Articles on the impact weather has on retail.

  1. Data & Insights
In today’s digital age almost all of us have experienced the thrill of clicking “add to cart” and the subsequent anticipation of our purchases arriving. Yet many of us may not reflect on the multitude of interactions and emotions that succeed that singular moment. Underlying these experiences is the invisible hand of artificial intelligence, steering […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
•  From the Wall Street Journal: “Instacart’s shares jumped in their trading debut, another promising sign for a reawakening IPO market. “Shares of the grocery-delivery company finished their first day of trading at $33.70 on Tuesday on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker CART, up 12% from the IPO price of $30 a share. “Instacart’s […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the past few years, browser extensions have transformed the online shopping experience. These online shopping aids offer great value and convenience, allowing savvy consumers to find the best bargains, block ads, and rapidly access product information. Despite their growing popularity, some browser extensions are still met with lukewarm responses from e-commerce professionals, who fear […]
  1. Department & Category
    [[“value”:” Despite recent price drops across some categories, inflation appears to be still going strong, according to the latest monthly government consumer data. The Consumer Price Index increased 0.6% in the month of August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s the highest monthly increase of 2023 and a significant jump from […]
  1. Data & Insights
By 2025, the number of gamers is estimated to reach 3.6 billion and generate a whopping $211 billion in revenue.
  1. Media & Marketing
In 1994, when Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras wrote Built to Last, they were referring to Visionary Habits of Successful Companies. Their highly influential book focused on the results of a six-year research project into what makes enduringly great companies. Their stated goals were: “to identify underlying characteristics that are common to highly visionary companies” and […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Access chart in Dash. Grocery Outlet customers are increasingly spending their grocery wallet at the discounter, turning away from brands owned by Albertsons, including Safeway and Von’s. The California-based discount grocer increased its share of supermarket wallet among customers to over 6% in the last week of August, up from around 5% a year earlier […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2023 results, reaffirmed 2023 guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Corporate Purpose
Two weeks ago, MNB pointed out that “the forces that successfully challenged university diversity programs, essentially bringing to an end the traditional definition of affirmative action, next will be coming for the US business community.”  Edward Blum, the activist pressing the anti-diversity case in the courts, said that he was following up his successful attack […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
It’s that time of year when the desire for a fall favorite overpowers physical seasonal shifts. That’s right, pumpkin spice is back before the first fall leaf has even hit the ground. Traditionally associated with cozy warmth, pumpkin spice is notably being delivered on ice this year. Climate change and its coinciding weather patterns are […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As the 2023 holiday shopping season approaches, how confident are you that: Your products are being sold to real customers and not bad bots? Your customer data is accurate? You aren’t spending real dollars on fake traffic? Very confident? If so, think again. Almost a quarter of all retail site visitors are bad bots. These […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The most successful organizations and leaders are rarely defeated. They defeat themselves. Three common symptoms of SDD or ‘self-defeat disease” are: a) the inability to anticipate new competition, b) a failure to see situation from another perspective, c) self delusion due to a bubble of filtered thinking buttressed by sycophantic deputies. One simple exercise to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
There is an essay in Time entitled “Who I’m Hurting By Shopping At Walmart” by Alana Semuels, the magazine’s economic correspondent, which focuses on the increasing and crushing power of Walmart, as well as the dollar store chains that are spreading around the country like wildfire. “Every week, I go onto Walmart’s website and order […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Orlando Weekly reports that Publix Super Markets has instructed the bakers in its stores “not to make hurricane-themed cakes, or ‘hurricakes,’ so as not to ‘make light’ of natural disasters … Publix said that while they enjoy ‘finding ways to delight them with their favorite Publix items as they prepare for uncertainty,’ the cakes will […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
​Lowe’s on Tuesday reported net sales of $24.9 billion, down 9.1% year over year, and net earnings of $2.7 billion, a decrease of 10.6%. The retailer said that comparable sales fell 1.6% in Q2 but that Pro and online sales growth partially offset lower DIY discretionary demand. Operating income for Q2 fell to $3.9 billion […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
It’s no surprise that starting preparations for the upcoming peak season immediately after the last is the surest way for retailers to see peak season success. However, this is often easier said than done. Ongoing economic turmoil and supply chain pressures continue to force brands big and small to focus on the here and now, often leaving little room […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Got the following email responding to my FaceTime video about the importance of understanding and communicating history from MNB reader Gary Harris: My, my, how very timely. I just turned 70 at the end of June, and that meant, for me at least, it was time to retire after 44 years with Wegmans. Interestingly enough, […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported sales of €22.1 billion ($24.3 billion) for its fiscal second quarter, up 4.3% at constant exchange rates and up 2.9% at actual exchange rates, the company said Wednesday. U.S. net sales were €13.6 billion ($14.9 billion), an increase of 2.7% at constant exchange rates and up 0.3% at […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumer shopping behavior is changing. Because of an uncertain economic environment and record-high prices, today’s consumers are changing where they shop, when they shop, and how they shop to save money. They’re more reliant on existing tactics like loyalty programs and expanding the set of technological tools they use such as digital coupons, cashback rewards […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
For years, people have been prognosticating the collapse of the martech landscape. That all these thousands of different martech apps are going to be winnowed down to a handful of winners. For the past 12 years, those predictions have been consistently proven wrong, year after year after year. (The myths of martech are nothing if […]
  1. Media & Marketing
In today’s fast-paced digital era, where information spreads like wildfire, having a well-crafted press kit is essential for business. A press kit acts as a powerful communication tool that allows you to present your brand, story, or event in a professional and compelling manner to journalists, collaborators, and other influencers.  While a press kit is […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
As the retail market gets more competitive, retailers are looking to new technologies — like artificial intelligence — to help grow their businesses. The global AI market size in retail is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) exceeding 23.9 percent from 2022 to 2030. AI-driven tools such as automated inventory-taking and smart […]
  1. Department & Category
Food store sales rose by 0.7% in June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The rise more than reverses a fall in May and means food sales improved faster than overall retail sales, which were also up, but only by 0.4%. Analysts said the weather was an important factor in the brighter figures. […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
From the New York Times: “The Biden administration’s top antitrust officials unveiled tougher guidelines against tech mergers on Wednesday, signaling their deepening scrutiny of the industry despite recent court losses in their attempts to block tech deal-making. “Lina Khan, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, and Jonathan Kanter, the top antitrust official at the […]
  1. Data & Insights
Generative AI is set to revolutionize ecommerce, enabling a more interactive and personalized shopping experience, which is integral to both attracting and retaining customers. In the crowded landscape of ecommerce, a positive customer experience across every aspect of an order has become intrinsic to online success. Details matter, from the initial landing page to order fulfillment through to delivery and aftercare.  […]
  1. Data & Insights
Generative AI is set to revolutionize ecommerce, enabling a more interactive and personalized shopping experience, which is integral to both attracting and retaining customers. In the crowded landscape of ecommerce, a positive customer experience across every aspect of an order has become intrinsic to online success. Details matter, from the initial landing page to order fulfillment through to delivery and aftercare.  […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We took note the other day of a Bloomberg story about how on Prime Day Amazon  was “dangling an ‘invite-only’ promotion designed to give customers a better shot at snagging the bargains they want.  Shoppers request an invite for discounted items they see on the site — 32% off an Acer Swift X laptop, for […]

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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 […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  2. Trends & External Forces
  3. Holiday & Events
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 […]