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Shoppers were expected to turn out in record numbers to shop for Black Friday deals, particularly as concerns of COVID-19 have subsided. However, with inclement weather in parts of the country, thin crowds were seen outside stores on what has historically been the busiest shopping day of the year. At Times Square in New York […]
  1. Data & Insights
Delivery issues are inevitable and particularly more frequent during the holiday season. But we can’t blame the shipping carriers for it. This is because the huge incoming volume of shipments really puts a strain on their capacity to deliver orders properly.  However, that doesn’t mean we let them get away with delivery issues because an […]
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A football World Cup that takes place during a UK winter is an oddity. The tournament, of course, is usually held during British summer, with many games viewed on big outdoor screens, and warm weather quite likely. This year’s tournament, held in Qatar, begins in on 20 November, with England’s first game on 21 November. […]
  1. Data & Insights
Auzerais went from baking for friends to building a DTC bakery empire in a week. Yes, you read that right. This exponential growth has been documented by multiple publications. Currently, Blondery ships over 75,000 shipments per week nationwide.  So how did this huge success happen, and how does Auzerais handle it all? We sat with […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The US Commerce Department said yesterday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent in October, which the Wall Street Journal writes is “a sign of economic strength that leaves the Federal Reserve likely to keep raising interest rates as it tries to reduce persistently high inflation.” The Journal goes on:  “Shoppers spent more […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Savvy retailers know that fostering deeper customer relationships is the key to sustainable, long-term business success. To build these relationships, brands need to take a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to creating their customer engagement strategy. It’s the art and science of growing brand loyalty by providing the best in user experience across all relevant channels. Customer […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Ingredients experts, Eurostar Commodities warns that the severe drought in southern Spain and Portugal is having a drastic effect on the price of long grain rice and resulting in forecasted tighter supplies and a price increase of almost one third (29%). The volume of the next Spanish long grain rice crop will drop significantly by […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The 2022 World Cup Spending Report by expects retailers to make £1.6bn in sales throughout the tournament. With the competition being held during winter for the first time ever, data shows the colder weather combined with the current cost-of-living crisis will negatively impact retail sales, which are set to be down 19% compared to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Mintel, the experts in what consumers want and why, has today announced four key trends that will shape global food and drink industries in 2023, over the next five years and beyond: Weatherproofed Provisions: Consumers are in need of food and drink formulations that help them endure heat waves, sub-zero temperatures and disastrous weather events. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Thanksgiving and the holiday season is just around the corner. In a chaotic and ever-changing world, fixed calendar events like these provide predictable and unifying anchor points. No wonder, then, that so many marketing plans are now seasonal. Retailers are once again preparing campaigns and promotional events against a new set of seasonal tentpole events. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
It’s been long established that music has the power to stir emotion and influence consumer behavior. In 1973, business professor Philip Kotler first addressed the science of sound in retail when he coined the term “atmospherics” for the practice of designing store environments to project a specific image and induce certain behaviors. In an article […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Behind every customer experience is a story. Every single product bought has reasoning and meaning behind it that, as a brand or retailer, isn’t always easy to understand at a surface-level. This is where shopper data comes in. These insights help you understand what shoppers are thinking and feeling while moving through the aisles. What […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Are you ready to launch a bajillion-dollar startup? Before you start: Are you planning to build a centaur, a unicorn or perhaps a decacorn? Startup pitching has become an existential drama, in part because so many founders exaggerate the size of the total addressable market (TAM) in which they hope to compete. At TechCrunch Disrupt, […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage point to 3.7 percent in October, and the number of unemployed persons rose by 306,000 to 6.1 million. The unemployment rate has been in a narrow range of 3.5 percent to 3.7 percent since March.
  1. Technology & Innovation
Over the past few years, marketing trends have forced brands to navigate uncharted and fast-moving waters. Shifts in customer behaviors, an economy in flux, and emerging technologies are all rocking the boat.  The good news? You can help your company weather the storm by embracing tech tools, personalizing your customer interactions, building for a cookieless […]
  1. Department & Category
The Wall Street Journal reports that “more communities in California wine country are telling gasoline stations to set up shop somewhere else. “Eight cities and towns in Napa and Sonoma counties have banned the construction of new gas stations. The city council in Novato, Calif., located in Marin County, passed a ban in an initial […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Walgreen’s’ CFO told The Wall Street Journal that the pharmacy’s almost two-year focus on Covid-19 was at the expense of its established customer base. While selling hand sanitizer rubbing alcohol, masks and dispensing vaccinations, Walgreen’s lost relevance with its core customers’ other needs. Walgreens’ is clearly unhappy about this situation. Now that the urgency of […]
  1. Holiday & Events
From the New York Times: “Thanksgiving 2022 is shaping up to be a tough one for turkey. The star of the holiday meal will be both hard to find and more expensive than ever. “Turkey supplies have been tight for a long time. Producers began to cut back on raising the birds back in 2019 […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Consumer spending in the days prior to a hurricane making landfall can spike up to 30% as people stock up on fuel and essentials. Hurricane Ian was no exception, driving a 23% increase in combined Big Box, Grocers, Home Improvement, and Dollar Store spending before landfall. As typical with other hurricanes, spending on essential categories […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Data powered by Earnest’s Orion spend dataset. Supermarket sales excludes food sales at big box and warehouse club retailers like Walmart and Costco. Albertson’s (ACI) short run as a public company may be coming to a close as it enters talks to merge with the nation’s second largest grocer and largest supermarket chain, Kroger (KR). […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The proliferation of on-demand delivery services has dramatically increased the degree of convenience that customers experience in the purchasing process. For merchants, however, the expectation for on-demand delivery has dramatically increased the complexity of their fulfillment processes. Whether the products being delivered are prescriptions, groceries, pet supplies or pizza, getting them to the designated location […]
  1. Data & Insights
As we start October, it’s time we see what it takes to become a top-performing store. Despite this September having less foot traffic than last year, both the furniture and mattress industry saw significant increases in their average ticket in September 2022. This week we take a look at the top 20% of stores with […]
  1. Associates & Employees
A majority of associates at the Penn Square Apple store in Oklahoma City have voted to unionize with representation by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) as the Apple Retail Union/CWA, according to the CWA. The workers, who organized under the name Penn Square Labor Alliance, are the second group of Apple associates to unionize […]
  1. Merchandising
“Holistic analytics that are online and offline, that understand direct and indirect effects, are really important — more today than ever — to understand what’s driving business performance.”— Mike Menkes, Senior Vice President at Analytic Partners Brands have no shortage of data, but their enduring challenge is how to make sense of it all to drive […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We’re now accepting nominations for our Top 100 Retail Technology Influencers List of 2023. This annual offering, which is presented in no particular order, covers retailers, technology suppliers, startups, consultants, analysts, and thought leaders who are making an impact in the retail technology space. Does that sound like you or one of your colleagues? If […]
  1. Media & Marketing
20 Years of Top Trending Google Searches For decades, Google search has been a go-to source for many when looking up directions, keeping up with the news, or seeking information on new and unfamiliar topics. Today, Google processes about 3.5 billion searches per day. Because of its dominant market share, Google holds a vast archive […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
There are four seminal dates in the history of the Internet: October 29, 1969: On October 29, 1969, at 10:30 PM, a computer grad student named Charley Kline at UCLA sent a message to SRI (Stanford Research Institute.) It was the first connection between computer networks. We set up a telephone connection between us and […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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SMI Core data captures the actual spend data from the SMI Pool partners of major holding companies and large independent agencies, representing up to 95% of all US national brand ad spending, to provide a complete monthly view of the SMI Pool market size, investment share and category performance. Core Data delivers detailed ad intelligence across all media […]
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]