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

  1. Technology & Innovation
Two weeks ago, a podcast with a “top 1%” audience, whose listener net worth averaged $2.5 million, asked me to join as a guest. The host was familiar with my work, citing a recent CNBC appearance, and seemed ready to hold an engaging conversation. It seemed worthwhile, except the podcast was fake.  With a bit […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Independent retailers in Scotland have given a mixed reaction to the Scottish government’s announcement that it intends to increase the minimum unit price on alcohol. The Scottish government has said that the minimum price per unit will rise from 50p to 65p at the end… This story continues at Rise in minimum alcohol price in […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
SALEM, OR – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is applauding the enactment of Oregon House Bill (HB) 4149. The measure, which was signed into law by Governor Tina Kotek (D), promises to help reduce prescription drug costs and preserve Oregonians’ vital access to pharmacy care by holding pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) accountable. […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), once a differentiator for brands, is now the norm. Today’s consumers expect those they do business with, including retailers, will have positive impacts on the world. In fact, Gen Z consumers are three times as likely to say that the “purpose of business is to serve communities and society” rather than […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK, NY — Concurrences, the leading antitrust publisher, last week awarded “The Proper Measure of Profits for Assessing Market Power” as the Reader’s Choice Award winner in the “Best Business Article: General Economics” category at the 2024 Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards. The paper was co-authored by Keystone Senior Partner Michael Cragg, alongside economists Patrick […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed the health benefits that should arise from the Tobacco and Vapes Bill, which MPs are debating today for the first time in the House of Commons. The union has called on the government to urgently bring forward substantial protections… This story continues at Usdaw calls for protections for shopworkers […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, proudly announces the adoption of two sets of new voluntary guidelines: one focused on the formulation, labeling, and packaging of melatonin-containing dietary supplements marketed for sleep support, and another dedicated to the labeling of gummy dietary […]
  1. Department & Category
ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI – The Food Industry Association has named Shelby Furman, Ph.D., as the association’s new director for food and product safety programs. In her role, Furman will be responsible for developing and implementing food and product safety programs as well as directing food protection activities and providing technical expertise for the FMI […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Welcome back, retail enthusiasts! One of the topics that consistently comes up in the retail world is the logistics of shipping. From the manufacturers to the distributors, to your retail store – there are many factors and unexpected costs to consider during the shipping process that can be often overlooked. There are many facets of […]
  1. Channel: Drug
It’s rare that sales tax issues make the news, and when they do, it’s generally not great for the seller. Earlier this year, things held to form when media in Massachusetts reported a sales tax calculation error on the Walgreens ecommerce website. The facts as reported support the notion of an honest mistake by the […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Brooks Running has joined forces with Outside Interactive, a creator of outdoor content, services and experiences, to bring local, personalized content to runners and outdoor enthusiasts across the country. The customized Your Local Running Drop newsletters will provide information on local trails and events, educational content and more. The newsletter will draw on Outside’s extensive […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
ARLINGTON, Va. – A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 4 further illustrates the irreplaceable role of pharmacy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — and demonstrates how pharmacies can be further leveraged to meet the broader health and wellness needs of the most vulnerable Americans. In total, pharmacies have administered […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, Haleon, Kenvue, and Bayer participated in a discussion this week hosted by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (OH-05) to provide an analysis of the over-the-counter (OTC) Monograph Drug User Fee Program (OMUFA), how some OTCs come to market through the Rx-to-OTC-switch process, how […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Planned restrictions on flavoured vapes risk inadvertently driving people towards smoking, claims a newly formed cross-party group of MPs. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Responsible Vaping said today it was vital the government takes a comprehensive evidence-based approach to vaping regulation. This was of… This story continues at MPs urge caution on possible flavoured […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Retail trade union Usdaw has criticised the government for its “dither and delay” over introducing a separate offence for assaulting a shopworker after prime minister Rishi Sunak today bowed to industry pressure and announced a major crackdown on shop theft and violent assaults against retailers… This story continues at Government ‘dithered and delayed’ on retail […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
More retailers have welcomed today’s announcement from prime minister Rishi Sunak that assaulting a shopworker is to be made a separate offence. Muntazir Dipoti, national president at the Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed), said: “We have been lobbying the government for years for better… This story continues at Further retailer reactions to Sunak crime […]
  1. Associates & Employees
A south London retailer has called the government announcement that assaulting a retail worker is to be made a standalone criminal offence in England and Wales a “pivotal moment.” Store owner Benedict Selvaratnam posted on LinkedIn: “Today marks a pivotal moment for our retail industry and… This story continues at Retailer calls new assault of shop […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
See this visualization first on the Voronoi app. Industry Favorability, by Political Party This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. Much and more has been written, in the last decade particularly, about the U.S. […]
  1. Data & Insights
Throughout the years, the retail industry has faced numerous threats, ranging from IoT bot attacks to incidents of shoplifting and even promotional strategies that deter customers. To overcome these complex challenges, retailers need to stay alert, flexible, and use creative approaches to manage risks and maintain success in a competitive market. This week we dive […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Laws and regulations are in constant flux, a fact every business must reckon with. When a global force in consumer technology was faced with changing legislation, it was imperative for the brand to uncover the usage habits of their consumers, looking specifically at replacement cycles, customer attitudes and user profiles. This would shed valuable insight […]
  1. Department: HBC
WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) released the below statement today following the adoption of Kentucky House Bill 386 into law, legislation that will eliminate the state’s annual purchase limit for common over-the-counter (OTC) cold and allergy medications containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine (PSE), which is currently the most restrictive yearly limit nationwide at 24 […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
I am pleased to announce the inaugural Drug Channels Leadership Forum! This unique, new event will be held from March 17 to 19, 2025, at the Turnberry Resort and Spa in Miami. The Leadership Forum will be an executive gathering where drug channel leaders can network and discuss key issues and challenges facing the commercial […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The past three years have disrupted life and business as we know it. Now that the world is emerging from a pandemic, what’s next? For insight, let’s flash back to 1920. The U.S. has just come through a deadly influenza pandemic, a world war, and was experiencing both substantial labor unrest and race riots across […]
  1. Data & Insights
In this webinar, Professor Christine Moorman, Founder of The CMO Survey and Suzanne Kounkel, Chief Marketing Officer of Deloitte discussed findings from the latest editions of the survey to offer marketing leaders insights on the opportunity to take a leadership position at this pivotal post-pandemic moment. Topics included managing digital marketing returns, marketing and DEI, […]
  1. Data & Insights
Transaction monitoring is an important process that helps retailers comply with all legal requirements, most importantly, anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. It monitors real time transactions to see if any suspicious behaviors should be reported to the financial authorities.   It is essential if you want to protect your brand’s reputation and make sure that your customers […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
This week, I’m rerunning some popular posts while I prepare for today’s live video webinar: Drug Channel Implications of the Inflation Reduction Act. One important update: In the article below, I suggested that the IRA will make high-list/high-rebate products less attractive to Medicare plans. But this appears not be accurate, as I explain in Surprise! […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Consumers should be able to opt for mid-strength alcoholic drinks rather than having to choose between full-strength and no or low, says a newly released white paper. The report, from “mindful drinking” specialist Club Soda, calls for greater clarity on the official definitions of ‘alcohol-free’… This story continues at Government ‘hampers growth’ of mid-strength alcoholic […]
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Using event-driven architecture (EDA), retailers must link essential data at speed and scale throughout their ecosystems near and far to come to grips with now essential environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in three key areas. 1. Dead Heading — Optimizing Transportation/Emissions on Every Journey When it comes to transportation within the retail sector, any […]
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  13. Stores & Formats
It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]