johnson was asked in a fireside chat at Shoptalk about the biggest mistake he had ever made. His response: “Going to JCPenney.” Prior to his failed stint as JCPenney’s CEO, Johnson was riding high as the chief architect of the Apple Retail concept […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The sub-postmasters who won a legal action after the Horizon IT scandal are to receive interim compensation from the government totalling £19.5m. The government has announced that the package will be made available to the eligible members of the group that took action against the Post Office but have only received minimal compensation so far. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Scottish government has outlined its plans to restrict the promotion of foods judged to be high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS). In a consultation published today (1 July), the Scottish government sets out a range of options for the categories of product that would be included within the restrictions, as well as the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The second half of 2021 saw 35.5 billion online transactions processed with a global growth in volume of 44 percent year-over-year (YoY), according to a recent LexisNexis® Risk Solutions study. The study illustrated that accelerated digitalization, fueled by the pandemic, continues across a multitude of different demographics and geographies. This change in consumer mentality and […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Kohl’s has rejected a $53-per-share takeover bid — down from a previous offer of $60 — from the Franchise Group (FRG), according to a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the retailer on July 1. “Despite a concerted effort on both sides, the current financing and retail environment created significant obstacles to reaching an acceptable and fully executable […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the Queen’s Speech delivered on 10 May 2022, the UK government heralded its plans to introduce a new Data Reform Bill. The announcement came in the wake of a… The post The UK Data Reform Bill aims to scrap ‘red tape and pointless paperwork’ but what will it mean for online retail? appeared first […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance posted third quarter sales and earnings that beat Wall Street’s projections. The company’s adjusted earnings per share of 96 cents topped analysts’ forecast of 92 cents, while its revenue of $32.6 billion exceeded the predicted $32.06 billion. WBA said it was maintaining its full year adjusted EPS guidance of […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We had a story the other day about how Starbucks is going to test three different formats in Seattle, prompting MNB reader Gwen Morrison to write: New store concepts usually test features that can be migrated or scaled across the majority of  formats. A retro “past” Starbucks might make sense as a one-off in their […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
One day after announcing the departure of CEO Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond has named Laura Crossen as its new SVP of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, and Susie Kim as SVP of Treasury and Investor Relations. Both appointments are effective immediately. Crossen, who has been with the retailer since 2001, will lead the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
You can now delete your Instagram directly from the mobile app. The Meta-owned social media app has now rolled out a new option that lets you opt to delete or deactivate your Instagram account on iOS in order to comply with Apple’s updated App Store Review Guidelines that now mandate all apps that offer account […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
UNION, N.J., June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) today announced that it has named Laura Crossen as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, and Susie A. Kim as Senior Vice President of Treasury and Investor Relations, effective…
  1. Technology & Innovation
Research conducted by GS1 UK has found that removing products high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) from prime locations in-store may have a far greater impact on the nation’s health than raising prices. As the cost-of-living crisis continues to derail plans for tackling obesity, the omission of proposed HFSS taxes in the government’s response […]
  1. International
Who would have thought that a row over boozy parties held in Downing Street during lockdown would have a material impact on the future of independent convenience stores? Bizarre, yes, but that does appear to be what happened last month after the government announced that some of the planned rules on restricting the sale of […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Very soon, humanity will get to view the deepest images of the universe that have ever been captured. In two weeks, the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — NASA’s super expensive, super powerful deep space optical imager — will release its first full-color images, and agency officials today suggested that they could just […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Federal Trade Commission claims that Walmart failed to protect its customers when they were being defrauded using its money transfer services. The agency said that customers were bilked out of millions of dollars through schemes such as impersonating IRS agents. Walmart called the charges in the civil suit against it “factually flawed and legally […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Reuters reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, charging that the retailer has “allowed scam artists to use its money transfer services for fraud that cost consumers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ … For years, the FTC said, Walmart policy was to issue payouts even when fraud was suspected […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Fox News reports that “a group of pro-abortion Amazon employees filed a public letter to the company Tuesday in which they demanded the online retailer cease any and all business in pro-life states. The letter said, in part: “We, the undersigned, come to you today to request immediate and decisive action against the threat to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
A narrowly divided Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has filed a misguided lawsuit against Walmart regarding money transfer services that the Company offers to consumers. Here’s what you need to know about the lawsuit: Since Walmart began offering our customers flat, low fee money transfer services at our stores, the company has saved consumers—particularly the unbanked […]
  1. Data & Insights
Wayfair’s pandemic gains waning Wayfair remains the dominant pure player in the home category, with over two times the market share of its closest competitor, Bed Bath & Beyond. However, the retailer’s market share has dipped since the height of the pandemic, from over 30% in April 2020 to about 20% in April 2022.The online […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The New York Times has a story about how, more fearful than ever about safety in their workplaces, retail employees want to take a more aggressive approach to their defense. “During the early months of the pandemic,” the Times writes, “stores became tinderboxes for a society frazzled by lockdowns, protests and mask mandates. Many workers […]

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The KFC x Crocs Clogs sold out quickly after New York Fashion Week influencer event, winning KFC an award in the ‘Events: New Product or Service Launch’ category of Ragan’s 2021 Media Relations Awards. After grabbing attention with its Extra Crispy Sunscreen, fried chicken-scented scratch ‘n’ sniff Valentine’s Day cards, and an 11 Herbs & […]
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What do you get when you combine one of the largest shopping events of the year with historic levels of inflation, stock shortages, and labor issues? We’ll tell you exactly what you get… You get the 2022–23 Back to School (BTS) shopping season. As noted in Field Agent’s Back to School Success Kit: How Brands […]
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Kohl’s is off the sales block following the end of talks with Franchise Group (FRG), which has been the highest bidder for the company since the retailer began seeking a buyer in January 2022. When exclusive acquisition negotiations began in early June, FRG proposed $60 per share for Kohl’s, a valuation of $8 billion, eventually […]
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  2. Department: Foodservice
Today, the Underground Donut Tour, the World's Best Donut Tour, is launching their first tour within the European Union, specifically, in Dublin, Ireland. The Underground Donut Tour has been running for 7 years across the US and the UK, including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Nashville, New Orleans, London and now adding Dublin to our roster. Hosting thousands of guests from around the world and showcasing the best doughnuts each city has to offer.