Articles on the impact weather has on retail.

  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CNBC reports that Zipline, which has “flown more than 38 million miles with its autonomous electric delivery drones since the company was founded in 2014,” last week “showed off its next-generation aircraft, which it hopes will make rapid aerial deliveries an everyday convenience for customers throughout the U.S., even in densely populated urban areas.” According […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Are you a Gen Z or Millennial Gamer? If you are KFC is looking for you, and has a gift.  That gift is a early beta access to play Diablo IV.  Now According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® one again the one-time leader within the grocerant niche is […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Washington Post reports that for the third year in a row, the Girl Scouts are facing a problem with their annual cookie season. “Blame the coronavirus pandemic for the wildly vacillating supply and demand over the past two years: a surplus of unsold cookies in 2021 and supply chain issues in 2022,” the Post […]
  1. Data & Insights
How many times have you sent out a customer’s package and stayed eager to know their feedback, only to learn from them that it was damaged or didn’t make it to them at all?  Truly a haunting experience, given that all your efforts to convert the customer have now taken heavy ‘damage’, thanks to no […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Bloomberg reports on a new Adobe study concluding that bad weather can be a strong driver of online shopping. According to the story, “Bad weather will spur an additional $13.5 billion in US online spending this year, up about 3% from last year.” Details from the Adobe study: “Rain provides the biggest online sales boost, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Sign up for free to see consumer home goods spending in Earnest Dash. Key takeaways: Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers moved their home spending to Wayfair, Home Goods, and Ikea since 2020 Bed Bath & Beyond brand affinities point to a lower income shopper compared to Wayfair, which makes them more susceptible to the “trading […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Microsoft today introduced what it’s calling the “next generation” of AI product updates across its business apps portfolio. They touch on both Power Platform, Microsoft’s set of low-code tools for building apps and workflows, and Dynamics 365, the company’s suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) tools. In an interview with […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Low-and-no contact retail exploded in response to the demands of COVID-19, yet these service delivery methods remain popular. Near-store, curbside solutions leverage modern, fast data networks to help to minimize that contact. When Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone in 2007, few could have  anticipated just how much smartphones and their adoption would transform what […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday I had a story in MNB that took note of a Fox News report that the Attorneys General of 19 states “warned major retailers against the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) attempt to let pharmacies mail out the abortion pill, and said doing so would subject to legal action from the states.” At issue […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Company Release – 3/2/2023 Fourth Quarter Highlights Fiscal 2022 Highlights CINCINNATI, March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 results, provided 2023 guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth. Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Today, Michael Sansolo joins me for a conversation about two separate sessions about marketing that we facilitated at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show in Las Vegas, which offered examples about measurable marketing efforts that can be an enormous advantage to retailers.  And, we talk about the challenges inherent in such efforts – cultural, demographic, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
There’s no question that rising prices have altered consumer behaviors. Whether they’re choosing lower-cost private-label items at the grocery store, cutting back on discretionary apparel purchases or spending less on electronics, persistent price increases are top-of-mind for shoppers across all retail sectors. Our recent survey of North American, UK and APAC consumers — which is […]
  1. Data & Insights
Over the last year or two, we have seen gamification and digital assets such as NFT’s skyrocket in growth.   Now, the retail industry is using gamification and digital trends to help build customer loyalty and increase the customer experience.   This week we talk about how brick-and-mortar stores are using touches of digital to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From Bloomberg: “US retail sales rose in January by the most in nearly two years, signaling robust consumer demand that could bolster the Federal Reserve’s resolve to keep raising interest rates in the face of persistent inflation. “The value of overall retail purchases increased 3% in a broad advance — the most since March 2021 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Whether it’s the loss of third-party tracking or a new Google algorithm update, marketers always have a new challenge to face. Today, that challenge is inflation. An overwhelming majority (85 percent) of consumers say inflation has caused them to change their shopping habits, with 79 percent seeking out discounts and 77 percent reducing their shopping. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
WASHINGTON – Retail sales bounced back strongly in January as inflation eased and income grew, the National Retail Federation said today. “Despite inflationary headwinds, January retail sales show the resiliency of consumers in how they manage their budgets and make decisions on how, when and where to spend their hard-earned dollars,” NRF President and CEO […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Just over two years ago, nearly every industry was shaken to its core when the COVID-19 outbreak spread like wildfire across the globe. With people limiting their time outside of their homes, companies had to figure out new ways to engage with and sell to its customers. COVID-19 represented a significant hurdle to the retail […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Scott discusses his thoughts on the Kroger-Albertsons merger and explains what needs to be done to restore dignity to work. He then advises against using a young family’s nest egg for seed-stage investing, and wraps up with his insight on the “Silver Tsunami.”  Music: / @dcuttermusic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  1. Trends & External Forces
It seems like every week this winter there’s an announcement about a closed freeway due to a blizzard and South Florida is still cleaning up the devastation caused by hurricane Ian, especially when it comes to the supply chain. With today’s climate changes and challenges, it’s very likely that other weather emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes, […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Foodcellar Market, a two-store independent on Long Island in New York, announced that it is the first retailer to implement Instacart’s Scan & Pay technology, allowing customers to scan items and then pay for them using their mobile phones. These in-store purchases then will be linked to their online Instacart accounts, which will facilitate the […]
  1. Department: HBC
The global outlook for cannabis has never been better. The last month alone saw marijuana stocks soar when the American Medical Association alleged that medical marijuana could help solve the opioid crisis. As more and more governments look to cannabis for its medicinal properties, the market grows stronger by the day. And that, by default, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Half of US merchants are stuck with excess stock even after the New Year sales – and January and early February’s ‘returns tsunami’ will only make things worse, according to a new survey * 27% of US retailers had written off excess stock as a loss in 2022; * Inventory Planner’s Sara Arthrell said: “Excess […]

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AI powered shopping platform aisle 3 has completed the sale of its Google Comparison Shopping Site (CSS) service to Product Hero. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, other than it being all cash. The sale consolidates market share for CSS service provider Product Hero, which works with the likes of Rituals and Ikea. […]
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Get ready because the empty truck cabs in motion are coming. Gatik, which is involved in autonomous middle-mile logistics, has announced a multi-year commercial collaboration to transport customer orders within Kroger’s Dallas distribution network. The operations will launch in a few weeks. Under the collaboration, Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks will transport fresh, customer-favorite products from […]
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Albertsons yesterday unveiled what it said was “the redesign of its Open Nature brand as the company strives to become the brand of choice for those health-conscious shoppers seeking a more balanced lifestyle. Open Nature, which is part of Albertsons Cos. Own Brands portfolio, provides shoppers with tasty foods made with thoughtfully chosen ingredients that […]
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Dive Brief: Dollar General posted net sales of $10.2 billion during the fourth quarter of 2022, a figure that was up 17.9% compared with the same period in 2021, the discount retail chain reported Thursday. Comparable-store sales rose 5.7% year-over-year in Q4, while operating profit was up 17.1%. CEO Jeff Owen said Dollar General intends to invest about […]